Hashida Honten (はし田本店) is originally from Kyushuu and is located on the Keyakizaka side of Roppongi Hills. Their noodles are hand-made and they even use an old-school technique which involves stepping on them to get the perfect texture and firmness. Hashida Honten is also unique because they have a wine sommelier. You might wonder if udon and wine go well together but this may be your dream spot if you like them both. The restaurant is beautifully designed with a modern Japanese touch, and it’s one of my favorite hidden gems right now.
Pictured above is their “Shamo dashi (chicken broth) udon” (軍鶏だしうどん) for 1000yen. The soup is just so good, it’s a simple dish for people who really want to enjoy “udon”. The umeboshi (sour plum) is a nice palate cleanser as well.
Also pictured above is their “Shamo seiro and Chirashi-sushi Lunch Special” (軍鶏せいろとちらし寿司セット) for 1500yen. If you are hungry, this set will definitely satisfy you. You eat the udon tsukemen-style and the Chirashi-sushi that includes their dashimaki tamago is also yummm.
This udon restaurant is hard to find (Google maps is not exactly right on this location), you have to go to the Keyakizaka side of Roppongi hills and walk towards the back of the building near the Roppongi Hills Residences. Hope you get to try this place because it’s simply delicious.
Note: Lunch menu during the weekday has changed to only 2 options. 1200yen or 1500yen lunch sets. (Updated 2013.9.13)
Address // 3F Keyakizaka-dori, Roppongi Hills,
6-12-2, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-3405-0809
Website // http://hashidahonten.com/
Mado Lounge is located on the 52nd floor of Mori Tower in Roppongi Hills. Most people dine here when they go to visit the Mori Art Museum because it costs 1500yen to go up there even if you’re just dining there (that price includes a ticket to the Mori Art Museum as well as a free pass to the sky deck observatory). However, I was lucky enough to borrow a friend’s card who happens to work in the Mori Tower so I was able to get a free pass to visit the restaurant :)
As you can imagine, the view is beautiful and it’s nice to see a panoramic view of Tokyo once in a while. The best part of having friends who work here is that I also got to order the “worker’s lunch” which is a special deal they have for people who work in the building for 1000yen. This awesome lunch includes a main dish of your choice, bread, dessert, and coffee or tea. The food was pretty good and the service was excellent. Of course they have a regular lunch menu but it’s a bit more pricey. Mado lounge is also very romantic and beautiful at night time. It’s a nice spot for special occasions or for a date night.
Address // Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 52F, 6-10-1, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-3470-0052
Website // http://www.ma-do.jp/
I’ve been wanting to dine here for a while now and I finally got to check it out. This restaurant is in Roppongi Hills and although it looks super fancy from the outside, the concept is “Mother’s homemade dishes”. And they literally do bring out very common Japanese home-style meals including 2 small side dishes of your choice. It also seemed like they hired elder mom-like ladies to bring out the food to make you feel like you’re at home?! The name of the restaurant actually means “Mother’s Dining Room”.
Their lunch menu is rather simple and has everyone’s favorite dishes such as curry, tonkatsu, fish, hamburg, etc and they are all under or around 1000yen! There’s also a “healthy lunch” option so if you are on a diet, you can still eat here. It’s really a great deal in this high-end building and beautiful space. The juxtaposition of the concept and the ambiance is a little ironic but it’s a nice and easy place to grab a meal so check it out if you’re in the area.
Address // 5F Westwalk, Roppongi Hills, 6-10-1, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-5413-9577
Website // www.mothers.jpn.com
It’s Japan Restaurant Week (January 27-February 19) here in Japan and we decided to try out a restaurant we’ve been wanting to check out for a while now. Japan Restaurant week happens only twice a year in Japan and it allows you to try out trendy restaurants for a reasonable price. If there’s a restaurant you’ve been wanting to try, check out their website and see if they are participating in restaurant week!
We checked out The French Kitchen inside of the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Roppongi Hills and it was a great experience. The food was good, the service was great, the place is beautiful and we got to dine for a discounted price. What more can you ask for? :)
Address // 2F Grand Hyatt Hotel, 6-10-3, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-4333-8781
Website // French Kitchen Website