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1. Teradaya Shinjuku Shop (てらだ屋 新宿店)
Rice bowl topped with tuna called Maguro don (マグロ丼) is the signature dish at Teradaya. It comes in various forms like Zuke don (づけ丼 – marinated sashimi on rice) and Tekka don (鉄火丼 – tuna sashimi on rice ), all of which are served fresh. The one in this picture is Makanai don (まかない丼). It translates as ‘rice bowl for members of staff’ but it’s quite popular among customers too. With sashimi of various fish, Makanai Don is a steal for just 570 yen. Tasty bowl of Negitoro Don (ネギトロ丼 – a rice bowl topped with finely chopped raw fatty tuna and spring onions) is also a bargain.
1-2-10 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
2. Keika Ramen Shinjuku Nishiguchi Shop (桂花ラーメン 新宿西口店)
This eatery offers genuine Kumamoto ramen . It’s been around in Shinjuku for years and has become an establishment. The one in the picture, Hosomen Keika (細麺桂花), is only 500 yen. It makes an ideal post-drink meal when you’re in the area.
Anzai Bldg. 1F, 1-14-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
http://keika-raumen.co.jp/index.html (Japanese only)
3. Curry Shop C&C Shinjuku Main Shop (カレーショップＣ＆Ｃ 新宿本店)
This curry shop is run by Keio Plaza Hotel, an upscale hotel in Shinjuku. There are a few branches in Tokyo but this main shop in Shinjuku offers some exclusive menus. The one in the picture is curry rice with whopping two portions of croquette for just 550 yen. If you want a curry of five-star hotel quality without breaking your wallet, why not try here?
1-1-4 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
http://www.curry-cc.jp/ (Japanese only)
4. Tatsuya Shinjuku Shop (たつ屋 新宿店)
Gyu Don (牛丼- simmered beef on rice) and Katsu Don (Pork cutlet with egg on rice) are the two delicious staples of Tatsuya. Katsu Don, as pictured above, costs just 550 yen. There are chopped red pickled ginger on top which accentuate the flavor. Almost all dishes cost no more than 600 yen so you need not spend a fortune to try the entire menu
3-35-2 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
http://r.gnavi.co.jp/hf61here0000/ (Japanese only)
5. Acacia Shinjuku Main Shop (アカシア新宿本店)
This restaurant is famous for its Cabbage Roll (ロールキャベツ – cabbage leaves filled and rolled with meat fillings). This signature dish is 820 yen but Accacia offers other tasty dishes like pork hamburger with medium sized rice for 550 yen at lunchtime. You can also add a cabbage roll for an extra cost.
3-22-10 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
6. Kameya Shinjuku Shop (かめや 新宿店)
This lively soba place is open 24/7, serving delicious tempura soba in the heart of down town. Tentama Soba (天玉そば – soba with tempura and onsen tamago) in the above picture is 400 yen. Kameya serves cold soba which is an ideal meal during the hot summer season.
1-2-10 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
7. Chanton Shinjuku Shop (ちゃん豚 新宿店)
You can indulge in Korean cuisine at Chanton. It offers Otoku na Manzoku Don (お得な満足丼 ) during lunch, which translates as ‘Satisfying and Reasonably Priced Bowl”. Special Buta Don (特豚丼 – Special Rice Bowl with Pork) in the picture is 480 yen. There are 4 other rice bowls offered during lunch. If you have a large appetite you can have a large sized bowl by just paying extra 50 yen. Lunch rice bowl comes with soup and kimuchi, making it an extremely value for money set meal.
Dian Shinjuku Bldg. 2F, 3-11-11 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
http://www.chan-ton.com/ (Japanese only)
8. Cafe La Voie Kadoya Hotel (カフェラヴォワ かどやホテル)
You can drink coffee purveyed to the Imperial House of Japan at this cafe. The picture is Corned Beef Sandwich (600 yen), a slice of crusty baguette filled with plenty of corned beef and sliced tomatoes. The sandwich goes well with a cup of famous Imperial Blend coffee, so why not give both of them a try?
1-23-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
http://www.kadoya-hotel.co.jp/la_voie/?viewmode=pc (Japanese only)
9. Hako-Zushi (箱寿司)
Sushi served at Hako-Zushi are traditional Edomae-style Oshi Zushi (押し寿司) and Makizu Sushi (巻きず寿司). Dish of assorted sushi in this picture costs just 500 yen. You can add a bowl of red miso soup for extra 100 yen. There is a variety of take out bento boxes you can buy to take in the nearby park.
Odakyu Ace South, 1-1-3 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
http://www.odakyu-ace.jp/shop/index.jsp?bf=1&fmt=6&shopid=38 (Japanese only)
10. Shinjuku Miyazaki Kan KONNE (新宿みやざき館KONNE)
Local cuisines of Miyazaki are showcased at this shop run by Miyazaki Prefecture. There is an eatery within the premises where you can try some of the local dishes like a set meal of Hiyajiru (冷や汁定食) in the above picture for 550 yen. It is a chilled miso soup with plenty of vegetables which goes well with warm rice, and is a perfect dish on a hot day.
Shinjuku Southern Terrace, 2-2-1 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
www.konne.jp (Japanese only)
11. Tokyo Mentsudan (東京麺通団)
Inventive udon dishes using Sanuki Udon from Kagawa Prefecture are offered at this inexpensive, self-service restaurant. The above picture is Garitama Sho (がりたま小 – 460 yen), an interesting hybrid dish of Sanuki Udon and Spaghetti alla Carbonara. You can even top some tempura to add more fusion element to this dish!
Daikan Plaza Business Kiyota Building 1F, 7-9-15 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-
www.mentsu-dan.com (Japanese only)
12. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Staff’s Dining Halls (都庁職員食堂)
There are dining halls on both North and South Towers of Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. They are dedicated for staff members but are also open to the public. The picture is Bento Box priced 580 yen. There are many dishes for less than 500 yen like curry rice or ramen. In addtion, you can enjoy stunning views from both dining halls.
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Main Building 32F, 2-8-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
(Thumbnail image: Masafumi Iwai/Flickr)