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Enjoy Gourmet Food in the Popular Tokyo Town of Kichijoji: Five Select Restaurants Highly Rated on Social Media

Kichijoji, which consistently places high in rankings of desirable Tokyo neighborhoods to live in, has many restaurants serving outstanding food. Here are five carefully selected restaurants that are highly rated on social media sites.

1. Hechican

Hechican is a restaurant where you can enjoy traditional Japanese food and a variety of different types of cuisines. It has a full lineup of menu items made with quality ingredients such as fresh vegetables purchased directly from contracted farms and seafood procured straight from the producers. The recommended item is the Japanese Black Wagyu Ichibo Rump Steak (2,900 JPY (excl. tax)). The umami flavors increases as you chew. There are many more items including an assortment of sashimi (1,230 JPY (excl. tax)), yuba tofu skin sashimi (630 JPY (excl. tax)), ratatouille (1,680 JPY (excl. tax)) and pasta (1,200 JPY (excl. tax) and up). It also has a wide selection of sake, shochu, and wines that go well with the food.

1. Hechican

Lemon Bldg. 2F, 1-2-8 Kichijoji Hon-cho, Musashino-shi, Tokyo

2. ORCHESTRA Kichijoji

This is a restaurant where you can enjoy food made with plenty of organic vegetables. At lunchtime, the vegetable-centric one-plate lunch (1,400 JPY (incl. tax)) is recommended. It is a satisfying meal including a salad of organic vegetables that can be selected from three types, including bagna càuda, rice and side dishes to be chosen from a selection of three to five, soup and smoothie. In the evenings, there is a full menu including meat dishes (600 JPY (excl. tax) and up), risotto (1,200 JPY (excl. tax)), and pasta (1,000 JPY (incl. tax) and up). Vegetarian and other special diets can be accommodated upon consultation. There are English-speaking staff.

2. ORCHESTRA Kichijoji

H-Square Kichijoji 2F, 2-4-6 Kichijoji Hon-cho, Musashino-shi, Tokyo

3. MOTHERS Kichijoji Branch

This is a restaurant that serves authentic Neapolitan pizza fired in a wood-fired oven procured from Naples. There are approximately 16 different types of pizzas, ranging from the standard Margherita (1,400 JPY (incl. tax)), to Bianchetti (1,650 JPY (incl. tax)) with shiso leaves, shirasu whitebait, and spicy green peppers. There are also entree dishes such as grilled red meat and fish plates. At lunchtime, you can enjoy a course that includes pizza, pasta, and an entree (2,980 JPY/weekends and holidays only) or a pizza lunch (1,100 JPY - 1,640 JPY/weekdays only) with which you can order a half-and-half pizza. English menus are available.

3. MOTHERS Kichijoji Branch

Grand Maison Kichijoji 2F, 1-15-14 Kichijoji Minami-cho, Musashino-shi, Tokyo

4. ZENON

This is a cafe where you can enjoy manga comics, art and gourmet food. There are artwork made with manga motifs displayed inside. It serves a variety of different dishes including European-style ones such as hambagu salisbury steak (980 JPY and up) and pasta (980 JPY) as well as gapao rice (900 JPY) and curry rice (930 JPY and up). The YAMANAKA Pudding (530 JPY), a homemade sweet that is crunchy on the outside and melty soft inside, is a must try. The coffee drinks (around 600 JPY), which are served with latte art, and original cocktails (680 JPY) are popular as well.

4. ZENON

2-11-3 Kichijoji Minami-cho, Musashino-shi, Tokyo

5. Nijill Kichijoji Branch

This is a bistro where you can enjoy voluminous dishes and a wide selection of drinks, such as wine and beer, at reasonable prices. The simmered dishes that maximize the umami flavors of the ingredients are particularly recommended. There is a wide selection of outstanding items made using French cooking techniques, such as Thickly-Sliced Soft Simmered Boiled Beef Tongue (880 JPY (excl. tax)) and Confit of Zao Kaoridori Chicken Thigh (1,280 JPY (excl. tax)). There are many more to choose from, including cold and warm vegetables (300 JPY (excl. tax) and up) and Fishermen's Style Bistro Rice (1,280 JPY (excl. tax)) filled with sea bream, crab and salmon roe. A wide variety of wines is available too.

5. Nijill Kichijoji Branch

Chugai Bldg. 3F, 1-1-5 Kichijoji Minami-cho, Musashino-shi, Tokyo

There are many stylish restaurants popular among the young generation in Kichijoji. Please consider some of these places when you can't decide where to go to.

*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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