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Eating in Tokyo & Kyoto

tabby11 | | Sep 10, 2008 05:52 PM


I know that other people have posted questions about eating in Tokyo and Kyoto but I thought I should post a separate one to in order to ask some specific questions (sorry if some of them are redundant). Some background first: my college roommate and I are going to be in Tokyo and Kyoto (and mostly likely Hakone) at the beginning of November and we would love to get some dining suggestions. We're both very adventurous eaters and are completely obessed with Japanese food - the purpose of our trip is to eat. I live in NYC and she lives in LA and we both have good options for Japanese food but we're searching for the amazing food/taste that we can't get in our respective cities. I was in Japan 8 years ago and really enjoyed my meals there but I was on a budget and my taste buds weren't as critical as they are now. Unfortunately, we're only going to be in Tokyo for 3 days (1 of which I will be by myself) and in Kyoto for 2 days. I've read the responses to the other posts but I was hoping to get restaurant suggestions for must eat places where I can dine by myself and with my college roommate. Below are the kinds of foods that we would like to try during our trip:

1) Sushi: I'm a big fan of Sushi Yasuda in NYC, which I think is fantastic, but would love to try better sushi in Japan. I've always wondered how much better the sushi can be in Japan. Also, is it worth trying the sushi in Tsukiji - I remember having a great meal there but some of the commentary on this site seemed somewhat negative. One post mentioned that there's a restaurant in Tsukiji that serves donburi with uni, toro, anago - I would love to go since these are all of my favorite toppings.

2) Yakitori

3) Soba noodles

4) Ramen noodles

5) Izakaya

6) Tofu

Is there anything else that's a must try?

Also, for all the suggestions please let us know what is a must order dish. We definitely don't want to accidentially order the wrong thing or miss trying out the speciality. Price is not a concern but we would like to avoid overpaying. Lastly, I've become very lazy in the past years and have resorted to wearing jeans everywhere so please let me know if that's not appropriate attire for a specific restaurant.

Thanks so much for your help!

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