Updated: April 16, 2019
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Tokyo Halal Restaurant Guide: Ikebukuro

Ikebukuro

There are plenty of great restaurants in Ikebukuro where you can enjoy halal food. These are 6 of the best. Happy eating!

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Kaenzan

Ikebukuro Kaenzan serves delicious bowls of Lanzhou ramen, a popular beef-based Chinese ramen. The soup has great spice and umami, and is so satisfying to eat. What makes this ramen particularly special, however, are the hand-made noodles, which you can watch the chef make if you are lucky! When ordering the ramen, you can choose from skinny, flat, or triangular noodles. All are delicious, but I recommend the large, flat noodles as shown above!
Kaenzan also offers lamb shish kebabs, which go surprisingly well with the ramen.

Halal Status:
-Certified halal
-No pork used in restaurant
-The owner is Muslim

Ajiran

Ajiran is a special restaurant right outside of Ikebukuro station that also serves halal beef Lanshou ramen, but with a slightly different than flavor than Kaezan. The soup is beefy and flavorful, with a pleasant amount of spice that isn't overpowering. The noodles here are also hand-made in house, and are fabulous!

Halal Status:
-No official certification
-All ingredients used are halal
-No pork used in restaurant
-The cook is Muslim
-There is a space for prayer

Minokichi

Minokichi is just a 1-minute walk from the North Exit of the station. This restaurant serves traditional Japanese cuisine called kaiseki. You can experience meals that consist of many small exquisite servings of fish, meat, soup, boiled and pickled vegetables. They have a specific menu item for this called the "Halal Gozen," which is Muslim friendly! You should note though that to have certified halal meat, you must make a reservation at least 5 days in advance. Minokichi is on the 15th floor of the Tobu department store.

Palmyra

Syrian food is quite a rare find in Japan, so Palmyra in Ikebukuro is a special place! The restaurant is fairly popular with Japanese customers, and serves a large menu of Arabian dishes, including Syrian dishes. Any mezze dish that you order here is delicious, and the hummus is quite popular.
Be warned that on certain nights the restaurant hosts a belly dancing show, and that guests must order a course menu on those nights.


Halal Status:
-Halal Certified
-All ingredients used are halal
-No pork used in restaurant
-The owner and cooks are Muslim
-There is a space for prayer
-Vegetarian options are available

Ain Soph Soar

This is a very popular all-vegan restaurant serving an original and varied menu of delicious food (delicious even to people who normally enjoy meat). The restaurant is known for its pancakes, which are made with a secret vegan cream cheese in the batter that give the pancakes a fantastic texture. One of the dinner courses on the menu is actually the "Heavenly Pancake Course" which includes salad, soup, pancakes with fruit, and coffee or tea for ¥3,300. Other interesting and surprisingly delicious items include the deep-fried vege-meat (still vegan), and the Spanish omelet, which uses tofu to mimic the texture of egg.

Halal status:
This restaurant has no halal certification, but uses only vegan products.

Malaychan

Located on the west side of the Ikebukuro Station (5-minute walk), Malay Chan is a Malaysian restaurant specializing in South East Asian cuisine and Curry! This place is really well-rated on many online sites. Their noodles and soups, which both include many fresh herbs and are made in an authentic style, are very popular. Curry is also a must-try! Expect to pay around 1,000 to 1,300 yen for your plate.

Halal Status:
-Halal Certified
-All ingredients used are halal
-No pork used in restaurant
-The cooks are Muslim
-There is a space for prayer
-Vegetarian options are available

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