My theory about food in Tokyo is that you won’t get it wrong. At least, that was my experience. When I was hungry, all I have to do was figure out which type of cuisine I craved for, and pick a restaurant of cuisine around my location based on just pure gut, and – boom! – satisfied belly. The best thing about Shinjuku is that it has plenty of delicious and, most importantly, affordable meals. When I looked back, I wished I took more photos of my food. I mean, I am an Asian, for goodness sake! Anyhoo, here are some foodie highlights from Shinjuku.
I could smell the sweet fragrance of pastries emitting from Gontran Cherrier Tokyo every time on the way between my hotel and the train station. Even though, we do have a Gontran Cherrier establishment in Singapore in the form of Tiong Bahru Bakery, but I still couldn’t resist giving it a try.
Freshness Burger, among other fast food chain such as Matsuya (aka Song Wu), Yoshinoya, Lotteria, is a sure bet for a budget meal. There are about nine branches in Shinjuku. I think the nearest one to the train station is the one next to Forever 21’s flag ship store. Be warned though, unlike most other restaurants in Tokyo, Freshness Burger is a completely smoke-filled zone and doesn’t have a well-ventilated non-smoking section, if any at all. But, it is a place where I will continue to go back to.
One of the best experience I had was based on a recommendation though. Tempura Tsunahachi was recommended to me by a friend, Mr. Chew. It was so good that I could taste the ocean with each bite of the tempura. I highly recommend everyone to get the omakase (5000 Yen/60+SGD) which is totally worth the money. It was one of the few local cuisine restaurants in Shinjuku that I saw the locals braved the cold to queue for. And, thanks to Google Maps, travellers can find it easily.
The Breizh Cafe Creperie is located on the 13th floor of Takashimaya Shinjuku Store. I had an amazeballs-ly scrumptious crepe that looked amazeballs. My family and I were sitting out in the al fresco area, and it was a cold autumn morning, but luckily they had throws already placed on the chairs to keep us warm before we were seated.
Because of the nature of how I hunt for food, sometimes I don’t collect any information about the restaurants I go to. But, I did remember that I went to this ramen shop (as shown above) in Shinjuku at this location. (I like how I am so specific about these thing.) The ramen was damn good, but, then again, I haven’t had a bad ramen in Tokyo so far.
Once in a while I would get a sushi bento or something like that from the food hall in the basement of Takashimaya for a budget meal. I might bring it along with me until I find a park, park my ass on a bench, people watch while eating said bento. I feel it is something that everyone should try.
Tokyu Hands was a high frequency occurrence for me. Situated in Takashimaya, as well, Toyku Hands is just next to the Shinjuku Station. I haven’t heard anyone say “meh” to this place. It is a consumers’ paradise where you can get stuff that you didn’t know existed. Perfect place to buy souvenir for your friends back home.
Well, Shinjuku, if I am ever back in Tokyo again, I will see you again.