Top 10 Tokyo restaurants, Japan

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Top 10 Tokyo restaurants

By Danielle Demetriou - Destination expert

Piacere restaurant at Shangri-La Hotel

Where to find the best restaurants in Tokyo serving everything from Michelin starred sushi to Japanese-style pub grub, by our expert, Danielle Demetriou.

It’s not just about sushi. From tonkatsu pork cutlets and unagi eel to okonomiyaki pancakes and all things tofu, Tokyo is home to a dizzying quantity of restaurants specialising in an array of Japanese cuisine, not to mention Michelin stars. Best of all, it caters to all budgets, from wallet-busting skyscraper restaurants to atmospheric local izakaya – Japanese-style pubs where tapas-sized food is washed down with beer and sake – with an emphasis on high-quality seasonal ingredients across the spectrum. All in all, nirvana for foodies.

There’s no tipping in restaurants (except in high end hotels, where service may often be included in any case).


In contrast to the understated setting of this place – an anonymous building on a quiet back-street – the chef Hiroyuki Kanda is a master of contemporary Japanese cuisine. Expect seasonal dishes, from the freshest-cut sushi to mountain vegetables, served as prettily as a haiku. As it has only eight seats along a wooden counter and only fractionally fewer Michelin stars (three), you need to reserve well in advance.
Address: 3-6-34 Motoazabu, Minato-ku
Contact: 00 81 3 5786 0150
Prices: Dinner set menu costs from around Y15,000 (£89) a person.

Nihonryori Ryugin

A discreet website note urging diners to be “sensible” about the perfume they wear reflects how seriously food is taken by the famously fiery chef, Seiji Yamamoto. But the innovative and experimental creations on offer at the restaurant – with its trio of Michelin stars – make it worth it. Complex culinary delights range from charbroiled wild eel to a fruit dessert chilled to a lip-quivering minus-196C accompanied by a sauce heated to 99C.
Address: Side Roppongi Bldg, 1F 7-17-24 Roppongi, Minato-ku
Contact: 00 81 3 3423 8006;
Prices: The gastronomy menu costs from Y23,100 (£137) a head.

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New York Grill, Park Hyatt

It’s all about meat in the sultry New York Grill on the 52nd floor of the Park Hyatt (yes, that hotel from Lost in Translation). On the menu are an array of mouth-melting grilled beef dishes – from Hokkaido Ribeye to Kobe Prime Cut. If you’re undecided, ask the waiter to show you the cuts of meat before you choose. Reserve a table next to the window – the views over sparkling night-time Tokyo are almost as captivating as the food.
Address: 3-7-1-2 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-Ku
Contact: 00 81 3 5323 3458;
Prices: Lunch set menu Y6,102 (£36) a head, weekend brunch Y8,421 (£50)  and dinner set menu from Y13,424 (£80), including service charges.


Prepare to be dazzled by the interior – from the lift doors opening onto the kitchens (yes, it’s the right floor) to the dramatically lit dining space. Food is fancy French fusion – from roast pork cutlet with chrysanthemum green puree to grilled swordfish with dandelion leaf salad – but it’s the atmosphere, dramatic decor and glam clientele that draw the crowds.
Address: Mikimoto Ginza 2 8/9F, 2-4-12 Ginza, Chuo-ku
Contact: 00 81 3 5159 0991;
Prices: Four-course dinner menu is Y6,500 (£38). Mains from around Y2,600 (£15). Lunch menu from Y1,500 (£9).


Despite the traditional decor – all wood, dim lighting and natural materials – playfully modern Japanese cuisine is on the menu at Gochizen, a small culinary gem in Nishi Azabu. Attention to detail is second to none – from the food presentation to the faultless service. Don’t miss the special pork dish.
Address: 2-7-3 Nishiazabu, Minato-ku
Contact: 00 81 3 6427 9728;
Prices: Dinner from around Y5,000 (£30) a head.

kurkku JINGUMAE Mother/Kitchen

All things eco are celebrated at kurkku – Finnish for cucumber – a mini green emporium on a Harajuku backstreet. Mother cafĂ© and bar is located on the window-lined ground floor, serving light meals, snacks and cocktails (the Mother mojito is recommended). The first floor is home to its restaurant Kitchen, an earthy space of wood and glass, serving innovative Italian-inspired meals using top quality organic Japanese farm produce.
Address: 2-18-15 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
Contact: Mother 00 81 3 5414 0581, Kitchen 00 81 3 6447 1131;
Prices: Dinner courses at Kitchen start at Y4,800 (£28) a head. Lunch is Y2,500 (£15).

Ivy Place

A relaxing modern Asian haven of wood, stone and large windows in the swishy T-site complex in Daikanyama (worth visiting for its stylish bookstore). A favourite among stylish lunching ladies (plus babies and pampered pooches), the restaurant serves tasty European fare, from grilled lamb chops with eggplant to roast vegetable flatbread pizza.
Address: 16-15 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku
Contact: 00 81 3 6415 3232;
Prices: Lunch from around Y1,300 (£8) a head, dinner main courses from around Y2,000 (£12).


This place, in a former public bathhouse on a Harajuku back-street, puts melt-in-the-mouth tonkatsu – breaded deep fried pork cutlets – centre stage. A Tokyo institution since opening its doors in 1965, the food is not only famously tasty (thanks to a secret ingredient, tonkatsu sauce), it’s also reasonably priced.
Address: 4-8-5 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
Contact: 00 81 3 3470 0071;
Prices: Tonkatsu lunch sets from around Y999 (£6), dinner set around Y1,600 (£9).


A family-run restaurant serving okonimiyaki – Japanese-style pancakes – in a traditional wooden house in atmospheric Asakusa. Rape blossom, flowering fern and bamboo shoots are among an array of veggies mixed with cabbage and seafood or meat, cooked at low tables with inbuilt hot plates. Guests sit on tatami mat flooring.
Address: 2-2-2 Nishi-Asakusa, Taito-ku
Contact: 00 81 3 3844 9502; (Japanese only) English menu available.
Prices: Dinner around Y1,200 (£7).


A narrow stone path leads to Aoya, a tiny restaurant in an old house on a Nakameguro backstreet. Wooden walls and dim lanterns set a serene tone, and a bustling kitchen produces home cooking delights such as Kyoto-style vegetables and spicy Korean hot pots. Delicious green tea and traditional Japanese sweets are also served. If it’s full, double check next door in its smaller sister space.
Address: 1-15-10 Aobadai, Meguro-ku
Contact: 00 81 3 3464 1615;
Prices: Tasty lunch menus, including soup, rice and a drink, from Y950 (£6) to Y1,600  (£9) a person.

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