Best Restaurants in Tokyo
Tokyo is one of the world''s great cities for diners. Not only is
there a fabulous variety of premium eateries (collectively with
more Michelin stars than Paris) but the wonderfully diverse and
exciting world of Japanese cuisine reaches its highest peaks here.
, the elaborate and expensive Japanese cuisine
themed around the four seasons, to down-market roadside classics
noodle dishes, deep-fried
chicken grilled on skewers, Tokyo has it
all in abundance.
Then there is the perennial western favourite, sushi -
impeccably served in a thousand different varieties around the
city. Note that when eating sushi it is usual to eat with your
fingers, and go easy on the soy sauce and
. For a light meal on the move, you can
also grab a lunchtime
box from any convenience store and find a
seat in the many quiet enclaves amidst the city bustle. For an
unforgettable experience, treat yourself to a pricey but incredibly
fresh sushi breakfast at one of the restaurants near the Tsukiji
Fish Market in Chuo.
You can also visit the basement level of nearly any department
store, which will contain a number of shops selling prepared foods.
Piece together your own meal, or just browse the free samples. Note
that these stores will begin discounting their food around 7pm.
Chopsticks are used in most restaurants, except those serving
western cuisine. You can ask for western utensils, but you are
better off getting into the spirit and practicing with chopsticks
before your visit! When eating noodles it is quite normal to pick
up the bowl and drink from it, using the chopsticks to eat the
solid bits. Slurping is also normal; in fact, it improves the
flavour of the food.
In most restaurants you will be given a wet towel known as
before eating. Use this to freshen up by
wiping your face and hands. While ordering in a restaurant without
an English menu can be intimidating, many restaurants have plastic
food models on display, and most offer set menus with popular
Tipping is not customary in Japan, and attempts to provide
gratuity are likely to be met with confusion. At more up-scale
restaurants a 10-15% service charge may be added to your bill.
Smaller restaurants and roadside stalls will not accept credit