Tokyo Food Guide – 30 Restaurants & Cafes You Have to Visit

Tokyo Food Guide

Tokyo is every food lover’s paradise. Japanese food in Tokyo is a one-of-a-kind experience and delivered on a completely different level. Once you have had Japanese food in Tokyo, your life will never be the same again. The authenticity is that priceless and memorable.

With 13 three-stars, 59 two-stars, and 208 one-stars restaurant, Tokyo has no lack of Michelin star restaurants. However, Tokyo is more than just fine dining restaurants – from restaurants to cafes, sushi and sashimi eateries, tonkatsu restaurants and ramen parlours, it is really almost impossible to run out of dining ideas nor have a bad meal in the cosmopolitan city.

Here is our guide on where to eat in Tokyo, and we have included 30 of our favourite restaurants, cafes and local eateries that you have to try.

Aoi Marushin


Aoi Marushin is a famous tempura restaurant which has been serving tempura for 60 years. If you are on a hunt to try the best tempura in Tokyo, Aoi Marushin is a must visit. They have a selection of dishes to choose from, such as the Tempura Set (¥2,310), and Tendon (¥1,700). For the full package, go for the Kaiseki Aoi (¥5,250) which features two kinds of appetisers, soup, sashimi, grilled fish, stewed dish, tempura, rice and dessert.

Aoi Marushin is listed in our guide to Tokyo’s affordable tempura restaurants.

1-4-4 Asakusa, Taito-ku
Tel: +81 3 3841 0110
Daily: 11am – 9pm
Right of Kaminari gate at Sensoji Temple
Nearest Station: Asakusa

Aoyama Flower Market Tea House


Aoyama Flower Market Tea House combines a florist with a tea house, and the result is the dream café for every girl. Like an indoor greenhouse but with an impeccable sophistication, the tea house is lavishly decorated with fresh flowers of the season.

Decorative mini lights span across the ceiling and drape down the pillars, creating an illumination so dreamy that it enraptures your soul; soft instrumentals looping, quite like a choir of nightingale serenading every dreamer in the room. Nothing quite as beautiful, nothing quite as enchanting.

It is just a 5-minute walk from Omotesando station. If you ever find yourself in the area, a trip to the tea house is very highly recommended. Because whatever you are feeling, the sheer beauty and tranquility will complete your day.

Aoyama Flower Market Tea House is listed in our guide to Tokyo’s Top 15 Cafes.

5-1-2, Minami-Aoyama
Minato-ku, Tokyo
Tel: +81 3 3400 0887
Nearest Station: Omotesando

Bird Land


Located in a conspicuous corner at the basement of an unassuming building in Ginza, Bird Land is a discrete yakitori bar where foodies in-the-know head to. There are two omakase menu (¥6,000 or ¥8,000) to choose from. Our set came with skewers of chicken wasabi, chicken liver, chicken skin & neck, tofu salad flavoured with salt and pepper, ginko, glizzard, chicken meatball, teriyaki chicken, shiitake mushroom and chicken with leek.

This is one of the best places in Tokyo to go for yakitori, and where you pay homage to the simple but very well-liked Japanese classic cuisine.

Tsukamoto Building B1F
4-2-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku
Tel: +81 3 5250 1081
Tue To Sat: 5pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: Ginza

Brooklyn Pancake House


If you walk from Shibuya towards Meiji-Jingumae, you will find yourself in a quaint and charming area littered with lifestyle concept stores and cafes. Brooklyn Pancake House is one of the places that we stumbled upon in this area. It is essentially a New-Yorker style diner which offers a variety of sweet and savoury pancakes.

Brooklyn Pancake House is listed in our guide to Tokyo’s Top 15 Cafes.

1F Mode S, 6-14-12 Jingumae
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Tel: +81 03 3409 2018
Daily: 11.30am – 8pm
Nearest Station: Meiji-Jingumae/Harajuku



This tonkatsu specialist has one of the most comprehensive tonkatsu menus – with at least a dozen varieties of pork – but the daily offerings depend on the availability of the meat. The evergreen options are Ryuuka-ton (¥1,900) from Okinawa, and Nattouku-ton (¥2,300) from Gifu. You can also find other premium meats such as Golden Boar Pork (¥3,000) from Hyougo, Nakijin-agoo-buta (¥4,500) from Okinaa, and the famed Iberico Pork (¥4,800) from Spain.

While tonkatsu is the star at Butagumi, it is not the only reason why you should dine here. The feel of taking off your shoes, and stepping into a typical Japanese wooden booth, having a handbell to ring for service, a table lined with floral-printed China, and a fuss-free Japanese menu (with English option available) – all these little touches complete the experience of dining in a true blue ryotei.

