Came back from my Japan trip for almost 2 weeks now, but everything still pretty fresh from my memory! Damn, I miss the food so badly gosh. I always say I can never look at Jap food the same way after I return. Seriously, it’s the only cuisine I feel that the standards in Singapore is not even near the bar!
Anyhow, as usual, I would love to share some non-food related pics from the trip, before kicking start the Top 5 eats in Tokyo!
Alrighty, now on to the deal that everyone is interested in! Honestly, Tokyo is crazy ass clustered with good eateries everywhere! I stayed near Shibuya and hence I’m going to write a solo post on my Top 5 eats in Shibuya (which I shall post later and hyperlink it). That’s how much good food I discovered in my 9 days trip! So this post will be my Top 5 eats in Tokyo, excluding Shibuya.
One more comment about Tokyo’s food scene other that what I mention above about how damn delicious everything is.. BE PREPARED TO QUEUE. Most eateries are very small in size, on average about 15 pax seating, so this means that the turnover is pretty slow! We had to queue for at least 2 hours for most of our meals. So if you want to shorten your waiting time, try to visit when they start operating in the morning!
Here’s what I’ve got to share, enjoy!
# 5 Oysters @ Tsukiji Market
If you’re a foodie, you’ve probably heard of Tsukiji Market before you even thought of visiting Japan! I mean, seriously every upscale Japanese restaurant boasts to have its fish directly flown from Tsukiji Fish Market, and that’s as the pinnacle of credibility if you ask me!
Tsukiji Market is the outer market surrounding the Tsukiji Fish Market (where they have the famous tuna auctions), where there are street food as well numerous eateries! So basically the eateries get their supplies from the fish market and that means the food here is as fresh as it can get. That’s what 3 out of 5 of my Top 5 eats in Tokyo is from Tsukiji, I call it the Jap food paradise!
So first up would be the fresh oysters (considered street food). I AM AN OYSTER FAN AND THESE BABIES ARE THE BEST I’VE EATEN SO FAR! No joke, it’s so so fresh and you can taste the ocean salt but not overpowering like most I’ve eaten. And the best part is, these are only sold at 300yen per piece, which is considered cheap for the quality!
But here’s a tip, please go early in the morning, I reached about 730am and the crowd was already there! Plus, I went back for my second round of oysters at about 11am (the time where Tsukiji Market gets the most crowded) and the oysters were sold at 500yen per piece, haha yes they increased the price.
P/s I can’t give an exact location but it’s located along the main street of Tsukiji Market with other vendors, hard to miss 🙂
# 4 Ryu Sushi
Tsukiji Market is your best bet for the freshest sushi you’ll ever eat! So yes, there’s your ultra famous Sushi Daiwa and Sushi Dai, with queues of tourists up to 6 hours! But there’s also Ryu Sushi, which is also highly recommended, and more locals come here anyways haha. Be warned though, we still queued for 2.5 hours!
We ordered the set lunch, and the chef will basically give us sushi based on what’s fresh today. So basically we won’t know what we are eating, look at that silver fish thing. But omg the seafood was so so good! In particular I loved the tuna sashimi which really melts in your mouth, and has that buttery sensation!
The shellfish sushi was so sweet and firm, you could taste the natural flavors of all the seafood here! Oh, and this place made me fall in love with uni. The uni was so fresh and didn’t taste anything like the smelly ones I had in Seoul.
5-2-1, Building 1
(It’s located along the same stretch, near to Sushi Dai)
Chuo-ku, Tsukiji Market, Tokyo
# 3 Tenfusa
Fresh seafood is best eaten raw, but trust me, eating it tempura style is equally good! Tenfusa has its loyal fans, with queues up to 3 hours. Yes we queued, and it was worth it! Probably the freshest tendon you’ll have!
The tendon (tempura bowl) consists of fresh prawns, fresh fish (umami) and fresh scallops! Yes I really must emphasize how fresh the ingredients are! And this bowl is super affordable being priced at approximately 1,200 yen. The scallops were so huge and juicy, not your packaged seafood garbage. Nothing to shout out for the rice and sauce though! But the seafood itself warrants a visit!
Tsukiji 5-2-1, Building #6
(It is the same stretch as Sushi Daiwa)
Oh, here’s a tip! For your caffeine kick early in the morning near Tsukiji, you can head to this quaint, small cafe that serves good coffee over at Turret Coffee, which is about 8 mins walk away!
# 2 BAKE cheese tart
When I posted my food video for Tokyo (go see it if you haven’t here: Qiuthosefood in Tokyo), a lot of people were raving and telling me about the Pablo Cheese Tart I’ve tried in the video (pictured below). Yeah, for the Pablo Cheese Tart you get to order it well-done/ medium/ rare) and their rare is what got them famous since it is gooey in the middle, with all that cheese oozing out. It was good, but honestly, BAKE cheese tart wins hands down!
BAKE cheese tarts were so so good, and apart from being smaller in size (and hence probably not as dramatic for photo taking purposes), wins Pablo hands down! The cheese filling inside BAKE’s are also melty and gooey but its packed with a more robust cheese flavor, at the same time not too overpowering! And the crust is so good, firm and buttery!
Try both and you can see the difference! For me, it’s BAKE ftw but you might like Pablo better! Super craving for cheese tarts now sigh.
I went to the shop at Ikebukuro, it’s located right within the station premises (so convenient) but for other locations, you can refer to this link:
# 1 Maisen Tonkatsu
Alright, I have to admit, I’m really not a Tonkatsu fan, so this recommendation was actually pushed for by Jon because he really thinks very very highly of it! I’m in no position because honestly I’ve never likes Tonkatsu to begin with. So here’s what he has to say:
” Tonkatsu is one of the most renowned Japanese dishes and it has strike a chord with many Singaporeans. This restaurant that specialises in this pork cutlet dish is definitely the best I have ever eaten. When we think fried food , we might think, its gonna make you feel queasy if you chow down too much of it, but not for this!
The tonkatsu here actually gives a refreshing feeling especially when you drenched it with the special sauce dedicated to this dish. The meat is very moist and tender on the inside, and the coating is thin, light and crispy! Just the way I like it, because it does not not overpower the goodness of the pork. The sauce has a tanginess to it that adds zest to the tonkatsu. In conclusion if you are looking for a place for tonkatsu , you should not leave this out from your list.”
4-8-5 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
(Omotesando Exit A2)
Oh here’s a tip, around the Omotesando area there’s a few good coffee places if you want your caffeine dosage.
This has to be the most popular coffee joint in Tokyo. The coffee was really good, and their mocha was amazing! But the queue was really insane, almost 2 hours for a cuppa, that’s pretty insane for me!
Lattest Omotesando Espresso Bar
This place was situated near Omotesando Koffee which serves good coffee as well! Plus, the ambience was nice for you to chill and relax! I’ll prefer this place if you ask me!
Alrighty, that’s all for my recommendations! Remember to stay tuned for my Top 5 eats in Shibuya (It’s up)! ❤
Lastly, for Tokyo, I stayed at my friend’s place so I didn’t have to search for a hotel. But for my upcoming Yogyakarta trip, I managed to find the perfect deal for my budget trip at HotelsCombined, which basically compares deals across all the deals websites like agoda and hotel.com which is why the prices are the best!
I’m actually leaving for the Yogyakarta trip tomorrow, so toddles~