Monday, April 25, 2016

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO HALAL JAPANESE FOOD IN TOKYO

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So much has changed in Tokyo since we last published our very first halal food guide one year ago. There are so many more Muslim-friendly eateries with a wide range of cuisines ranging from halal yakiniku to sushi! There’s seriously no better time to travel to Japan and Autumn is one of the best times to visit Tokyo. Time to book your air ticket, perhaps?

Warning – Do not read this on an empty stomach.

#HHWT Tip: Most of these restaurants require a reservation at least one day in advance so we highly recommend that you to make a reservation to be safe!

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Ramen

1. Ippin Asakusa

If you’re in the area, the ramen here is definitely worth a try. The milky broth is pretty different from the other ramen stalls and the chilli paste placed on top of it is just tantalising. We’re drooling just look at it!

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Don’t forget to order the fried karaage, it is a great accompaniment to the ramen – crispy and super yummy!

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There are two floors in this eatery, so you don’t have to worry about getting a seat here!

#HHWT Tip: A prayer space and a sejadah is provided on the second floor for you to do your solat. Just remember bring a telekong for the ladies!

Opening Hours: 11:30 – 22:30, daily
Address: 3 Chome-16 Nishiasakusa, Taito, Tokyo 111-0035, Japan
Directions:

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2. Shinjuku Gyoen Ramen Ouka

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This is one of the more unique ramen eateries in Tokyo as their ramen is served with a bowl of rice, which you have to eat with the remaining broth of your ramen! It’s called ochazuke and it’s definitely oishii! Also, the serving is pretty huge (you can even upsize your ramen to large) AND it comes with grilled chicken and yakitori as part of the set.

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#HHWT Tip: We definitely recommend visiting this places with an empty tummy or you can opt for a smaller portion if you’re not feeling exceptional hungry!

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Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday – 12:30 – 15:00 and 18:00 – 22:00
Saturday and Sunday – 12:30 – 22:00
Closed on Fridays
Address: 1 Chome-11-7 Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0022, Japan
Directions:

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3. Naritaya (Asakusa)

Here’s another ramen place in Asakusathat’s worth a visit! The broth for the ramen is chicken-based and the noodles are made fresh at their own factory. You even get to order your ramen through a vending machine placed just outside the entrance, just like any other Japanese ramen stall. Talk about getting an authentic experience! πŸ˜€ And if you are a fan of spicy food, don’t forget to add the chilli paste provided into your ramen!

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#HHWT Tip: A prayer room is available here – just let the staff know!

Opening hours:
Monday to Saturday – 11:00 – 1500 and 16:30 – 23:30
Sundays – 11:00 – 23:00
Address: 2 Chome-7-13 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan
Directions:

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4. Menya Kaijin

Want a change from the chicken/miso broth? Then you’ll have to visit Menya Kaijin and try their seafood ramen! The broth is clear & really light but still really yummy. Plus it’s also located in the heart of Tokyo, Shinjuku, which is super convenient to get to!

#HHWT Tip: This is not halal-certified but is Muslim-friendly as only seafood is being used. Please dine at your own discretion. Also, before ordering, do let them know that you do not want chicken meat to be added!

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday: 10:00 – 22:00
Saturday, Sunday and PH: 11:00 – 23:00
Address: 3-35-7 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022
Directions:

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Yakiniku

1. Gyumon

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Located in the bustling streets of Shibuya, Gyumon is a hole-in-the-wall restaurant with authentic halal yakiniku. It’s the perfect place for a hearty dinner after a shopping session in Shibuya!

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Ordering is pretty simple as you just have to choose the cut you want and they’ll serve it to you raw. The raw beef is lightly marinated with salt and pepper allowing you to savour the taste of the tender beef slices. Have fun grilling the meat on the charcoal stove!

We’re absolutely in love with the beef tender loin, grilled to medium rare perfection!