Butagumi is listed in our guide to Tokyo’s best tonkatsu restaurants.

2-24-9 Nishiazabu, Minato
Tokyo, Japan
Tel: +81 3 5466 6775
Tue to Sun: 11.30am – 2pm, 6pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: Roppongi



We were pleasantly engulfed by the rich fragrance of freshly baked pastries upon stepping in to this French Patisserie at Marunouchi Brick Square. Inhaling the buttery scent with every breath has never felt so life-changing before, and we were bewildered by the offerings before our eyes – think baskets of madelines, financers and croissants; shelves of millefeuille, eclairs and cream puffs.

2-6-1, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo, Japan
Tel: +81 3 6269 9840
Nearest Station: Tokyo

Henri Charpentier Tokyo


This lovely pastry shop in Ginza is a must-visit for dessert lovers. Henri Charpentier is the perfect place to go for tea and desserts after shopping in the area. They serve exceptional desserts and pastries in a classy tea salon. When we were there, we felt like kids in Disneyland. There were so many beautiful desserts on display and we wanted to order everything.

Fans of lemon desserts have to try Henri Charpentier’s Tarte Au Citron. It ranks among one of the best that we’ve had. The baked goods (¥683) – such as such as madeleines, financiers and biscuits – come in nicely-packaged boxes and they make excellent gifts for friends.

Henri Charpentier has just opened its first overseas outlet in Singapore and it is also listed in our guide to Tokyo’s Best Patisseries.

2-8-20 Ginza, Chuo-ku
Tel: +81 3 3562 2721
Station: Ginza-Itchome (metro exit 9) / Ginza (metro exit A13)

Hidemi Sugino


It is not exaggerating to say that Hidemi Sugino is one of the best pastry chefs in Tokyo. The patisserie makes beautiful pastries and is particularly known for their mousse cakes. Finding the place is slightly challenging, but once you get there, you will agree that it is worth the search. The popular cakes are always sold out, so make sure you get there early.

Hidemi Sugino is listed in our guide to Tokyo’s Best Patisseries.

3-6-17, Kyobashi 1F, Chuo, Tokyo
Tel: 03 3538 6780
Station: Kyobashi or Ginza 1-Chrome



Ichiran Ramen is a popular ramen chain in Japan, and it has been widely accepted as one of the best spots for tonkotsu ramen. And we could not agree more wholeheartedly. A bowl of Ichiran ramen is super satisfying, and very affordable (¥780/S$10). It is undisputedly a ramen house that you cannot miss out on when you are in Japan.

Ichiran serves an exceptional tonkotsu ramen, and has most definitely set the benchmark for Japanese ramen. The broth is unbelievably rich, and thick, and something inexplicably but really special that it wows you with every sip (or slurp). It is so good that we are always caught in a situation to decide on whether we should do a second bowl. The noodles are cooked just right, springy and al dente – exactly the way we like my ramen to be. And if this is what you like too, be sure to select the “extra firm” option when you place your order. The chashu is also spot-on; every bite makes me go weak in the knees.

It is, in a nutshell, the perfect bowl of ramen.

Iwamoto Building B1F
1-22-7 Jinnan Sibuya-ku Tokyo
Tel: +81 3 3463 3667
Daily: 24 hours
Nearest Station: Shibuya



Another perennial favourite is Ippudo Ramen. Not only is the ramen consistency good, a bowl of Ippudo ramen in Japan is only ¥750, which is slightly less than half of what you would pay in Singapore.

Odagiri Building 1F
4-9-11 Roppongi Minato-ku, Tokyo
Tel: +81 3 5775 7561
Daily: 11am – 4am (Fri 5am, Sun 1am)
Nearest Station: Roppongi

Joel Robuchon


It is always a pleasure to dine at L’atelier de Joel Robuchon. Take your seat at the counter and watch the chefs prepare your food in the open kitchen. The set lunch (¥6,600) is good value for those who do not want to splurge too much.

6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo
Tel: +81 3 5772 7500
Mon to Fri: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 9.30pm
Sat, Sun & Holiday: 11.30am – 3pm, 6pm – 9.30pm
Nearest Station: Roppongi



Katsukura is a tonkatsu restaurant chain from Kyoto, and besides pork cutlet, it also offers other options like fried prawns, chicken cutlet, and crab meat croquette.

