Being Japan’s capital city, Tokyo has a reputation for outrageous prices when it comes to food and drinks. However, there is actually no need to eat in the most upscale restaurants to experience authentic Japanese cuisine. The 3 places listed below are prime examples of restaurants serving excellent food at mid-range prices!
Uchiyama is a comfortable and accessible Japanese restaurant located on the outer edge of Ginza. It has a low ceiling and intimate interior with a massive block of cedar wood functioning as a counter area. If drop by at lunch time, you can spend as little as 1,500 yen per person. It offers many authentic Japanese dishes made with high-quality ingredients, and a prime example is their tai chazuke, the signature dish. This simple Japanese dish is made by pouring hot water over cooked rice. Uchiyama is becoming quite popular these days because of its accessibility and affordability.
Hanabusa is a popular restaurant for business meetings in the middle of Tokyo. It is one of the best local restaurants serving traditional Japanese cuisine that goes well with wine, sake, and other kinds of alcohol. This is a Japanese style pub (izakaya) which also provides banquet dinners. The facility seats 58 and provides language support through its menus (English, Korean, and Chinese menus are available). The usual amount you’ll be spending for lunch is 1,500 yen, and dinner sets you back around 10,000 yen. Hanabusa is located in Akihabara, about 10 minutes from the JR Okachimachi Station. It is open every day except Sundays and holidays.
For affordable yet high-quality seafood rice bowls, head to Tsujihan in Nihonbashi. It specializes in ‘zeitakudon’ which contains a variety of sashimi fish on rice and costs 990 yen for the cheapest bowl. This is not really a place for tourists as there are only 12 counter seats available, so there is usually a line. Nevertheless, it is frequented by locals who line up in advance just to get a taste of the food. Sometimes the wait can take as long as 30 minutes, but it is always worthwhile in the end as the restaurant’s food is really delicious and satisfying without breaking the bank.
There is really no need to spend a lot if you want to try authentic and delicious Japanese dishes. Give these places a shot during your next gastronomical adventure in Tokyo!