5 of Tokyo's Best Restaurants
Every journey has a flavour, every place a taste. Whether it’s a Michelin-starred meal, a multi-course extravaganza or fresh fish at a seaside cantina, we believe you can’t really call yourself a cultural adventurer if you don’t embrace the local food and drink. In the first of our three-part Insider’s Guide to Tokyo, Trip Designer Orsolya Kako offers a few a few of her favourite Tokyo restaurants where you can do just that.
My Favourite Tokyo Restaurants
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A hip new café in the Harajuku area of Tokyo, this very cool space has a great vibe and offers a nice chance to get out of the chaos of Harajuku (where everyone should spend a morning or afternoon gawking at the latest Japanese fashions).
Tapas Molecular Bar, Mandarin Oriental Hotel
With only eight seats per sitting, the tapas bar at the Mandarin Oriental makes for a really fun, interactive evening with the chef. Only 8 seats per sitting. Over the course of two hours, chefs prepare more than 20 plates of bite-sized delicacies right before your eyes. I did this and it was awesome!
With three Michelin stars and rave reviews, it’s no surprise that this was one of the most oft-recommended restaurants among Tokyo locals. Chef Seiji Yamamoto pursues what he calls the “possibility of Japan cuisine,” serving up traditional and authentic Japanese dishes.
Tokyo Shiba Tofuya Ukai
Located adjacent to historic Shiba Park, a visit to Tofuya Ukai is like stepping back to the days of the Edo Period (1600-1868). The traditional architecture invokes the spirit of Japan, forged over thousands of years, while inside, guests can sample the food culture of Edo in the heart of one of the world’s most modern cities. Lovers of fine cuisine will enjoy the exquisite taste of specialty tofu dishes among lush Japanese gardens at the foot of Tokyo Tower.
If you are looking for a hole-in-the-wall local atmosphere restaurant that serves some of the best sushi in Tokyo, look no further. Great for your first morning in Tokyo when you cannot sleep due to jet lag. Head down early and check out the Tsukiji fish market first, and then feast on some of the freshest fish around—and I do mean early. The restaurant keeps odd hours: from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. Of course, in a city the size of Tokyo, amazing restaurants are legion. Check out a few more great selections on Luxury Travel Advisor.