Among the numerous tonkatsu restaurants in Tokyo, what sets Katsukura apart is their consistency. Even though It has many branches around the city, the tonkatsu is consistently good and reliable. Most importantly, it is also the kind of place you can return to again and again because you do not have to spend a bomb to dine here. The standard Sirloin Cutlet starts from ¥1,350 for 90g, while the Fillet Cutlet is ¥1,480 for 90g.

Katsukura is listed in our guide to Tokyo’s best tonkatsu restaurants.

Shibuya-ku, Sendagaya 5-24-2
Shinjuku Times Square Building 14th Floor
Tokyo, Japan
Tel: +81 3 5361 1878
Daily: 11am – 11pm
Nearest Station: Shinjuku



Another place that we really love is Kimukatsu in Ebisu. The tonkatsu here, made up of many thin layers of pork, is more than good – think of it as a pork mille-feuille. Yes, what sorcery, right? In addition to the original tonkatsu, they also have other flavours like cheese, black pepper, green onion, garlic, sour plum and yuzu pepper.

We ordered the cheese version, and it was super satisfying with cheese oozing out of the superbly fried tonkatsu. A tonkatsu set is ¥1,930. Alternatively, you can opt for the Kimukatsu Value Combo – choose any two tonkatsu flavours at ¥2,500 (for 1 pax), or three flavours at ¥3,980 (for 2 pax).

Kimukatsu is listed in our guide to Tokyo’s best tonkatsu restaurants.

4-9-5, Ebisu, Shibuya-ku
Tokyo, Japan
Tel: +81 3 5420 2929
Mon to Thu: 11am – 11pm
Fri & Sat: 11am – 11.30pm
Nearest Station: Ebisu

Ko Du Chi


We stumbled upon this tenshou eatery while on our way to Tenya Tempura in the Ebisu neighbourhood. It is a non-descript eatery – the kind that you will easily miss if you are not looking out for it – where locals go for a fuss-free and cheap meal.

The staff do not speak English at all, so placing your orders might be a challenge. But we believe the food here can’t go wrong, so just look around to observe what the locals order, and point to whatever that looks good. The chances are you will have a very good meal.

1-7-6 Ebisu
Nearest Station: Ebisu

Kyushu Jangara


Specialising in Hakata tonkotsu ramen, Kyushu Jangara’s rendition comes with a rich, heavy and super flavourful pork broth. We still prefer Ichiran, of course. But if you are in the Harajuku area and want to try something different, Kyushu Jangara is worth a visit.

Shanzeru Harajuku Ni-go-kan 1F-2F
1-13-21 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
Mon to Thu, & Sun: 11am – 2am
Fri & Sat: 11am – 3.30am
Nearest Station: Jingumae

Maisen Tonkatsu

Maisen Tonkatsu

There are many famous tonkatsu restaurants in Tokyo, but the place that everyone seems to agree is the best place to head to is Maisen Tonkatsu. They have many outlets in Tokyo, but go to the main shop in Aoyama – just a few blocks behind Omotesando Hills.

Located in a former World War II public bathhouse, Maisen is known for its Okita Kurobuta Fried Pork Loin meal (¥3,780). The tonkatsu was really good. The pork cutlet was extremely juicy and crispy, yet not greasy at all. Topped with their special tonkatsu sauce, and served with a bowl of rice and a large stack of cabbage, it was unbeatable.

Maisen Tonkatsu is listed in our guide to Tokyo’s best tonkatsu restaurants.

4-8-5 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
Tokyo, Japan
Tel: +81 3 3470 0071
Daily: 11am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Omotesando

Nemuro Hanamaru

Nemuro Hanamaru

Don’t be deceived by the plain-looking conveyer belt sushi restaurant at Kitte Shopping Mall, which is a few minutes walk from Tokyo Station. Nemuro Hanamaru serves fresh sushi at great value. Most of the sushi plates are priced between ¥136 to ¥336. One of our favourites was the Seared Salmon (¥262). From the side menu, the Crab Soup (¥336) – with huge chunks of crab meat – and the Chawanmushi (¥262) are also excellent choices.

Nemuro Hanamaru is listed in our guide to Tokyo’s affordable sushi restaurants.

Tokyo KITTE 5F
2-7-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku
Tel: +81 03 6269 9026
Mon to Sat: 11am – 11pm
Nearest Station: Tokyo

Nihonbashi Yukari


Having a kaiseki meal in Tokyo need not leave a hole in your wallet – if you know where to go. Nihonbashi Yukari, just a short walk from Tokyo Station’s Yaesu exit, is one of our favourite restaurants in Tokyo.

