Japan Eats 2.0: Five Affordable Restaurants in Tokyo

Looking for good restaurants to visit in Tokyo? The list is endless! Or better still, good AND affordable restaurants that won’t break the bank? Here are some of my favourite affordable restaurants in Tokyo 🙂

1. Gyozaro, Harajuku

I am a very indecisive person so I don’t like to see a menu that is more than one-page long, because it takes me forever to decide on what to eat. So places like Harajuku Gyozaro are perfect because they only have two options on their menu – steamed or fried gyoza 😀

The restaurant is small and it is located in one of the small alleys around Shibuya area. Talking about small alleys in Tokyo, there are tons of them! So make sure you have wifi or a data plan for your phone’s GPS to look for this tiny restaurant 🙂

This is probably one of the cheapest meals that you can find in Tokyo, only SGD 3.40 for 6 gyozas. These gorgeous and juicy gyozas definitely tasted better than the ones in Singapore. If you are health-conscious, you can opt for the steamed ones. The pan-fried gyoza was slightly oily but it was good 🙂 My friends and I ordered 5 plates so each one of us had 10 pieces. Did someone mention diet just now? x)

If you are traveling on a budget and you are looking for a somewhat authentic Japanese dining experience, then of course add Gyozaro to your itinerary! 🙂

Gyozaro, Harajuku

Address: 6 Chome−2−4 Shibuya, Jingumae, Tokyo, Japan,〒150-0001 
Phone: +81 3-3406-4743
Opening hours:
Mon - Sat 11.30AM - 04.30AM
Sun 11.30AM - 11.00PM

2. Umegaoka Sushino Midori, Ginza

Your Japan trip would be incomplete if you do not eat sushi! For my previous two trips, I have always gone to Sushi Dai. But I decided not to queue for it this time round, as I thought my time was too precious to be spent queueing at Tsukiji fish market (I only had four days in Tokyo so as much as possible I wanted to visit new places).

I looked through a couple of restaurants and I came across Sushino Midori in Ginza. It was certainly a great decision to try a different restaurant – not only was the food great, but I also found the best place that serves my favourite negitoro sushi. The broiled fish sushi-assortment that I had were equally good too and for the quality of sushi that I got, SGD 9.30 was exceedingly reasonable.

 

If you are not a fan of raw sushi or sashimi, Sushino Midori actually serves ‘cooked’ sushi as well. The one that I ordered was actually broiled for a while. The sushi was fresh and I definitely loved the burnt smell from the flame gun.

Umegaoka Sushino Midori is definitely one of the sushi places that is worth visiting, especially if you are looking for good and affordable sushi in Tokyo 🙂

Umegaoka Sushino Midori, Ginza

Address:7-108 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo 104-0061, Japan
Phone: +81 3-5568-1212
Opening hours:
Mon - Sat: 11.00AM - 09.30PM
Sun: 11.00AM - 08.30PM

3. Kaneko Hannosuke

Another restaurant that did not give me a hard time to pick my dinner was Kaneko Hannosuke, a tiny restaurant serving really good tempura.

There were only two options on the menu – either Edomae Tendon (like the picture below) or Tempura Meshi. The Edomae Tendon is a rice bowl with tempura of conger (eel), shrimp, squid and soft-boiled egg. The ingredients are really fresh as they buy them from Tsukiji fish market daily! I guess the difference between the two menus is Edomae Tendon comes with the secret sauce that Chef Kaneko inherited from his grandfather 🙂

The two-storey restaurant can only fit a maximum of 15 people. The first storey only has a bar table that can only sit five people at one time. If you want to sit in a proper table, then you have to wait for available seats on the second floor. As the place is pretty small, you might have to queue to eat at this restaurant. I remember coming around 6 o’clock and we had to wait for a while.

Kanoke Hannosuke

Address: 1-11-15 Nihonbashi-Muromachi, Chuo-ku 
Tokyo 
Phone: +81 3-3243-0707
Opening hours:
Mon - Fri: 11.00AM - 10.00PM
Sat, Sun and Public Holiday: 10.00AM - 09.00PM

4. Satou steakhouse, Mushasino

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People usually recommend going to Kobe for good-yet-affordable steak. But what if you are only visiting Tokyo? Where to get high-grade steak in Tokyo without breaking your bank? I actually had a hard time picking a steak restaurant there because I wanted to make sure that the restaurant was not overly expensive, yet still offering high-quality meat. It was definitely a challenge, but I managed to find one place: Satou Steakhouse.

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It might not be affordable in absolute terms, but relatively, for the food and quality you get, Satou is the place to go. To read my full review on Satou Steakhouse, please click on the link here 🙂

Satou Steakhouse, Musashino

Address: 
1-1-8 Kichijojihoncho (2nd floor), Musashino,
〒180-0002, Japan
Phone No: 0422-21-6464
Nearest train station: Kichijoji Station
Opening hours: 
Mon - Fri:
Lunch 11.00AM - 02.00PM
Dinner 05.00PM - 08.00PM

Sat, Sun and Public Holidays: 11.00AM - 08.00PM

5. Luke’s Lobster, Omotesando

Dominique Ansel, Magnolia Bakery and now Luke’s Omotesando. Are you sure we are talking about Tokyo and not New York here? :p There are so many reasons why I fall in love with Japan deeply – one of which is the ease of finding good food from other countries in Japan.

 

The three names that I mentioned earlier are just a few of the famous establishments from New York City that you can easily find in Tokyo. There are still tons out there that I have yet to mention. Don’t you feel great knowing that you can visit these restaurants without having to fly far away? 🙂

If you are a huge lobster roll fan and you are looking for juicy lobster claw meat nestled inside a toasted buttery bun, then visit Omotesando area and look for Luke’s Lobster.  It is actually one of the best lobster rolls that I have ever tried so far! 🙂

Luke's Lobster

Address:6-7-1 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 
Opening hours: 11.00AM - 08.00PM

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