There are many places that offer delicious dishes using fresh ingredients in the Tsukiji Outer Market. Here are five of the recommended spots in this area.
1. Tsukiji Kanno – Main Branch
If you want to eat a bowl of rice topped with sashimi in Tsukiji, then there’s nowhere else to go but Tsukiji Kanno – Main Branch. It’s a shop that prides itself on rice bowl topped with sashimi that uses fresh seafood directly supplied from the Tsukiji Market. It’s a famous spot that is frequented by regular customers. Tsukiji Kanno serves a wide variety of rice bowls with sashimi, with about 60 types available. Its sushi menu is also quite impressive. The most famous item in its menu is the Nakaochi Tokudon (1,800 JPY) that has nine ingredients, including high-quality and soft flesh scraped off the backbone of tuna, great amberjack, salmon roe, squid and shrimps. The Maguro Sanshumoridon (900 JPY) made with tuna, salmon roe and sea urchin is also popular. During lunchtime, we recommend ordering the daily lunch set that uses that day’s delicious ingredients! It is located in a spot that's easy to spot from the main street, so please check out this place!
2. Trattoria Tsukiji Paradiso!
Trattoria Tsukiji Paradiso! is a famous restaurant that serves authentic Italian dishes. We recommend making a reservation in advance as it is a pretty popular place where waiting in a queue is unavoidable if you want to get in. Inside the restaurant, there's a casual ambiance that is reminiscent of the Mediterranean region, and here, you can relish the main courses that use the freshest seafood from Tsukiji, together with the vegetables in season and meat dishes. It has an extensive menu and the pasta noodles that they make right inside the store have gained a reputation for being delicious with a springy texture. This restaurant’s biggest pasta hit is the linguini with fresh shell fish and cherry tomatoes (2,200 JPY (excl. tax)) that is packed with six types of shell fish, including clams, Manila clams and mussels. This dish is a masterpiece that brings out the flavors of shell fish and tomatoes. The daily fresh seafood fritter (starts at 1,200 JPY (excl. tax)) is also well loved here, so you must try that, too. For lunch (11:00 am – 2:00 pm), there is a menu that changes every week which features pasta and other dishes that come at reasonable prices that start at 980 JPY (excl. tax). Now imagine its cozy atmosphere that would make you feel at home. Don't you feel like eating delicious food and drinking some wine here?
3. Torimeshi Toritou Bunten
Torimeshi Toritou Bunten is a restaurant dedicated to chicken dishes that is operated by a chicken wholesale shop in Tsukiji Market that boasts of a history that spans longer than 100 years. We recommend this restaurant to those who want to eat anything other than seafood in Tsukiji. The atmosphere inside the restaurant is relaxed. In its menu that uses carefully selected chicken meat, you will find such dishes as toriju made with teriyaki thigh, minced meat, and liver on top of rice (900 JPY), chicken katsu (cutlet) curry (950 JPY) and of course, oyakodon (chicken and egg on rice) (800 JPY), its featured dish on the board menu. The oyakodon is characterized by its unique salty taste on top of the traditional soy sauce flavors. We recommend this restaurant to people who just want to eat simple oyakodon. But actually, it's quite an exquisite dish that combines soft and juicy chicken meat with its deep flavor and fresh eggs! The chicken soup they serve for free is rich in collagen! It is filled with the taste of chicken. Now this restaurant also serves chicken bento (800 JPY) for takeout, so if you don’t have that much time, then why not just order this one to go? We really hope you would have your fill of the delicious flavors that only an exclusive restaurant like this has to offer!
3. Torimeshi Toritou Bunten
4. Tsukiji Sushisay – Main Branch
If you’re looking for sushi in Tsukiji, then we recommend Tsukiji Sushisay. An old establishment that was opened in 1889, this is a famous shop with branches all over Japan. It is not only supported by tourists and sightseers, but also by the people working at the Tsukiji Market, as it is a restaurant that possesses a reputation for freshness and taste. They have counter seats and table seats, and the inside of the restaurant has a clean and relaxed feeling, so we definitely recommend it to people who are not in a hurry and want to take their time in eating sushi. The seafood delivered fresh that day is carefully handled by the chefs and the sushi that is prepared in such a short time has a good balance between the topping and rice. Have a bite and you probably will know the difference! Here, you can order individual sushi that you like, but we recommend the omakase (3,600 JPY (incl. tax)) and sho (2,571 JPY (incl. tax)) sushi sets. For lunch, people love the daimyo chirashi (1,542 JPY (incl. tax), (limited to the second floor seats) that is made with a lot of toppings on sushi rice. We recommend Tsukiji Sushisay to people who want to eat authentic sushi at affordable prices in Tsukiji. This shop is open from 8:30 am.
Founded in 1966, Inoue is an extremely famous ramen house in Tsukiji where there is constantly a lot of people line up just to get in. But even though you have to get on a queue, the turnover of customers is quite fast, so the waiting time is short. Here, you buy the ramen at the shop and then eat your ramen while standing up on the tables in front of the shop. You have to carry your own ramen, though, so be careful not to spill the soup! It only serves a type of ramen called chuuka soba (700 JPY), so you will not have a hard time deciding what to eat. The soup of the ramen is a light soup with a taste of soy sauce that is made from pork bones and chicken, while the noodles are thin, curly noodles. The ramen is topped with menma (bamboo shoots), scallions, white radish sprouts and a lot of roast pork, so you will be satisfied by its sheer volume. Check out this restaurant if you feel like eating ramen in Tsukiji. It is open from 5:00 am, so to all of you who love ramen, visit this restaurant! Inoue is a ramen shop that is filled with the Tsukiji atmosphere.
Tsukiji Outer Market is bustling with various kinds of establishments, from sushi shops to Italian restaurants and ramen houses. Now, there are a lot of other stores and restaurants in that area, so please do check them out when you’re there!
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