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Solo L.A. Hound has 36 hours in Tokyo for food tour, early November... Please help with my itinerary!

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Solo L.A. Hound has 36 hours in Tokyo for food tour, early November... Please help with my itinerary!

J.L. | Oct 5, 2011 04:49 PM

Konichiwa Tokyo Chowhounds,

Please comment on my plan:

I will be traveling solo on business from Los Angeles to Tokyo in early November. I will have only about 36 hours in Tokyo as free time, and would like to use it to eat! Time-wise, I have 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners, and lots of snacking in between to plan.

My budget will not be a limiting factor on this trip. Though budget is not a concern, it does not mean I must eat expensively. I enjoy street food as much (if not more) than high end dining in general.

I will be staying in Shiodome, near Chuo. I have visited Tokyo many times before, and can use public transport without problems. BUT... I am not fluent in Japanese.

So far, I have made a reservation for dinner at Aronia de Takazawa, and a dinner reservation at Tapas Molecular Bar in the Mandarin Oriental for the next night. I am sure I want to keep the Aronia de Takazawa reservation, but I am less certain if Tapas Molecular is a "must-try" restaurant.

I would like to focus on ramen, sushi, teppanyaki and any other "must-try" places while in Tokyo. I will probably return to Tsukiji Fish Market for sushi for one of the meals. I tried getting a reservation at Sushi Saito, but they are full. I am told Sukiyabashi Jiro (Ginza) does not take solo foreigners.

Because I know many restaurants do not take solo diner reservations, I have arranged for a friend in Tokyo who will be my dining buddy "on-call", just in case a certain restaurant does not accept a reservation for just one person.

Places I have enjoyed in Tokyo include Ramen Jiro, Keyakizaya Teppanyaki, Sushi Kanesaka, and Ten-ichi Tempura in Ginza.

Has anyone tried Iberico Bar or Ivan Ramen for ramen? Is Hokkaido crab in season in November? Anything else in season I should try?

As always, Thanks in Advance!

Los Angeles 'Hound J.L.

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