- I live in west Tokyo and spend my time thinking about food and going bouldering.
There's a shop in Harajuku called Kumada where you can eat a rarity called "Golden ikuradon." The ikura(salmon roe) used doesn't come from standard, chub salmon, but instead is from the river-dwelling Japanese salmon, and has a unique crunchy texture. This is a treat that is hard to find in Tokyo!
Kubey is notoriously difficult to get a reservation at due to its storied history and excellent sushi. However, this is Tokyo! There are so many fantastic alternatives that will give you an equally amazing sushi experience. Here is a quick list of 5 alternatives.
One of the best sushi restaurants in Hokkaido, Arima should be on everyone's Hokkaido hit-list. The majority of the fish used are locally sourced from Hokkaido, providing a sushi experience that can't be found elsewhere in Japan.
Manten Sushi is a bright, popular Edomae sushi restaurant with locations in Marunouchi and Nihonbashi. The sushi is solidly delicious, and the price is as low at just ¥3,000 if you go on a weekday for lunch. This might be THE perfect lunch spot in Tokyo!
This creative sushi restaurant in Tokyo's Funamachi area offers outstanding yet affordable sushi that was good enough to earn Michelin's Bib Gourmand award (for great food that is affordable). If you're on a budget and looking for fantastic sushi that won't break the bank, this is a surefire option.
Relatively new to the Ginza sushi scene, Arai is an elite, Michelin-starred sushi restaurant offering some of the best tuna pieces around. On top of that, English speakers are able to talk directly to the chef at the second counter!
Tucked away in a narrow street near Shimbashi Station, Shimbashi Shimizu serves some of the best sushi found anywhere in Tokyo. Despite the quality of the product, the price is reasonable and you don't need to wait months to get a reservation. Wow!
Sushi Kanesaka is a Michelin starred sushi restaurant with 2 locations in Ginza, and Ootemachi, Tokyo. For a reliably outstanding and delicious sushi experience, this restaurant is a must.
Located in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Tempura Araki (天ぷら あら木）is one of the top tempura restaurants in Japan. Only 18 guests per day can enjoy the magical, scrumptious tempura served here by master chef Yoshiyuki Araki. Make a trip to Japan's northern island and try it out for yourself!
You might think that a simple coffee from a vending machine would be halal. It's just coffee after all, right? Unfortunately, this is not always the case.