Since its inception, Karashibi Kikanbo has been the go-to place for a scintillating serving of traditional ramen. Rustic and intimate, this restaurant boasts the perfect ambiance for a laid-back meal with friends and family. Each item on the menu can be customized into two levels of spiciness. Take your pick from the signature ramen and turn up the heat with ‘kara’, a spicy chilli mix, or 'shibi', a numbing spicy sichuan pepper. Be sure to have a glass of water handy while you dig into your meal, for you will definitely need one.
If you're looking for a pocket-friendly bite in upmarket Ginza, Annam is an excellent choice. Tucked away on the fourth floor of a commercial building, this cozy restaurant draws crowds for its delicious Indian fare. The restaurant offers set menus starting with the Chef's Curry Set at JPY900 to the Annam Biryani Set at JPY1280. The menu also accommodates vegetarian diners, serving a mouth watering array of veg-friendly dishes that can be ordered a la carte or as a set meal. The friendly staff and warm ambiance make you feel welcome at this popular Indian eatery.
Taiyaki Hiiragi is the place to be for a bite of the traditional Japanese dessert. This cozy little food-stand, doesn't disappoint with its delectable varieties of the distinct fish-shaped cake. Tickle your taste-buds and bring out your inner child with these little sweet treats. Freshly made on-site, the sweetened azuki beans and redbean filled cakes never fail to leave a lasting impression.
Onomiyaki is a special type of savory Japanese pancake which is served with a variety of toppings and can be found in street stalls all around Japan. Okonomiyaki Kiji Marunouchi is a Japanese restaurant which takes this street-food and turns it into a classy but traditional culinary experience. Toppings include varieties like soba noodles, steaks and pork tenderloin. Their pork tenderloin ponzu is also quite popular with the diners. The restaurant has a classy and traditional feel to it with traditional screen doors, minimal decor and an onomiyaki grill at every table. If you want a true Japanese street food experience without risking actual street-side stalls, this is the place to visit.
Kaffir Lime is a local Thai restaurant serving authentic down-home dishes in a laid-back setting, surprisingly tucked away in upscale Omotesando. The restaurant offers a great alternative from Japanese fare and is especially busy in the evenings. Portions are substantial so it's best to share with friends. The cozy second-floor restaurant opens out into a sunny terrace that's ideal once the sun sets. Pair Singha beer with cold spring rolls, crisp prawn crackers, hearty bowls of coconut-infused green curry, and fried fish in spicy sauce. If you like your food to pack a punch, this little spot can satisfy those spicy food cravings, though there are plenty of milder options on hand too.
When it comes to quick, light meals, M&T is one of the best restaurants there is in the neighborhood. Popular throughout the city, this is the place you should head to, for a scrumptious yet quick meal. Walk in for a bite of the signature wraps and gourmet sandwiches, and you are certain to walk out a fan of this restaurant. Boasting a number of enticing options from the basil pesto chicken wrap to the sizable chicken club sandwich, there is much to be savored at this fabulous restaurant.
Known to be busy during peak hours, Ikaruga is a local favorite dining spot in Tokyo. It serves wholesome ramen at prices that suit all pockets, making it a convenient dining space for office-goers. Located in Chiyoda-ku, the restaurant serves up flavorful bowls of piping hot ramen and soba that are local specialties. Be sure to arrive early in order to get a seat.
if you are looking for a quick-fix for your hunger, then a piping hot bowl of ramen is your best bet. What better place to buy that than at Hirugao. This small restaurant offers tempting ramen at affordable prices making it an instant hit with locals. It is one of the most popular places to taste shio-ramen, a variety of salted ramen. Be sure to arrive early in order to bag a seat here.
If you are looking to try some authentic an delicious Tskumen Ramen, head to Rokurinsha located inside Tokyo Station. This is a small restaurant exclusively serving this traditional meal. Enter this restaurant and place your order at the vending machine, from where a staff member will then lead you to your seat and hand you a bib. Patrons are served two bowls each, one with chasu (thick noodles) and another with dipping sauce (pork mince and fish sauce base). Ask for the level of spiciness as per your taste and slurp up the delicious meal. When you are done be sure to ask the server to fill your bowl with the complementary broth.
Located a few blocks away from Tokyo Railway Station, Tojin Kikka serves some of the best Sichuan style Chinese in the neighborhood. Specializing in the deliciously flavorsome mapo dofu, the Sichuan tofu dish, it is often ranked as one of the best Chinese eat outs in Chūō-ku. The unassuming looking back-alley joint is always full of locals hankering for spicy favorites like yunbairo. Drop in and have a bite!
The Marunouchi area of Tokyo is not know for its fun and frivolity, but that is just what some local restauranteurs wagered on when they opened the Mucho Mexican resto-bar - to inject some colorful flavor into this reserved part of town. They have succeeded. Akin to a more resort-like, Mexican resto, Mucho Modern Mexicano brings the smells, tastes and colors of Mexico alive. The place is lively and fun. It is affordable and tasty. Not to mention, the food is made in front of you, guacamole fresh, and the drinks are spirited. You could do worse than taking the time to fiesta here, so why not pop in and see what Mexico can be all about? Reservations recommended. -Stephen Lebovits