The 10 Best Restaurants in Chuo, Tokyo
Inside Ginza Kojyu kaiseki restaurant, Tokyo | © City Foodsters/Flickr
Chuo is home to the most expensive shopping district in Tokyo, Ginza
, and is one of the metropolis’s main commercial and financial hubs. Check out these restaurants next time you’re in the ward.
Ginza Kojyu is a three-star Michelin restaurant serving delicate kaiseki
dishes (Japanese haute cuisine). Traditional touches, from the décor to the dining rituals, complete the experience. Reservations strongly recommended.
Tapas Molecular Bar
Restaurant, Bar, Japanese
Tapas Molecular Bar serves innovative molecular cuisine from the 38th floor of the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo. With seating for just eight people and each meal lasting around two hours, it’s a unique opportunity for intimate interaction with a world-class chef as he prepares and serves each course. Reservations are a must.
Established in Ginza ninety years ago, Bairin serves some of the best tonkatsu
(fried and breaded pork cutlet) and katsudon
(tonkatsu on rice with egg and veggies) in the district. With limited seating and a quick turnover, it’s a great place to go for a quick fill up.
Midori Sushi Ginza
Midori is a small and intimate sushi restaurant in Ginza. While the dishes are high quality and made from the freshest seafood, it has great value for money compared to other sushi bars in the area. Expect long waits during peak dining times.
Restaurant, Japanese, $$$
Fine Japanese-European fusion cuisine awaits at Ukai-tei. They are one of the pioneers of modern teppanyaki cooking in Tokyo. Reservations recommended.
Small and cozy Shima is a Japanese style steakhouse. From melt-in-your-mouth Kobe beef sirloin to tender fillets, there’s something to satisfy every meat lover’s cravings. They’re famous for their steak sandwich, but when dining in it’s better to just order the chef’s cut of the day.
Restaurant, Indian, $$$
Annam is a highly-rated restaurant in Ginza serving authentic Indian cuisine. Spiciness ranges from mild to wild depending on your preference, and many traditional dishes get a modern twist at this cozy restaurant.
Satisfy your comfort food cravings at Kagari, a ramen restaurant inside Ginza A Building. They’re famous for their creamy chicken broth (a twist on the usual pork and miso options). Long wait times at lunch and dinner prove the food is just that good.
Restaurant Sant Pau
Restaurant Sant Pau is an upscale Spanish-Japanese fusion cuisine restaurant located in Nihonbashi. With an excellent wine selection, authentic décor and superb service, this may just be the best Catalan restaurant in Tokyo.
Restaurant, Japanese, $$$
Nihonbashi Tamai specializes in anago or ma-anago, a type of saltwater eel that’s lighter and softer than its more well-known counterpart, unagi. Ma-anago is suitable for a wide range of dishes, from tempura and sushi to salads and soups. Tamai is small, traditional, and popular with locals, so having some Japanese ability will make your experience more enjoyable.