Updated: February 20, 2020
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Best Affordable Restaurants You Need To Try In Ikebukuro, Tokyo


There are lots of cheap and delicious food options in Ikebukuro. Here are some of our picks. Most of them are just ¥1,000 or less and we've included several genres.

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Misono (Hitori Yakiniku)

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The word 'barbeque' typically brings images of a gathering of friends or family enjoying a meal around a grill. However, in Japan, where eating alone is quite common for busy office workers, a type of barbeque called 'hitori yakiniku' (solo BBQ) was invented to allow even solo diners to enjoy a barbeque dinner. 'Misono' is a solo BBQ restaurant located just one minute away from Ikebukuro Station. Instead of tables, the tiny restaurant consists of a single counter lined with small grills at each seat.

The restaurant may be small, but the quality of the meat served is as good as at a high-end yakiniku restaurant and definitely won't disappoint. If you're alone or with a small group and looking for an awesome (and very Japanese) barbeque experience, Misono is definitely worth checking out!

Mendokoro Hanada (Ramen)

For ramen in Ikebukuro, Mendokoro Hanada rich miso ramen is hugely popular. Located a 5-minute walk from the east exit of the station, you'll often see people waiting in line to get in.

The toppings are served in generous portions, the noodles are very thick and chewy and the soup is so savoury and thick too, which is the perfect match for the noodles. Give it a try and you'll know why people rave about it! This is one of the most popular miso ramen joints in all of Tokyo.

A standard miso ramen bowl is ¥840. Note that you can have it with a spicy miso soup too and that it is served tsukemen (dipping noodles) style as well.

Kailaku (Gyoza)

Kailaku is a shop of long-standing in Ikebukuro that has recently been renovated so the interior is pretty sleek.

Their claim to fame is their jumbo gyozas (dumplings) that are literally the size of small bananas. Not only are they huge, but they taste great too. The thick skins of the gyozas have the perfect chewy texture. Bite into them and theirs an explosion of savour that spreads in your mouth because the inside is tightly packed with some minced meat, cabbage, Chinese chive, garlic, and ginger.

It's popular to have the jumbo gyozas as part of a set with chahan (fried rice). The set includes 5 gyozas and a half portion of chahan for ¥850.

Kailaku is at a 1-minute walk from the east exit of Ikebukuro station.

Chugoku Katei Ryori Yang

Ikebukuro has a big Chinese immigrant population so the area is kind of famous for 'chuka' which is Japanese-style Chinese food.

There are many cheap tasty chuka restaurants around the station but Chugoku Katei Ryori Yang stands out for its incredibly tasty soupless tantanmen (¥800). It's kind of like a Chinese style spicy ramen dish but served in a thick sauce instead of soup. You mix all the ingredients together before eating it.

They also serve up a variety of traditional Szechuan dishes at a reasonable fare. Their gyozas and mabo tofu are pretty popular too.

The restaurant is located at a 3-minute walk from the west exit of the station.

Chiin Shokudo (Mabo Tofu, Chuka)

Chiin Shokudo is all about spice and chilli! Just one look at some dishes will make you think they're too spicy, but think not, the dishes are superbly balanced and offer a great way o experience Szechuan cooking! Their most popular dish is the mabo tofu pictured above.

Located just a minutes walk from Ikebukuro station's north exit.

Kitchen ABC (Omurice)

Kitchen ABC serves the ultimate Japanese soul food called the 'Omukatsukara'. It's basically a fusion of omurice (Japanese omelette on rice) tonkatsu (breaded deep-fried pork) and rich Japanese dark curry. Super filling and tasty, the dish is ¥950. The place serves a nice variety of this style of western-influenced Japanese cuisine.

Located a five-minute walk from the west exit.

Katsu (Sushi)

Affordable yet of good quality, this is a very popular kaitenzushi (sushi train) restaurant in Ikebukuro. Do not get discouraged by the long lines as people tend to get in and out pretty quickly.

You order from a touch tablet and your sushi comes to you directly from the conveyor belt. The cheapest dishes are ¥100. You won't lose track of what your bill might add up to because the plates are colour-coded for each price. Just stack them up by colour and you can quickly do the math.

Located on the 8th floor of Seibu Ikebukuro Honten, at a one-minute walk from the east exit of Ikebukuro station.

Uchitateya (Udon)

Uchitateya is a famous restaurant making thick homemade udon noodles. The signature menu item is their 'nikujiru udon' (meat soup udon) but you won't go wrong with any of their 9 kinds of dipping noodle style udon dishes. This is somewhat unusual because dipping noodles are usually made with ramen style noodles and soup. You'll be amazed by how tasty and springy their udon noodles are. The store claims that once you taste them, you'll get addicted. It might be true considering how packed the place always is!

Located a 6-minute walk from the east exit of Ikebukuro station.

Tendon Fuji

This small restaurant of 10 counter seats only makes some of the best tempura bowls (tendon) in the area. For ¥1,100 or less you can get assortments of freshly fried, golden brown, crispy tempura of jumbo shrimp, squid, conger eel, nori seaweed, green pepper, etc. placed on a bed of rice. The special sweet and savoury tempura sauce that comes with it adds just the perfect accent.

Located a one-minute walk from the west exit of Ikebukuro station.

East Village (Hamburger)

EAST VILLAGE is well-known among gourmet burger lovers in the area. Their deluxe burger sets are a bit expensive at around ¥1,300 but made with quality ingredients (even the ketchup is homemade), they're really tasty and thoroughly satisfying. A set comes with a serving of fried potatoes and pickles.

Located a three-minute walk from the east exit of Ikebukuro station.

La Famille (Chiffon Cake, Cafe)

La Famille is a charming cafe located near Nishi-Ikebukuro Park, at a 5-minute walk from the west exit of the station.

It specializes in one of Japan's favourite cakes: the chiffon cake. They have a nice variety of beautiful, light yet tasty cakes that are ¥400 to ¥500 a piece.

What's interesting is that they have some unique varieties that include tomato, spinach and squash-flavoured cakes. Give them a try - they taste much better than they sound!

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