Tokyo has no shortage of excellent teppanyaki restaurants. These are just a few great places we love going back to again and again.
Ukai-tei teppanyaki - image © Florentyna Leow
Teppanyaki in Japan is a far cry from the Benihana experience that Western tourists might be more familiar with. Teppanyaki simply refers to food that’s been cooked on an iron griddle.
While it may not be ultra-flashy – no egg-tossing or spoon-juggling here, folks – it’s all about superb ingredients cooked well. Even without the tricks, watching the chefs transform raw ingredients into food right in front of you is always a magical experience, too.
- Misono (Ginza; expensive)
Located right in the heart of the ritzy Ginza district, the elegantly-decorated Misono serves up extravagant teppanyaki courses centered around Kobe beef. Perfect for impressing your date, especially when there’s a great night view of Tokyo along with your food!
- Ukaitei (Harajuku; expensive)
This excellent teppanyaki restaurant on Omotesando is a brilliant place to sample delicious Japanese meat and shellfish. They offer wine pairings chosen to accentuate the dishes.
- Restaurant Omae XEX (Roppongi; expensive)
This upscale and tourist teppanyaki restaurant serves some surprisingly tasty meat and seafood. As you would expect, it's cooked on a teppan right in front of you.
- Teppanyaki Grow (Ueno; expensive)
Watching teppanyaki chefs work their magic on the iron plate is always good fun, and Teppanyaki Grow in Ueno provides entertainment and great food.
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