JAPAN TIPS: Top 10 Cheap Restaurants in Tokyo

JAPAN TIPS: Top 10 Cheap Restaurants in Tokyo


What’s up everybody, welcome to another exciting
episode of Japan Tips. Have you ever heard that food in Japan is
expensive? Well you couldn’t be more wrong. I got a list of the Top 10 Cheap Restaurants
in Tokyo, and it’s coming at you right now! So what if I were to tell you that some of
my favorites restaurants in Tokyo are actually around $10 per meal. Sounds kind of crazy, right? But the thing is, when you pay up for these
really expensive meals in Tokyo, actually what you’re paying for is the presentation,
you’re paying for the nice place, you’re paying the cache, and many times you’re paying to
wait in a long line. Which I guess every once in awhile is good,
but you don’t really need pay up that much to have an incredible meal in Tokyo which
is something I love about this place. So without further adieu, let me get to my
list of the top ten cheap restaurants in Tokyo. First up is a restaurant called Sushi Zanmai. It’s a mid-range sushi restaurant and the
thing about these sushi restaurants is pretty much, the sky’s the limit for how much you’re
going to pay. Some people even pay hundreds of dollars for
sushi in Tokyo, but when you got cheaper restaurants this good, there’s really no reason to pay
that much. And probably the best value for money is Sushi
Zanmai. I went there recently and I got this plate
of sushi that you’re looking at right here. It cost about $11 but it tastes like the quality
you could get at a $30 or $40 restaurant in Tokyo, and that’s saying something. It’s definitely a cut above conveyor belt
sushi restaurants and if you come here, I recommend that you choose your own items. Or if you don’t know much about sushi, you
can choose a set. But you do tend to save more money when you
choose your own items, so why don’t you give it a go? Next up, we go ta restaurant called Gindaco. This place serves up the best takoyaki in
Tokyo and if you don’t know what takoyaki is, well let’s just say they’re primo octopus
balls. Maybe you’re not into the whole octopus ball
scene, but I know I am. The great thing about Gindaco is these breaded
fried octopus balls are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. They come in plates of 4, 6, and 8 balls,
and the 4-ball-plate is pretty good because it’s kind of cheap, which makes it easy for
you to try out more than one flavor. And although pretty much everything’s good
here, I recommend you try out these cheese mentaiko takoyaki, which is what you’re seeing
right now. They have a kind of tangy, sweet, fishy, and
cheesy flavor to them. And they’re most definitely to die for. Next up, we got a restaurant called GoGo Curry
which is the gorilla curry establishment. There’s plenty of Japanese curry spots in
Tokyo but in my opinion GoGo’s got the best meat and the most flavorful sauce. It’s got a sweet, tangy, and slightly spicy
flavor to it, and every time I walk past this restaurant, I have a hard time not going in. Now, I’ve tried most of what they serve here,
and in this video I’m eating the Grand Slam Curry, which is pretty good. But still, for the best tasting meat and the
best sauce-to-rice ratio, I recommend that you get the pork cutlet curry. The size is more manageable, it’s tasty as
hell, and it might just change your life. Next up, we got a restaurant called Ramen
Bankara, which is home to some incredibly rich, incredibly unique, and incredibly delicious
ramen. This place serves up ramen varieties that
are a class onto themselves, and you can’t find any ramen like this anywhere else in
Tokyo, that’s for sure. Take this kakuni pork belly ramen for example. That meat is simmered to perfection and it’s
partially liquified into the broth. There’s also this karanegi ramen which has
Korean-inspired spicy spring onions on top. Personally, I love spicy food so I recommend
this bowl, but even if you don’t like spicy food, you can’t really go wrong with any of
the other bowls here. Next on that list, we got a restaurant called
Ootoya. They serve up some traditional Japanese foods
and some Chinese-inspired foods. The first thing you’ll notice when you walk
into here is how classy it is. I mean, even though most of the meals around
$8 or $10, it seems like they should be a lot more. Take this meal for example, here we got some
chicken and vegetables stir-fried in a sweet and sour black vinegar sauce. The meal on its own is insanely good, but
