Where do you go when you crave authentic Japanese food? Where do think serves the best (fill in the blank for your Japanese food craving of choice: ______)?
There have been lots of great discussions on Chowhound regarding this subject; I'm starting this new thread since many are several years old already.
Best izakaya overall - Yoisho vs. Bincho vs. Tosa
Best yakitori - ?
Best katsu curry - ?
Best wafu pasta - ?
Best udon - Koya vs. Itadaki Zen
Best soba - ?
Best ramen - Ryo vs. Nagomi vs. Cocoro
Best takoyaki/okonomiyaki - ?
Best freshly made tofu - ?
Best Japanese bakery with curry pan/melon pan/sandwiches etc.
Best Japanese supermarket overall - Atariya (which location?) vs. Japan Centre
Best Japanese dessert - ? (sorry green tea ice cream from a tub does not count - looking for a restaurant that makes their own ice cream flavors or other authentic Japanese desserts like anmitsu etc.)
I also started a completely separate thread just on "Best sushi". It deserves its own thread! http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7210...
About me: I'm based in NYC most of the time, but visit London quite frequently. Some of my pickier London friends have claimed that they don't eat out for certain foods (like ramen), choosing instead to reserve this very basic craving for their annual Tokyo trips. Obviously, that is not feasible for most people. Would greatly appreciate all your advice on the best places to go to in London since not everyone can afford to fly to Tokyo every year!