The Tokyo Ultimate Guide to Michelin-Starred Japanese Restaurants on the Cheap!!
Visiting Tokyo is like going to culinary heaven. Tokyo has 225 restaurants holding at least one Michelin star. But Michelin-starred restaurants aren't exactly synonymous with cheap. In order to make your culinary journey unforgettable, you should try one of these very affordable Michelin-starred restaurants!
Tsuta was the first ramen restaurant to get a Michelin star. The Sugamo restaurant only offers 9 seats and is located a few minutes away from Sugamo station. You need to arrive rather early in order to buy a ticket and you can return later to have your meal (it is their unique way of dealing with long queues). Their speciality dish is the soba with wontons in shoyu broth. The broth had surprising flavor depths, with a nice hint of truffle oil.
Nakiryu is the second ramen restaurant to receive a Michelin star (in 2017). As soon as it has received the prestigious award, it became an overnight sensation so please be prepapred for the long wait. It is located near the Shin-Otsuka station. The tantanmen had delicious noodles that soaked up the great flavour beautifully. You should try it with an egg!
This soba noodle restaurant in Kagurazaka was also a awarded a prestigious Michelin award. Accompanying the daily-fresh soba, you should definitely try the crisp tempura. Like most of the restaurants on this list, be prepared to wait in queue. It is a few minute walk from Iidabashi station.
This Ginza-based restaurant only offers 8 seats and a private dining area. It specializes in とんかつ (tonkatsu), which are panko-friend pork cutlets. The pork loin is tender and flavorful. The restaurant is family-owned and the owner makes his own panko. It is located close to Ginza station.
Address:〒104-0061 Tokyo, Chuo, Ginza, 6-8-7
Business hours: Lunch: 11:30 - 14:30 (LO 13:45) Tuesday - Friday Dinner: 17:00 - 22:00(LO 21:00) Saturday & Sunday & Holiday Dinner: 17:00 - 21:00 (LO 20:00)
Price: Lunch:¥5,000 Dinner:¥15,000
Kien is a 会席 (Kaiseki), it is a type of traditional Japanese cuisine in which a series of very small, intricate dishes are prepared and served slowly. This restaurant is much pricier than the other restaurants on this list, but it is still affordable during lunch hours (around ￥1,000～￥1,999). You will have the chance to try a variety of different small dishes, all offering different tastes and textures. You can choose from set course-meals, everything is flavorful and varied. For example, you get to try sashimi, soba noodles, wagyu beef (Japanese beef), etc. Definitely worth the detour to make your Japanese experience complete! This beautiful little restaurant is located in Akasaka, between Akasaka and Roppongi-itchome station.