it also comes with a salad, some miso soup, and some pickled vegetables on the side. Plus they have the free option of upgrading
your white rice to a 5-grain rice which I highly recommend. Next on that list is a place called Sutameshi
Dondon. What else can I say about this place except
that they serve up heaven in a bowl? This restaurant specializes in pork rice bowls,
and they got a whole wide array of them available. Here I got the spicy pork bowl with added
cheese on top, and they do provide you with a raw eggy weg on the side, which is optional. Raw eggs are quite safe in Japan, and personally
I love them, but I can understand why not everyone would. So feel free to skip the eggy weg if you want,
because whether with it or without it, this bowl most definitely will blow your mind. I mean, this is by no means a health food,
but that perfectly cooked pork, creamy cheese, and wild spice action is a serious flavor
combo. After that, we got Pepper Lunch, home to some
sizzling plates that are not only affordable, but are also delicious. This is like a do-it-yourself teppanyaki or
“hibachi” as you may know it. They bring out your beef on a sizzling hot
plate, and you actually do have to cook it yourself, although it is kind of hard to mess
up. Granted, mine did get a tad burned, but I
was busy filming so I got a tad sidetracked. But even despite that fact, that meat ended
up tasting edible and incredible anyway. That’s sizzling plate keeps the meat hot throughout
the meal, and on top of that, this meat is infused with a serious pepper explosion of
flavor. This is definitely one of my go-to restaurants,
and every time I stop by I always have an amazing experience. Next up, we got a restaurant called Tempura
Tendon Tenya, and they serve up the best cheap tempura rice bowls money can buy. Not only are these meals nicely priced, but
they have gigantic pieces of tempura in the bowl. I mean, maybe it’s kind of difficult to get
an idea about scale just by watching this video, but the shrimp alone probably takes
4 of 5 bites to finish. They also got insanely massive pieces of fish
and vegetable tempura in this bowl. But despite having those huge portions, the
actual flavor of that tempura is simply delicious. Each piece is juicy, delicate, and slightly
sweet, but if you want it sweeter, feel free to add more sauce. And I must say, among all the bowls I’ve tried,
I think this prawn and conger eel bowl is my fav. After that, we got a tonkotsu ramen restaurant
called Ichiran. Tonkotsu stye ramen is basically some pork
bone broth-based ramen, and it’s creamy as hell and flavorful to the max. One of the unique things about this restaurant
is they only serve one kind of ramen, but you get to customize your own bowl. I’ve tried it many different ways, but I’ve
found that choosing mostly middle-of-the-road options is the best. It’s also best to get it with the meat. And, you might want to get yourself an extra
eggy weg on the side because it doesn’t come included with the meal. Anyway, the real strong point of this ramen
is in the broth. Because those pork bones are cooked over long
periods of time, this broth has a seriously nourishing and smooth flavor to it. That broth also goes perfectly with those
Hakata-style ramen noodles. And even though there isn’t much meat in this
bowl, with a broth that good you don’t really need it. And last on this list, I got a pork cutlet
restaurant called Katsuya. This is definitely not the fanciest restaurant
in Tokyo, but it does have the best cheap katsudon money can buy. That fried pork cutlet, egg, cilantro, carmelized
onion, and sweet sauce go incredibly well on top of that rice. And somehow, some way, it feels like all those
different ingredients fuse into one buckwild meal. I mean, it’s actually kind of strange how
such a cheap place could be so good. Even though I’ve tried more expensive katsudons
before, I can’t help but come back to this place. What can I say, it’s just that oishii. Oh, and by the way, if you want some more
tips about Japan, then you best be checking out the video that I filmed with my main man
Vegard. We did a video about the top 10 things to
do in Akihabara, Tokyo. Vegard filmed it, he did a pretty amazing
job with the editing and filming, and I think you’re gonna like it a lot. So check out his channel, feel free to subscribe
to his channel. And as always, thanks for watching this video
everybody, why don’t you leave a comment, let me know what you think.

