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Dishes to Die for: A Taste of Tokyo

by Community Manager March 2013 - last edited August 2014

It’s undeniable, and perhaps unsurprising for the largest city in the world, that Tokyo is a utopia for food-lovers. The capital of Japan has been awarded more Michelin stars than any other city, by far, and its street food is simply incredible. In recognition of the array of culinary skills on offer, we’ve picked out a few of our favourite dishes and delicacies to eat on touchdown in Tokyo…

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Uni Budo | TokyoUmi Budo © Jetalone

Sea Grapes’ might not sound like the most appetising dish on the planet, but these tiny jewels (otherwise known as green caviar) are succulent, highly nutritious and native to the Okinawa region of Japan. We warn you, however, this speciality seaweed can be mightily addictive…


Tonkatsu | Tokyo

Tonkatsu © Mike Saechang

Breaded, deep-fried pork cutlet. There’s not one word of that description that we’re not on board with. Tonkatsu, well done, should be crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, smothered in a sweet, sticky sauce and served with shredded cabbage.


Wagyu | Tokyo

Wagyu burgers © Jordan Sim

Don’t be put off by the intense marbling that you’ll find in all forms of Wagyu beef – as well as being high in Omega-3 and 6, this is meat like you’ve never tasted before.  Have it any which way – if it’s Wagyu, it will be butter-soft and seriously delicious.


Takoyaki | Tokyo

Takoyaki © Matt Biddulph

One of our favourite Tokyo snacks has to be Takoyaki. These grilled or fried balls of octopus, pickled ginger and spring onions, are best served hot and straight from the pan of one of the many local street vendors.


Okonomiyaki | Tokyo

Okonomiyaki © avlxyz

Okonomiyaki, loosely translated as something along the lines of ‘as you like’ and ‘grilled’, this fat savoury pancake can contain pretty much any ingredient you want, but, much like an omelette, certain combinations tend to be more popular. We suggest being creative…


Warabimochi1©Charles_Haynes.jpgWarabimochi © Charles Haynes 

Although this is quite different from the original ‘mochi’ (made with pudding rice), Warabimochi is where our heart truly lies. Not only does it look fantastic, but this jelly-like sweet snack, (rolled in kinako soy powder), is heavenly to taste. 


Kabayaki | Tokyo

Kabayaki © littlesam. Image used under license from www.shutterstock.com

We think Kabayaki, unagi eel that’s been filleted, butterflied, dipped in a sweet soy sauce and then grilled, is one of our favourite Tokyo dishes – the intense smoky flavour is delicious and it’s super nutritious to boot!

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April 2014

Yes..... I hope many people love to come to Japan where even still some of people concern about after 3.11 huge disaster.

We have been trying to recover ( I hope) but I never been to Tohoku erea where hit Tunami....will must to visit sometime...


Anyway yes .....Japan is biggest food heaven utopia as you said...that right...For us japanese people who have more simple foods for dairy but saddly is getting many japanese people become forget what is real Washoku.


I also have been UK many times and always get lots inspir from beautiful culture.Wishing to introduce what is real Japanese culture and foods for British people who if have interesting for it and like to introduce your culture and foods for Japanese people as well.....so it is really blessed me who living this super great time when ever can visit anywhere with your plane!!


Wishing many more british people get oppotunity to coming Japan and wishing they know more well about what is real our culture and foods including our sprit.

Japan is totally unique and historical country even we still get lots blame and accusation from nearby countries that almost all not true.So that really wish to remove some misunderstanding feels if you have something bad to Japan.

We are very humble, kind, well mannered , and have great hospitality to visitors so..........I really have hope to be great friend ship with british people and japanese people for good thank you so much.

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Katie is an author for the Virgin Atlantic blog. Despite her urban London residency, Katie can often be found exploring far-flung corners of the globe in search of exciting new experiences and stories. A self-confessed night-owl, she makes it her mission to search out the best cocktail bars and live music venues on each and every expedition. Follow Katie @kt_saramanning