Tokyo Japan a guide on where to eat and drink in the big-city.
In a city which would take a lifetime to properly discover, before having to start again. Tokyo is quietly bustling with some of the most delicious smelling streets. I don't pretend to be an expert on the city by any means, but here are my food observations, which hopefully should help if you ever venture that-a-way.
Spending a total of 7 days in Tokyo Japan, I learnt that the business man enjoys eating and drinking at an Izakaya after the work day is done ( if it is ever done!). An Izakaya is somewhere you can get a beer or two or three accompanied with food which pairs deliciously with beer. Be it BBQ Yakitori, tempura battered delights or pickled sensations.
Another important lesson in Tokyo and Japan as a whole is to always look up. You have restaurants in a tiny unsuspecting street, which traditionally would be an apartment or office space. But important to remember is that tantalising food bites may be waiting for you 5 floors up.
Tokyo has taken the best of western culture and served it up on a plate at On The Corner. A hip Tokyoite joint, which serves burger and fries, eggs for breakfast and good coffee. It's in the Shibuya district, away from the scramble of the main crossing.
Another great eat is Suzuran also in the Shibuya area, which serves a great bowl of Ramen noodle, and a nice cold draft beer. They don't speak much english but the "lost in translation" moment is well worth it, once you take your first slurp. They only play The Carpenters in the background as you devour your dish.
Stand S a bar which serves beer mojitos is worth a visit. Where it seemed there was a mix of expat and locals sipping on the unusually delightful specialty.
We went to a couple of Sushi places in Tokyo, one of note was Umegaoko Sushi no Midori Sohonten in the Ginza area where they welcomed you in cheers of “Irasshaimase!”. Try to sit at the counter where you can see the chefs use their precise magic to prepare your delectable pieces of sushi.
While I was in Tokyo it was also my birthday. We went to Ant N' Bee in the Roppongi area, where they serve up craft beers and also organised an impromptu cake made of sweet crackers. The staff where lovely, and the beers hit the spot.
If you feel like dropping some Yen, be sure to take yourself to the Park Hyatt Tokyo in Shinjuku. I was lucky enough to go to the NewYork Grill, and let me tell you the food, view and service is something to boast about. Home to some of the best views of Tokyo, divine cuts of meat, and some classic NYC sides all with live jazz in the background it is a sure crowd pleaser at a pretty penny. If you can't afford the meal why not enjoy a cocktail at the bar? You still get the pleasure of the view and the band, make sure to book ahead on this one and ask for a window seat.
Arigato! From The Table Top x