Indulge in fine Michelin-grade dining for less
Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta (Japanese Soba Noodles 蔦)
This is the first ramen restaurant ever to be awarded a Michelin star. Here, the skillfully blended and savory sauce broth is enhanced with truffle oil as well as a vegetable and seafood soup stock. We recommend that you start off with the standard shoyu (soy sauce) soba. This place is insanely popular, so get there in the morning and grab your ticket. For a chance to enjoy the finest ramen in Tokyo, the wait is well worth it.
Opening hours: 11am – 5pm; ticket distribution starts at 7am on weekdays and 6.30am on weekends; 1,000 yen (US$8.90) deposit required to reserve a time slot (closed on Wednesdays)
Tel: +81 3 3943 1007
Masa’s Kitchen (マサズキッチン)
This restaurant uniquely uses traditional Chinese cooking techniques for Western cuisine. The chef will decide the course for you. Check out the weekday lunch set at 1,850 yen that includes two appetisers, a fried dish, a steamed dish, an entree, soup and rice. What a deal!
Opening hours: Lunch: 11.30am – 2pm (Last order: 2pm); Dinner: 6pm – 11.30pm (Last order: 10.30pm); Closed on Mondays
Tel: +81 3 3473 0729
Asagaya Bird Land (阿佐ヶ谷バードランド)
Savour the top-class okukujishamo chicken here, sinking your teeth into the delightfully crunchy skin andjuicy meat. The cheapest course is the yakitori course at 3,700 yen. Youhave never had chicken like this.
Opening hours: 5pm – 11pm (Tuesday – Saturday); 5pm – 10.30pm (Sunday and public holidays); closed on Mondays and every first and third Sundays
Tel: +81 3 33928941
Soba Sasuga (そば流石)
No trip to Japan is complete without a meal of traditional Japanese soba noodles and you can’t go wrong with this restaurant. The expertly crafted soba noodles are made using just water and buckwheat flour, without any fillers. The zaru soba (standard soba with soy-based dipping sauce) starts at just 1,000 yen. We recommend that you try the Sasuga Lunch, available at 2,000 yen, which includes your choice of soba, two side dishes and a dessert.
Opening hours: Lunch: 11.30am – 2pm, Monday to Saturday Dinner: 5.30pm – 10pm, Monday to Friday (Last order: 9.30pm); 5.30pm – 9pm (Last order: 8.30pm) Closed on Sundays and public holidays
Tel: +81 3 3543 0404
Le Bouchon (ル・ブション)
Nothing screams Michelin like exquisite French cuisine. And it just so happens that this restaurant is right next to the Tokyo City Air Terminal (T-CAT) and offers lunch for only 1,200 yen on weekdays. There’s also a Ladies’ Set for 2,000 yen, available on Mondays.
When it comes to dining options, you can’t go wrong in Tokyo: 217 restaurants are listed in the 2016 Tokyo Michelin Guide. And let’s not forget the 343 Bib Gourmand restaurants that offer superior cuisine at moderate prices. Make your trip to Tokyo now for a gastronomic experience you will never forget!
Opening hours: Lunch: 11.30am – 3pm (Last order: 1.30pm) Dinner: 6pm – 11pm (Last order: 9.30pm) Closed on Sundays
Tel: +81 3 5652 0655