Katsukura (かつくら新宿高島屋) [Shinjuku & Other Locations]
Katsukura is a "tonkatsu" (fried pork cutlet) restaurant originally from Kyoto. If you're looking for a nice family-friendly restaurant for great food, you should stop by. Premium Pork” Kinkabuta” is deep-fried to make the Tonkatsu. They say that the pork loin is very tender and even the fatty part has also an elegant sweetness and umami (savoury taste). Depending on the quantity and quality you want, lunch is between 1,000- 2,000 yen.
Itamae Sushi (板前寿司) [Ginza & Other Locations]
Itamae sushi is a very popular "maguro" (tuna) restaurant. Theu have branches in Akasaka, Ginza, Shinjuku, etc. This place serves excellent sushi, which you can order one by one to the sushi chef or you can get a set. For the quality of the fish, it is very reasonably priced! For ¥2480, you can get their "best sushi combo" (pictured above).
Tokyo Shiba Tofuya Ukai (東京芝とうふ屋うかい) [Minato]
This restaurant is a traditional style Kaiseki restaurant in Shibakoen. It is a walkable distance from Onarimon or Kamiyacho station. The restaurant is located right under the Tokyo tower, so not only do you get its view, but you can also see the beautiful traditional garden. If you are looking for a traditional Japanese experience with a breath-taking view and delicious Japanese cuisine, this is the place to go during your trip in Tokyo.It is a set menu with 8-9 courses and specializes in tofu dishes, and they are absolutely delightful dishes.
The lunch courses are 5,940 yen on weekdays (and 7,560 yen on weekends).
Okonomiyaki Sometaro (浅草 お好み焼き 染太郎) [Asakusa]
Sometaro is an old okonomiyaki restaurant in an old wooden house and walking up to it, you know you are bound to have an enchanting evening. For those who have never had okonomiyaki, anything with cheese, mentaiko or octopus is a safe bet. Rest assured, the staff here speak English and also have English menus so it makes ordering that much easier. You can also try Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki with noodles. Most dishes are less than 1,000 yen.
SUSHIZANMAI (すしざんまい) [Tsukiji & Other Locations]
Sushi Zanmai is a popular sushi restaurant chain in Japan. The restaurant is big and menus are available in English so it is one of the lesser intimidating places to walk into if you don't speak or read Japanese or are not a sushi connoisseur. For the price the quality is excellent. They have daily recommendations depending on what is in-season and available at the fish market. Expect to pay from ¥1,000-¥3,000 for lunch or dinner.
T's Tantan (T's たんたん) [Marunouchi & Ueno]
Ramen vegan in Tokyo! This place is inside Keiyo Street, in the Tokyo station, so it's very easy to access. They mainly serve noodles and ramen, but they also have various veggie side dishes, such as veggie gyozas and soy meat fried "chicken". If you are at Tokyo station and you are looking for somewhere to eat, don't forget this place.
Nabezo (鍋ぞう) [All Over Tokyo]
Nabezo has 16 branches in Tokyo alone, this super popular restaurant serves all-you-can-eat shabu shabu and sukiyaki. They use top quality beef, and vegetables from Japan, also they don't use and MSG's or additives.
Lunch starts at ¥1, 600 (it includes meat, vegetables, rice and noodles).
It's quite a good deal given that they are all-you-can-eat, and shabu shabu tends to be pricey elsewhere in Tokyo!
Yamazaki (すし山ざき) [Higashinippori]
This resto is located a 5-minute walk from the Nippori Station. People say that it's a well-kept secret in the area. You get to eat excellent sushi made with the freshest ingredients. The service is excellent as well. Ask and the staff can recommend to you some of the best Japanese sakes to pair with your sushi. For lunch, expect to pay under 2,000.
glutenfree cafe little bird (グルテンフリーカフェ リトルバード) [Shibuya]
Around a 5 to 6 minute walk from Yoyogi Hachiman station, this gluten-free restaurant in Shibuya only uses domestic rice and no wheat. They have numbers of dishes that you can enjoy from ramen to desserts, so make sure to check this place out when you are in Shibuya!
Tsunahachi (つな八) [Shinjuku & Ginza]
Established in 1924, Tsunahachi has been providing the best service and tempura for customers to people in Japan. They have opened their stores in other regions of Japan including Sapporo, Osaka and Fukuoka. They offer fresh tempura that uses seasonal ingredients, and they use white sesame oil to cook. They also have a Tokyo-limited Kirin beer that you can only try at stores in Tokyo! Their seasonal menu is also popular, and you can enjoy lunch from ¥1,728~3,000. Just a 3-minute walk from Shinjuku Sancho-me station.
Narisawa [Minami Aoyama]
he chef Yoshihiro has put particular detail into the core theme of each dish he brings to life. Matching the smell, texture, and landscape of the ingredients he brings a certain aspect of nature to his creations. He wants guests to fall in love with the Japanese seasons and take them on an adventure through food.
Narisawa serves an "Omakase-style" course, literally meaning the create a daily tailored set menu for their guests. They also cater for dietary restrictions or allergies - just mention it to them when you make a reservation.
There's also a huge selection of sake available for pairing with your meal.
Lunch 12 PM ~ (L.O 1 PM): 25,000 yen (29,700 yen inc. tax and service fee)
Butagumi (豚組) [Nishiazabu]
Butagumi is located 8 minutes away from Roppongi station and the store looks like an old Japanese-style house. The chef has tasted different types of pork around Japan and is very particular about the pork he uses. The menu lists different types of pork from different prefectures in Japan, as well as pork from different countries like France, Spain and Hungary. When choosing your Tonkatsu, you can choose which type you would like to try.
Lunch is from 1,500 yen.
Rokkasen (六歌仙) [Shinjuku]
Rokkasen is a "shabu-shabu", "yakiniku" and "sukiyaki" restaurant in Shinjuku. All of those are meals you cook yourself, "shabu shabu" and "sukiyaki" are cooked in a broth, whereas "yakiniku" is cooked on a grill. All of them being delicious! They were awarded a certificate of excellence by Trip Advisor three consecutive years.
And they were the best-rated restaurant in Shinjuku, out of 7,490 restaurants that's incredible! The all-you-can-eat yakiniku course where you get all the delicious meat you can eat, which you then grill on the BBQ at your table. It's a really fun, convivial activity. And it goes so perfectly well with beer! Lunch starts at around 1,200 yen.
Han no Daidokoro Bettei (韓の台所 別邸 ) [Shibuya]
Only 2 minutes away from Shibuya Station, Han no Daidokoro Bettei serves top-notch Wagyu yakiniku! There also is mouth-watering meat sushi! They have 10 specials available that change daily! The interior has a casual feel to it and you can just as well eat at a table for a get-together, or at the counter for a nice date.
Lunch starts at about 1,000 yen., where you can get a nice set meal with a salad, rice, kimchi, and kalbi.
Ichiran (一蘭) [All Over Tokyo]
Located a minute walk from Jingu-mae station, You might have heard the name of the restaurant Ichiran. There, you can not only choose your topping but also other options in order to make your original favourite ramen. Since the restaurant is very popular among the tourist and young people, waiting in line is inevitable. Most people choose the standard ramen at 790 yen on which you can add some extra toppings if you like. A half-boiled egg is 130 yen, extra pork slices are 180 yen.