{  Chinese Restaurant Essence  }

Chinese Restaurant Essence
Chinese Restaurant Essence
Chinese Restaurant Essence
Chinese Restaurant Essence

This Chinese Restaurant uses seasonal ingredients and specializes in creating healthy dishes with Chinese herbs that are good for your body which is why it’s very popular amongst women. On the weekdays they offer lunch from just 1000yen, but on the weekends their lunches start from 1500yen. We decided to get their pre-fix lunch course which includes a main dish of your choice, soup, appetizer, dan dan noodles, rice or porridge, dessert, and a drink of your choice.

Everything was delicious and we enjoyed a nice relaxing lunch which is close to Gaienmae Ichonamiki. If you are feeling like your body needs some detox after drinking too much the night before or just want something good for your body, come check out this place.

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Pre-fix Lunch Set – 1500yen

メインのお料理:
A. 日替わりメイン料理
B. いろいろ野菜と生湯葉の温サラダ
C. 「あべ鶏」の油淋鶏 ベビーリーフ添え
D. 四川風 麻婆豆腐
E. 海老のチリソース煮

スープ:二十四節気の薬膳スープ
小菜盛り合わせ:小菜3種盛り合わせ(本日の焼き物・本日の冷菜・本日の点心)
麺:一口汁なしタンタン麺
ご飯orお粥:雑穀米のお粥か長野産ミルキークイーンのご飯 ※大盛り無料
デザート:本日のデザート
ドリンク

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Address // 3-8-2, Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-6805-3905
Website // http://chinese-essence.jimdo.com/

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{  AS Classics Diner  }

AS Classics Diner
AS Classics Diner
AS Classics Diner
AS Classics Diner

AS Classics Diner is owned by the same owner as A&G Diner at Gaienmae. AS Classics Diner also has opened a location in Roppongi Hills so you can try their burgers at any of these locations.

They are an American-style burger joint inspired by the 60′s and are quite popular with the locals here. The location we went to is right by Komazawa Olympic Park and gets crowded on the weekends. All of their burgers include tomato, grilled onions, lettuce, original sauce, an original bun and the meat itself is 100% beef. For lunch, we ordered the “Hamburger Lunch set” (1050yen), which comes with fries and a drink of your choice. We also added a small salad (extra 157yen) and customized our burgers a bit by adding cheese (extra 105yen) and avocado (extra 105yen).

The burgers here are not as large as American-sized burgers but they are still larger than regular Japanese burger joints. I was quite full after my meal. The meat has a smokey grilled flavor to it and it’s pretty good. Their monthly burgers are also popular. If you’re hungry for a burger and close to any of these locations, I recommend giving it a try.

Hours // 9am – 11pm
Closed // Tuesday
Smoking // They allow smoking except on weekends between 11am – 4pm, it’s completely non-smoking
Note // Pets allowed on their terrace seating only

Address // 5-9-22, Yakumo, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-5701-5033
Website // http://www.asclassics.com/

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{  Ginza Sushidokoro Marui  }

Ginza Sushidokoro Marui
Ginza Sushidokoro Marui
Ginza Sushidokoro Marui
Ginza Sushidokoro Marui
Ginza Sushidokoro Marui

Found a pretty good sushi lunch spot in Ginza. Located in a back alley behind the Matsuya Ginza Department store, this is a hidden but popular place amongst Japanese businessmen and OLs. It’s easy, good, and affordable. We came here on a weekday right when the restaurant opened and we were 3rd in line. The line was a lot longer when we came out after eating though.

Pictured above are the “Zukeana Chirashi/づけ穴ちらし” (1200yen) and “Tokusen Chirashi/特選ちらし” (1500yen). The Zukeana Chirashi comes with Anago + Tuna but all sorts of yumminess is hidden underneath the rice plus it even includes a soup and all this for only 1200yen. The Tokusan Chirashi comes with a whopping 16 pieces of sushi + soup for only 1500yen and it was quite filling- I almost couldn’t finish my lunch. This is a nice option for those of you who are already in Ginza and feel like eating sushi for lunch.

