Shibuya station recs
Toyoko Norengai Food Hall
Ayung Teras - Bali/Indonesian
In Shibuya, but an uphill walk from the west exit of Shibuya station. They use bincho charcoal for their sate skewers. $ Inexpensive, but better to dine in small groups to share dishes.
Yelp reviews in English:
Shibuya district - Omotesando/Aoyama
Trinite, a small French bistro located in Omote Sando near fashion boutiques. Not visible from street and you have to walk to the basement level. Mid range for dinner, under $15-18 pp for lunch. $$-$$$ 1 private room for 4ppl by reservation only. Decent wines.
There aren’t any Yelp reviews, but plenty of ‘em on Tabelog albeit in Japanese: https://s.tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1306/A130602/13122476/
My IG pix: Dinner - https://instagram.com/p/-eGGdrK87N/
Sea urchin w scrambled eggs: https://instagram.com/p/BEn7rZhK86W/
Jidori chix & FG terrine: https://instagram.com/p/BEn66ItK84v/
Lunch dishes - Omurice, Omelette w Jpn rice, demiglace and beef. Stick to your ribs. https://instagram.com/p/BEj6edlq8zK/
Shibuya district - Gaienmae/Aoyama
Ume no Hana - yuba and tofu specialist, inexpensive to moderate kaiseki
Near Gaienmae station, the stop after Shibuya on the Ginza subway.
My IG pix: https://instagram.com/p/BElYqdUq8-8/
Since your budget is limited, I’m not going to recommend Den near Shibuya. It’s modern cuisine presented in a relaxed and fun manner. Int’l chefs love to visit, but hard to get into. Under $200 per w/o alcohol. If you want info, jlmk.
Takashimaya department Shinjuku store restos.
Le Salon Jacques Borie, refined French bistro. Food is rich, but prices are lower than comparable places b/c it’s in a dept store.
Restaurant website: http://parlour.shiseido.co.jp/lesalon/
Yelp reviews: https://yelp.to/qTKq/qlt5FD542N
My IG pix:
Vegetable risotto w off menu FG add on https://instagram.com/p/24ThgpK8_g/
Slice of Paris Brest and Il Flotante (floating island meringue) from dessert cart: https://instagram.com/p/24X0QcK83X/
Mid to high range pricing $$-$$$. Lunch $40-70; Dinner $120 tasting menu, a la carte available.
Fukurokuju - Kyoto style kaiseki including beef and tempura
Tabelog page in English: https://s.tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1304/A130401/13004278/
Mid range pricing $$. Lunch $30-45. Dinner $50-65.
My IG pix:
-Wagyu steak from wagyu prix fixe lunch https://instagram.com/p/-QrNqOq886/
-Suppon (turtle soup) https://instagram.com/p/-f0mHOq85m/
If possible, try to get a corner window seat. This place is really popular with Japanese housewives for lunch. Autumn view from window w iPhone zoom: https://instagram.com/p/-fyooqq83G/
High end sushi
Sushisho Masa in Nishi Azabu. Foreigners can only be seated from 9pm~ like most other fancy sushi joints.
Yelp reviews: https://yelp.to/qTKq/CllJbU562N
The entrance is located to the right of Hobson’s ice cream store — they’re stairs leading down to the basement where the resto is.
They will keep feeding you until you beg them to stop. Final course if you wish is uni sushi served from Masa’s hands to yours: https://instagram.com/p/BJ8xhYWjM0J/
Porthos did an extensive writeup: Tokyo: Sushi Sho Masa. Sushi Perfection
Unlike some other places, Masa-san is humble and pleasant towards everyone including foreigners.
In contrast, at times the itamae can be careless and rude at Sushisho in Yotsuya where many foreigners go for the 2,000 yen chirashi lunch thinking it’s a bargain. Save your money for something else. Sushisho is the flagship of Keiji Nakazawa, the sushi master who left for Hawaii. Many of his disciples branched off and have “sho” in their resto names like “Sushisho Masa.”
Have a great trip!
PS: For ramen, just go to Tokyo Ramen Street in Tokyo station. Lots of choices and you can do an “uni” bang at the Tokyo station Riccio Mania, which @Google_Gourmet visited (not sure which of 2 branches GG went to), ramen bang#1 and ramen bang#2 at the various Ramen Street vendors.
Tokyo Ramen Street in Tokyo station:
Riccio Mania Kitchen in Tokyo station (uni and fast casual Italian): https://yelp.to/qTKq/3Xue0ieg3N
Since you’re staying in Shibuya, you may as well try Ichiran Shibuya. Cheap and open 24 hours. https://yelp.to/qTKq/7ZEUvosg3N