I could play video games for the rest of my life. Of course you can’t live off just video games alone. Once in a while you need to eat something. This list is some of the delicious food I tried, and some I wish I did while walking around Tokyo. Some of the restaurant names I missed or forgot, but there are plenty of places to explore and enjoy if you plan to visit Japan.
This was the first place I ate at in Tokyo. Located in Shinagawa, walking distance from the subway, Tetsu was highly recommended by my local friends in Japan. I had the pork belly tsukemen, which is different from regular ramen because you dip the noodles into the broth. It was absolutely delicious!
This was our stop after our second day at the Tokyo Game Show, and sight seeing around Odaiba. Pretty much after we were worn out from checking out the full scale Gundam, Initial D at Joyoplis, and other gaming. Located on the 6th floor of the Aqua City Mall, Fugetsu is actually a chain of okonomyaki restaurants in Japan. We ordered pork and kimchee okomyaki and seafood yakisoba.
Gyoza and Ramen in Akiba
The name of this place escapes me, but I’m told there are numerous places like this all over Tokyo. It may not be special to my local friends, but for someone who is used to nothing but burgers and fries, this was great. I ordered something different, cold ramen, as we split a large order of gyoza.
This is another restaurant we checked out in Akihabara. After a lot more gaming and shopping, we went to this tempura shop. I ordered one of their seasonal sets which was a mix of seafood and vegetables, soba noodles, and pickled vegetables.
I can’t even begin to remember what this place was. I think I was just tired and not thinking straight, but this place was very very good. The broth was simply amazing, so much so that most people order a bowl, finish the ramen, then order more ramen. After eating it, I can fully understand why. This was probably my favorite thing I ate the entire trip.
In Shibuya, my final night in Tokyo, we finally went to a sushi bar. It was one of my friend’s favorite spots, a conveyor belt sushi bar. Once again the name escapes me, but the sushi chef was very nice and seemed to want to make sure we tried some stuff we can’t get back home. In the picture is a type of shellfish that is only served fresh in Japan. We had the chef’s choice which also had some other shellfish I’ve never heard of, followed by the best pieces of tuna and salmon I’ve ever had, ikura, uni, some kind of fish liver, and others.
Capcom x Bar
In Japan, there are a number of theme cafe that you can go and get a little snack and drinks, while the waitstaff are either maids, butlers or themed. We visited the Capcom X Bar and tried a number of their themed alcoholic drinks, Akuma/Guile/Ryu from Street Fighter, and a Monster Hunter drink. The waitstaff performed a Street Fighter skit based on what we ordered. The table next to us ordered a Resident Evil brain ice cream cake.
Another themed cafe, but this time of the most popular J-Pop group currently in Japan. There were always huge lines of people(mostly guys) waiting for their chance to cram into the place.
Directly across from the AKB48 cafe in Akihabara was the Gundam Cafe. Like the other themed cafes, this one is dedicated to the mecha anime Gundam. Waitstaff are all dressed as the crew from the space ships and food and drinks are named and themed after the show.
Curry House CoCo Ichibanya
Curry House CoCo Ichibanya is a curry restaurant chain in Japan. I had a quick bite there in between shopping trips. Here was a seasonal dish, a pork and cabbage cutlet curry, something you will probably never get over here, and it was great!
Another chain of restaurants called Pepper Lunch. The premise is simple, meat, rice, and toppings on a skillet. They serve it to you hot and pretty much you cook it yourself by mixing it on the skillet. Really can’t get much fresher than that.
Burger King – Samurai burger
Recognizable fast food chains like McDonalds and Kentucky Fried Chicken are a little different in other countries. Here we see Burger King and one of their new creations, the Samurai. Regrettably, I didn’t get to try this.
Burger King – Garlic Meat Beast
Yet another item you won’t find in the Burger King locations here, the Garlic Meat Beast. There was also a Double sized of this monster. If only I hadn’t already eaten dinner.
Vegas – Black
Some pictures don’t need an explanation. They simply jump off the page and the reader knows exactly what is going on. This is not one of those pictures. We got an explanation from the vendor, but still really have no idea what is going on with this hot dog. Our best guess is that the hot dog is bamboo barbecued, and the bun is a special black bread. We were going to try it, but they had sold out.
Even Domino’s pizza is a little different in Japan. They had all of the basic toppings, but some extra ones that you wouldn’t find over here like shrimp, mayo, corn, and eggplant. Another difference is their official spokesperson being a fictional character, Hatsune Miku.
Self proclaimed “Last place to enjoy Good Sushi and Good Sake Before you leave!!” Unfortunately, I saw this place too late and ate at McDonalds.