When you travel in Japan, don’t you want to enjoy delicious Japanese food while keeping your expenses low or without breaking the bank? To do that, the best thing to do is savor authentic Japanese meals at affordable prices. So, here are five shops in Tokyo where you can enjoy Japanese lunch meals at a bargain price of 1,000 JPY or less.
1. Kakoiya Marunouchi Shop
Kakoiya Marunouchi Shop is an izakaya (Japanese-style tavern) where you can eat dishes with seafood shipped directly from the source, together with Japanese sake. Here, lunch is served daily, but the menus are different on weekdays, weekends, and national holidays. The fragrant grilled Daininki! Yakitori-don to Soba Gozen (set of buckwheat noodles and a bowl of rice topped with grilled chicken) (980 JPY (incl. tax)) is the No.1 bestseller on weekdays. The Minna Daisuki! Chicken Namban to Torikara Gozen (set of deep-fried chicken and chicken covered in a sweet and peppery sauce) (950 JPY (incl. tax)) is another lunch meal that is served every day. On weekends and national holidays, customers get to enjoy luxurious meals such as the Ebi to Yasai no Tendon to Soba Gozen (1,100 JPY (incl. tax)) (set of buckwheat noodles and a bowl of rice topped with shrimp and vegetable tempura). Visit this restaurant and enjoy your lunch in peace inside a private room that is filled with the warmth of wood.
2. Ryouri-ya Mifune
Ryouri-ya Mifune is an izakaya that is immersed in the worldview of Toshiro Mifune, a famous Japanese actor who is also called “Sekai no Mifune” (Mifune of the World). This shop is jam-packed with customers every day (locals and foreigners alike), as it lets them eat their food in an atmosphere similar to the atmosphere in Mifune’s movies. Here, they have long list of great-value and filling meals for lunch, including the Negi Shio Tontoro-don (bowl of rice topped with fatty pork, spring onions, and salt) (900 JPY (incl. tax)) that is recommended to those who want to eat a lot, and the Buta Shogayaki Teishoku (set meal of pork fried in ginger) (900 JPY (incl. tax)). Come here and you are bound to have a special time eating lunch while enjoying the worldview of Mifune!
3. Neccyuuya Shinjuku Nomura Bldg. LIVE
Neccyuuya Shinjuku Nomura Bldg. LIVE is an izakaya serving Kyushu dishes that will let you enjoy the bounties of the sea and mountains in Kyushu. People love the dishes that incorporate extremely fresh saba (mackerel) that is swimming in the fish tank in the middle of the shop. During lunch, you can eat great-value meals containing Kyushu dishes that you won’t often find in Tokyo, including the Goma Buri Teishoku (980 JPY (incl. tax)) that features buri (Japanese amberjack) coated with generous amounts of goma (sesame seeds), and the limited-quantity Fukuoka Kyodo no Aji Gameni Teishoku (890 JPY (incl. tax)) (set meal of chicken stew with taro, carrots and other ingredients native to Fukuoka). Also, refills on rice and miso soup are free! Come to this shop and savor these filling Kyushu dishes!
4. ISE Honten
ISE Honten is a famous yakitori (grilled chicken skewers) shop that uses Date chicken delivered fresh from the farm. For lunch, you can try the Ise Meibutsu Oyako-don (chicken and egg on rice) (730 JPY (excl. tax)) that uses fresh chicken. The soft, fluffy, flavorful eggs and chicken in this dish are simply the best! Their balance with the hard-boiled rice is also superb. In order to enjoy the delicious flavor of this oyako-don to the fullest, do not mix the eggs and rice. Take mouthfuls of the dish from the edges to prevent the egg from collapsing. You can order the Omori (large serving) (840 JPY (excl. tax)), as well as the Niku-baimori (double the amount of meat) (890 JPY (excl. tax)). Relish this shop’s oyako-don until you’re full!
Miyashita is a restaurant serving meat dishes that use A5 Kuroge Wagyu (Japanese black wagyu beef), the highest grade of Japanese beef. The shop’s specialty Kokusan-Gyu Hamburger Gozen (880 JPY (excl. tax)) – a juicy hamburger with all the meat juices sealed inside – is a special menu item available on weekdays that has only 10 servings available each day. The Tsukigawari Gozen (monthly set meal) (1,000 JPY (excl. tax)) is also recommended. Aside from the main dishes, the lunch meals at this joint also come with salad, rice, chawanmushi (savory egg custard) and miso soup. The prices of the meals change on weekends and public holidays, so make sure to check the day of the week when you come. If you dine here, you will also enjoy its prime location at the topmost floor of Marronnier Gate, as it will treat you to a wonderful vista of Tokyo Tower and Ginza.
The shops on this list are filled with workers and employees during lunchtime on weekdays. Since they offer delicious food at low prices, they might have a line of customers waiting outside their doors. This article also features joints with lunch sets and menus for weekends and public holidays, so please use it as reference!
*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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