82 Replies to “JAPAN TIPS: Top 10 Cheap Restaurants in Tokyo

  1. If you like this video, check out the AKIHABARA TIPS video I filmed with my main man Vegard ► http://bit.ly/2AnwbEA

  2. Oh snap! Digging the music and style! These are some legit places.We hit up Suzhi Zanmai and Gogo curry pretty regularly. Great list man! – Victor

  3. Hello mate.. forgot to mention.. i cook south indian food in my home.. i get thai food or viet pho or sushis around Melbourne city

  4. I wish this video existed before our trip but I love it to bits none the less and it will very well come in handy the next time I come to Tokyo. Thanks for the tips dawg

  5. Digging this dope stranger things 80's music.. You figure a thing from serpentza /TykoSam? can't beat these classical beats baby.

  6. As much as I hate top 10 lists, I LOVE THIS LIST. Keep making more top 10 stuff so if I ever go to Japan I know all the stuff to check out!

  7. Why do I always watch your videos then it’s midnight and I’m hungry AF? On top of being a poor college student so I don’t even have food to snack on…

  8. Just a little suggestion from an audio video nutball, the low angle of the camera for the beginning of every description is a bit off-putting and I would recommend keeping that thing at eye level. If security or stylistic fancies are the reason for the angle then I totally understand. Amazing content as always!!

  9. Holy fawkin SHIT babyyyyyyyyyyyyyy! Look at this fucking sexy ass list. I think it was quite lacking in teh racism department, but hey, to each their own fuckin own, amirite? Giggity

  10. The funkiness level of my life has increased because of this video, that’s definitely a good thing baby. Allllrrriiighhhtttt. 😎

  11. Have you ever tried beef bowl restaurant like Yoshinoya or Matsuya? Btw with 2 pork cutlet restaurant I can't agree more.

  12. Sick vid man. Well put together. Also, thought the angle of the camera for your narration was great framing. Cool backdrop.

  13. You have really good food tours and reviews in Asia. It makes us proud being from Asia having such great food varieties and flavors. India, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, you are discovering load of amazing shit man! You are seriously living a life going places and having these great experiences. Makes me sort of jealous XD, but well Good luck man. Live the Buckwild life well XD

  14. As soon as I saw him tear the takoyaki with his chopsticks, I stopped watching! It is BAD manners in Japan to cut food using your chopsticks. You're supposed to pick up the takoyaki with the chopsticks and simply take a bite if you can't fit the whole thing in your mouth.

  15. Like the info and suggestions but the narrator and his desperation to be funny and interesting is OVER THE TOP ANNOYING as HELL and he doesn't realize it…Big Thumbs down.

  16. Hey there, thanks for this video! My de-facto cheapo strategy when I was living in Tokyo was to head to any of the numerous 'Yayoi Ken' restaurants and order the cheapest 'ichiju sansai', a set meal (which is either grilled miso mackerel or deep fried chicken) with unlimited top ups (it's self service, so don't feel shy) of plain, white rice. I would basically fast till as long as I can till about 3-4 pm (there was once I hit a 6 pm record, but it was the summer and I did nothing but hang out at Tower Records listening to records) and head to Yayoiken and eat 6 bowls of rice or something. It's immensely fulfilling for a mere 590 yen. The meal will last you an entire day. Comes with free cold unlimited green tea, pickles and miso soup too. It gets pretty packed during rush hours, but at other times, you can sit there as long as you wish without anyone bothering you, which basically means you can eat as much rice as you like. Some of these branches (like the one in Ginza, several in Shinjuku) are open 24 hours!!!!! That's insanely awesome. Hope to see you sometime in Tokyo soon!

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