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Tokyo 2019 ๐Ÿ—ผ

A log of everything I ate and coffee I drank during my Tokyo 2019 trip ๐Ÿกโ˜•๐Ÿ›

Day 0.5

Shinjuku sanchome nikuzushi (ๆ–ฐๅฎฟไธ‰ไธ็›ฎ ่‚‰ๅฏฟๅธ)

Great first dinner. This small joint literally translates to "meat sushi"โ€”as expected, we had horse sashimi (aka basashi), as well as raw chicken! I enjoyed the many ways they prepared basashi: nigiri, sashimi, negitoro, marinated, etc. I also recommend the cured egg yolks.

Day 1


โ„น๏ธ ๐Ÿ“ท
Brunch at this famous fluffy pancake chain! I tried the berry pancakes. Definitely good, but was more dense than I expected. flippers

Perch by Woodberry Coffee Roasters

โ„น๏ธ ๐Ÿ“ท
Cozy coffee shop with a beautiful interior. The pourover was decent. perch

Harajuku Gyozalo (ๅŽŸๅฎฟ้คƒๅญๆจ“)

Our pre-dinner. Fairly standard gyoza joint. Lots of seating.

Shibuya Morimoto (ๆธ‹่ฐทๆฃฎๆœฌ)

โ„น๏ธ ๐Ÿ“ท
๐ŸŒŸ Really great yakitori place, one of my favorite meals. They have an English menu, but ordering may be difficult if you're uncomfortable speaking Japanese. ๐Ÿ’ธ Cash only! morimoto

Day 2

Counterpart Coffee Gallery

โ„น๏ธ ๐Ÿ“ท
๐ŸŒŸ Within my top two coffee shops we visited, for sure. Had a chiller vibe amongst the third-wave coffee shops we tried. I was able to try every single bean they had on rotation during the first week ๐Ÿ˜„ counterpart coffee gallery

Asakusa Sakura (ๆต…่‰ใ•ใใ‚‰)

Huge and delicious melon pan!!!

Shichigosan (ไธƒไบ”ไธ‰)

We tried both the monja and okonomiyaki. It was okay, but that's probably because I prefer Hiroshima style.

nana's green tea

โ„น๏ธ ๐Ÿ“ท
๐ŸŒŸ Super yummy dessert shop with a variety of sweets, from traditional zenzai to modern parfaits. I got the black sesame anmitsu. We had to wait a bit, but definitely worth it. nanas green tea

Udon Shin (ใ†ใฉใ‚“ๆ…Ž)

โ„น๏ธ ๐Ÿ“ท
There was quite a line when we wentโ€”seems to be a popular spot. Noodles were nice and bouncy, but not sure if it was worth the wait! udon shin

Day 3

Counterpart Coffee Gallery

Yup. Went here again.

Daimon Takezushi (ๅคง้–€ๆญฆ้ฎจ)

WHOA, this place was only ๏ฟฅ1,000 for a chirashi. We went with the Tokyo GitHubbers ๐Ÿ’

ON THE WAY, coffee pit shop

Tonkatsu Aoki (ใจใ‚“ใ‹ใคๆช ้Š€ๅบงๅบ—)

โ„น๏ธ ๐Ÿ“ท
Breading was good, pork was juicy, but a little too fatty for my tastes. Dinner set also came with tonjiru and pickles. tonkatsu aoki

Day 4

Counterpart Coffee Gallery


Kanda Tamagoken (็ฅž็”ฐใŸใพใ”ใ‘ใ‚“ ็ง‹่‘‰ๅŽŸๅบ—)

โ„น๏ธ ๐Ÿ“ท
Quick bite typa place, but really tasty! You have the option to choose two sauces. I picked tomato and demiglace. 2019-03-15 01 36 32 2

GLITCH Coffee & Roasters

  • ๐Ÿ“ Kanda nishikicho
  • โ˜• Afternoon pourover flight
  • ๐Ÿš€ Google Maps / Website
โ„น๏ธ ๐Ÿ“ท
Well-known shop. We did a pourover tasting with a Kenya and two Ethiopia beans. Bold and clear flavors, I distinctly remember the tomato taste. Super third wave-y. 2019-03-15 01 36 31 2

Minami no kaeru (ใฟใชใฟใฎใ‚ซใ‚จใƒซ)

โ„น๏ธ ๐Ÿ“ท
Our first izakaya of the trip, guided by a local friend. Really lovely, seasonal dishes. I enjoyed their take on izakaya classics, like this potato salad with cornhash beef and a soft-boiled egg. minami no kaeru

And then we drunkenly went to a lovely karaoke bar that I don't remember the name of. It was a good night.

Day 5

Counterpart Coffee again โ˜•


โ„น๏ธ ๐Ÿ“ท
First time trying the famous Afuri chain! I'm personally a fan of assari (light) broths, so I really enjoyed the yuzu tsukemen. Others in my group who like kotteri (rich) broths weren't as impressed. IMG_20190315_122621


This shop is owned by Mercedes Benz and has a large downstairs seating area. It was super packed when we went, and the soy latte was alright.

Kintan (ๅ…ญๆœฌๆœจ็„ผ่‚‰Kintan)

This yakiniku joint had a more upscale vibe than what I'm used to, but still decently priced. The gyutan was great, and the nicer meats were ๐Ÿ”ฅ


Garden lounge at night was ๐Ÿ˜ We paid ๏ฟฅ800 per person to get in. Decent cocktails.

Day 6

Bear Pond Espresso

Lots of buzz about this place! Really great espresso in the gibraltor I got. I even braved dairy milk (I'm lactose intolerant) and it was worth it. No photos allowed inside the shop.

Ojaga (ใŠใ˜ใ‚ƒใŒ)

As the name would suggest, this place had a lot of potato specials. We got the nikujaga lunch set, which was simple and home-y.

Shimokita Chaen Oyama (ใ—ใ‚‚ใใŸ่Œถ่‹‘ๅคงๅฑฑ)

๐ŸŒŸ This was my favorite dessert place ๐Ÿ˜ญ We got the matcha shaved ice with shirotama + kinako, and zenzai with fried mochi and frothy matcha to pour on top.

Shaved ice Zenzai
shaved ice zenzai

Sankyuu/Yamahisa (ๅฑฑไน…)

Tabelog and Google Maps translate the shop name differently ๐Ÿคทโ€ Either way, the soba was delicious!!! I was too busy catching up with friends that I didn't take any photos ๐Ÿ˜…


The one club we went to ๐Ÿ˜‚ Drinks were whatever, people were respectful, and they played tropical and deep house all night.

Day 7

Counterpart Coffee again โ˜•

Iseroku (ไผŠๅ‹ขใ‚ใ)

โ„น๏ธ ๐Ÿ“ท
Oyakodon speciality shop in the Sunshine City Alpa mall. The special with raw egg on top was ๐Ÿ”ฅ ๐Ÿณ โค๏ธ iseroku

Tsukiji Miyagawa Honten (ใคใใ˜ๅฎฎๅท ๆœฌๅป›)

โ„น๏ธ ๐Ÿ“ท
Delicious mid-tier unagi place. We got the a la carte dinner, which was definitely enough. They had other unagi appetizers, too. miyagawa honten


Everything I ate and coffee I drank during my Tokyo 2019 trip ๐Ÿกโ˜•๐Ÿ›๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿข๐Ÿœ






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