Zuicho This tiny restaurant only serves up one dish: Katsu Don, hich is well worth seeking out when in Tokyo. For 1000 yen you can get your hands on a piping hot bowl of rice, which is topped off with a soft and fluffy omelette, along with a generous helping of katsu (deep fried pork). The crispy pork, rice and egg combo is only made better by the sweet and sticky sauce that the dish is topped off with – it’s guaranteed to hit the spot when hunger strikes. With limited seating, diners can expect queues during peak times at Zuicho, but the wait will be worth it. No English menu is available, but with only one item to choose, it should be pretty easy to get what you want!
Uoshin Nogizaka This restaurant doesn’t look like much from the exterior, but for those in the know, it’s one of the best places in the city to find reasonably priced (and super fresh!) seafood. The restaurant is far from fancy, with beer crates acting as seats, but the lively atmosphere and food is what draws in the crowds. With everything on the menu from assorted sashimi to freshly grilled fish, tempura and much more, it’s a seafood lover’s dream.
Sushi No Midori Another recommended spot for sushi is Sushi No Midori. We’ve only visited the location in Setegaya, but there are several across the city, all serving top-quality sushi at reasonable prices. The menu is extensive, so we recommend going for one of the assorted sushi platters per person to get a good mix of everything on offer. Prices for the mixed platters range between 800 yen and 2800 yen.
Mikkeller Tokyo If you’re in need of a cool drink after all that walking around and exploring, Mikkeller Tokyo is always our top pick. Hidden away from the bustling streets of Shibuya, the Danish craft beer legend offers up 20 taps of beers from Japan and around the world. We love sitting in the downstairs area and enjoying a spot of people watching, but the bar also has a quieter upstairs seating area.
Øl By Oslo Brewing Co. Another spot to know in Central Tokyo if you’re a craft beer fan is Øl By Oslo Brewing Co. Found not far from Mikkeller, this Japanese bar specialises in Scandi culture, and serves up both Japanese and Scandinavian craft beers. There are normally 20 rotating beers on tap, and you can pick up a tasting flight of four beers for 2000 yen. Directly outside of Øl you can also find La Cabina Tokyo, a Mexican food truck serving up authentic tacos, ceviche, lunch sets and more – the perfect accompaniment to your brew.
Ippo-do Tea As well as stocking a vast selection of teas for you to buy and take home, Ippo-do Tea in Kyoto has a small tearoom where you can choose from a selection of traditional tea sets to enjoy in house. Tea enthusiasts and novices alike will love the selection and the care with which the tea is prepared in front of you. Take yours alongside a traditional sweet mochi or brown sugar candy for a truly authentic taste. Ippo-do tea also offers group tea classes, perfect for tea lovers to learn the full process of preparing the perfect Japanese green tea.