Helming the kitchen is third-generation chef, Kimio Nonaga – a 2002 Iron Chef Champion. Nihonbashi Yukari offers a splendid 9-course kaiseki dinner (starts from ¥10,500). For something lighter on the palate (and the pocket), go for the their bento set lunch (¥3,500) which offers great value.

3-2-14, Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Tel: +81 3 3271 3436
Mon to Sat: 11.30am – 2pm, 5pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: Tokyo

Omotesando Koffee

Omotesando Koffee

This is one of the most talked-about coffee shops in Tokyo, and after visiting it, we can understand why. Housed in a machiya (traditional wooden house) in the Omotesando neighbourhood, it is a small and simple space, and it feels as though you are having coffee in a neighbour’s house.

Finding Omotesando Koffee can be a challenge, even if you are familiar with the area. From Omotesando’s Station, make your way towards Maisen Tonkatsu (there are plenty of signboards along the way). At the junction before Maisen, turn left. Part of the charm of Omotesando Koffee is the journey to find it. Have fun!

Omotesando Koffee is listed in our guide to Tokyo’s best coffee shops.

4-15-3 Jingumae
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Tel: +81 03 5413 9422
Daily: 10pm – 7pm
Nearest Station: Omotesando Exit A2/Meiji-Jingumae

On the corner


Sharing a space with No.8 Bear Pond, On The Corner is another American-style diner that dishes burgers and all the known comfort food. Boasting a red and white interior, the outlet is a cosy one and you can count on them for a good dinner with your best pals.

1-17-1, Shibuya
Tel: +81 03 6427 7273
Daily: 9am – 2am
Nearest Station: Shibuya

Sushi Set

Ryu Sushi

A trip to Tokyo will not be complete without having sushi breakfast at the world famous Tsukiji Fish Market. Sushi Dai and Sushi Daiwa are the most popular sushi restaurants at the fish market. However, people wait in line from as early as 6am, and the queue is easily three hours long. Honestly, we felt that the other sushi bars in Tsukiji Market are just as good.

One place that you can try is Ryu Sushi. It has super good and fresh sashimi and sushi at decent prices. The Kiku Sushi Set (¥2,100) comes with 7 pieces of sushi, and 6 pieces of sushi rolls, and a beautiful Chirashi (¥3,100).

Ryu Sushi is listed in our guide to Tokyo’s affordable sushi restaurants.

5-2-1, Building 1. Chuo-ku
Tsukiji Market, Tokyo
Tel: +81 03 3541 9517
Nearest Station: Tsukiji/Tsukijishijo

Sadaharu Aoki

Sadaharu Aoki

Nobody should leave Tokyo without visiting Sadaharu Aoki. This famous Japanese-trained pastry chef made his name by creating French desserts with Japanese flavours.

You won’t go wrong with the Japanese flavoured macarons like sesame, matcha, yuzu and genmaicha. And their eclairs… Oh, the eclairs are awesome. Sadaharu Aoki has, hands down, the best eclairs in this world, if not the universe.

Sadaharu Aoki is listed in our guide to Tokyo’s Best Patisseries.

Tokyo Midtown B1F
9-7-4 Akasaka Minato-ku Tokyo
Station: Roppongi



A short walk from Shibuya Police Station is Shokkan. Located in the basement of a random building in the Shibuya neighbourhood, Shokkan has value-for-money set lunches (¥1,100 – ¥1,300). It is always packed during lunch, so make sure you get there 5 minutes before their opening.

For dinner, omakase starts from ¥7,000.

3-5-5 Shibuya B1F Hkka
Tel: +81 3 3797 1911
Mon to Fri: 11.45am – 2pm, 6pm – 12 midnight
Sat & Holiday: 6pm – 11pm

Suzu Cafe


Another favourite spot in Tokyo, Suzu Café is quite above the rest – pun intended. Apart from people-watching and indulging in Japanese tracks, Suzu Cafe offers a range of earnest and simple comfort food at sensible prices (from ¥750 – ¥1300) – expect salads, rice dishes, pizzas and pastas.

Partake in an afternoon tea (from 2pm to 6pm) at Suzu, with a repertoire of desserts (¥650 – ¥750) like Victoria Cake with homemade lemon curd, Kiwi & Apricot Shortcake and Chocolate Parfait to choose from.

Suzu Cafe is listed in our guide to Tokyo’s Top 15 Cafes.

1-20-5 Jinnan
Shibuya, Tokyo
Tel: +81 3 5428 3739
Sun to Thu: 11.30am – 12 midnight
Fri & Sat: 11.30am – 3am
Nearest Station: Meiji-Jingumae/Harajuku

Streamer Company


This is one of the most popular coffee shops in Tokyo – the owner Hiroshi Sawada is a latte art champion and a rock star in the local coffee scene. Even though Streamer Coffee Company is located on the fringe of the Shibuya neighbourhood – a good 10 minutes walk from the station – it is always crowded and packed with locals and expats. Every cup of coffee comes with beautiful latte art.

