From cafes to restaurants, here is the list of 5 trendy places to eat in Tokyo mainly focused on the ones brought to Japan in recent years.
1. LUKE’S - Omotesando
Originated in New York, LUKE'S is a lobster restaurant brought to Japan in 2015. Using plenty of lobsters directly imported from Maine State in the USA, it is known as a place with a long line of people waiting outside. It is located close to Kiddy Land and a lot of foreign tourists can be seen there. Their signature dish is the Lobster Roll (980 JPY (excl. tax)). Along with the lobster, you can have crab or shrimp rolls. There are also half rolls with two different tastes and a combo meal that comes with chips. Although, the restaurant is pretty busy, the rotation is fast, so it is an ideal place to drop by and grab a quick meal while you are shopping.
2. A HAPPY PANCAKE THE omotesando
Located close to Ometesando Hills, this pancake place is a popular restaurant from Osaka. Made with special ingredients, few places in Japan offer pancakes as good as the ones they offer. The pancakes are so soft and spongy and they make people happy, as the name of the restaurant suggests. Their signature meal is the Happy Pancake (1,100 JPY (incl. tax)). It tastes even better with whipped butter and caramel sauce. The Season's Fresh Fruits Pancake (1,390 JPY (incl. tax)) is also recommended. The combination of whipped cream and sour sweet fruits is delightful. They have a variety of meals and good coffee. If you are a pancake lover, you have to go there at least once.
3. THE APOLLO
THE APOLLO is a restaurant from Australia that offers modern Greek cuisine. Introduced to Japan in the spring of 2016, they have opened a place on the top floor of Tokyu Plaza Ginza, which is only a minute away from Ginza Station. The quality of the food and the restaurant's stylish interiors explain its popularity among Hollywood celebrities in the states. The popular meal is OVEN BAKED LAMB SHOULDER LEMON GREEK YOGURT (3,200 JPY (excl. tax)). The lamb shoulder is slow cooked for 10 hours and then oven baked for an hour. Their meals are designed to be shared between a few people, so it would be better to bring multiple friends.
4. OysterBar wharf - Shinjuku
OysterBar wharf is a newly introduced restaurant from Singapore that opened a place in NEWoMan, which is a building directly connected to New South Gate of JR Shinjuku Station. Other than their trademark meal, Assorted Raw Oysters (1,380 JPY and up), they have meals offered exclusively in the Japanese branches such as Tuna Sashimi directly delivered from Wakayama and Sweet Shrimp Tempura. They also have draft Tiger Beer, which is hard to find in Japan. The accessibility of the place is so good that you can just drop by while you are waiting for the train or bus.
*the shown image is from the Umeda branch
5. Cafe Kaila - Ometesando
Cafe Kaila is a place you can have authentic Hawaiian pancakes. It is a restaurant with, as of 2017, four consecutive golden awards for "Best Breakfast Prize" in Food Awards in Hawaii. They make colorful pancakes with a lot of fresh fruits, but they also make great breakfast meals worthy of "Best Breakfast Award" such as vegetable omelet and crispy croissant sandwiches. Having breakfast here is a great way to start off your travel plan.
You can find pretty much every kind of food from all around the world in Tokyo. Together with sightseeing and shopping, enjoy the latest food trends.
*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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