Food Adventures | Savoury & Sweet

H is a huuuuge fan of Japanese food so thanks to my Tokyo frequent flyer boyfriend, I was in for a treat and already had places lined up on our list! Your holiday in Tokyo isn’t complete without having its local fare.

But first up, a little snack!

SAVOURY

 

1. Onigiri 

There is a huge assortment of flavours, you’ll be spoilt for choice! You might find it surprising but this is my first ever Onigiri. You can buy them at convenient stores. We got ours at the airport while waiting for the train into the city! Might be a hit and miss because you have to decipher what flavour it is from the packaging.

2. Afuri Nakameguro

After checking in, we decided the first order of business was obviously to get ourselves some ramen! Afuri Ramen has many outlets in Tokyo and we ended up at the Nakameguro outlet.

H told me that Afuri’s specialty was their Yuzu Ramen. I was skeptical and don’t like citrus flavours in my food so my first thought – “Really??” Well, I decided to give it a shot anyway.

Having been to Tokyo once eons ago, I was expecting the usual pay-from-vending-machine Ramen, which was the case.

Easy to use! Cash in, ticket out…

Sat by the counter and watched the cooks in action.

Choose the amount of Chi-Yu (Chicken Oil with Dashi) for the soup base. Both of us chose the former.

Yuzu Sho (¥980)

Each bowl of ramen comes with a slice of pork grilled to perfection, bamboo shoots, half an Ajitama (seasoned soft-boiled egg) and mizuna leaves.

Bouncy, Bouncy ~

We slurped every last bit of it! The ramen was thin (a little like Mee Kia) but also bouncy. The soup was refreshing and light and yet so flavourful. Yuzu flavour wasn’t too overwhelming which I really liked. It added just the right amount of zest to the ramen.

You can find them @:

Address: 1 Chome−23−1, Meguro-ku, Kamimeguro, Tokyo 153-0051, Japan

Tel: +81 3-5720-2240

Opening Hours: 1100hrs – 0500hrs daily

Website: http://afuri.com

3. Makoto

Another great place for dinner is Makoto, located in Nihonbashi – a hidden back alley entrance of a restaurant, literally a hole in the wall. H’s Japanese friend made reservations for us in advance.

We had trouble locating the place because the entrance to the restaurant was this…

… So that threw us off a little. We were a little nervous we would open the back door to someone’s apartment or a kitchen.

But nothing Google can’t help us with!

The area inside was really small. The set up was similar to Afuri’s counter seats but the setting was more intimate.

Once we were seated, the chef asked us in English whether we ate oysters, ox tongue, steak etc. This was an Omakase style restaurant so there wasn’t any menu to order from. The fate of our tummies was left in the chef’s hands.

Over the night, we were served the following items:

Coleslaw

Raw Beef Sashimi – This melts in your mouth.

Deep-fried Ebi & Oyster

Ox Tongue with Freshly Grated Wasabi on the side.

Clam Chowder

Wagyu Beef – Beautiful marbling, also melts in your mouth.

Garlic Fried Rice

Japanese Rock Melon and Liqueur Coffee – Sweet treat to end off the amazing meal. 

They do not have a wine menu but they serve Sake.

We felt really comfortable as well as the chef would constantly check on us to see if the food portions were suitable. The icing on the cake was the Japanese rock melon which was a nice sugar rush at the end of the meal and the liqueur coffee.

Dinner costs ~¥30,000 per person but it was worth every cent.

One thing I really loved about Makoto is that the dishes look so unassuming and normal, but each dish was so well prepared and made us feel so comfortable. There was no need for fancy crockery or garnishing. The quality of the meal really boiled down to the food, nothing else.

You can find them @:

Address: 1 Chome-4-5 Nihonbashi Honcho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Tel: +81 03-3241-7502

Opening Hours: 11:30 – 14:00 (Lunch), 17:00 – 21:00 (Dinner)

SWEET

 

1. Moke’s Bread & Breakfast

“I’m going to bring you for Pancakes!” – said no one ever (except H) when visiting Tokyo. You think all the standard Japanese food like sushi or ramen but… pancakes? Well, that was what I thought until we went to Moke’s Bread & Breakfast.

“We found it!”

“HURRY! Can we go in already?”

First up: Coffee!

Only the names of the dishes are in English. There were Japanese characters in the description but since we couldn’t read Japanese, we had to rely on the photos in the menu! Their signature pancakes are the Lilikoi Pancakes (Hawaiian for Passion Fruit – Thanks Google!) that comes in different versions.

Lilikoi Pancakes (¥900)

Banana Lilikoi Pancakes (¥1100)

H ordered the original one, while I ordered the Banana Lilikoi Pancakes. I was a little surprised that my pancakes looked exactly like his. I was expecting more than 3 banana slices but it turns out that the bananas were in my pancake batter!

The pancakes were so light and did not feel dense at all. PLUS THEY LOOKED SO FLUFFY! *cries* The OCD part of me also approves of how neat the plate looked and how perfectly the sauce coated my beautiful pancakes :’)

You can find them @:

Address: 1 Chome−17−8 Meguro-ku KRK Building, Kamimeguro, Tokyo 153-0051 Japan

Tel: +81 3-6451-2400

Opening Hours: 0900hrs – 2200hrs daily

Website: mokeskailua-japan.com

2. Streamer Coffee Company

Not sure about you guys but I live on coffee. Of course in a hip and happening city like Tokyo, we HAD to go on a hunt for cafes! It was an incredibly sunny day and we were looking for a relaxing place to hang out that’s also close to Shibuya as we wanted to do some shopping in the afternoon.

