Just got back from an epic 11 nights in Tokyo… shout out to @J_L for some recs.
Overall, some really nice meals and spent too much ;p. The highlights were the michelin ramen for me.
TSUTA Michelin Ramen - https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1323/A132301/13136231/
This place is to die for, this was my favorite place I went to in Tokyo… Their signature ramen is a truffle shoyu ramen broth. By far the tastiest ramen i’ve ever had. Worth the hype. You have to show up early and get a ticket for a specific time in the day and give a 1000 yen deposit. I got there at 9am and got the first sitting at 11am. The second time we got there at 10am and got a 12pm sitting (tried to bang bang Nakiryu in the 2 hour gap LOL but they were closed that day)
Went back a second time, and got both the first bowl and the spicy sardine pepper bowl… Hard to finish both, the chefs were impressed we killed two bowls.
Bear Pond Espresso in Shimokitazawa - https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1318/A131802/13093829/
Insanely tasty espresso, has more of a chocolate thick consistancy. Didn’t get a chance to try their famous angel stain, but definitely hit this place up.
Kotetsu Ramen in Shimokitazawa, highly recommended young and nice owners. - http://www.ramenadventures.com/2017/01/kotetsu-in-shimokitazawa.html
Nice Tempura meal in Shinjuku at Tsunahachi…Didn’t snap many pics but recommended if looking for nice higher end tempura (without breaking the bank)
Isomura Honten in Ginza for Kushiage - https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g14129573-d1637754-Reviews-Ginza_Isomura_Honten-Ginza_Chuo_Tokyo_Tokyo_Prefecture_Kanto.html
Really tasty Kushiage…kinda like lighly friend tempura on sticks. got the set menu…didn’t snap many pics but enjoyed this more than Tsunahachi. Loved their mustard sauce.
Straight razor shave and manicure at Kitodoko Barber in Shibuya (recommended) - http://www.barber-kitadoko.com/english.pdf
Melon De Melon Bakery in Otsuka
Bar Evans in Ginza - https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1301/A130101/13039892/
Super nice intimate cocktail bar in Ginza, immaculate design inside and cool jazz on the speakers. Expensive $25 usd a drink.
Sushi Miyaba for Lunch - https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1314/A131401/13019499/
Loved this place, old school sushi spot with great edomae. We had so much sake with this meal and only came out to about $70 usd a person. I might have missed a nigiri in these pictures.
Baseball game at Tokyo dome.…food was HORRIBLE. Fun game but don’t eat the food.
Italian at Il Buttero in Shibuya - https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g1066456-d1663332-Reviews-Il_Buttero-Shibuya_Tokyo_Tokyo_Prefecture_Kanto.html
This place came recommended by a colleague and wanted to try out fine italian in Tokyo. Surprisingly we were the only people in the whole restaurants (9pm res). The food was pretty decent but expensive. Nothing to write home about, probably the meal wish I wouldn’t have done the most on this trip.
Ichiryu Chinese style ramen in Shimokitozawa - https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1318/A131802/13001821/
Nice and gingery ramen broth here. Got the gyoza as well. Not as good as Kotetsu in the same neighborhood though.
Jiro Roppongi Hills - https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1307/A130701/13004426/
Ok Jiro Roppongi Hills with Jiro’s second son. Truthfully, this was a cool experience but did not enjoy the food as much as other sushi spots I went to (including at the airport). Very expensive, I think about $350 usd. I’m still a newbie high end sushi eater, so maybe I don’t have the pallet for the higher end/exotic stuff he was serving.
Got the sashimi/sushi omakase.
Craziest thing happened though, there were a Chinese son and mother in our sitting. Into the sushi portion, the mother just stops eating the sushi…and the son tells the Itamae that she does not eat sushi. He flips out and has a meltdown… Can’t believe how rude and stupid these tourists were…you go to Jiro and you don’t eat sushi. He still charged them and was talking shit the entire time…told them never to come back LOL. He was super nice to us though, good guy.
Three tuna pieces, lean— medium and fatty…We liked the medium the best
I’m not a big uni guy, but this Uni from Okkaido was insane
Good Juice in Shibuya, straight out of Santa Monica
Ukatei Teppanyaki in Omotesando - https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1306/A130601/13044361/
This was a really nice lunch we had. I think it was about $100 USD before drinks. Really nice seafood / waygu / desert. Really classy spot, definitely recommended.
This sashimi dish was superb
Sushi Asaba in Nishi Azabu - https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1307/A130701/13171970/
This was our favorite sushi meal, lasted about 3 hours and 15 minutes (compared to Jiro 1 hour)…Cost was closer to $225 pp with Sake as well. Recommended by a colleague. GO HERE.
No pictures were allowed but I was still able to sneak some. The last roll (pictured) was a mix of all the nigiri peaces into one humongous hand roll…it was insane.
Tonkatsu Maisen Shibuya
Pretty standard and delicious Tonkatsu in a department store in Shibuya. Nice.
My friends wanted to try this Pizza place called Pizza slice… They said it was great but I thought it was super bland… Funny interior with everything in English trying to be an American Pizza joint. It’s no Desano in Los Angeles.
Ichiran 24 hour ramen in Shibuya
Hit this at around 4am, blacked out drunk with my buddies. Good times and pretty damn decent ramen.
A tourist trap, but pretty damn good Gyoza.
This place always had a huge line so we decided to grab some Bacon Waygu Cheeseburgers… It was decent but had nothing on a great burger like Golden State in Los Angeles IMO. Prob as good as you’re gonna get for an Americana style burger in Tokyo though.
The second of two Michelin ramenyas in Tokyo… This one specializing in spicy Tan Tan Men. This place was VERY VERY good but Tsuta’s truffle ramen is better still. Definitely recommend going to both if you can. Long wait here (1.5 hours).
Got the thick cut Charsiu with the spicy mala ramen. Insanely good.
The Roastery in northern Shibuya - https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1303/A130301/13161140/
really really nice third wave coffee shop in Shibuya went here a couple times… Soft serve was bomb
Sushi Kyotatsu at Narita Terminal 1 - https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g298161-d2252993-Reviews-Sushi_Kyotatsu-Narita_Chiba_Prefecture_Kanto.html
Sadly last meal heading back to LA. Wanted to hit one more sushiya and this place was actually VERY good. Got the omakase set, it was excellent.
Got japan fomo and bang banged a Tempura Soba and gyoza right after this sushi in the airport LOL
Chicken Curry on ANA flight back home
Thanks again for all the recommendations, hope you enjoyed my post!