Traveling to Japan is not complete until you tried their local foods, which is too many to try at one visit. So, this time I tried to compile my food experience in one post (which many of you has voted in my IG stories poll). PLEASE TAKE NOTE : Not every restaurants listed here is Halal Certified, but basically most of it is an beef, chicken, or vegetarian menu and some of it also only served beef/chicken menu.
Gyukatsu Motomura is very very famous deep fried beef cutlet restaurant for travel bloggers, so expect a long longg queue before coming here. For me, I went to the Gyukatsu Motomura branch in Shinjuku, and I was queuing outside for at least 30 minutes. Most important thing is, the Shinjuku branch is located in the basement, with limited tables and space, so please avoid carrying big luggage or strollers for families, as there are not enough spaces to store your baggage. Gyukatsu Motomura only served beef menus, but for now they are not a certified Halal Restaurant.
Gyukatsu Motomura, Shinjuku Station
Open Hours : Mon-Sun 11 AM – 10 PM
So, after precious visit to Kobe just to try their beef at Steakland, it is a good news that this time I could taste Kobe beef in Tokyo. And the well known restaurant for its kobe beef is…. Red Rock! So, Red Rock serve their Kobe beef in a gyudon or rice bowl style. And yeah, a well known restaurant means another long queue, we went to the Harajuku branches, and the waiting time much more worse than Gyukatsu Motomura, at least about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Red Rock Harajuku have a vending machine order system, so before receiving queuing number, you have to order and pay your food on the vending machine before the waiter gave you the table seat. Red Rock also only serve beef menu, but not yet a certified Halal Restaurant.
Red Rock, Harajuku
Open Hours : Mon-Sun 11.30 AM – 10 PM
Kura Sushi is a famous conveyor belt sushi in Japan which has many branches inside and outside Tokyo, and it famous for 100 YEN for One Plate Sushi! I went to the Ikebukuro branch, it was quite late, about 10:20PM. The good news is there is no queuing needed but we have to eat in a bit hurry because last order is at 10:45 PM.
To get a seat, you should take a number out of the machine (they have English menu available), and there are two seat choice, the box which is a private room and the bar area. You should also choose the number of guest as for the bar area they gave the number for each person. After that you should wait until your table available and the waiters will take you to your seat.
There are also two way to order your sushi, from the tablet and the conveyor sushi belt in front of you. For the conveyor belt sushi, you can also asked for the English menu so you’ll know each kind of sushi you wanted. After you finish your meal, you can put your dish to the bin provided, then it will automatically counted in the billing system.
Whether Kura Sushi is halal or not, I’m not quite sure as there are no formal articles or reviews available, but found out in some Facebook posts about several menu you can try which has no pork or alcohol included (https://www.facebook.com/Halalanjapan/posts/960694610649242).
Kura Sushi, Ikebukuro
Open Hours : Mon-Sun 11 AM – 11 PM
Unlike the others, Naritaya is a halal certified restaurant in Asakusa. They served several ramen menu and also provided a praying space. I tried the Special Naritaya Ramen and Deep Fried Chicken, the ramen is so so for me, but the Deep Fried Chicken is unexpectedly good. FYI, you can easily find halal restaurants in Asakusa as most Halal Restaurant in Tokyo opened in Asakusa.
Open Hours : Mon-Sun 11 AM – 10 PM
Originated from USA, Shake Shack is a very popular burger chain also in Tokyo for tourists. I’ve tried one in London, and this time I went to the Roppongi branch. Not quite sure with the menu (as they also served pork), luckily, they have a vegetarian menu called ‘Shroom Burger, so instead of buying the beef patties burger, I ordered the Portobello Mushroom burgers which has no beef inside. And, without too much expectation, this portobello patties really tasted like beef. I also ordered the Chocolate Milkshakes, as I’ve fallen in love with the one I tried in London, but it tasted more like medicine shakes for me? (But my friend said it is still good, maybe because I tried the better version before).
Shake Shack, Roppongi Hills
Roppongi Hills North Tower 1F
6-2-31 Roppongi Minato-ku, Tokyo
Open Hours : Mon-Sun 11AM – 10PM
Blue Bottle is a very famous coffee chain originated from US, and Japan is the first branch they have outside US. Blue Bottle itself have several branches in Tokyo and Kyoto, and this time I tried to visit the Omotesando branch. I liked the chill and warm ambience inside the store and it perfectly match with a spring morning breakfast.
Blue Bottle, Omotesando
Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062
Open Hours : Mon-Sun 8 AM – 7 PM
Dominique Ansel Bakery
For a sweets or bread lovers, Dominique Ansel Bakery is surely one of the most famous bakery from New York and opened its first branch in Omotesando. Quite popular for brunch and tea time, you should expected full tables at those times. I went there at 10:30 AM, which only 30 minutes after their opening hour and sadly, it’s already full. So decided to take away our order (basically we’re eating at the smoking table outside the stores but who cares). Ordered Cookie Shots and Marshmallow and Frozen S’more, but it’s too sweet for me. But for sweet lovers, you definitely will love it!
Dominique Ansel Bakery, Omotesando
5 Chome-7-14 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo Prefecture
Open Hours : Mon-Sun 10 AM – 7 PM