Pleasant and sunny walk we had in the morning.

Industrial feel inside the cafe with plenty of sunlight!

Quirky doughnuts at the counter.

Because. Heat. Revolver Latte (¥680)

Still can’t get over how handsome he is *hearts in eyes*

I would 100% recommend this place. The Iced Lattes were so good and even though milk does funny things to H’s tummy, we finished every single drop. Also, there is a washroom in the cafe for convenience (refer to previous sentence).

You can find them @:

Address: 1 Chome-20-28 Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0002, Japan

Tel: +81 3-6427-3705

Opening Hours: 0800hrs – 1800hrs (Mon – Fri),  1000hrs – 1800hrs (Sat & Sun)

Website: streamer.coffee

3. Japanese Ice Ouca

In my previous post about what made my Tokyo trip Japanese, I was raving about the location of our apartment because there was simply too much good food around us. Japanese Ice Ouca is another one of H’s recommendations that is a 2-minute walk from Ebisu station! Japanese Ice Ouca sells amazing ice cream and knowing how much I love ice cream, H brought me there on our first night.

The shop was well lit and looks extremely cosy from the outside.

Cosy & homely interior!

English descriptions so you know what you’re ordering!

Matcha, Soybean Power with Brown Sugar & last flavour that I can’t remember 🙁 Medium Cup (¥460)

Along with the ice cream, we were given pieces of salted kombu (kelp/seaweed) to balance out the sweetness of the ice cream which we ate at the end. There aren’t many seats in the shop because the shop is quite small but we bagged 2 seats and hung out there for about 15-20 minutes. Because the queue was getting longer, we didn’t want to hog the place.

This charming ice cream parlour should not be missed! What’s exciting are the Japanese flavours they offered instead of standard ice cream flavours. From what I know, the flavours are seasonal so they change it up all the time! Flavours include black sesame, sweet potato, milk etc.

You can find them @:

Address: 1 Chome−6−6, Ebisu, Tokyo 150-0013, Japan

Tel: +81 3-5449-0037

Opening Hours: 1100hrs – 2300hrs daily

Website: http://www.ice-ouca.com/

There we have it! The top few places that I would definitely recommend if you guys visit Tokyo. These places are easy to find and there are plenty of information on the internet. We rented the pocket wifi router from Changi Airport which is very useful, especially because we rely on Google Maps a lot to get around.

It seems like we can never run out of food adventures in this bustling city! Where else is a must go for food in Tokyo? We already can’t wait to return!

 

<3,

A

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13 Comments
  • Raluca
    Posted at 01:43h, 22 October Reply

    Oh god! You should have put a spoiler alert at the beginning! Do not read while hungry! 😁
    Though I’m always hungry for Japanese food

  • Sarah
    Posted at 07:49h, 22 October Reply

    All this food looks so good – but I’m still a sucker for ramen. I want to go back to Tokyo right now to a hole in the wall ramen place to get a bowl. Right now!!!

  • Sara White
    Posted at 16:00h, 22 October Reply

    Oh wow. Everything in this post looks incredible, and I’m suddenly incredibly, over-the-top hungry and craving a big bowl of ramen (although also very curious about the soybean powder with brown sugar ice cream, which sounds super strange but is probably actually fantastic). Definitely bookmarking this for future Japan trip reference – I’m not going to lie, I’d be going there primarily to eat as much as possible!

  • Nicola | suitcase and wanderlust
    Posted at 16:57h, 22 October Reply

    What a great post. I wish I had seen it before I went to Tokyo. And I wish I was more experimental when it comes to food I don’t know… 😉

  • Ha
    Posted at 19:23h, 22 October Reply

    OMG you have tried so many things! I live in Japan and haven’t tried that much haha! Such a great list of food in Tokyo <3

  • Sophie
    Posted at 20:19h, 22 October Reply

    This is an awesome post! What a great, comprehensive (mouthwatering 😉) list. Some of it looks soooo strange but can’t write it off my list without trying it! LOL. Can’t wait to visit Tokyo in the future!

  • Kim
    Posted at 21:45h, 22 October Reply

    Ramen is always first order of business in Japan! Ouca was so good, missing Tokyo now.

  • Veronika
    Posted at 00:11h, 23 October Reply

    All these look so tasty! I would definitely spend a majority of my time in Tokyo on eating! 🙂

  • Jamie J
    Posted at 00:49h, 23 October Reply

    You had me at SWEETS! I would like to try the ramen in Japan too. This is a wonderful guide!

  • Sierra Dehmler
    Posted at 04:27h, 23 October Reply

    Oh my god YUM. This all looks SO good, especially the ramen. Thanks for making me drool all over my keyboard! Haha. I have to find a way to get to Tokyo soon, clearly.

  • Sherri
    Posted at 10:35h, 23 October Reply

    I think of all the dishes that ramen would be my favourite. YUM It looks like your trip was an amazing food adventure!! 🙂

  • Liz
    Posted at 15:39h, 23 October Reply

    This is a great post, I am planning to go to Tokyo soon, so this comes in really handy!

  • jin
    Posted at 03:39h, 24 October Reply

    Omg I love everything about Japan and it’s food culture! I actually tried half the places that you’ve mentioned, but bummed out that I didn’t try the others! Guess this just means I have to go back stat!

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