Translated by Satomi Ohba
Great Regional Dishes Near Tokyo Station - Don't Miss Them!
Trying new foods, especially regional ones, is one of the greatest joys of traveling, but you can't try everything a country has to offer in one trip - or can you?
Written by MATCHA
“Food” is one of the joys of traveling, but it’s hard to enjoy each and every local Japanese gourmet in a short stay. But you can in Tokyo, because local famous shops have their Tokyo branch open. Here’s a one trip multiple taste travel food guide in Tokyo.
Sendai gyutan originator:”Aji-tasuke”
Sendai is a big city in the Tohoku region; it takes a one hour forty minute bullet train ride from Tokyo station to get there. Sendai is now famous for its gyutan(牛タン, grilled beef tongue), but “Aji-tasuke” is its originator. A “gyutan set meal” consists of thick slices of gyutan, barley-rice, and beef tail soup. This is the only shop you can find the original taste in Tokyo.
Gyutan set meal, with barley-rice and tail soup for 1,470 yen. The thick and plenty slice of gyutan is salted, soft and springy. Beef tail soup has lots of gelatin and flavone, and is said to be good for beauty and nutritional supplement.
To go to “Aji-tasuke”, go to the west exit of JR Suidoubashi station…
Cross the pedestrian in front of you and turn left. A Matsuya(松屋, gyudon shop with a yellow sign) shop will come into sight.
This white signboard says only “tasuke” which may be confusing, but this is it. The entrance is just next to Matsuya.
Nagoya “Yabaton”: Don’t talk about misokatsu before eating this!
Nagoya of Aichi prefecture is just between Tokyo and Kyoto. Nagoya has a uniquely diverted food culture which is called “Nagoya meshi(food)”, and miso-katsu(みそかつ, pork cutlet with miso sauce) is its representative. Not the usual Worcester sauce but miso sauce?! But at “Yabaton” they use a natural-brewed bean miso matured for a year and a half, which is mild and a best match with the crispy pork cutlet.
The shop is at the entrance of the B1F food area in GRAN ROOF, so you won’t miss it. You will see the mascot character “Yokozuna Pig” (commonly called ‘Bu-chan’, at the right of the picture), which appears on Japanese commercials.
Popular menu: “Waraji (straw sandals) tonkatsu” for 1,260 yen. The coating has a soft but crispy texture by blending fine raw breadcrumbs and dried breadcrumbs in a special percentage. The cutlet seems big and heavy, but you’ll surprisingly be able to eat it up so I would recommend it to women as well.
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Address: Sandai bldg. 2F, 3-7-13 Misaki-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Access: JR Chuo line Suidoubashi station, west exit, 1 minute walk
Hours: lunch (Mon-Fri) 11:30-13:30
/dinner (Mon-Sat) 17:00-22:45
Closed on Sundays
“Yabaton Tokyo station GRAN ROOF”
Address: GRAN ROOF B1F, 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Access: J-R Tokyo station, Yaesu south exit/center exit, right in front of you
Closed when GRAN ROOF is closed