{  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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{  Cafe One  }

Cafe One
Cafe One
Cafe One
Cafe One

Only 16 seats, this tiny cafe in my favorite town of Jiyugaoka is famous for their latte art. It’s another one of those cafes where you can stay for hours just chit chatting, read a book, or chill. The food is actually pretty good too. The menu changes daily but shown above are pumpkin soup with potato foccaccia plate with a drink of your choice for 950yen and the other one is chicken and renkon bowl with a drink of your choice for 950yen as well.

It’s awesome that a cafe latte is included as most places only include coffee or tea. This place also has a booklet that all the guests can sign and oh my, some people are really creative and go all out. It’s nice to see that the cafe also responds to your notes so you can look forward to coming back and checking if you got a response back :)

Hours // Monday-Friday: 12 – 11pm (lunch served till 4pm), Sunday: 12 – 5pm

Address // 2F, 1-31-8, Jiyugaoka, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // n/a
Website // n/a

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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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{  Kiraku — 喜楽  }

Kiraku -- 喜楽
Kiraku -- 喜楽
Kiraku -- 喜楽
Kiraku -- 喜楽

Located in Shibuya, this popular ramen joint has been around for years and serves delicious golden shoyu-based Chinese noodle (中華麺) ramen. It seems to be very popular amongst salary-men, students, and many of their loyal customers tend to be male. It’s located in a rather sketchy area (somewhat of a red light district…), but this place serves flavorful and delicious ramen.

The first floor counter seats were full when we arrived so we got seated in the second floor area. The workers were speaking Chinese to each other as we waited for our ramen. Both of us ordered the “Moyashi-men” (もやし麺) for 800yen. The generous amounts of moyashi with the golden shoyu-soup went perfectly together and I can see why many people love this place. Other popular ramen choices seem to be “Moyashi Wonton-men” (900yen), “Chashu wonton-men” (1000yen), and their gyoza (500yen). The ambiance is not necessarily nice nor does it have great service but the ramen is definitely good. Come check it out if you’re in the area.

Note: Some of their prices went up from when I took the photo of their menu

Closed // Wednesday
Hours // 11:30am – 8:30pm

Address // 2-17-6, Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-3461-2032
Website // n/a

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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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