Updated： April 17, 2018
Zakuro: A Turkish Restaurant Unlike Any Other In Tokyo!
Want to eat amazingly good middle-eastern foods until you're about to burst? Zakuro is where you should go! On top of the great food, the place is so authentically decorated that you'll feel you've been teleported to Turkey!
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Zakuro is just a few minutes walk from the Nippori Station. Once you get there you'll be stunned. The outer appearance and the inside are strikingly different than any other store around. Going to Zakuro will feel like you've been transported to somewhere in the Middle-East!
Perhaps you've sat on a tatami mat at a Japanese restaurant before, but at Zakuro, you'll be seated on a Persian rug, not a tatami!
The ceiling lamps are definitely an important element of the restaurant's appeal! The atmosphere is quite strange but really pleasant and warm.
The "Happy Lunch"
People go to Zakuro not just for the decor, but also for the amazing authentic Turkish, Iranian and Uzbekistani cuisines!
For lunch, from 11:00 to 15:00, most people order what is called the "Shiawase Ranchi" (happy lunch) course for 1,000 yen. There is no menu here so just ask what you will be served if you are wondering. The many dishes consist of middle-eastern specialties such as meat skewers, vegetable stews, rice salads, dried fruits, Turkish cakes and Iranian teas. The lunch course is very filling. Many people say that they cannot finish everything.
The "Cannot Finish Eating, Drinking" Dinner Courses
You thought that the lunch course was filling? Wait until you eat there for dinner! You get two options: one is the "Tabekirenai Kosu" (literally translates to the "the course you can't finish") for 2,000 yen, and the other one has the same food but with the addition of a "Nomikerenai" ("you can't drink it all course") for 3,000 yen.
The dishes just keep on coming! Everything is so good that it's hard not to eat, or drink, if you chose the "nomikirenai" course - excessively!
If you come in a group of three or more people, you will be provided with a free shisha pipe!
From 19:00, there are some belly dance shows! These cost an extra 500 yen to see.
You can also buy middle eastern products while you're there. The ceiling lamps are for sale too!
For a truly unique experience and the occasional break from Japanese food, Zakuro is a must-go restaurant!
- Japanese food culture enthusiast. Love to explore new areas and discover local specialties.
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