As we looked through our 2019 album searching for the best moments, we realized that some most of our best memories involved food as well.
These were some of our most memorable meals and restaurants from 2019!
Pizza Slice in Shibuya
This has been the go-to Saturday spot after our dance practices. It’s hard to find really good American food in Tokyo and this place definitely hits the spot for pizzas. Supposedly the owner lived in New York for a couple months in order to learn how to make the perfect NY style pizza. Now that’s what you call commitment to your craft.
Good Town Doughnuts in Cat Street
While you’re in Shibuya, we also recommend stopping by Good Town Doughnuts for some of the most unique doughnuts! They got everything from creamy to fruity flavors and also serve some amazing coffee to go with it.
I loved their coconut doughnut and they also have vegan options as well!
Heavenly Burger in Kami-Itabashi Station
This has got to be THE most underrated burger joint in all of Japan(any disagreement can be debated in the comments section). It’s so underrated that it’s located in a station that nobody goes to! They have over 80 different kinds of burgers and each of them are stacked with mouth-watering combinations that’ll deliver some serious calories.
If you want to experience the BEST burger in Tokyo, it’ll be worth making the trip to the quiet, suburban streets of Kami-Itabashi Station.
Soki Soba at Doraemon
If you go to Okinawa, you have to eat soki soba and the best place to eat it is at Doraemon. Soki Soba is the Okinawan style of soba, served with a huge, fat, delicious piece of pork. This was our first meal in Okinawa during the New Years and I haven’t had a better dish of soki soba since.
Gyoza in Utsunomiya
Utsunomiya is famous for their gyoza. In fact, it seems like there are more gyoza restaurants than convenience stores! If you’re having a hard time choosing the right one, we recommend going to the basement floor of Don Quixote near Utsunomiya station. They have a cafeteria with 6 different gyoza restaurants so you can try them all!
Akinoya Yakisoba near Nikko Station
While we were in Nikko, we walked into a random shop and it turned out to be the best yakisoba we’ve ever had. I’ve never seen a yakisoba decked out like the picture above. There were eggs, huge chunks of meat, and the noodles were different as well.
Ryokan Food in Nikko
If you ever decide to stay at a ryokan, paying extra for the dinner course is an absolute must, because it’s half the experience of staying at a ryokan.
Ryokan dinner courses usually serve small portions of various Japanese dishes and they serve so many dishes that the average person can barely make it to dessert.
Needless to say, we finished everything.
La Michelle near Oyumino Station
Tomomi discovered this Italian restaurant when she lived in Chiba. This hidden gem has a nice atmosphere and the food is slightly more expensive than your usual dinner but it’s definitely worth it. Oyumino station is nowhere near a tourist area, but if you happen to be in the area, we recommend getting the cheese risotto and you can’t go wrong with any of their pizzas.
Costco is a rare sighting when you live in Tokyo.
In fact, there is no Costco in the Tokyo prefectures and you would have to go to one of the neighboring ones. When Tomomi lived in Chiba, we made trips to Costco every now and then and we would only go to the cafeteria. The pizza tastes exactly the same as the Costco in California.
There’s also some limited menu items like the matcha smoothie and the bulgogi bake.
You can’t go to Greece without eating Greek salad.
Who knew that making a salad with feta cheese, chunks of tomato, cucumber, olives, and onions could be so delicious AND healthy?(I guess that does sound delicious and healthy)
Greek salad officially became our favorite salad when we had it in Greece and we pretty much ate it every single day during our week long trip.
We had no idea what Souvlaki was before going to Greece.
Before visiting Greece, the only Greek food we really knew of was Greek salad and… Greek yogurt. Souvlaki was something we just ordered randomly at a restaurant on the first day and ended up being something we ordered at EVERY restaurant along with Greek salad.
Souvlaki is basically small pieces of meat on a skewer but in our case, it always came as a dish with other foods. The white yogurt sauce called tzatziki is also something to die for.
What were some of your favorite food in 2019?