5 Recommended Halal Restaurants in Tokyo
Here are 5 recommended restaurants in Tokyo that have received halal certifications or offer halal meat. Various cuisines are represented, including Malaysian, Turkish, and American. Please try these different types of meals.
1. Malaychan 1
This is a well-established halal certified restaurant. They use ingredients from Malaysia in order to recreate the flavors from the country. Their menu has about 140 different meals on it, but the most popular three are the coconut chicken curry (S) (980 JPY (incl. tax)), nasi goreng (1,100 JPY (incl. tax)) and roti jala (1,400 JPY (incl. tax)). The owner's recommendation is curry made from the head of a splendid alfonsino fish (1,680 JPY (incl. tax)). Their halal bento, also very popular, is available for delivery. Malaychan 2, in Higashi-Ikebukuro, is a place where you can enjoy Chinese-Malaysian food as well as buy assorted Malaysian goods.
2. Turkish Restaurant Cankaya
This Turkish restaurant is at Shinjuku-Nishiguchi, and you can enjoy halal and genuine Turkish food made by a Turkish chef. They have a variety of appetizers called "meze," including dolma (stuffed vegetables), sarma (vegetables stuffed with meat), and salad. For main dishes, they have kebabs (grilled meat), including the Iskender kebab (1,680 JPY (incl. tax)) that will make you into a connoisseur of Turkish food as well as other dishes that will make you ponder over what to choose. Turkish food is called one of the world's top three cuisines. Ingredients and cooking techniques are plentiful, and everything has an enjoyable deep taste. The restaurant also offers belly dance shows (reservations required for groups of more than 10).
This is a local halal yakiniku restaurant in Shibuya located in a wooden building that has a very Japanese atmosphere. There are Muslim chefs, so you can eat here without worry. It's a restaurant popular with Japanese people too, but most of the time half the restaurants are Muslim. They have been serving halal food since 2011. While the meat is of course halal, there are halal-only grills as well, and there are three barbecue sets (starting at 3,000 JPY (incl. tax)) on the halal menu. All of the halal drinks are priced reasonably with a flat fee. It opens at 5 pm and closes at 4 am.
This yakiniku restaurant in Nishi-Azabu became halal when the owner, R. Dias, heard about the troubles Muslim tourists were having finding restaurants in Japan. This restaurant has a local halal certification, and currently about 50% of the customers are Muslims. 80% of their tourist customers are from Malaysia, and even the former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad has eaten here! The beef is Herb beef from Miyazaki, the chicken Syamorock from Aomori, and they only use halal-certified meat. It's high-quality and extremely delicious. Halal meat is healthy, so it's recommended that even non-Muslims should try it. If you're in a large group, definitely order the popular jiigae Korean stew and hormone offal (3,500 JPY (incl. tax))!
5. The Manhattan FISH MARKET
This is a large halal seafood restaurant in Ikebukuro-Higashiguchi. This chain is based in Malaysia, and there are 59 branches around Asia and the Middle East, with this being their first in Japan. Japanese people like fish, but there are surprisingly few Western-style seafood restaurants! This restaurant was built in Japan to cater to people who wanted halal food and/or Western seafood while in Japan. Currently, about 70% of their customers are Muslim. You can easily eat American cuisine like fried foods without worry. Everything in the restaurant is in English. The staff are friendly and greet you when you enter and leave in English. The recommendation is the fish and chips dory regular (980 JPY (excl. tax)).
One in every 4 people in the world is Muslim, and even though the numbers of Muslims visiting Japan continue to grow, it's true that Japan still has few halal restaurants. The restaurants featured here all offer genuine regional cuisine with varied menus that you can partake in without worry. Please enjoy halal food from all over the world.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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