A modern metropolis with international flair, Tokyo has a stellar selection of restaurants that cater to every palate. Of course, you can find fabulous Japanese food, but you’ll also be spoiled for choice when it comes to other Asian staples.
Whether you’re craving curry or Cantonese, these flavorful Tokyo finds are sure to satisfy.
Northern Chinese at Shunyuki
You’ll find the best of all worlds at this enchanting eatery within the artistic Hotel Gajoen Tokyo. Not only is Shunyuki one of the best Chinese restaurants in town, the fare is healthy and the restaurant itself is stunning. Bedecked in traditional lacquerware, the dining room is also filled with antiques and 1920s-era, Japanese-style frescoes.
There are some Northern Chinese classics on the menu, such as perfectly cooked Peking duck and crispy spring rolls, but Shunyuki is renowned for its medicinal fare, including ginger soups, exotic beans, and spiced meat and fish. The delicious dishes are not only unique but are as beautifully presented as the interior of the restaurant itself.
Cantonese at Hei Fung Terrace
Take a break from the capital’s frenetic pace with an evening of elegance at this gorgeous dining room within Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star The Peninsula Tokyo.
Reminiscent of a canal-side eatery in Southern China, the venue serves up authentic Cantonese cuisine that will transport your taste buds. Spicy jumbo prawns and excellent dim sum are memorable, and the menu of chef recommendations is particularly opulent with plates like imperial bird’s nest soup and wok-fried wagyu tenderloin.
For the ultimate in fine Cantonese dining, book a spot at the chef’s table and let talented toque Ryu Osaki surprise and delight with contemporary takes on classic dishes.
Thai at Longrain
Modern Thai cuisine isn’t common in Tokyo, which might explain the popularity of this sleek Australian import. The quality of food here is exceptional. Outstanding menu items include seafood green curry, caramelized pork hock and tuna tartare with Thai basil dressing.
Meals are designed to share, so bring a friend or two. If you wish to dine solo, lunch is a better option with its more casual ambiance. Be it by yourself or with a group, plan to spend plenty of time lingering over drinks and enjoying the breathtaking views from Yebisu Garden Tower’s 39th floor.
Indian at Annam
For 11 years, this popular Indian restaurant has served favorites like tandoori shrimp, lamb curries, samosas and saag paneer (creamed spinach with coconut milk and paneer cheese) in a cozy, unassuming environment with warm hues and wooden high-back chairs. An ideal spot to try something new, the venue’s friendly kitchen is happy to whip up less fiery versions of classic plates — you can request your spice preference when you order. Plenty of vegan and vegetarian options grace the menu, too.