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Tokyo for foodies: halal restaurants serving Japanese cuisine



2020.07.23 (Thu)

Many halal-certified restaurants as well as restaurants offering halal options can be found in Asakusa and nearby areas

By David, long-term Tokyo resident & food-loving traveler

Asakusa is one of Tokyo’s most popular destinations. But Senso-ji Temple and the famous Kaminarimon Gate are not the only interesting thing here. Asakusa also has hundreds of great places to eat. You can find good traditional and modern Japanese cuisine and sweets here. An increasing number of stores offer halal, vegetarian, and vegan options. Here are some halal-certified places where you can eat tasty chicken ramen and wagyu beef.

Halal Mentei Naritaya Asakusa

When you visit Senso-ji Temple, walk up to the Main Hall and then turn left. Past the pagoda, you will come to the roofed Nishisando Arcade (check out the fun souvenir and sweets shops). Halal Mentei Naritaya is located on the right side opposite the big melonpan store. Try Naritaya’s chicken ramen. The base is flavorful chicken stock. You can choose regular ramen with the noodles served in the soup or tsukemen, a version where soup and noodles are served separately.

Open 11:00 - 22:00, 11:00 – 21:00 on Sundays

Address: 2-7-13 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Shabushabu Asakusa Nagomi

This restaurant is located near the Tsukuba Express Asakusa Station, about a 5-minute walk from Senso-ji Temple’s Main Hall. Nagomi is all about high-quality wagyu beef. Treat yourself to one of their sets for lunch or dinner. For shabu-shabu, a hot pot and cuts of thinly sliced meat and vegetables are served. Cook them at your table by picking up a slice and holding it into the hot broth just long enough to turn soft. It is a delicious Japanese meal and fun to cook at the table.

Open 10:00 – 22:00

Address: 2-14-17 Nishi-Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Ayam-YA Okachimachi

Take the Tsukuba Express train from Asakusa one station to Shin-Okachimachi. Ayam-YA moved to a new location this month, a short 5-minute walk from the station. This is another great place to eat chicken ramen. Try shio (salt) ramen or shoyu (soy sauce) ramen. You can also order a spicy version and add a side of karaage, crispy Japanese-style fried chicken.

Open: 11:30 – 16:00 & 17:00 – 22:00

Address: 3-10-3 Motoasakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Foodie-tip - How to eat tsukemen ramen: Dip the ramen noodles into the thick broth and eat; quickly slurping the noodles up is considered the tastiest way to do this. When you have finished the noodles, ask for soup-wari. Extra soup is added to the dipping broth and you can finish the meal with the soup.

Click the link below to read this related article you might like: “Travel tips for eating and drinking in Japan”

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