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Tip: Do make a reservation by dropping them a call at +81 3-5469-2911 to avoid any queues as the restaurant is relatively small.

Opening Hours: 5pm to 11pm (Closed on Sundays)
Contact:+81 3-5469-2911
Address: 3-14-5 Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0002, Japan
Directions: Take the south exit at Shibuya station across an overhead bridge. Gyumon is a 8 minute walk away.

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2. Yakiniku Tanden – Yoyogi Branch

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If you’ve spent a whole afternoon shopping at Shinjuku (you can’t miss Tokyu Hands btw) and your tummy is growling, take a short walk to Yoyogi for a hearty yakiniku meal at Tanden!

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Tanden uses Japanese black Wagyu from Kagoshima prefecture and oh, it tastes so good grilled! We highly recommend getting the set meal(¥4,500) which includes salad, soup, different cuts of the beef, dessert and all-you-can-drink in 90 minutes.

#HHWT tip: Don’t forget to dip it in the sauce provided, it’s so yummy we wished we could bring it home!

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Opening Hours:
Weekdays – Lunch: 11:30 to 15:00 (Last order: 14:30), Dinner: 17:00 – 23:00 (Last order: 22:30)
Holidays – Dinner: 16:30 – 22:30 (Last order: 22:00)
Contact: +81-3-6380-6203
Address: 5-21-12 Yoyogi Living 1F, Sendagaya, Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Directions: 4 minutes walk from Yoyogi Station/ 16 minutes walk from Shinjuku Station

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3. Sumiyakiya – Roppongi

Don’t be surprised to find kimchi in this restaurant! Unlike the other two yakiniku restaurants, this restaurant has a mix of both Japanese and Korean cuisine.  halal-yakiniku-sumiyakiya-roppongi

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Sumiyakiya serves Miyazaki Prefecture herb beef. In other words, the cattle feed on herbs. There are several sets for you to choose from but we have our eyes set on the ¥6,500 set. A5 class (aka THE BEST grade) Wagyu, anyone? πŸ˜›

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#HHWT tip: Don’t forget to make a reservation at least one day in advance!

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Opening Hours:
Lunch: 11:30 – 15:00 (Last order: 14:30)
Dinner: 17:00 – 23:00 (Last order: 22:30)
*Opens from Monday- Saturday, open for dinner upon request on Sunday, closed during lunch on National holidays
Contact: +813-3403-5397
Address: Minato-ku Nishiazabu 3-20-16, Tokyo, Japan
Directions: 10 minute walk from Roppongi Station Exit 1a / 5 minute walk from Roppongi Hills

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Shabu-shabu

1. Hanasakiji-san

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Thank goodness for all the shops and sights in Shibuya as you’ll definitely need to make a second trip to try the ONLY halal Shabu Shabu in Tokyo at Hanasakiji-san! Just the mention of Shabu Shabu is enough to make our mouth water. To top it off, Hanasakiji-san uses authentic Wagyu beef from Miyazaki Prefecture πŸ˜›

We apologize in advance if your tummy is starting to rumble…

Opening Hours: Lunch: Monday – Friday: 10:30 – 15:00
Dinner: Monday – Saturday: 17:00 – 24:00
Contact: +81-33496-7777
Address: Sakura Build B1F 3-22 Sakuragaoka Shibuya Tokyo 150-0031Japan
Directions: 5 minute walk from South exit of Shibuya Station

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Teppanyaki

1. Ippin Halal Teppanyaki Restaurant

Besides the Ippin ramen store in Asakusa, Ippin also has a teppanyaki restaurant situated in between Ebisu and Daikanyama.

P.S. Teppanyaki is derived from two words – teppan (鉄板), which means iron plate and yaki (焼き), which means grilled.

