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Help another returnee with good Tokyo eating!

prasantrin | Oct 1, 2010 10:53 AM

I bit the bullet and purchased my ticket to Japan--will be attending a wedding in Kobe, but am arriving in and departing from Tokyo. I changed my original dates to avoid spending Monday in Tokyo (when most restaurants seem to be closed), and will be in Tokyo Thursday evening till Sunday evening. Then I will return early Sunday morning and depart Sunday afternoon. I am on a much more limited budget this time around, I'm trying not to spend more than Y2000/meal, but am willing to make a couple of exceptions (right now one of those exceptions will probably be Ristorante Aso). I'm looking for a mix of Japanese and well-done Italian or French. I am on a tighter budget, though, so I don't know how easy it will be to find well-done Italian or French for dinner at Y2000 or Y3000. . .

Here's my tentative plan:

Thursday evening: I don't want to make definite plans since my flight arrives around 17:30, and I don't know when I'll get into town. Any suggestions for the Shinjuku area? I'm not really sure what I want. . . something Japanese, but not ramen. Maybe Tsunahachi for tempura? Or is there good donburi in the area?

Friday morning--Finally going to Tsukiji, and eating at Ooedo for kaisendon. I prefer Kaisendon to sushi, so I think it's the better choice for me. And then maybe I'll have a little room leftover for the chashu plate at that other place in Tsukiji (can't remember the name). That's actually more up my alley.

Friday Lunch--Menya Kissou? Or is there anyplace near Jiyu Gakuen (in Ikebukuro) that might be worth a visit? I'll probably be visiting Jiyu Gakuen on this day, and then heading to Aigre Douce for treats! :-)

Friday dinner--torn between Fuku and Bird Land. Do either accept parties of 1? And I'm guessing Fuku is probably cheaper than Bird Land? Or are they about the same price point?


Saturday morning--pastries and macaron from Isetan!

Saturday lunch--Butagumi

Saturday dinner--Baggio or Savoy for neapolitan-style pizza


Sunday morning--pastries and macaron from Isetan again!

Sunday lunch--Ristorante Aso. I'm debating between RA and L'Osier, but I know L'Osier closes on Sundays, so I'd have to shift things around if I do L'Osier. I think RA accepts parties of 1, though, and I can make reservations my e-mail, so it'll be easier to get in there.

Sunday dinner--???? Any suggestions?

Upon my return:

Sunday morning--pastries and macaron from Isetan! I am nothing if not predicable.

Sunday lunch-- Any suggestions? Maybe a place that does moderately priced unagi?

I will definitely be visiting Viron for kouign aman. And my usual sweets shops for cookies, financier, etc. Suggestions for outstanding basic karinto (standard types--regular, kokuto, or peanut, but not those new fangled types that they sell at Tokyo Station) would be appreciated.

Feel free to make other suggestions as you see fit!

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