Omotesando is a platform for trendy and delicious restaurants. There's everything you can ever crave for, from delectable traditional Japanese foods to desserts, to even some chocolate pizzas.
After a busy day of shopping and discovering the hidden streets of Harajuku, why not refuel on delicious savoury dishes and sweets!
Gomaya Kuki is a famous sesame ice cream parlor that has been featured on Japanese TV and magazines several times. It's kind of obvious that Japanese people would love sesame ice cream, as sesame is a very common traditional ingredient in Japan, but what are the thoughts of people from outside Japan? Well, judging by the huge amount of Instagram posts by non-Japanese people, it seems like this is an amazing hit no matter where you come from.
People describe the sesame ice cream as "unworldly", and that it has the "perfect balance of sweetness and sesame flavor". It takes the sesame oil of about 9000 seeds to make a single scoop, so the taste is incredibly rich, the texture is super smooth, and you get an interesting deep aroma and a nutty flavor that takes this ice cream in a league of its own.
For something special, you should try their Japanese-style parfaits (pictured above) that include some traditional ingredients such as matcha pudding and mochi rice balls.
The standard 2-scoop bowl is super satisfying in itself, however. You can try two different kinds of sesame ice cream (white and black).
Another interesting thing on the menu is the famous Japanese-style fluffy pancake topped with the sesame ice cream. As free extras, you can sprinkle some sesame seeds and add some pure sesame oil to further enhance the taste!
This is a restaurant of long-standing specializing in tonkatsu (deep-fried pork cutlets) located a 3-minute walk from Omotesando Station. You might have had tonkatsu before, but likely nothing of this quality. These are super high-end cuts of incredibly juicy and tender pork that come in sets that are around ¥3,000. This is one of the best restaurants in Tokyo for Tonkatasu so if you're a fan of this cuisine, this is a must-try!
Tamawarai is a small soba restaurant with just 14 seats that is a wonderful place to discover this kind of traditional Japanese noodle cuisine.
You can enjoy amazing quality handmade buckwheat soba served hot or cold, in a soup or soupless with a dipping sauce. The soba come in sets so you also can enjoy some washoku (traditional Japanese cuisine) side dishes with your meal. Expect to pay around ¥2,000.
Yoroniku is one of the best-known yakiniku restaurants in Tokyo. Meat lovers from all over Japan and even the world gather here to enjoy the quality yakiniku served.
They have two courses, one is 7,500 yen and the other is 9,500 yen. Both are highly recommended as you can enjoy their selected, exquisite yakiniku meat as well as side dishes. They serve some rare parts of beef that are unbelievably flavorful and tender.
Heiroku Sushi is incredibly popular amongst travelers. This restaurant has branches around 8 branches all around Tokyo, but also all over Japan and even in Thailand. This branch is located on Omotesando dōri and is an extremely pleasant walk. This conveyor belt sushi is cheap it is a good quality/price ration. A dish starts at ¥80 and comes with two pieces!
This is a cheap and delicious gyoza (dumpling) joint that is really popular in the area. You can order your gyoza either fried or boiled; they're both ¥290 for six. It's also a nice place to have a couple of drinks. Beer is ¥500.
The restaurant is located a 3-minute walk from the Meiji-jingumae-Harajuku Station.
Max Brenner is originally an Israeli brand that has taken over the world by storm. They got chocolate-addicts hooked to their delicious desserts. They have anything chocolate you can ever hope for; chocolate pizza, waffles, crêpes, chocolate fondue, etc. You name it! This branch is also located in the trendy Omotesando hills building, a few minutes from the station. They also have savory dishes for less than ¥1,000.
Often hailed as the best burger in Hawaii, Teddy's Bigger Burger are also some of the best you can have in Tokyo. They're kind of expensive at about ¥1,000 apiece but they're huge and so tasty. Don't just order a burger, their extra crispy fries are awesome as well. You can have them topped with various sauces, including some unique Japanese style ones like the cod roe and mayonnaise sauce.
Bills in Omotesando has 4 branches around Tokyo, this particular Omotesando one is close to Harajuku station. Whether you're craving something sweet or savory, you can find what you're looking for here. If you want something healthy (fresh veggies can be rather scarce in Japanese cuisine), try their awesome salads; if you want something sweet, try their awesome pancakes. All their food is super instaworthy (check out their instagram and see for yourself!) Lunch and dinner both start at around ¥1,320.
Two Rooms Grill is definitely in contention for the best rooftop terrace in Tokyo. During lunch hours it's more of a restaurant whereas during the evening it's more of a dining bar lounge.
The specialty is steak for food, and if you plan on drinking, they offer so many options, including Japanese sake and cocktails, sommelier-recommended wines, etc, that you're bound to find something you'll like. All-you-can-drink options are also available.