PHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 5106 posts, RR: 14 Reply 1, posted (3 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1192 times:
Depending on what you want to eat and how much you wanna pay, I can recommend some nice places.
There's an excellent Tonkatsu restaurant in Shinjuku Times Square, South exit of Shinjuku station, about a 5 minute walk around all the construction. Amazing food there. Close to ¥6,000 though.
For casual/sit down restaurants, there's a few chains of restaurants I like, namely Seizeria and Johnathan's Cafe. Those are like your standard casual lunch and dinner places. I recommend the Hamburg Steak.
When in March? I arrive March 21 and I'll be there for 2 years. If you're still there when I arrive there shoot me a PM and I can probably find time to take you spotting at HND.
Things to do:
1) Sky Tree
2) Tokyo Tower
5) Ebisu (go for a drink there)
6) Kabukicho (if you want a hooker)
7) Shibuya (clubs, shopping)
8) Ueno Zoo
9) Akihabara- go get tripped out by the creepy chicks in maid costumes....and buy some cheap electronics
You do realize that teppanyaki is a concept created to cook gaijin food in a gaijin manner for gaijin in Japan after WWII.
It is not 'authentic' Japanese food, and is not very popular or common with the Japanese people. The very best teppanyaki restaurants are located in other countries, not Japan.
For real Japanese food, I would recommend Soba noodles or Udon noodles. Traditional Bento boxes also provide great treats of regional food.
Westernized food such as Tonkatsu is more popular than Teppanyaki.
A fancy treat would be Sukiyaki in a traditional type restaurant where you sit around a table with a blanket covering your feet, or Shabu-shabu. Both are westernized versions of traditional Japanese cooking. They are considered 'winter' foods and would be in season in March.
The key thing I liked about restaurants the four years I lived in Japan was that almost all restaurants had plastic replicas of their dishes in special windows outside the restaurant. I assume the practice continues. Many times I ate in restaurants where no one spoke English, the menu had no English - the only thing I could understand was the price. But I could point to a particular dish - and the food was always very well prepared, presented and flavorful. Sometimes not a flavor I liked - but that was my choice.
In general, I find that smaller restaurants in Japan to be of a higher quality than small restaurants anywhere in the world. The Japanese cooks take great pride in their food, and if it isn't very good - a restaurant won't survive on local trade.
RayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 7716 posts, RR: 5 Reply 13, posted (3 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1055 times:
Quoting PHX787 (Reply 1): 9) Akihabara- go get tripped out by the creepy chicks in maid costumes....and buy some cheap electronics
Used to be true back in the 1980's if you're talking electronics, but once the Yodobashi Camera Akiba store opened and the otaku culture arrived with anime/manga "goods" stores in the area, not so much.
But getting back on topic, if you can afford it, see if you can eat at a kaiseki restaurant. Cheap they're not, but it is the Japanese equivalent of haute cuisine.
foppishbum From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 746 posts, RR: 0 Reply 18, posted (3 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 966 times:
I'd imagine it would be difficult to find authentic tepanyaki food in Japan because it's not really popular among Japanese. Last time I went to visit the distant relatives, I didn't see/find any reputable tepanyaki restaurants.
Quote: The originator of the teppanyaki-style steakhouse is the Japanese restaurant chain Misono, which introduced the concept of cooking Western-influenced food on a teppan in Japan in 1945. They soon found the cuisine was less popular with the Japanese than it was with foreigners, who enjoyed both watching the skilled maneuvers of the chefs preparing the food as well as the cuisine itself, which is somewhat more familiar than more traditional Japanese dishes. As the restaurants became popular at tourist spots with non-Japanese, the chain increased the performance aspect of the chef's preparation, such as stacking onion slices to produce a flaming onion volcano.
PHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 5106 posts, RR: 14 Reply 20, posted (3 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 871 times:
Quoting United Airline (Reply 19): I know there are a few Fook Lam Moon(s) in Japan including Tokyo. How are they? Abalones, sharks fin etc etc
Isn't all that stuff Hong-kong cuisine?
In terms of fine dining, try that Ton-katsu place i mentioned.
There's also a really nice restaurant in Shinjuku, i forgot its name it's like the Midnight cafe or midnight express or something along those lines. I gotta check back with my buddy but he's in the PRC (no facebook access) right now. But it's about a 15 minute walk from Shinjuku Sta.
Omae XEX and the Grand Hyatt are very walkable from Roppongi Station. I also love, love, love a lot of the restaurants in the Roppongi Hills development. I am not sure about a teppanyaki option there though.
Here's a tip. If you are staying at a decent hotel with a concierge, as the concierge. It's how I discovered a lot that I otherwise wouldn't have.