Tokyo has thousands of restaurants and bars catering for every imaginable taste and budget.
You could spend a lifetime eating your way through the city and probably wouldn’t do much more than scratch the surface so instead of confusing anyone with a long list of places to visit, here is a handful of bars and restaurants that Müd enjoyed on our latest visit!
Rising star in the culinary scene and long time Noma veteran Thomas Frebel has opened a Nordic-influenced, Japanese ingredient-using restaurant called Inua in Tokyo in Spring 2018. A fantastic addition to the high-end dining options available in the city, the menu showcases the techniques picked up and perfected during a decade of running Noma’s R&D lab in Copenhagen under Rene Redzepi’s watchful eye.
On our visit the 13 course tasting menu included highlights such as Tofu King Crab, Smoked and braised Maitake mushroom, Enoki Steak and Hen Egg, Rice and Bees and Mochi. The wine pairing included a balanced mix of local tipples such as 5 Daughters Sake brew Paradise Beer, Amaneko Aramasa Shuzo and a 2012 Pouilly-Fuissé from Domaine Valette.
We had a fantastic evening and were treated to a tour of the kitchen and fermentation lab afterwards by another star chef Toni Toivanen, working the Inua kitchen. Despite the slightly off-piste location and hefty price-tag, Inua will surely pick up some Michelin stars sooner rather than later.
Steamed abalone slices, “all parts tuna” rolls, super fresh uni, three types of sake probably 12 types of fresh citrus fruit juice for dessert and the friendliest, funniest service from Yuta Takahashi made this seasonal 30 course Omakase menu one of the clear highlights of our visit. A culinary experience on par with the best at a reasonable price. We will be back!
Ok, we visited this legendary jazz bar and live music spot because Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 was in town for some proper afrobeat as part of Blue Note’s 30th anniversary year celebrations, and what an evening of great food, drink and fun we had. The classic cocktail menu and amazing food are enough of a reason to visit so be sure to set aside an evening here, regardless of who is playing as chances are it will be world-class in any case.
One of Tokyo’s best “delis”, this Otsuka staple will have a line out of the door come rain or shine and you should probably join it too.
At the time of writing only the second ramen shop in the world with a Michelin star for good reason (the other one is Nakiryu, also in Otsuka). Funnily enough you can also pick up some Tsuta signature noodles at any Seven Eleven but may we suggest the real deal!
Try these also:
Yona-Yona Beer Works in Shinjuku for, you guessed it, beer and good izakaya style bites.
Mongolian Drunk in the Golden Gai for some punchy Highballs.
Fu-Fu-Tako for some of the tastiest Takoyaki washed down with sweet potato Shochu.