Eating Out in Japan

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If you are looking for Japanese cuisine in Tokyo , you can certainly find it, but don’t restrict yourself to just Japanese food.   This city has much more to offer.   Restaurants in Tokyo run the gambit from little hole in the walls to big expensive international eateries.  

Most hotels offer for free what is called Breakfast Service which is served in your room and has to be ordered.   It is delivered anywhere between 6:30 and 9:30 am and don’t be late or you won’t get any.  

Almost every restaurant in town offers a lunch special which run from 11 am to 2:30 pm and there are many buffets where you can eat all you want for a very good price.   On the street you can find noodle shops called Tachigui Soba shops.   Many times you purchase a ticket from a vending machine before going in and present the ticket for your food.   There isn’t anywhere to sit (the name means stand and eat) because eat literally on the run.   Make sure to find one of these shops on the street as they are better than the ones in train or subway stations.     Sushi bars are common on the streets of Tokyo and they have the variety that revolves.   Plates are placed on a conveyor belt and you just take what looks good and pay for it.

When it comes to dinner many of the locals go to Izakayas or Japanese pubs where the working folk come to wind down after a day at work.   Food is served as well as drink and the atmosphere is quite unique.   Izakayas usually identify themselves with red lanterns hanging near their doors.  

Traditional Japanese Restaurants are very expensive and foreigners are sometimes lost because custom is followed.   If this isn’t your cup of tea Tokyo boasts world class French and Italian restaurants as well as any other national cuisine.   Dinner is usually very expensive in Tokyo .   You can find cheaper sushi or tempura chain restaurants, but watch the ones where the waitresses are dressed in Kimonos because those are expensive.  

Don’t restrict yourself to just Japanese food when in Tokyo .   The other cuisines are plentiful from French to American and back to Italy .   Experience the small local eateries as well as the expensive ones that support the customs of Japan .   This will give you a well rounded idea of what Tokyo is really like through its food.

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Ramen

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Ramen is quite simply Japan's premiere fast food.  Ramen is something of an obsession in Japan.  Yearly guides to the best ramen-ya are published in all of Japan’s major regions.  Famous ramen-ya are promoted in tourist brochures right next to cultural and historic landmarks.  Outside these local landmarks, crowds gather at lunch and dinnertime, willing to line up and wait regardless of the weather, sometimes for as long as an hour.  Ramen stadiums, featuring five to ten ramen-ya from all over the country, are a common feature more..

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Tempura

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Seafood and vegetables dipped in batter and fried for a short period is one of my favorites. It's truly delicious. It is interesting to know that the Japanese learned the cooking technique from the Portuguese in the 16-th century. They are great pupils...

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Yakitori

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Yakitori literally means grilled chicken, but your average yakitori restaurant will serve quite a variety of skewered items cooked over a grill.  Yakitori is usually a casual food, served in low-key and often dingy establishments, and is accompanied by lots of beer.  Yakitori joints are popular for after-work gatherings.

The most basic item at a yakitori restaurant is Negima, a skewer of small pieces of chicken thigh, momo, spaced with Japanese leek, negi.  This can be seasoned either with salt&pepper, Japanese 7-spice more..

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Soba and Udon

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Soba and Udon are Japan’s traditional noodles.  Soba noodles are made from buckwheat flour, and are thin and brown or gray in color.  Udon noodles are made from white flour, and are quite wide.  Although some establishments will specialize as Soba-ya or Udon-ya, especially in areas known for their soba or udon, most restaurants will have some of both, oftentimes offering the same set of dishes with your choice of either soba or udon.

There are two main ways of eating these noodles -- hot, and cold.  If eaten hot, the noodles are more..

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Unagi

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Unagi or freshwater eel is a real Japanese delicacy: to the extent that there are many restaurants which specialise in serving it. Commonly unagi is basted with a rice wine/soy sauce mixture, grilled and then served on rice. Sanshou or japanese pepper is available to season it. Culinary daredevils can also try eel liver soup as a side order.

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Family Restaurants

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The various establishments known collectively as “Family Restaurants” are Japan’s answer to the American chain-restaurant.  Housed in large buildings, often with substantial parking lots, well lit, and sometimes even open twenty-four hours, Family Restaurants bear little resemblance to more traditional establishments.  Given that the traditional Japanese eatery has a nearly invisible storefront, no parking, and rather limited hours, this is a large part of their appeal.  

Family restaurants generally serve a mis-mash of Western, faux-Western, and more..

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Tonkatsu

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Tongkatsu is pork breaded and deep fried. Inside the crust, the meat is soft and tender. Popular for lunch and served with cabbage and rice. Refills of the rice & cabbage are usually free. Ask for Okawari.

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Teppanyaki

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Food cooked on a steel grill. In upscale restaurants the cook will come to your tableand cook it right before your eyes. If you are on a budget and like the taste of Teppanyaki, head for okonomiyaki (cheap) restaurants where you can do the hard work yourself.

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Sushi

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With a 400 year hsitory, Sushi is the most Japanese of Japanese food. The name Sushi refers to anything served with vinegared rice - it's not just raw fish. Even for vegetarinas (Inari - Soy wrap, Kappa - cucumber, Tamago - egg) Sushi is a good option.

Sushi bars serve both Sushi and Sashimi. Sashimi is plain slices of raw fish, Sushi is fish served on top of a rice patty or rolled in rice and is eaten with slices of pink pickeld ginger and dipped in soy sauce (murasaki).

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Teishoku

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The teishoku, or set meal, is a standard part of the Japanese eating experience.  Virtually every Japanese restaurant (except, in most cases, izakayas) will have a selection of teishoku available, and usually they are a good deal.  A teishoku is usually composed of a main item, a bowl of rice, some miso soup, and a bowl of Japanese pickles.  Sometimes these will all be served together on a square platter, and sometimes they will come separately, as courses.  What the main item is depends largely on the establishment serving more..

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Corcabano Afroba Restauranto - Andean Cuisine

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An Andean Restaurant with food:

Chili-Cheese Enchilada, Corn and Steak, Taco, Ice Cream Burger, Jellyfish, Liver and Onions, Soft Taco, Coconut Cake, Beef Patty and Carrots and Corn Salad.

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tel:1-800-777-0000
url:2-MAX
address:212-3332
PriceOfMenu:205
email:1-999-7786

Hanatokei Coffee and Tea

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Hanatokei Coffee and Tea 「花時計きっさてん」

   “Hanatokei Coffee and Tea” is one of the only two coffee shops that use Hills Coffee in Oita. Hills Coffee Japan is one of the group networks of UCC Coffee.  Mrs. Matsumoto, the present owner has been training herself not only with studying coffee beans from various regions, methods of dripping, and roasting but also focused learning to bake cakes and breads as well as cook many kinds of foods. She also uses "Koshihikari", one of the best rice in Hiroshima. She said she wants to provide the more..

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address:874-0922 大分県 別府市 船小路町 1-32
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