Tokyo Station, being one of Japan’s busiest hubs of local railway and shinkansen lines, has transformed into “Tokyo Station City” complex in recent years. You’ll find Tokyo Station in a beautiful red brick building that dates back to the early 1900s on the Marunouchi side, enveloped by newer skyscrapers with shopping, dining and travel facilities on the Yaesu side. The two sides are connected by a convenient passageway--and is home to dozens of restaurants of various niches!
Selected by a popular Japanese eatery directory as one of the top udon restaurants for two years in a row, Kamatake is famous for their rather chewy sanuki udon arranged in the Osaka Namba style. Udon at Kamatake costs between ¥570 and ¥1150, with the most popular option being chikutamaten-bukkake (¥780; udon topped by an oversized chikuwa fish cake and a half-cooked egg). Toppings here are quite unique; expect to see kimchi, chilli oil, fried squid, fried mochi, and ginger on the menu besides the regular. This is not a place for you to sit down and chat for hours though -- locals usually just drop by for a quick meal!
Kamatake Udon Yaesu Kitaguchi Store is open from 11AM to 11PM every day.
With their headquarters in Kyoto, Saryo Tsujiri is a cafe specialized in matcha and any desserts matcha-y. Their wide range of matcha sweets include parfaits, mochi, sweet soup, shaved ice, soba, udon and drinks. Saryo Tsujiri in Tokyo Station has a very lucky location; it is rather high up and overlooks bustling buildings and streets from above. The counter seats along the big glass windows are great for small groups as well as lone matcha lovers!
If you’re not sure what to pick, get their signature Suigyo parfait (¥1,441) -- it’s a beautiful combination of matcha ice cream, shiratama mochi, tea jelly and matcha cubes. Although items here are typically priced around ¥1,500, the elegant ambience at Saryo Tsujiri makes it very worthwhile.
Saryo Tsujiri Daimaru Tokyo Store is open from 10AM to 8PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, and 10AM to 9PM on Thursdays and Fridays. and accepts cash only.
Transforming from a classy brunch restaurant in New York to an all-day dining gourmet in Tokyo, Sarabeth’s has stood firm as the queen of pancakes, waffles and french toast since 1981. Besides regular brunch and teatime items, Sarabeth’s Tokyo has a colorful lunch and dinner menu as well, offering sandwiches, pasta, burgers, soups, omelettes and various beverages. The most popular item at Sarabeth’s is, not surprisingly, their Classic Eggs Benedict (¥1,480), followed by Fat and Fluffy French Toast (¥1,280).
For an even more open atmosphere, head up to the third floor for their terrace seats -- a delicious meal when it’s sunny out always makes a great day!
Sarabeth’s Tokyo is open from 8AM to 11PM from Monday to Friday, 9AM to 11PM on Saturdays, and 9AM to 10PM on Sundays and public holidays. Booking is available online.
As the name suggests, Hamburg Works is your go-to for meaty American dishes. This restaurant transforms from a cafe famed for hamburger steaks and burgers during the day, to a lively beer and wine bar at night. Lunch menus typically cost between ¥1,137 and ¥1,682, and dinner menus go from around ¥500 for side dishes to ¥3,900 for big T-bone steaks. The most loved item, however, is the juicy Works Hamburg steak (¥1,280) made from A4 or A5 wagyu beef. If you’re craving for some Western vibes and have a great appetite, Hamburg Works is your place!
HAMBURG WORKS Tokyo Station Granroof Front Store is open from 11AM to 11PM every day and accepts online reservations.
In contrary to the typical image of ramen being heavy and oily, ramen at Sorano Iro takes a vegetarian focus. Their Michelin-starred “veggie soba” (¥1,100) has a nutrition value equal to 250g of veggies and doesn’t contain meat at all -- here’s to the rejoice of vegetarians and vegans! For a gluten-free meal, pay an extra ¥250 to get genmai noodles. Of course, their signature shoyu ramen (¥1,200) with a mixed soup base of pork, chicken, fish and vegetables is another popular choice.
Although most ramen eaters don’t stay in the shop for a long time, it may still be useful to know that they have wifi and outlets for your charger inside the restaurant.
Sorano Iro NIPPON Tokyo Station Store is open from 8:30AM to 11PM every day.