With good coffee with beautiful latte art, and a buzzing atmosphere, Streamer Coffee Company is one place that coffee lovers must go to when in Tokyo.

Streamer Coffee Company is listed in our guide to Tokyo’s Best Coffee Shops.

1-20-28 Shibuya
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Tel: +81 03 6427 3705
Mon to Fri: 8am – 6pm
Sat & Sun: 8am – 6pm
Nearest Station: Shibuya

Tenya Tendon

Tempura Tendon Tenya

The poster boy for cheap and good tempura, Tenya is a fastfood chain with more than 500 stores in Japan. A basic Tendon (tempura-donburi) with ebi and vegetable is only ¥500.

We were in disbelief when we had the tendon. It might not be the best tempura, but it was very decent, and surely a steal for the price. This is probably the cheapest tempura restaurant in Tokyo, a place where you can have tempura without breaking the bank.

Tempura Tendon Tenya is listed in our guide to Tokyo’s affordable tempura restaurants.

1-25-1 Nishishinjuku
Tel: +81 3 3345 1266
Nearest Station: Shinjuku

Tenfusa Tempura

Tenfusu Tempura

Most people go to Tsukiji Market for sushi breakfast, but if you want to try something else, go to Tenfusu – which is located just beside Sushi Dai and Sushi Daiwa – for their tempura. The tempura is top quality. It is fried to a beautiful golden brown, and not oily at all. Go for their Tempura Platter (¥1,200), and Tempura-don (¥1,100).

Tenfusu Tempura is listed in our guide to Tokyo’s affordable tempura restaurants.

5-2-1, Building 6
Chuo-ku, Tsukiji Market, Tokyo
Tel: +81 3 3547 6766
Nearest Station: Tsukiji/Tsukijishijo



Tonki opens at 4pm everyday, and such is the popularity of their tonkatsu, that the restaurant is almost filled even before dinner time.

Unlike some tonkatsu restaurants which offer all sorts of cuts and variations, Tonki is simple and straight to the point – either rosu or fillet, in other words, you choose the lean or the slightl fatty option. Both are priced at ¥1,800 for teishoku with rice, miso soup and pickles, or ¥1,250 for an ala carte portion.

Tonki’s version is very different from the usual tonkatsu that we are familiar with. It is not as crispy, nor is it crumbly. The slow-cooking process means that the meat inside is not as juicy or tender as the typical tonkatsu. It has a very real and unpretentious taste which is probably why regulars go back to this 70 years old house for a good and solid tonkatsu. Most of the customers at Tonki are in fact middle-aged Japanese, who most probably grew up eating the tonkatsu here.

Tonki is listed in our guide to Tokyo’s best tonkatsu restaurants.

1-1-2 Shimo-Meguro, Meguro-ku
Tokyo, Japan
Tel: +81 3 3491 9928
Daily (except Tue): 4pm – 10.45pm
Nearest Station: Meguro

Udon Yamacho


For a simple and affordable meal, try Udon Yamacho. This udon shop is a 3-minute walk from the west entrance of Ebisu station, and it is the kind of place to go for a local authentic meal without worrying that it is a tourist trap. Prices range from ¥800 to ¥1,200 for a bowl of udon.

1-1-5, Ebisu, Shibuya-ku
Tokyo, Japan
Tel: +81 3 3443 1701
Daily: 11.30am – 4pm, 5pm – 4.30am
Nearest Station: Ebisu

Uoriki Kaisen Sushi

Uoriki Kaisen Sushi

Uoriki Kaisen Sushi is a place where we will return to again and again whenever we are in Tokyo. It does not have any Michelin stars, nor is it extremely popular. But it offers super good quality sushi and sashimi at ridiculously cheap prices.

The basic Sushi Set (¥990), with ten pieces of sushi, is extremely value-for-money. Our favourite dish is the Chirashi-don (¥1,390) which comes with huge slices of sashimi. Uoriki Kaisen Sushi is a hidden gem and one of the most affordable sushi restaurants in Tokyo. We wholeheartedly recommend this place.

Uoriki Kaisen Sushi is listed in our guide to Tokyo’s affordable sushi restaurants.

B1 Tokyu Department Store
2-24-1 Shibuya
Tel: +81 03 5428 3813
Daily: 10am – 9pm
Nearest Station: Shibuya

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