Do you know about the restaurants beneath the overpass? 5 Recommended Restaurants in Shinbashi and Yurakucho
The area below overpasses are often filled with cheap, delicious restaurants so you can enjoy a great meal in a unique atmosphere. Here are two particularly famous overpass areas, Shinbashi and Yurakucho, and 5 restaurants you should check out.
Underneath the Yurakucho overpass is the very famous Tonton The interior is like slipping back in time into the Showa era (1926-1989). Listening to the train pass over the rails while bathing in the smoke of skewers grilling as you drink liquor starting from lunch - that's an experience that can only be had under an overpass!
They have a variety of meals that go well with liquor, including their famous tsukune chicken meatballs (160 JPY) grilled over high-grade charcoal as well as skewers made from pork offal called kashira (160 JPY), liver (160 JPY), and heart (160 JPY). This is the place for people who want to enjoy drinking in a very casual atmosphere.
Torihachi, in Shinbashi, is a no-frills chicken specialty restaurant. You can enjoy the remnants of the Showa aesthetic here. The carefully selected ingredients used in their variety of grilled chicken skewers and beef motsunabe nikomi (a type of hot pot stew made with offal) (620 JPY) help make their entire menu go great with liquor. Something you definitely must have is their famous special soft chicken katsu (880 JPY). A katsu is a fried cutlet, and theirs is thick, soft, and juicy, so customers rave about it. You can fully enjoy all sorts of delicious chicken dishes cooked to perfection here. Many of their dishes, especially the chicken katsu, are popular, so if you have something you absolutely must eat, it's best to make a reservation the day before.
3. Baden Baden
This beer hall is a place where you can enjoy authentic German beer and dishes. The interior is similarly decorated, so you'll feel as though you're in Germany. The naturally brewed German cask beer Hofbrau (starting at 580 JPY (excl. tax)) has a rich taste, and matches well with their most popular dish, a platter of boiled sausages (1,580 JPY (excl. tax)). The perfectly crushed potatoes in the German potato dish (580 JPY (excl. tax)) has an irresistible texture and is also popular with beer fans. Everything is sold at the reasonable prices expected of being under the overpass.
In a corner beneath the overpass in Shinbashi is Rashomon, a restaurant that's very lively and full of regulars, mostly businessmen stopping in on their way home. When you go here, the first thing you have to try is the nikomi (580 JPY (excl. tax)) and the charcoal-grilled yakitori (starting at 180 JPY (excl. tax) each). The smoke from the yakitori (chicken skewer) will whet your appetite, while nikomi is a hodgepodge of stewed ingredients. Each type of yakitori is carefully selected, but the recommended one is definitely the shinoeyaki (200 JPY (excl. tax)), in which chicken wings are stuffed with ingredients and grilled. The skin is crisp, and the inside is juicy and filling. The delicious aftertaste will help you gulp down a beer.
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5. Achi Koko
Achi Koko in Yurakucho is a restaurant underneath the overpass where you can enjoy charcoal grilled food and genuine Okinawa food. Many people enjoy drinking there while the sun is up, and it's great for just dropping by.
They're famous for various Okinawa dishes like goya champuru (780 JPY (incl. tax)) and Okinawa soba (480 JPY (incl. tax)), as well as their piping hot freshly grilled skewers. Goya champuru is a stir-fry made with bitter melon, and Okinawa soba is a noodle dish completely different from regular Japanese soba. The rafute-kushi skewer (380 JPY (incl. tax)) made from Okinawan pork cubes that are boiled then grilled to soft perfection, is filling, full of collagen, and fragrant. It goes well with the Okinawan Orion Beer and awamori, the regional type of liquor in Okinawa. The facade looks like a street stall, but it's fun to drink while sitting on the sidewalk on tables and chairs made from beer cases.
The restaurants underneath the overpass are a perfect place to drink and eat casually while having a grand old time. Please try it during your stay.
*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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