How’s this for pivoting your business – Daitsune switched from selling vegetables to serving up tasty bowls of udon noodles and vegetable tempura. A great option if you’re craving udon in the Tsukiji Market area and don’t feel like sushi.
Daitsune - image © Florentyna Leow
Japan has no shortage of businesses that stay in the family for decades, if not centuries.. Some particularly famous ones even trace back their lineage to 13 generations ago! Daitsune would have been one of these. They began as a greengrocers during the Edo period, and perhaps would have continued that way had it not been for the 5th generation owner’s passion for udon noodles.
Daitsune - image © Florentyna Leow
Since 2010, Daitsune has been serving delicious homemade udon to the hungry masses. Naturally, the vegetables here are a highlight. Try the asparagus or burdock root tempura; and consider the avocado udon. The vegetable ‘kakiage’ fritter here is great too, especially because it changes according to what’s in season – it’s usually a mix of onion and other vegetables like canola blossoms.
Lunches are inexpensive here, and it’s great for the budget traveller. Bowls clock in at an average of JPY450 to JPY800, minus all the extra toppings you might want. But at night, it turns into an izakaya-style restaurant, with many side dishes and alcoholic drinks to go with your udon and snacks. If you’re so inclined, you can even order a ‘nomi-houdai’ or ‘drink all you want’ course that lasts for two and a half hours.
For more Tokyo udon choices, see our Best Udon in Tokyo page.
7-15-17 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 104-0061
Closed Saturday, Sunday and national holidays
Subway: 3-minute walk from exit 4 of Higashi-ginza Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya line and Toei Asakusa line.
Official website (Japanese)
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