We will be in Tokyo in late September and I'd love feedback on some of my proposed restaurant choices. We are staying in Shinjuku but at an apartment, not a hotel. We need to have access to a full kitchen since my 10 year old DD has a food allergy to fish so she will have some meals at home. She cannot eat sushi or any finned fish. Shellfish like lobster, crab, prawns, oysters, and scallops are fine. She did an oral immunotherapy trial at Stanford and can now eat very small amounts of fish (e.g., she's fine with dashi in broth and must eat a little salmon and cod every day). But this means she will stay in the apartment with her older sister when DH and I go eat sushi.
Budget is not an issue, but since we're not staying at a hotel, I don't have a concierge to help me book restaurants so most of these are walk-in places and seem pretty low-budget. Several of my choices are suggestions from 2 foodie friends who made recommendations knowing we don't speak Japanese and we have our 2 kids with us (ages 10 and 13). Several of the Chowhound threads I found focused on more high-end options (and I've read that in Japan, this means children under 16 aren't usually welcome) or heavily focused on sushi. Please correct me if I'm wrong and I can bring my DDs to a high end restaurant. We'll gladly pay for the adult prices (they both eat like adults and love good food), but I didn't want to offend anyone by bringing them if that's not a culturally accepted practice.
Here's my list so far:
- Manten Sushi (booked on-line, only parents will go)
- Himawari Sushi Shintoshin (I know this is a conveyor belt chain but I figured DD2 can eat shrimp, scallops, crab, tamago, etc. while my older DD and the two of us eat sushi)
- Shin Udon (I think we'd go early and try to stand in line before they open)
- Katsukura on the 14th floor of the Takashimaya Department Store (Tonkatsu)
- Tenka Ippin or San To Ka for ramen (or go to Ramen Street at Tokyo Station?)
- Oedo Ayatori
I also figured we would go to the Depachika or 7-11 for snacks for our apartment. If I "pre-feed" DD2, then it may be easier for her to go to some place like Himawari Sushi Shintoshin with us and not be hungry. I presume it doesn't make sense to take her to a "real" sushi place since they have set menu prices/person and the 3 of us can't eat 4 meals.
I still need recs for Yakiniku, preferably not too far from Shinjuku. We're willing to travel but I'd prefer to keep it at 30 minutes or less.
Thank you in advance for any feedback or other suggestions!
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