Omu-rice is a mashup of Japanese and Western cuisine. It is fried rice wrapped or topped with a fried-egg wrap. The omu is a shortened transliteration of omelette. It’s quick, tasty and delicious. Here are our top picks for chowing down on omu-rice in Tokyo.
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Taimeiken is famous for its omu-rice – in fact, the restaurant specializes in the dish. Their signature style is known as tampopo, a nod to the Japanese cult-classic film of the same name. Tampopo is a comedy movie, the plot involves cuisine in a big way. The tampopo omu-rice is fried rice topped with a generous helping of egg. The omelette’s unique texture is revealed when cut open.
Traditional Japanese restaurant Rengatei has been around for one hundred years. They’re also rumored to be one of the original creators of the iconic omu-rice dish. Similar to Shinkawa Tsutsui, Rengatei’s ingredients are cooked together to be more of an omelette than a rice dish, but their quality ingredients are sure to impress the pickiest of palates.
Shinkawa Tsutsui puts a unique spin on the dish by cooking the rice and omelette together. Topped with creamy tomato sauce instead of ketchup, Shinkawa Tsutsui’s omu-rice has earned its place as a favorite for many. The restaurant is popular around lunchtimes, so be prepared to wait in line.
Chamorro is famous for its omu-rice topped with tender beef tongue. The tender meat goes perfectly with the slightly peppery fried rice, thin egg wrap and pools of savory sauce. It’s a departure from the usual ketchup/tomato and egg combo that many classic omu-rice dishes feature.
Grill Grand is a family-owned restaurant that goes the extra mile to make a perfect omu-rice dish. The sweet and savory sauce served with it takes a full two weeks to prepare. It’s no wonder the omu-rice is one of Grill Grand’s most popular dishes. They’re located in the historic Asakusa District, and have been in business for 75 years.
Restaurant Azuma uses only the finest ingredient for their omu-rice | via Pexels
A bit of a pricier option, Restaurant Azuma prepares their omu-rice right before the customer’s eyes. The eggs are cooked just enough to hold their shape, giving Azuma’s dish a unique taste and texture. Using only the finest ingredients and artfully crafting their dishes with care has kept this restaurant running for over 100 years.
Azabu serves a classic omu-rice in generous portions. Depending on which one you order, it’ll be packed with vegetables and protein, cooked to perfection and topped with their signature sauce. It’s also very affordable. They’re happy to accept order for takeout, but if you go in to eat, you can watch the chefs cook it up right at the counter.