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1. Nakameguro Yamaya
The chef at this authentic Japanese Izakaya is very particular about the ingredients that arrive at his kitchen. That probably explains why the seafood dishes here are simply divine. The best part about this place is that even though it is a popular Izakaya in one of the world’s most expensive megacities, their lunch meals are priced at JPY 999! Their fish lunch meal comes with a yummy serving of raw tuna. If you are making your way here, we recommend their charcoal-grilled fish! Don’t worry about not knowing how to order what you want here because their staff speaks English.
HP: yamaya2006.site-gear.net/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 2nd and 3rd Flr. Brooks Bldg., 1-28-11 Aobadai, Meguro Ward, Tokyo (Google Map)
2. Five Star Cafe
Now you don’t have to fly all the way to Singapore for authentic Singapore food. This famous restaurant serves a plate of really good Hainan chicken rice; a serving of succulent steamed chicken with fragrant jasmine rice that was steamed in rich chicken broth. It comes with a selection of condiments that elevates the dish to a whole new level. This Hainan chicken rice dish is sold at JPY 900 and besides that they also have other set lunches available. You’ll fill your tummy here and also enjoy the ambience as the restaurant is housed in a really cozy old building.
HP: www.golden-dining.com/fivestar.html (Japanese Only)
Address: 1st Flr., 3-12-4 Kamimeguro, Meguro Ward, Tokyo (Google Map)
3. Tonkatsu Ponta
Don’t let its exterior fool you. It may look like any neighborhood Japanese restaurant that serves mediocre set meals but this famous place is known for its juicy pork cutlets that are cooked to perfection at low temperatures. Their pork cutlets here are priced at JPY 2800, which is pretty high but a bite into one of their cutlets and you’ll come to agree that this price is actually a steal. Tender and juicy, you’ll fall in love with the pork cutlets here.
HP: tabelog.com/tokyo/A1303/A130303/13001729/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 1st Flr. Hills Daikanyama, 1-34-15, Ebisunishi, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo (Google Map)
4. table ogino
For a quick fix of French food, you’ll have to rush to this quaint French deli. At lunch their platter is set at JPY 1500 and you get to pick the dishes you want to eat. You can also opt to take out their sandwiches during a fine day and have a picnic in a nearby park.
HP: www.table-ogino.com/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 1st and 2nd Flr. Luz Daikanyama, Shibuya Ward Tokyo (Google Map)
5. Gohanya Isshin
Isshin puts a lot of care in the dishes that come out from their kitchen. Come to enjoy their yummy food that is served along with rice that is steamed in a claypot. Their lunch set of the day features a yummy pork stew that shouldn’t missed but it’s a first come first serve thing. So if they run of that pork stew, you might want to come back another day for it! Their meals start from JPY 1000 and they come with a bowl of miso soup, pickles and 2 small servings of appetizer. If you came with a big appetite, you would be happy to know that you can you can refill your rice bowl as many times as you want for free! Still have room in your tummy? For a small price, you can add a dessert to your meal.
HP: www.foodgate.net/shop_issin_daikanyama.html (Japanese Only)
Address: B1 Flr. Twin Building Daikanyama A, Sarugakucho, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo (Google Map)
6. Hacienda del cielo
Looking for a Mexican restaurant around the area? Look no more! Haciendo el cielo serves really yummy authentic tacos and fajitas. They have many varieties to choose from and they are all reasonably priced around JPY 1000. Their lunch sets comes with a complimentary drink. Oh, and during lunch you can ask for more tortillas to fill your tummy for free! On a fine day, order your lunch and sit at their terrace seats that provides a great view of Daikanyama.
HP: modern-mexicano.jp/hacienda/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 9th Flr. Mansard Daikanyama, 10-1 Sarugakucho, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo (Google Map)
7. Rainbow Bird Rendezvous
For healthier vegan options, this is the place to head to. During lunch, get their dish-of-the-day as your main, add 2 side dishes from the deli and get a salad and a bowl of brown rice for JPY 1050. Their lunch meals are available until 5pm, so this is perfect on a busy day when you can only afford to have a late lunch. They also have yummy healthy smoothies and desserts. Give your body a break with this healthy lunch spot.
HP: www.ls-adventure.com/index.html (Japanese Only)
Address: 1st Flr. Riberuta Yutenji, 1-1-1 Yutenji, Meguro Ward, Tokyo (Google Map)
8. XEX Daikanyama
For beautiful sushi pieces made with care and grilled dishes, you must make your way here. Their fresh seafood is directly brought in from Tsukiji’s fish market and their lunch sets feature fresh fish, meat patties, fresh tuna rice bowls or a platter of yummy sashimi and they are priced from JPY 1000 onwards. It’s very reasonable for the quality that they have to offer. You can refill your rice bowl as many times as you want and their meals come with a complimentary drink. It’s an unbeatable bargain!
HP: www.xexgroup.jp/daikanyama (Japanese Only)
Address: La Fuente Daikanyama 11-1 Sarugakucho, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo (Google Map)
9. Haisai Kitchen
This fusion restaurant offers dishes that combine Okinawan, French and Italian culinary inspiration. Their lunch meals start from JPY 1000 and you could get a serving of lamb with a bowl of Okinawa noodles! This restaurant is kid-friendly and there is enough space to park your prams.
HP: www.haisaikitchen.com/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 1st Flr. Sarugaku, 26 Sarugakucho, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo (Google Map)
10. Indonesian Restaurant Cabe Meguro
The chef here is from Jawa and many Indonesians living in Tokyo come here when they pine for something from home. The food here is authentic in taste. Their lunch meals are around JPY 1000. The menu is filled with beautiful pictures of their food to let you know what you’ll be getting. The Indonesians love it. The Japanese love it. So there is no excuse to miss this Indonesian restaurant.
HP: www.facebook.com/IndonesianRestaurantCabeMeguro (Japanese Only)
Address: 2nd Flr. Barbizon 48, 3-12-7 Meguro, Meguro Ward, Tokyo (Google Map)