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Willl you please review my list of inexpensive and mid-level eats in Tokyo?


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Willl you please review my list of inexpensive and mid-level eats in Tokyo?

Ingrid Ingrid | | May 31, 2012 11:49 AM

Hi Japan Chowhounds,

After much research on this board and other sources on the web ( rocks!), I’ve compiled this list of cheap to mid-level eats in Tokyo. As much as we would love to splurge on some meals at Michelin starred places, our big splurge is going to Tokyo in the first place so we’ll have to pass on those (this time around). I’m not disappointed at all though, because it sounds like there are some terrific eats at around $50 per person and below. We certainly aren’t going to hit all the places on this list. My goal with this list is to have a fleixble resource to go to when we plan our day each morning and are out and about and hunger strikes.

If you could let me know if there are any places on this list that: (a) aren’t good or great, or (b) much more expensive than I anticipate (again we are trying to stay at $60 per person or below, give or take), I would be grateful. Also, I would love some more izakaya, tempura, and shabu shabu recommendations if at all possible in our price range. (We love all kinds and styles of food, but are not especially keen on organ meats or offal.)

Finally, how would you recommend finding these places? My plan is to compile a complete list before we leave with addresses and print outs of google maps. But should I buy a Tokyo City atlas as well? My husband and I were in Tokyo for a mere 10 hours several years ago. We spent the entire time getting lost, and while we have more time this round (5 days, yeah!), I don’t want to spend too much time getting lost. (While, we certainly expect to get lost, and see the fun in surrendering to being hopelessly lost at one point, I don’t want to spend our entire trip getting lost.) Thanks so much for your input. Am very grateful. Will defintely post about our meals when we return.


- Ikaruga, 1-9-12 Kudankita, Chiyoda-ku;;

- Basanova (sometimes Bassanova), 1-4-18 Hanegi, Setagaya-ku;

- Chuka Soba Inoue, 4-9-16 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku

- Ramen Musuem

- Tetsu

- Harukiya in Ogikubo

- Rokurinsha at Tokyo Station


- Kyubey in Ginza, Chuo-ku, Ginza 8-7-6, 03-3571-6523, 11:30 – 13:30, 17-21:45,

- Kozasa in Shibuya (are reservations essential here?)

- Sushi Taichi in Ginza

- Sushi Iwa

- Futaba in Ginza

- Sushi Ichi in Ginza

- Sushi Shimuzu in Shimbashi : lunch at 5500.-yens (9kan), lunch at 8500.- yens (13kan)

- Sushi Sasaki in Ginza : lunch at 3500.-yens, 5000.-yens or 7000.-yens


- Tamoiyanse,

- Yamariki, Koto-ku, Morishita 2-18-8, tel: 03-3633-1638, 17:00 – 22:00, closed Sunday and holidays


- Tatsukich1, 3341-9322, Shinjuku 3-34-16, Ikeda Plaza Bldg 4F. Open 5-10pm

- Yakitori Akira in Maronouchi

- Kushiwakamaru, 3715-9292, Naka-Meguro, Kami-Meguro 1-19-2. Open 5pm- midnight daily.


- Katsukura (in Takashimaya Dept. Store, Shinjuku


- Tsunahachi Rin (Shinjuku)


- Udon Neno Zu

- Kaori-ya (in Ebisu) (soba)

- Narutomi in Ginza

- Honmura An in Roppongi


- Seryna Honten (Lunch)


Tofu-ya Ukai, 4-4-13 Shiba, Koen, 81-3-3436-1028 (traditional kaiseki featuring home made tofu)