When you are in a new place, it is natural to visit unique restaurants, restaurants you may not be able to find elsewhere. To make your time in Tokyo worth it, here are 5 unique restaurants to kick-start your Tokyo food experience:
Ramen is one of the signature foods Japan has. But have you seen and tasted blue ramen? With a delicious blue broth, the signature Clear Chicken Soup Blue is one of the best sold dishes. Although the owner doesn’t reveal the secret ingredient for the blueness, he states that the colouring is all-natural. Besides the wonder of the unique colour, the ramen is delicious in itself, with chewy noodles and rich chicken broth. It is definitely a place to check out.
Address: 3-1-17 Azumabashi, Sumida 130-0001, Tokyo Prefecture
2. Curry Station Niagara
While theme restaurants are well-known, Niagara is a place that seems to be wholly dedicated to its theme. With an interior filled with train memorabilia and paraphernalia dating back to the 1960s, it is difficult for a train lover to leave the space so fascinating. The menu consists of mainly Japanese curry dishes, which adds to the experience of being a local. The portions are reasonable and filling, and true to its name, it has excellent curry. You definitely can’t miss this place!
Address: 1-21-2 Yutenji, Meguro 153-0052, Tokyo Prefecture
If you are an adventurous food lover, this place can’t go wrong. Their menu changes every day, but that does not discount the quality and fascination that come with the food. Serving some of the more unique items such as raw pig testicles and snake liquor, you may be surprised how something that sounds so weird taste so good. Due to the small space of the place, you would need to call and make reservations; otherwise, you will be sorely disappointed.
Address: 3-2-9 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku 160-0023, Tokyo Prefecture
Japan is known for its fresh seafood, and you probably can’t get anything fresher at Zauo. You fish for your own sea creature, and the kitchen will prepare your catch in a way that you can experience the prominent freshness of the seafood. You can’t release what you caught, so if you caught it, you bought it. That makes it a relatively pricey place, but you can be sure of the quality of the food here. If you are not into the fishing experience, there is always a menu where you can directly order from.
Address: 1-2-14 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo Prefecture
5. Alcatraz ER
If you like horror, you have to check out this place. The theme for Alcatraz ER is an amalgamation of hospital and prison, making it quite a morbid and dark place to dine in. The small details of the place add to the overall effect of a prison hospital. It is highly recommended that you check out the large variety of cocktails. They have names such as ‘Blood Transfusion’ and ‘Intestinal Cleanse’, on point with the overall theme of the place. Do take note that children are not allowed. There are also flashing lights during ‘shows’, so those with conditions such as epilepsy should avoid this place.
Address: 2-13-5 Dogenzaka | Harvest Bldg 2F, Shibuya 150-0043, Tokyo Prefecture
Japan is known for its creativity, as well as for its fresh and unique food. If it’s your first time in Tokyo, these places are great starters for experiencing the range of uniqueness of Japan’s food scene. Perhaps after that, it will open your mind to more great and one-of-a-kind restaurants and foods.