Five Select Japanese Restaurants in the Ningyocho Working Class Area of Tokyo
Ningyocho is in the Nihonbashi area, which was once Edo's vibrant center. This area, which retains the charm of the old working class neighborhood, has many gourmet items to offer. Here five shops for those who want to have superior Japanese food, ranging from those that are gentle on the wallet, to high-end restaurants.
1. Ningyocho Imahan Main Branch
Sukiyaki is a popular Japanese dish, and if you are going to have it, you may as well enjoy quality sukiyaki. Imahan's main branch is a historic restaurant that was established in 1895, known nationally as a place you can enjoy superior, quality sukiyaki.
Only beef from individually examined and selected Japanese heifer meat is served here. Heifer meat has softer fat and meat with a lower melting point than bulls, so its meat has a texture that seems to melt in your mouth.
Sample prices: Sukiyaki Deluxe (dinner: 10,800 JPY per person (incl. tax, excl. service)), etc.
*English menu available
Tamahide is a famous Ningyocho restaurant specializing in chicken dishes. This restaurant was established in 1760, and is known as the originator of the popular Japanese dish, oyakodon (chicken and egg bowl). It is an extremely popular restaurant where lines form every day.
The chicken used at this restaurant is its famous Shamo chicken, a chicken that has no odor and is muscular so that the umami flavors are concentrated. Various parts, such as wings, thighs, and liver that has rich foie gras like flavors can be enjoyed in different dishes. The eggs are managed carefully to be fresh. Try the oyakodon with its soft and syrupy texture.
Sample prices: White Liver Oyakodon (2,000 JPY (incl. tax)), etc.
*English menu available
Udon noodles are becoming more and more popular abroad these days. As it is a standard menu item that is available anywhere in Japan, you'll want to find that special bowl made with the utmost consideration given to ingredients and preparation. Taniya is a popular udon shop selected as a 2017 Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant. Here, you can enjoy a superb bowl of udon noodles made by the owner who trained in a famous shop in the home of udon noodles, Sanuki, Kagawa.
The noodles are made adhering to the traditional adage of "freshly prepared, freshly cut, freshly parboiled" and is characterized by a unique body and pleasant texture. The soup and dipping sauce are made with an aromatic dashi stock based on the bounty of Japan's seas such as dried sardines and kombu seaweed with no artificial seasoning or additives.
Sample prices: Kaisen Tentsuke Udon (cold or hot) (1,250 JPY (incl. tax)), etc.
This is a sweets shop great for a post lunch dessert or a mid-walk snack. Yanagiya is a famous shop for the traditional Japanese sweet, taiyaki, and is so popular that lines form in front of it almost every day.
Taiyaki is a baked sweet in the shape of a sea bream, which is considered to be fortuitous in Japan, and is made by wrapping sweet azuki bean filling with a batter made with flour. Although it is common to make them in bulk on a large grill with molds, Yanagiya takes the time and effort to make each of its taiyaki separately in single molds.
We hope you will experience the exquisite balance between the crisp and chewy batter and delicately sweet azuki bean filling.
Sample prices: Taiyaki (140 JPY each), etc.
5. Yamasho Ningyocho Branch
One of the appeals of Tokyo is that it is a place where you can get specialty cuisine from around Japan, from Hokkaido to the north to Okinawa to the south. This is a popular restaurant where you can enjoy the Kyushu specialty, motsunabe.
The main restaurant is in Fukuoka, the home of motsunabe. The branch in Ningyocho has the same carefully selected Japanese beef motsu (offal), such as small intestines, that is served at the main store directly delivered from Kyushu. Plenty of fresh vegetables such as garlic chives and cabbage are added, and there is a choice of either the soy sauce or miso flavor.
Sample prices: Motsunabe (soy sauce or miso) (1,480 JPY (excl. tax)), etc.
Ningyocho is an area where you can enjoy sightseeing and shopping as well, with many shops and shrines. Please visit.
*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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