Hello everyone! Just came back from my travel to Yogyakarta but unfortunately I did not manage to collate my Top 5 eats there, so as much as I want to post my travel photos (because they were super super scenic), I can’t do a food post on it. What a pity!
Anyways, I’m finally writing my Top 5 eats in Shibuya! This is my second post about my food trip to Tokyo, the first being my Top 5 eats in Tokyo, which is the good food in Tokyo excluding Shibuya!
The reason being I stayed near Shibuya, so I have so many good food to intro in Shibuya, that I figured I could write an entry on its own! Plus, Shibuya with the famed Shibuya crossing and all that shopping, is definitely a place everyone visits in Tokyo! This list is highly relevant for every traveller to Tokyo.. so here goes!
# 5 Standing Sushi Bar
As the name suggests, you’ll have to stand while eating. But it’s all worth it because the sushi here is so fresh! You get to choose off the menu what type of sushi you want, and they even have aburi sushi, which is the sushi on the right in the picture above, where it is slightly seared!
But the best part is, the prices are so cheap! I can’t even. A set of 8 sushis goes for 580yen, that’s like S$6+! I mean, for sushi of this standard that’s too cheap. I didn’t go for the set though, I kind of picked whatever sushi I felt like eating off the menu, without considering much about the price haha.
And this place is to go-to place for locals to get their sushi fix! Trust me, because I was the only tourist there! So you can be guaranteed of the freshness! Oh, and I went at 1130am when they just opened to avoid the queue!
11:30 to 23:30 (Monday through Friday)
11:30 to 23:00 (Saturdays, Sundays, holidays)
25-6 Utagawacho Shibuya-ku Tokyo
(5 mins walk from Shibuya station!)
Various locations though, can check their website here
# 4 Torikizoku
Yuika, my japanese friend whom I stayed with (she is super sweet by the way!) brought me to this place for dinner! She told me it’s really popular with locals especially students, and right she was! When we reached, it was full house so we had to wait about 15 mins. And when I entered, it was so lively! Everyone was munching on their meat sticks and drinking whilst laughing.. the atmosphere was amazing!
Fun fact: Yaki means grilled/ baked, Tori means chicken, so yakitori means grilled chicken. Hence everything on the menu is chicken parts (e.g liver, skin, meat etc) Yuika told me this haha.
Now to the food.. boy was the food good, the chicken skewers were so tender and smothered with that special yakitori sauce! I loved the chicken skins, albeit super fattening but that chewy texture that is also crispy on parts that are burnt, yums! The chicken meatballs are also perfectly seasoned!
But the best part.. EVERYTHING HERE IS 28O YEN. INCLUDING ALCOHOL.
That means your beer, your plate of yakitori (2 sticks per plate mind you!) is only S$3+? And their portions are huge! Good food and cheap prices, that’s a foodie’s dream.
B1, 1-19-3, Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0041
Various locations which you can find here
# 3 Ichiran Ramen
I guess this place really needs no introduction. I’ve previously raved about it during my trip to Hong Kong (their only overseas outlet) which you can read about it here: Top 5 eats in Hong Kong. In this post, I merely included it as a tip because I wanted my Top 5 eats in Hong Kong to be more on local food, and Ichiran is obviously japanese. But now that it’s my top eats for Tokyo, I just have to include it!
Their Tonkotsu Ramen is legendary. The broth is so flavorful yet not too oily, the noodles are firm and the pork slice has the right amount of fat that melts in your mouth! Plus, you get to alter it to your preference. I love hard noodles and I’ll just choose that, so not only is it so delicious, you get include your personal preference too!
Iwamoto Building B1F
1-22-7 Jinnan Shibuya-ku Tokyo-to
Open 24 hours (Yes, you got that right, supper cravings satisfied)
Various locations all over Japan: click here
# 2 Ikinari Steak
Oh my oh my, look at that gorgeous baby. Yes, that’s steak on a hot sizzling plate, right before I drenched it with the special house sauce. No photos after that, because I didn’t want my medium rare steak to overcook, and because I just couldn’t resist diving in for the steak.
The steak was perfectly cooked the way I want it. With the butter sauce and their home made sauce, it was a perfect Japanese steak.
And as you can see from the photos, you have to stand while eating! But the prices here are super super affordable, you can get 200g of premium steak for 1,600 yen. That’s S$20. And it’s not your coffee shop kind of quality, it’s your restaurant quality beef. Check their prices here (it’s in jap though, but understandable)
This place is so good, I nearly forsake hunting more good food just so I can return for a second visit. But as a foodie, of course must explore more haha.
Iwamoto building 1F 1-22-7 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku Tokyo, Japan
(Yes, it’s right beside the Ichiran location I went to in #3)
Various locations listed here in Jap
# 1 Gyukatsu Motomura
Everyone has eaten Tonkotsu, but have you ever tried Gyukatsu? Yes you got that right, premium qualify beef slab coated with light flour and deep fried.. leaving the centre rare with the edges lightly crisped. It was heavenly. I love my beef raw so I merely seared the sides of the beef on the hot pan provided for 3 secs.
The beef melts in your mouth after you bite into the thinly coated crust.
It’s so so good. I would say this is probably the thing I will miss the most. Because you probably can’t get it anywhere else outside Japan. Be prepared to queue though, me and jon queued for almost 3 hours in the cold. But worth it, oh so worth it.
3-18-10 Shibuya | B1F Ono Bldg. 2-Gokan, Shibuya150-0002, Tokyo Prefecture
(about 5 mins walk from Shibuya station)
That marks the end of my Top 5 eats in Shibuya! Do read about my Top 5 eats in Tokyo which covers hot destinations like Tsukiji Fish Market and Tokyo Station!
Also, apologies for the poorly taken photos, we were focusing on videoing instead for the food video of Tokyo! You have to check it out: Qiuthosefood in Tokyo I promise it will make you super super hungry (if you are not already).
Till then, sayonara! ❤