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Tokyo - Post your DDD places / Good Eats

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Tokyo - Post your DDD places / Good Eats

I know there's a master Japan thread but I want this to be Food/Restaurant eats specific.

Especially for those who have been multiple times, please post your not to be missed places to eat. The more non-touristy known places are much appreciated.
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It’s crazy but every restaurant/stall/fast food joint is good in Japan. Walk into any food place and it’s good. I don’t know how they do it but it’s true.
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Not a diner, drive in, nor dive, but I had great tempura in an office building in Shinjuku ... I wrote a review in Tripadvisor about it, but with only 11 reviews written in English so far, I would say that it's not very touristy.

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Punky Hunky wrote: It’s crazy but every restaurant/stall/fast food joint is good in Japan. Walk into any food place and it’s good. I don’t know how they do it but it’s true.
This is also what I've heard....which makes it hard to choose. In the old days, we didn't have the internet and resources like Yelp or Tripadvisor or Google. Unfortunately, there's tons of lesser visited reviewed places which get overlooked which is why I'm asking for kindof off the radar places. A place like Mojomiko posted for great tempura is a much appreciated.
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Not sure if it's worth your time to seek out specific places mentioned here...

There's so much to see and eat in Tokyo that I wouldn't waste my time hunting down a random tempura restaurant in an office building, unless you happen to be nearby.

Literally walk down any street and pick any place that seems popular and you can't go wrong.
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superfresh89 wrote: Not sure if it's worth your time to seek out specific places mentioned here...

Literally walk down any street and pick any place that seems popular and you can't go wrong.
True. Didn’t have any bad food in Japan.
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Maplesugar25 wrote: True. Didn’t have any bad food in Japan.
McDonald's was disappointing. The fries were dry. The nuggets didn't taste like chicken. The sweet and sour sauce was too sour.
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There aren't really any dives in Japan. The people there take pride in their cleanliness.
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Just returned from a brief trip to Osaka and Tokyo.

Difficult to have a bad meal in Japan... from 500 yen beef and rice places, random Ramen places in train stations, to high end sushi, and everything in between.

I stumbled upon Seamon Ginza quite accidentally and had the very best sushi I've ever had. The lunch set was 6000 yen, which I think was very good value given the quality and overall experience.
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the nuggets didn't taste like chicken or that you're accustomed to eating the fake pressed chicken loaf nuggets from here and that the taste of it is different there?

I found the palate of japanese foods both their take on our our fast food chains and the local cuisine to be very agreeable to me and I found very few things I outright didn't like or found meh. Most of the time if I didn't research places ahead of time, we'd take a quick loop around to see what was available and then pick one. It leads to a less touristy experience. If all you do is look up trip advisor suggestions, all you're going to get are the top tourist places to go. That's not to say I didn't do that, but we also rolled the dice a lot. Also I would have liked to have gone to more home cooking style restaurants.
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lurkknight wrote: the nuggets didn't taste like chicken or that you're accustomed to eating the fake pressed chicken loaf nuggets from here and that the taste of it is different there?

I found the palate of japanese foods both their take on our our fast food chains and the local cuisine to be very agreeable to me and I found very few things I outright didn't like or found meh. Most of the time if I didn't research places ahead of time, we'd take a quick loop around to see what was available and then pick one. It leads to a less touristy experience. If all you do is look up trip advisor suggestions, all you're going to get are the top tourist places to go. That's not to say I didn't do that, but we also rolled the dice a lot. Also I would have liked to have gone to more home cooking style restaurants.
Yeah don't take the TripAdvisor suggestions to heart or else you'll miss out on alot of great underrated places. I went to great kaiseki in Gion that doesn't even have any Google reviews and just a handful of TripAdvisor reviews (only from locals). It was such a great experience.
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Tokyo & Osaka have so many good places, I would argue its very difficult to come up with a list of "best sushi restaurant", "best izakaya", "best ramen", etc. Its not like Toronto where we have some good restaurants & a ton of bad ones. Like you could probably come up with "10 best sushi restaurants Toronto" quite easily, but it'd be very difficult to do a definitive list like that for Tokyo. Of the 50 or so meals I had, only had 1 meal that I would rate below 4 out 5. Of course, I took into account price too, meaning sometimes for breakfast I bought something at 7-11, which I thought considering the price point, was still very good.
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