Category Archives: FOOD

New opening - Imadeya Sumida: Kinshicho


This well-stocked liquor store might be the best part of the 200-seat Sumida Food Hall inside Kinshicho Parco. Unlike the limited drinks selections at most food courts, here you can choose from a dozen differerent sake by the glass (including premium labels like Aramasa), plus imported and domestic wines, shochu, whiskey, craft spirits and cocktails.

If you want something to nibble on with your drinks, Imadeya offers small otsumami-style dishes for Y300-500, or you can get a seafood donburi or an Umami Burger from one of the other shops in the food court. Sake is priced from Y450 per glass, and wine from Y600, and of course if you find something you like you can pick up a bottle or two to take home. …continue reading


Top Tsukemen in Ginza: Oborozuki


For tsukemen in Ginza, the only place you need to visit is Ginza Oborozuki. This 7-seater hole-in-the-wall also serves top-notch ramen.

Tsukemen from Heaven

Oborozuki means “hazy moon” – an apt description for the thick and murky broth.

Modern fish / pork tsukemen broth is intense – a combination of sour, sweet, salty, and umami. Obrozuki’s tsukemen broth forges harmony between these 4 flavors.

Picture Perfect Tsukemen:

The broth beautifully and constructively clings to the ultra thick noodles. Of all toppings, the smoky broiled pork chashu are most celestial. The egg though is no joke and the kaiware sprouts are a nice detail.

“Soup wari” (hot water to top off your broth) at the end is possible – simply hand your bowl over.

Ramen to Write Home About

Their “Chukasoba” (ramen) goes in a different direction. It’s a light shoyu broth that likely utilizes a lot of veggies and has a hint of niboshi fish.

Just like with the tsukemen, you know they’re using quality pork. While not broiled, the thinner slices of seasoned pork compliment the …continue reading


Nakano: A Guide To Tokyo’s Underground Otaku And Foodie Paradise

Although a seemingly local and residential area, anyone heading West on the Chuo line will find much to explore in Nakano. Beloved by fans of video games, anime, and manga for offering a quieter version of Akihabara within its multi-floor department store Nakano Broadway, the neighborhood also suits anyone who loves to dig into the local side streets and seek out some gems. Nakano hides over 50 ramen restaurants (some of which are known to be the best in the city) which can mostly be found nestled around the energetic station exits and along the restaurant and bar strip of Rengazaka Street. Although Nakano is one of the most highly populated districts of Tokyo and surrounded by lively neighborhoods such as Koenji and Shinjuku, it’s easily accessible, retains a local, retro vibe and exudes charm.

History and Background

Whereas Koenji resonated with the punk scene of Tokyo in the 80s, Nakano very much became the darling of Japan’s otaku. The famous Nakano Broadway opened in 1966 as a sign of modernization in the primarily residential working area but the building was reserved for exclusive apartments and high-end shopping. Quickly, however, nearby neighborhoods such as Ikebukuro and Shinjuku outshone Nakano leaving the building worse for wear until the 1980s when Mandarake opened a store, others soon followed and created the otaku subculture which resonates strongly there today.

The name Nakano translates to “middle fields” as it was once the center of the Musashi no Kuni district, and it became the Tokyo district we know today in 1932 when the towns of Nogata and Nakano were merged into the former Tokyo city. Still very much deserving of its central name, Nakano is surrounded by …continue reading


Lavish Lunches: The Best Sets in Shibuya

Source: Tokyo Cheapo

Forget the onigiri you grabbed on the way into town, try one of these delicious lunch sets in Shibuya which all come in at ¥1,000 or under!
Shibuya has more restaurants than a single person could ever hope to try, but we’ve been to a fair few and have some great recommendations for your next lunch break. We’ve kept it all in mind—places good for groups, quick service and nowhere that will leave you smelling like an ashtray. Whether you’re in the mood for ramen, dumplings, or even Nepalese, we have you covered with these highly recommended Shibuya lunch spots!
1. Kugatsudo: Cafe-style ramen from ¥770
A ramen place you can actually relax in, Kugatsudo is an airy cafe-style restaurant that offers

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Kamitoku: Legendary Beef Ramen in Ginza


Kamitoku is renowned for its distinct and delightful beef ramen. This historic ramen shop has roots in Tottori prefecture and masterfully uses beef bones, a rarity in the ramen world.

Peppery Beef Ramen

Their trademark beef ramen reminds of pho but retains a stronger beef bone flavor. Despite the beef bone’s prominence, it’s very much a light and delicate broth.

Kamitoku Beef Ramen: ¥650

The shoyu seasoning is equally light, and complemented by sprinklings of black pepper. Pepper for your ramen steak.

Other Beefy Options

Kamitoku has a diverse menu. But all ramen include the famous beef bone stock.

If you want spicy, get the Beef Bone Tantanmen. It’s got a ball of flavorful minced pork that contributes to a thin broth that’s more about spiciness than creaminess. The beef bone flavor still playfully shines through.

Beef Bone Tantanmen: ¥700

The “Kamitoku White” ramen is also a solid spicy option. It has a richer, milk-like broth that’s topped off with zesty chili oil.

Kamitoku …continue reading