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Food List for travel to Tokyo and Kansai region

Eldarion | Apr 22, 200802:13 AM

Hi guys,

I'm headed for Tokyo and the Kansai region for a holiday in June, and am compiling a food list from recommendations online. My budget is moderate, I'm hoping that most meals would cost not too far above 3000 Yen. Is there anything I left out that is a must try, or do you guys have any comments?

Daikokuya at Asakusa

Daiwa or Sushi dai in Tsukiji
Midori sushi
Hanaore (Kyoto) for sabazushi

Gogyo for Kogashi ramen
Ippudo in Ebisu (Ansley rec)
Ramen Jiro in Mita
Koumen chain in Ikebukuro
Jyangara ramen in Harajuku
(will probably not try all since I'm not that much of a sucker for ramen)


Obana at Asakusa
Kawachiya at Shibamata
Nodaiwa at Akabanebashi

French-Japanese confectionaries:
Pierre Herme for macarons
Jean Paul Hevin for chocolate
Sadaharu Aoki for salted caramel tart, yuzu eclairs
Hidemi Sugino for mousse cakes

Other food to try:
Dango in both Tokyo and Kyoto
Train bentos

Most of the places I've listed so far are for Tokyo, I don't really have any places listed for Kyoto yet. I'd really like to get some nice wagashi though. I don't really have recommendations for Yakiniku, Shabu shabu or Izakayas either so yeah, those would be welcome too.
I am also wondering if there are any other good sushi places that are not too commercial and don't cost an arm an a leg to eat at? I am a sushi afficionado and have considered getting a lunch set at Kyubei, but I read that it doesn't taste representative of Kyubei's true quality. Looks like I've to wait till I'm a richer bloke.. But in the meantime I'd love some sushi shop recommendations that show more finesse than Midori, without being expensive.


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