Top 8 Restaurants in Tokyo for the Rugby World Cup | #TravelTuesday
Tokyo is synonymous with its diverse and exquisite culinary options. Whether you want to immerse yourself in culture with sushi and gyoza, or just grab a beer before the match, Venatour have you covered with our recommendations for restaurants in Tokyo during the Rugby World Cup.
Best for… sushi
This family-run establishment is on the pricey side, but won’t be beaten for Japan’s most famous dish. Despite it being heavily featured in guidebooks and on plenty of television programmes, Kyubey is still a local favourite – always the sign of a good restaurant.
Venatour recommends: Omasake – this chef’s selection will not disappoint.
Best for… a healthy lunch
The emergence of Japan as a rugby-mad nation indicates the diversity and reach that the game now possesses. The globalisation of the game means that the average rugby fan is not going to be a carnivorous caveman, and T’s Kitchen is the best place in Tokyo for fans with more refined dietary requirements. Every dish on their eclectic menu is gluten-free, but T’s Kitchen makes no compromise on flavour. With a plethora of vegetarian and vegan options, this gem is definitely worth the visit for a healthy lunch with newfound tour friends as you find your way around Tokyo between fixtures.
Venatour recommends: Gyoza – small Japanese dumplings, served with homemade dipping sauce.
New York Grill
Best for… stunning views over the city skyline
The setting for 2003’s film Lost in Translation, New York Grill offers unrivalled views over the sprawling mass of microchips that forms Tokyo. Perched atop the Park Hyatt Hotel, you will be drawn in by the team of exciting chefs practising their art in front of your eyes in a spectacular open kitchen. The food isn’t bad either, with mouthwatering beef and fresh fish the specialities.
Venatour recommends: Iwate Wagyu Sirloin – if you’re not travelling to Kobe, this is the place to go for steak while you’re in Japan.
Best for… a cheap bite on the go
Tachinomiya are traditional Japanese ‘standing bars’, and Akitaya is one of the best around. Whether you’re in the midst of a long day of sightseeing, or fancy popping out for an evening snack, Akitaya’s selection of grilled meats washed down with a bottle of ice-cold beer is a truly authentic experience.
Venatour recommends: Any of the organ meats – we know it doesn’t sound great but give it a try and you won’t regret it!
Best for… fine dining
Part of an elite worldwide club, RyuGin boasts three Michelin stars – and it doesn’t half know it. Chef Seiji Yamamoto has a reputation for his almost comical animosity towards his diners, but don’t let that put you off. His fiery nature most certainly translates to his food, using the finest ingredients to create complex flavours that vary by season.
Venatour recommends: Anything! – Yamamoto’s mastery of Japanese food will make sure you are in for a treat at RyuGin.
Best for… feeding your Western cravings
Despite Japan being renowned for some of the best food on the planet, it can be quite difficult to fully embrace the culture every day on tour; sometimes you just want a slice of home. Rather unlike its London namesake, SAVOY is a pizza parlour. Where the quintessentially English hotel specialises in tea and scones, SAVOY has made a name for itself as a first-class Italian restaurant nestled in the South East of the city.
Venatour recommends: Pizza (of course) – with this Italian staple, simplicity rules. With only two pizzas on the menu, SAVOY keeps it traditional which only enhances the flavour.
Best for… a pre-match pint
This is one for the rugby fans. There are plenty of HUBs dotted all around Tokyo for you to choose from, with these sports bars creating the perfect rugby atmosphere. They may not be quintessentially Japanese, but they’ll be pumping with atmosphere throughout every fixture of the World Cup
Venatour recommends: Asahi – Japan’s national beer.
Best for… ramen
Although Tsuta may just look like any ordinary Tokyo ramen shop, this is one you won’t want to skip. The Michelin starred establishment is the first ramen restaurant to gain such an accolade in Japan. Due to this, Tsuta is predictably popular, many customers arrive before 9am for a deposit ticket that allocates them a slot later in the day. The early bird catches the noodle, right?
Venatour recommends: Shoyu Soba Ramen – thin flat noodles with black truffle oil.