9 Super-Skilled Tokyo Restaurants that Opened in 2017
And so it begins! 2017; the Tokyo restaurant scene has been hopping this year too!
Hot-topic restaurants just kept opening one after the other.
As a continuation to the 2016 edition, we'll be introducing this year's must-visit restaurants!
(Cover photo is of Kazutaka Ozawa, owner of "Crony.")
#1 Crony (French)
Crony was opened by Kazutaka Ozawa, who for a long time held the position of director at Michelin 3-star restaurant "Quintessence."
Its chef is Michihiro Haruta, who demonstrated his talents at Tokyo's French restaurant "Tirpse" after holding positions at "Quintessence" and other European restaurants. Crony offers up stylish dishes that embody living in the "now" in Tokyo, making it a hot spot for foodies.
As the restaurant's bar is open even past 10pm, it makes a great stop after enjoying a meal in Ginza or Roppongi.
Bring your significant other or friends and enjoy their food with an edge paired with delicious wines.
Address: 2-25-24 Nishiazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
#2 Tonkatsu Hinata (Tonkatsu)
This new restaurant opened in Takadanobaba, a district packed with well-known tonkatsu restaurants like "Narikura" and "Tonta."
It has quickly grabbed people's attention with its amazing tonkatsu, prepared by an owner who supposedly eats tonkatsu over 200 times per year!
They buy their pork whole, so they're able to offer up their own unique course dish, the "Bui Tabe-Kurabe Course (3500 yen),"where you can enjoy cuts from all different parts of the pig. Sampling a variety of cuts, including sirloin, fillet, fat, and inner and outer thigh, is sure to get your appetite going.
Address: 2-13-9 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
#3 Kashiwagi (Ramen)
This restaurant is the front runner for 2017's rookie-of-the-year in the ramen world.
Famous for their amazing quality shio and shoyu ramen, they quickly joined the ranks of popular ramen shops in less than half a year after opening.
Their unique pork broth with multiple layers of flavorful umami and their beautifully textured medium-fine noodles create an exquisite harmony in the bowl together.
At just 680 yen per bowl, ramen of this quality at this price is a steal!
Address: 1-36-7 Higashinakano, Nakano-ku, Tokyo
#4 Kojiro (Tori Nabe - Chicken and Vegetable Hotpot)
This tori nabe specialty restaurant is a branch of the well-known and extremely popular Tokyo restaurant "Kirakutei."
The tender chicken and fresh vegetables in their rich soup, made by simmering chicken over a long period of time, are unbearably delicious.
Nothing is better than finishing off the soup that's soaked in all of the ingredients' flavors with some ramen noodles!
Address: 1-14-17 Shibaura, Minato-ku, Tokyo
#5 7Choume (Yakitori)
This yakitori shop, hidden away in Omotesando, is a hot spot for those in the know.
Its juicy grilled chicken and plentiful grilled veggies are particularly popular among young customers.
Washing down some piping hot yakitori with their famous "frozen lemon sour" is absolute bliss!
They also offer a great value omakase (chef's choice) course for 5,800 yen. There's no doubt about it; this restaurant will become a popular shop with a flood of reservations in the near future!
Address: 7-13-13 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
#6 Takumi Makoto (Sushi)
This great sushi restaurant opened in Shinjuku, one of Tokyo's bustling shopping districts.
The restaurant's owner is the 37 year old Makoto Shimura, who studied for many years at "Yotsuya Sushi Sho," one of Japan's top sushi restaurants.
In true "Sushi Sho" style, the restaurant aims to delight customers with nigiri-sushi paired with drinks.
The omakase course, 16,000 yen per person, is offered up confidently by Chef Shimura. It is a great value for the quality food you receive, so you're sure to leave satisfied.
Address: 4-1-9 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
#7 Sumibi Yakiniku Fuchioka (Yakiniku)
Opened in May of 2017, this yakiniku restaurant is operated by Hiroyuki Fuchioka, who honed his craft for many years at the popular yakiniku restaurant "Sumibi Yakiniku Nakahara."
This restaurant has received passionate support from yakiniku-lovers since its opening thanks to being able to enjoy their yakiniku, which is on par with the quality of Nakahara's, starting at just 6,800 yen.
Be sure to stop by soon while it's still easy to get a reservation!
Address: 1-5-8 Kyodo, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
#8 CHIUnE (French)
This French restaurant, opened in Ginza, is owned by Satoshi Furuta, the second son of the owner of Japan's premier Chinese restaurant "Furuta."
Thanks to his connections from his status as a "thoroughbred" of the cooking world, Satoshi's restaurant immediately became a hot topic in Tokyo's gourmet community after opening at the end of 2016. It quickly earned itself a reputation as a restaurant where you "never can get a reservation."
They serve flavor masterpieces, creating simple dishes that draw out the best in the highest-quality of ingredients.
Although the price to eat here is quite high at 45,000 yen per person, this restaurant captivates those customers who are able to afford the cost of these priceless dishes.
Address: 1-2--12 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
#9 Tori Kado (Yakitori)
Tori Kado is the second location of Japan's #1 yakitori restaurant, "Tori Shiki."
This chic yakitori shop with a black interior is hidden in the basement level of a shared building.
Kouhei Onoda, the 28-year-old head cook, studied at "Tori Shiki" and was thrown into the frying pan, so to speak, when he opened Tori Kado. While he is still young with just 3 years of experience studying his craft, his yakitori is already known as one of the best in Tokyo.
It is already a popular restaurant that gets lots of reservations, but thankfully they always accept some same-day reservations starting at 14:00. This is a must-visit restaurant for fans of yakitori.
Address: 2-8-7 Meguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo