Updated: April 17, 2018
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The Best Places to Have Oden in Tokyo!

When people think of Japanese food, they probably think of sushi, tempura and udon. But there is such a wealth of Japanese cuisine to discover, from high-end cuisine, to home made dishes. Oden is more the type of dish you would enjoy slowly at home with your family, but you can also have it at specialized restaurants. But what is oden and where can you get the good stuff?

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What is oden?

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Oden is usually a winter dish cooked in one single pot. It cane be made with daikon radish, konjaku, fish cakes, boiled eggs, etc. It is cooked in a dashi broth. It can be eaten at home, or at small restaurants, or even at convenience stores.

Oden Ore no Dashi (おでん 俺のだし)

Ore no Dashi (おでん 俺のだし), which means "my dashi", procures a unique food experience in Tokyo. "Ore no" is a chain that serves awesome food for a cheap price; you can find Italian, French, etc. This one specializes in oden!
It's a little bit like a tapas bar, since you get to try a wide variety of small dishes. There might be a queue when you head there, but just know it's because the food is awesome, and the price is reasonable. You'll get hooked too!

Konbu-ya (こんぶや)

Konbuya has 3 locations, one in Kagurazaka, in Ebisu and in Nishiazabu. This restaurant also has a wide selection of small plates, but you can also get the "omakase course" (letting the chef choose the dishes); this lets you try many things without the stress of ordering since the menu is all in Japanese. It is reasonably-priced and awesome.

Otako

Otako, in Nihombashi, is also an awesome place to get oden. Probably the best way to have it is to sit at the bar so you can take a look at all the ingredients and decide what you want from there. You can try tons of small dishes that way! They are especially famous for their simmered tofu served on rice. Yum!

Maruken Suisan 丸健水産

Maruken Suisan, in Akabane, is a great place to have good and cheap oden & drinks. But be prepared, this place is almost always full. You can also have the oden to go as they sell pre-packaged oden as well.

Finally...

What other lesser known Japanese cuisine have you discovered while travelling in Japan? Let us know in the facebook comments!
Lili Wanderlust
I love traveling and discovering new cuisines. Japan has a panoply of local dishes to try. I also love yoga, coffee, reading, and cycling.

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