It’s never too early to begin planning a vacation, but with all of the excitement of adding locations to your itinerary, it’s easy to forget about the meals in between, and then be overwhelmed by the choices upon arrival. Trying new foods is one of the best parts of visiting a new location, and everybody wants to indulge in the local recommendations to get the most out of their experience.
The Capitol Hotel Tokyu, a five star hotel in Tokyo and Tokyu Hotel Group’s flagship hotel has put together a list of authentic locally loved foods that are a must-try after touch-down in Tokyo! From the start of your day to the last glass raised high in “kanpai” (cheers!), make sure to add these delectable dishes to your Tokyo itinerary.
All Day Dining ORIGAMI – The Capitol Hotel Tokyu
Starting your day off right begins with a healthy, filling, and delicious breakfast. Located within the hotel and prepared by the chefs of the hotel’s Japanese restaurant “Suiren”, the Japanese Breakfast is the perfect way to kick start your travels, featuring traditional and carefully made dishes served with a choice between steamed rice or rice porridge which indulge all five senses to truly welcome you to Japan.
Hashigo – Akasaka, Tokyo
Located only a few minutes walk from The Capitol Hotel Tokyu, and so good that it was open until 1 a.m. on weekdays, but is currently only open until 8 p.m., this restaurant has only 21 counter seats available in its small space, but has people queuing up to eat. Hashigo serves a high quality Chinese-style spare rib ramen that is loved by the locals and frequented by Japanese businessmen in the area. The broth has soul, the meat is tender and juicy, the noodles firm and chewy, and the level of spice is adjustable, making this a deeply satisfying meal.
03: Afternoon Tea
Kissa-ko – Ueno, Tokyo
Surrounded by the lush greenery of Ueno park, the quaint Japanese café Kissa-ko is located in a nostalgic, Japanese-style house which was established in 1875. Every dish served is well-conceived and beautiful, and one of its signature dishes is the “Cream Anmitsu”, a traditional Japanese parfait which is served with rich matcha ice-cream. The elegance of the café is reflected in the smooth and sweet taste of the adzuki and black honey, and is a well kept local secret where life slows down and turns peaceful.
Tempura x Sparkling Sake “John”
Featuring seasonal ingredients ranging from seafood to vegetables covered with flour and deep fried, tempura is a widely recognised and beloved Japanese dish. Each piece is cooked one at a time and served individually to customers to enjoy every mouthful at its peak deliciousness. A perfect pairing for tempura is sparkling sake, particularly a brand named “John”, which creates enough bubbles to cut through the oil in tempura to enhance and enjoy each flavour to its fullest.