This tiny bustling alley is an interesting throwback to post-war Tokyo of the 1950s when a lively underworld of black markets and bars thrived along Shinjuku backstreets. Literally translated as Memory Lane, Omoide Yokocho is a small lane crammed full of tiny bars serving good, cold beer and sake and simple but tasty grilled chicken skewers called yakitori. The staff are friendly but don’t expect anyone to speak English, instead just point to the foods you wish to order and enjoy this very Japanese experience. It's great fun!
- Opening Hours: 5pm until late
- Address: 1-2-11 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
This Michelin-starred restaurant divides opinion, but there's no denying the seafood served at Nakajima is excellent. It's a traditional Japanese restaurant in Shinjuku that's packed at lunchtime with locals and visitors keen to take advantage of the excellent value lunch sets. Nakajima offers a great opportunity to sample Michelin rated food at budget prices, but it gets rushed! The deep fried sardines are a huge favourite.
Then, at night the prices return to the luxury bracket. The menu features regional food mainly from the Kansai region but innovative chefs including apprectices from prestigious cooking schools all over Japan, add their own creative flair to the menu.
- Opening Hours: Monday–Saturday from 11.30am to 2.30pm and 5.30pm to 10pm
- Address: Nichihara Bldg. B1, 3-32-5 Shinjuku, Tokyo, 160-0022, Japan
- Tel: +81 (0)3-3356-4534
Well established, Tempura Tsunahachi has been a favourite among locals for generations. With mostly counter seating you will be constantly entertained by the chefs preparing the various tempura items that you order. You can also just sit back and enjoy whatever the chef serves you; fish, prawns, clams, tofu and vegetables, all with authentic flavour and three dipping sauces for extra taste. Head to Tsunahachi at lunch for some excellent value lunch sets starting from little more than ¥1,500. This restaurant in Shinjuku opened in 1923, but there are now several more in high-end department stores across the city and a branch in Kyoto.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 11.15am to 10pm
- Subway: Shinjuku station, Oedo, Shinjuku and Marunouchi lines
- Address: KDX Nakano Sakaue Bldg7F, 3-30-4, Honcho, Nakano, Tokyo, Japan
- Tel: +81 (0)3-3352-1012