“Ochazuke” is a traditional homemade meal in Japan that is made by pouring tea and hot water or dashi (soup stock made by boiling kelp, dried bonito and other ingredients) over rice. This dish has a long history, as it has apparently been around since the Heian period (794 – 1185). Here are five recommended shops in Tokyo where you can try tasty ochazuke.
1. Dashi-Chazuke EN Lumine Shinjuku Branch
Dashi-Chazuke EN is a specialty ochazuke shop that built its reputation in the restaurant industry by offering ochazuke as a meal for people who dine out, calling it a high-class Japanese fast food. This restaurant is particular about the dashi, rice, and other ingredients that it uses in its dishes, and here, you can enjoy a wide range of ochazuke such as the Koebi, Kobashira, Isobe-age Tempura no Dashi Chazuke (Shrimp, Scallops and Isobe-age Tempura Ochazuke) (770 JPY (incl. tax)) in which the soup stock is poured on rice with tempura, and the Zukemaguro no Ryoshi-fu Dashi Chazuke (Fisherman’s Soy-Marinated Raw Tuna Ochazuke) (800 JPY (incl. tax)) that boasts of having exceptional compatibility between the tuna sashimi and spices. You can choose the amount of rice on your bowl (small, medium or large), and all meals come with two side dishes and a serving of pickled vegetables. Dashi-Chazuke EN is a shop where you can go whether you want to eat light or just want to dine on a proper meal.
Komeraku is a shop where guests can enjoy ochazuke that uses carefully selected ingredients and specially made soup stock. All dishes here are served in the form of set meals. The great thing about this place is that you can try the toppings and rice first when your meal is served, and then when you’re done, you can pour the soup stock whenever you want to make ochazuke. Its menu is filled with a long list of dishes, including the Maguro Negitoro to Onsen Tamago Ohitsumeshi (Tuna Minced with Onion Leaves and Half-Boiled Egg Rice Bowl) (980 JPY (incl. tax)), Tai to Aji no Ryoshimeshi (Fisherman’s Rice with Sea Bream and Horse Mackerel) (1,020 JPY (incl. tax)) and Unagi no Hitsumabushi (Chopped Eel on Rice) (1,350 JPY (incl. tax)). Rice and soup stock refills are free, so you can definitely have a filling meal when you eat here. This restaurant is also recommended to those who want to go drinking since it serves various a la carte dishes that go with alcohol are during dinnertime. While it probably need not be said, you should try their ochazuke after you are done drinking for the night.
3. ZUZU Shinjuku Branch
ZUZU is a spot where you can enjoy alcoholic beverages and ochazuke in a space that was designed based on a Japanese modern motif. There are counter seats and various types of private rooms available here and you can choose depending on you or your party’s situation. This shop takes pride in its ochazuke that uses soup stock made from select natural ingredients and 100% unpolished brown rice. They offer more than 10 kinds of ochazuke, most of which have seafood in them, including the bestsellers Sake to Ikura no Oyako Chazuke (Salmon and Salmon Roe Ochazuke (680 JPY)) and Ebi to Mitsuba no Kakiage Chazuke (Mixed Shrimp and Mitsuba Tempura Ochazuke (830 JPY)). There is also a rich lineup of a la carte dishes and course menus here, making it the perfect place where couples and other groups can have a great time.
Located in Roppongi, DAYONE is a restaurant that is perfect for those who want to eat unique ochazuke. This shop has been the talk of the town because of its innovative menu that includes such dishes as the Wagyu no Aburi Chazuke (Grilled Wagyu Beef Ochazuke) (1,480 JPY (incl. tax)) and Shisenfu Tantan Chazuke (Szechuan-Style Tanta Ochazuke) (980 JPY (incl. tax)). It offers not only creative ochazuke dishes, but also simple ochazuke meals with homemade soup stock extracted from the combination of carefully selected flying fish, herring, kelp, and dried bonito with salt. All seats at this restaurant are counter seats, creating an atmosphere that will make it easy for a customer who is alone to drop in.
Takewaka is a Japanese cafe that just opened in 2016. Here you can enjoy Japanese tea and Japanese desserts, as well as Tai Senchazuke (Sea Bream Green Tea Ochazuke) (1,280 JPY (incl. tax)) that uses not soup stock but authentic Komakage green tea. The Tai Senchazuke set is made up of a side dish, deep-fried item, akadashi (soup made with red miso), and shinko (pickled vegetables). This set is available for lunch only, comes with the Tea of the Day and a serving of dessert. When this meal is served, taste the tea first and then make ochazuke with the second tea extraction and beyond. Put the sea bream seasoned with sesame sauce on top of the rice and then pour tea over it to create an exquisite ochazuke. You can have an extra serving each of rice and sea bream. And when you do visit, make sure to try their specialty Matcha Beer (780 JPY (incl. tax)), too.
There are many different types of ochazuke on this list from simple concoctions to innovative and creative flavors. So, find the taste that fits you!
*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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