Lunch Hours // 11:30am – 2:30pm

Address // 3-8-15, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-3564-8601
Website // n/a

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{  ZEN ROOM  }

ZEN ROOM
ZEN ROOM
ZEN ROOM
ZEN ROOM
ZEN ROOM

Our friends and I went to get Taiwanese-style hot pot in Jiyugaoka and had a delicious meal. They call this “Yakuzen-nabe” in Japanese which literally translates to herb-style hot pot. It uses all sorts of herbs and minerals that are supposed to be good for your skin and body and is very popular amongst women.

We were a party of four so we got two hot pots which cost 1780yen each. You choose two flavors for your soup base: “chicken broth soup/疲労回復 烏骨鶏スープ”, “soy soup/美肌豆乳スープ”, or “spicy detox soup/デトックス火鍋スープ”. Not sure if you can tell from the photos above but we both selected “soy soup” for our first choice, and chose “chicken broth soup” for one of the pots and “spicy detox soup” for the other so we could try all flavors. They all tasted completely different and we really enjoyed all of the soup bases.

The Hot pot set comes with 18 different kinds of ingredients and the server explains what each one is as as they place them in the pot to cook. We had never heard of most of the ingredients before but everything was good and we really enjoyed our lunch. We ended our meal by adding noodles for an extra 220yen. (You can add brown rice for an extra 330yen or add more soup for 300yen as well). Although it’s in Japanese, they explain all the ingredients and health benefits of this hot pot here if you are interested.

It may seem like a lot of food but all of us weren’t quite FULL after our meal so we were able to fit in some dessert afterwards. Luckily for us this awesome town of Jiyugaoka had so many cute cafes and treats to choose from ;)

Weekday Hours:
Lunch // 11:30 – 16:00 (L.O15:30)
Tea Time // 14:00 – 16:00 (L.O15:30)
Dinner // 17:00 – 23:00 (L.O22:00)

Weekend Hours:
Lunch // 11:30 – 17:00 (L.O16:30)
Tea Time // 15:00 – 17:00 (L.O16:30)
Dinner // 17:00 – 23:00 (L.O22:00)

Address // 2-25-17, Midorigaoka, Meguroku-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-3717-2566
Website // http://www.zen-room.com

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{  Matsurokuya — 御曹司 松六家  }

Onzoushi Matsurokuya -- 御曹司 松六家
Onzoushi Matsurokuya -- 御曹司 松六家
Onzoushi Matsurokuya -- 御曹司 松六家
Onzoushi Matsurokuya -- 御曹司 松六家
Onzoushi Matsurokuya -- 御曹司 松六家

Unbelievable cost performance! An A5-rank Kurogewagyu-beef lunch set for 1200yen 1300yen in Roppongi.

If you are looking for the best lunch deal with a great traditional Japanese lunch experience, come here. This place is so popular that even though we arrived here by 11:40am, only 10 minutes after they opened, it was already full. We waited about 40 minutes until we got a seat, and many people were giving up standing in line as an employee came out to tell them how long it would be until the next seating. It’s nice because most of the seating is in private rooms with a traditional tatami setting.

Places like this are popular for a reason. How can you offer something like this for only 1200yen 1300yen! The meat was a little rare for my taste but my friends all loved it. You start by tasting the beef on it’s own first. Then, you’re supposed to enjoy it along with the condiments that come with it on the side. As you eat your rice, you’ll discover another layer of meat underneath it. After some time the servers bring you more rice to finish off your dish as Hitsumabushi (ochazuke style). The hot dashi poured over the rice and meat is like an entirely new dish. YUMM. Definitely give this a try if you’re in the area, you won’t regret it.

Note: Closed on Sundays. Lunch service: 11:30am-2pm (Often closes early as the lunch set sells out)

Update: Looks like their Hitsumabushi lunch set now costs 1300yen (May, 2014).

Address // 4-10-2, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-3796-3369
Website // http://www.tokyo-rf.com/restaurants/r04/index.html

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