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But if you’re craving for some fried chicken, try the chicken karage set at the restaurant! You can never go wrong with fried chicken πŸ˜›

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Opening Hours:
Monday- Saturday: Lunch time: 11:30 – 15:00, Dinner time: 17:00 – 23:00
Sundays and Holiday: Lunch time: 11:30 – 15:00, Dinner time: 17:00 – 22:30
*Closed on 3rd Sunday every month.
Contact: +81-36452-5860
Address: 2F 2-13-16 Ebisu-nishi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Directions: 7 minute walk from Ebisu station

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Sushi

 1. Sushiken

This sushi restaurant at Asakusa has very recently started serving dishes for Muslims! Sushi Ken creates every dish with only the finest ingredients and the freshest seafood :) If you’re a die-hard sushi fan, this is a restaurant you must not miss!

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With a wide range of set meals to choose from, there’ll definitely be something for everyone in your travelling party.

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sushiken-halal-course-and-set-menu-halal-sushi#HHWT tip: Just like most eateries in Japan, dining here during lunch is much cheaper with lunch sets ranging from ¥1,300 to ¥1,800!

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Opening hours:
Monday – Saturday: 12:00 – 14:00, 17:00 – 01:00
Sunday, Public Holiday 11:30 – 15:00, 17:00 – 22:00
Contact: +81 03-5246-6547
Address: 2-11-4, Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Directions: 

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Udon/Soba/Tempura

1. Homemade Udon Noodles KINEYAMUGIMARU

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If you’re flying in to/out of Tokyo via Narita Airport, and have some time to kill or a stomach to fill, don’t forget to try the halal udon in the airport!

#HHWT Tip: It is a Japanese tradition that you should slurp your noodles if they are yummy!

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One of our writers tried the beef udonand she said it was the most delicious one ever! She loved that the noodles were very springy and the broth was just right – not too salty for her liking. Her cravings for udon were finally satiated when she had this!

To place an order, decide on the toppings for the udon as well as the size. You will then be served with a bowl of udon with toppings sans broth. Then, pick your own onigiri and tempura (self-service). Make payment and then proceed to the broth station and dispense as much (or little) broth you like.

#HHWT Tip: A multi-faith prayer space is also available on the same floor! Do bring your own sejadah and telekung.

Opening Hours: 0730 to 2100 (Last order at 2030)
Address: 
5th Floor of Narita Airport Terminal 1

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2. Yoshitomoan Soba

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Soba is one of our favourite Japanese noodles and a trip to Japan would not be complete without trying authentic soba! Yoshitomoan isn’t exactly the most convenient to get to (12 mins train ride from Shinjuku station), but if you have time to spare, then we would definitely recommend making the trip down to try their soba which is served with tempura!

Choose from their three Muslim-friendly dishes – Tamagotoji (egg) soba set, agemochi (fried mochi) soba set or kake soba (regular) set. They’re all served with tempura, cold tofu and warabimochi to finish off as your dessert!

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Opening Hours: Tue to Sun – 12 to 2.30pm, 6 to 9pm. Closed on Mondays, and 1st and 3rd Sundays.
Address: 10 Nandomachi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
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#HHWT Tip: Do note that this eatery is not halal-certified and they do serve alcohol, but they provide Muslim-friendly dishes with halal seasonings used. Please dine at your own discretion.

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3. Tentei
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Craving for some tempura just before you fly back from your trip? Be sure to visit Tentei in Terminal 2 of Narita Airport for some yummy tempura with soba or rice before you leave Japan!

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The crispy tempura is cooked in a light batter and goes really well with the cold soba. If you’re feeling really hungry, opt for the set which comes with both cold soba as well as tempura over rice! And if that’s not enough, they also serve other Japanese dishes such as sashimi.

#HHWT Tip: Do note that the restaurant also serves alcohol, but all glasses are carefully separated. We advise all readers to dine at their own discretion.

