Kamameshi refers to Japanese rice cooked in an iron pot which is known as “kama” in Japanese. It used to be a way to have communal meals, especially after the Great Kanto Earthquake that happened in the Tokyo area in 1923. It originated in a town called Takeshitakama, and was a way to distribute rice in the community. A popular way of using the kama is by putting the pot in the middle of the table for people to eat directly from. If you happen to be in Tokyo you can try kamameshi in the restaurants below, which are especially recommended.
Kamameshimutsumi is located in the Asakusa area of Tokyo. It is tucked away behind a popular tourist destination, the Sensoji Temple. The place looks very traditional with its tatami flooring. One well-loved menu item is the kamameshi dish they serve, it’s named “gomoku kamameshi”. It consists of mixed seafood, rice, chicken and more. They are open from 11:30 AM to 9:30 PM.
Torigin has already been open for 60 years, it is believed to be the first kamameshi restaurant of that area. It is very popular for its clay pot rice (kamameshi) and yakitori. Torigin is located in Tokyo, only about 92 metres from Ginza station. It is only open from 11:30 AM to 10:00 PM. There are 134 seats available for diners. However, there’s no private room nor a parking lot. The amount of money spent ranges from 1,000 yen to 2,999 yen, depending on how much you want to eat and drink.
Another place where you can enjoy kamameshi is Toridoki in Tokyo’s Kachidoki district. It has only been open since 2013 but has already claimed a good reputation when it comes to its food. It is open from late lunch to late night, and there are 42 seats available for diners. One recommended dish to try is the Ika Kamameshi. This is clay pot rice with a topping of squid, which is very much adored by Toridoki’s patrons. There is a variety of dishes available in this place to try!
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