The Great Tokyo Oishi Adventure

Eating my way to Tokyo, I am now completely on the side of Godzilla when he gobbles up and chomps down Tokyo. That city is so oishi with its culinary offerings from fresh seafood to grilled meat and desserts! Here are some of the best that I tried in my short stay there that almost a month after returning from my trip, I can still taste them.

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There were three places that I kept going back to:


When Yoshinoya first opened in Manila in the 20th century, I became an instant fan of its beef bowl but sadly, the quality suffered along the way and I have never stepped foot inside it since the turn of the new century. Because of this experience, I had mixed feelings about eating there while in Tokyo but I was tired from my trip and it was one of the nearest restaurants to my hotel. So I gave it a try and as soon as I took my first bite of its beef bowl and vegetable salad, I could almost hear the Peaches and Herb song, “Reunited” playing in the background. As Yoshinoya was more ubiquitous than McDonald’s there, I gorged myself every time I ran into one that I thought I would be satiated by now but no, I still dream of it that I might even be tempted to give the Manila branch another try.

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The Tsukiji Fish Market is a must-see tourist destination famed for its early morning live tuna auction. As I was not willing to get up at 3am to witness the 4am event, I settled for just visiting the place around lunch time and queuing where there were a lot of people even though I had no idea what the food stall was offering. The first line did not disappoint---not at all. It was a mix of squid, shrimp, oyster, and everything to help shoot up your blood pressure in a delectable sweet sauce served in an oyster shell. I’m sorry that I can’t give you the name as I was too caught up with the people and the food. Anyway, just do what I did---follow the long lines and order two shells for a satisfying meal. And if you’re a sushi fan, there’s a lot of sushi bars hollering around you. I even met a local sushi chef who could speak Filipino as he worked in Batangas as a chef. He even proudly told me he has two children there---and three in Caloocan…

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If you love tiramisus or any cakes for that matter, Tully’s tiramisu will make you want to beg someone to franchise the cafĂ© here so we don’t have to fly to Tokyo to enjoy moist texture with just enough sweetness and chocolate to satisfy your sweet tooth. 

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How to Order in Tokyo

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Now some of us might feel intimidated about ordering in Japan when we can’t speak the language. It’s okay. Restaurant staff almost always can speak English. Anyway, there are other ways to order. The most basic is to look for pictures. Some are displayed on their facade while some have pictures on their menu.

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Some have more than pictures with their life-like replicas of the menu.

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And then there are restaurants that don’t require you to talk to the staff when ordering as they have vending machines to do that. You insert your money, make your selection, and wait for your order stub to come out to be handed over to the staff. Their vending machines have pictures as well although not all have English translations to help you understand the pictures. In cases like this, just walk away and look for Yoshinoya!

Know Before You Go:




-The Paranoid Traveler

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