Opening Hours: 7.30am to 9.30pm, daily
Address: 4th Floor, Narita Airport Terminal 2

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Japanese Curry

1. La Toque

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Need another reason to fly to/from Narita Airport? Well, besides halal udon and tempura, Narita also has an authentic Japanese curry eatery – La Toque! So no worries if you arrive in Narita Airport with an empty tummy because there are just too many options to choose from! From chicken cutlet curry to salmon curry, you’ll definitely find a dish that you love at La Toque.

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Opening Hours: 7.30am to 8.30pm, daily
Address: 4th Floor, Narita Airport Terminal 2

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#HHWT Tip: If you’re looking to try Japanese curry in Tokyo, be sure to visit Ippin in Asakusa. They also serve a dish – Ippin special curry, in addition to their halal ramen!

Traditional Japanese Cuisine

 1. Minokichi – Ikebukuro branch

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Kyoto Kaiseki in downtown Tokyo? Yes, please! Kaiseiki is a traditional Japanese multi-course meal prepared with special skills and technique and carefully presented to enhance the appearance and seasonal theme of the meal. Thanks to Minokichi, you can now experience this in Ikebukuro. Not only does the food presentation look impeccable, the ingredients used are all seasonal to guarantee freshness!

Minokichi is certified as a Muslim-friendly restaurant by the Kyoto Council for Sharia and Halal Affairs. Reservation for a halal meal must be placed 5 days before going down.

Opening Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 11:00 – 23:00
Sunday, Public Holidays: 17:00 – 22:00
*Closed on New Year’s Day and 3rdWednesday of Feb and Aug
Contact: +81-33980-8855
Address: Spice Ikebukuro Tobu 15F, 1-1-25, Nishiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Directions: 6 minutes on foot from Ikebukuro Station on the JR, Subway or Tobu Tojo line. (Take the west exit). In Tobu Department Store.

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2. Kusumoto by Tokyo Muslim Club

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If you’re looking to splurge on a Japanese set meal for dinner, you might want to check out Kusumoto, located in the upscale area of Roppongi. It’s a short walk away from Roppongi Hills and you can choose from three different halal set meals (prices start from 10,000 yen), which are all served with beef, sashimi and more!

#HHWT Tip: The restaurant also provides halal bento delivery, but do note that a delivery charge will apply, depending on the area you wish to deliver to. Do make a reservation at least 2 days in advance for a meal there and 5 days in advance for the halal bento! Do check out their menu for more information.

Opening Hours: 6pm to 11pm, Mon to Sat. Closed on Sundays and public holidays.
Contact: 
+81 3-5843-8135
Address: 3-23-5, Nishi-Azabu, Minatoku, Tokyo
Directions:

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BONUS – Sekai Cafe

The aim of Sekai Cafe is “to serve anyone including people who have diet limitation because of religion and allergies“. Sekai means world in Japanese and the cafe wants people from all over to world to have their meals together, at the same table. This cosy cafe in Asakusa caters to Muslims, Vegetarians, people with allergies and those on an organic food diet! We really enjoyed the lamb steak as well as the grilled vegetable pizza :)

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If you’re looking for some souvenirs, check out what Sekai Cafe has to offer!

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Check out our in-depth review!

#HHWT tip: There’s a prayer space in Sekai too!

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Opening hours: 09:00 – 21:00, daily.
Address: 1 Chome-18-8 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo, Japan
Directions: If you’re heading here after visiting Senso-ji, walk about 50m on Nakamise St. from Kaminarimon, then turn left. You will find Sekai Cafe’s blue-green sign.

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*Muslim-Friendly Restaurants – While the restaurant itself isn’t halal certified, they have Muslim-friendly certification or a halal menu created with consideration towards the Muslim tradition. However, each restaurant has different levels of support, so please confirm with the restaurant itself before you go and dine at your own discretion.

While travelling in Tokyo, keep a look out for our #HHWT Recommends stickers at various halal eateries :)

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We hope you’ll find this useful in your Tokyo travels and do let us know if you have any other halal Japanese food places that you think deserve to get a shout out! Don’t forget to share our guide with your family and friends! πŸ˜€

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