Even if your Tokyo trip is packed full of things to do and see, you should still take the time to enjoy a delicious breakfast! There are restaurants in Shinjuku, a common starting point in any Tokyo exploration, that offer high-quality breakfasts that definitely won’t waste your time. With that, the following is a roundup of five stores in Shinjuku that offer particularly tasty breakfasts for all you travelers that like to start early in the morning!
1. En LUMINE Shinjuku Branch
If you’re looking for a cheap, Japanese-style breakfast option, visit this restaurant! The building it’s situated in is conveniently directly connected to Shinjuku Station, and it offers authentic Japanese food made with premium ingredients.
The eat-in only “Daily Rice Ball (2pcs) & Soup Set” (430 JPY (incl. tax)), available between 8:00 am to 10:00 am, is perfect for those who crave something light. While people who prefer something more substantial will find many options, such as the various types of dashi ochazuke (a Japanese dish wherein broth is poured over rice), of which the “Raw Yuba & Seared Mentaiko Dashi Chazuke” (800 JPY (incl. tax)), which is the top recommended choice. The combination of the mentaiko (seasoned pollack roe), which pops in your mouth when you bite into it, and the silky raw yuba (tofu skin), is exquisite! Visit to savor the taste of broth and rice cooked by professionals!
This highly acclaimed restaurant serving freshly-made soba (buckwheat noodles) and tempura sits in Shinjuku Omoide Yokocho. The “Ganso Tendama” (420 JPY) has a kakiage (tempura fritter) packed with onions and soft-boiled egg sitting on top of chewy soba noodles, and it is the menu item you have to gun for. The Kanto-style tsuyu (sauce), which leaves a refreshing aftertaste, goes amazingly with the flavorsome toppings, resulting in a dish that you’ll want to slurp up to the last drop. During hotter days, choose a cold soba dish instead. They’re open 24 hours from Monday to Friday, so you can easily drop by early in the morning! There’s nothing quite like quickly slurping up soba noodles in a store with a retro appearance.
3. Rakugama Seimenjo Shinjuku Nishiguchi Chokubai-ten
At this affordable restaurant, you can help yourself to fresh, house-made Sanuki udon noodles. One particular dish worth mentioning for its incredible value is the 300 JPY (incl. tax) “Breakfast Set”, which comes with udon, rice, and one of the following options: a raw egg, inarizushi (vinegared rice wrapped in fried tofu skin), or a bowl of curry rice. You can avail of it until 10:00 am.
Don’t look down on their food just because it’s cheap! Both the ingredients and the flavors are top-notch. For example, their house-made noodles are made with domestic wheat flour and have a pleasantly chewy texture. They also use fresh ingredients for their toppings, such as onions from Awaji Island, which are soft and sweet; green onions from the basin of Tone River, which have a fine texture that goes well with the udon noodles; and eggs from Toyama, produced by chickens that have been raised in a large and open established poultry farm. They don’t skimp on the quality of their food and ingredients, so one visit should be enough to get you hooked!
4. Kajitsuen Reibell Shinjuku Branch
This is a great place to savor fresh fruits procured straight from the market! The fruits are chosen by the owner, who has nearly 50 years of experience in purchasing and stocking fruits, so you’ll be able to eat them at their peak deliciousness. They are cut once an order comes in, and are colorful enough to make anyone want to post photos of them on your social media account!
Their breakfast menu is available from 7:30 am to 11:00 am, and though it offers many options, it is highly recommended to try the “Daily Pancake Special” (780 JPY (incl. tax)) above all else. The sight of the pancakes piled on the plate together with a bunch of fruits, which change every day, will stun you. To top that off, there’s also a wide variety of drinks that you can have with it as a set meal! It’s a really good place for an incredibly filling breakfast.
This restaurant serves up Japanese and Western breakfast foods buffet style! Watch out for their luxurious lineup of bread, which they import straight from France. Bread lovers won’t be able to get enough of the variety they have available, including French croissants, raisin bread, chocolate bread, cinnamon rolls, and French baguettes! They also have many kinds of jams that go well with their high-quality bread.
Furthermore, they have an extensive side menu that includes scrambled eggs and bacon. There’s even a salad bar, which is great since most people don’t get their proper daily intake of veggies when on holiday. On top of all that, they have a huge variety of drinks, from fruit juices to herb teas. Those looking to leisurely enjoy their breakfast absolutely need to pay this restaurant a visit!
With that, this short list of delightful breakfast places in Shinjuku has come to an end. Did one of these stores catch your eye? Even when you’re travelling, make sure to eat a proper breakfast so you’ll have fuel for another long day of exploring!
*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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