Countless delicious restaurants serving dishes of all kinds are lining the busy streets of Tokyo, making it a city for foodies. Right now, it may be difficult to dine inside restaurants, but luckily, more and more restaurants offer takeaway options allowing you to enjoy an authentic restaurant meal from the comfort of your own four walls! This time, we would like to introduce a long-established Western-style restaurant as well as a trending mapo tofu specialty restaurant.
Luncheon Beer Hall: A long-established restaurant founded in 1909
Luncheon is a long-established restaurant in Jimbocho. Founded in 1909, it is a beer hall that also serves great Western-style meals that have been adapted to the Japanese taste.
At the time of its establishment, Luncheon was located near a factory of Dainippon Beer, the predecessor of the current Asahi Breweries. At that time, fresh beer, which was still seen as a fashionable beverage from abroad, was very popular.
Since that time, the restaurant has been serving Western-style – or at least what Japanese then imagined as Western –, such as Neapolitan spaghetti with ham and tomatoes, omelet rice, hamburger steaks, pork cutlets, and fried minced meat cutlets.
I ordered omelet rice and a pork cutlet sandwich for takeout. Both dishes are very voluminous. You’d have to be really hungry if you weren’t satisfied with this feast!
Made with lots of butter and using fresh eggs, this omelet rice smells like heaven. The omelet is wrapped around tomato rice with ham, onions, and mushrooms – all standard ingredients for Japan’s traditional omelet rice! The cabbage that comes as a side dish is covered with Luncheon’s homemade fruity tomato dressing.
Look at the super-thick pork cutlets! This is definitely a dish that would be the perfect match for their delicious beer. It hurt that I couldn’t dine inside the restaurant, but on the other hand, it’s still a very tasty experience to enjoy this classic dish at your home. There is a reason why this restaurant has been loved for over 100 years. Visit the restaurant to find it out!
Luncheon Beer Hall
1-6 Kanda Jimbocho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/hZvZhiH7cmb5iGhB6
Nearest stations: Jimbocho Station, Shin-Ochanomizu Station, Ochanomizu Station, Suidobashi Station
Mabo Dofu TOKYO Kanda Main Store: 4 types of mapo tofu to choose from!
Opened in December 2019, Mabo-Dofu TOKYO Kanda Main Store has become a popular restaurant that has everyone has been talking about. As the name suggests, the restaurant is specialized in mabo-dofu in Japanese, or mapo tofu in Chinese. It’s a popular Chinese dish from Sichuan province that is also a favorite in many Japanese homes. The restaurant offers four different varieties for takeout. The most standard mapo tofu is simply called “Tokyo mabo-dofu”. All four types have a different level of spiciness, so be careful to choose the right spiciness for you!
I went for the restaurant’s favorite “Tokyo mabo-dofu”. Two kinds of Sichuan pepper were used in this variety, giving it an aromatic flavor with a hint of fresh spiciness – irresistible! What a wonderful dish with a rich taste!
When ordering at “Mabo Dofu TOKYO Kanda Main Store”, don’t forget to order the popular dessert annin-dofu, almond tofu with white sesame. The milky, creamy pudding is just what you need after a hot dish!
Takeouts can be ordered inside the store or by phone in advance. The restaurant also offers deliveries through Uber Eats. In just half a year since its opening, the restaurant sold over 10,000 meals in total! If you like spicy food, you have to try this popular restaurant for yourself!
Mabo Dofu TOKYO Kanda Main Store
2-4-2 Kanda Tsukasamachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Google Maps: https://g.page/mabodofutokyo?share
Nearest stations: Awajicho Station, Ogawamachi Station, Kanda Station
We hope you all have a great time trying Tokyo’s delicious takeout meals at home!