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Tamahide - The Best and Oldest Oyakodon in Tokyo!

Tamahide is the birthplace of a Japanese popular dish called oyakodon. It is probably one of the best restaurants in Tokyo, as they have been loved by the people for over 250 years offering incredible oyakodon and other chicken dishes. Here is information about Tamahide you want to know before visiting (location, menu, etc)!

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Tamahide (玉ひで)

Tamahide is probably the best known oyakodon restaurant in Tokyo. It offers the very "authentic" oyakodon, because of the fact that this is the place where all began. They opened the restaurant in 1760, then the dish was created and served for the first time in Japan.

What is oyakodon?

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Oyakodon is one of the popular Japanese rice bowl dishes. Oyakodon literally means "parent-and-child bowl", because they use chicken and egg cooked together. Although it sounds a bit of cruel, oyakodon actually tastes great. Juicy chicken, eggs, and usually slices of onions are simmered in a savory soup based on soy sauce and dashi (Japanese cooking stock), and then served over a bowl of rice.


There is always a long line which will take you around 30-60 minutes to get a meal. You need to join the waiting line by 13:30 which is the last minute people can line up for their oyakodon. They serve oyakodon at dinner time but only as a course dish. So if you wish to try at the lower cost, you should go during the lunch time (opens at 11:30).


1 minute walk from the A2 exit of Ningyocho station (Hibiya subway line)
2 minutes walk from A6 exit of Ningyocho station (Toei Asakusa subway line)

Lunch Menu

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Everyone in the line has come for the oyakodon. It has small cuts of juicy chicken and custard-like creamy eggs which is cooked to the perfection. They are simmered in a light yet flavorful, savory, and slightly sweet soup, which boosts the natural flavors of the ingredients. It just tastes excellent and elegant.
You can choose from 4 kinds of oyakodon,
-Regular oyakodon (1500 yen); includes chicken breast and leg
-Three chicken oyakodon (1900 yen); added chicken wing
-White liver oyakodon (2000 yen); added white liver
-Special oyakodon (2200 yen); added grilled chicken sublime

Dinner course menu

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They offer several course menus during the dinner time that consist of oyakodon and side dishes. They are served by a waitress wearing kimono (traditional clothes).
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Oyakodon course menu ranges from 4800 yen to 15000 yen.
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They are also famous for "torisuki", a hotpot-like dish with slices of chicken. Their torisuki is said to be the origin of the popular Japanese dish "sukiyaki" which uses beef instead of chicken. Torisuki course menu (also includes oyakodon) are available from 9800 yen.

Tokyo's famed oyakodon restaurant!

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Tamahide is a highly recommended restaurant when you are in Tokyo. You can enjoy the amazing atmosphere and delicious, original oyakodon which you have never had before.
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