Eat in Tokyo: Finding Ethnic Food!
The diversity of food in Tokyo is steadily increasing with the amount of foreign restaurants bringing their home cooking there. Not only are there other Asian cuisines but a presence of African and Caribbean places where you can find the tastes of food from these countries in these regions that are available all over the city.
Touching upon the soul food from Africa, the continent has countries with a variety of tastes. Many people believe countries in Africa eat the same cuisine but culture plays a big role into distincting the different flavours and dishes of each country.
Starting with a restaurant in Akasaka, Ekololonyon represents African Togo and French cuisine. Togo is a country in between Ghana and Nigeria and usually their meals consist of food such as the koklo meme (grilled chicken served in a chili sauce), riz sauce d’arichaide (a rice dish made with creamed peanuts), and fufu (cooked yams). Ekololonyon’s prices of meals start from ¥880 with free drinks as advertised on their website. The range of dishes can go from ¥890 for the fish of the day to ¥2300 for roasted duck in orange sauce.
Ekololonyon, Akasaka: http://ekololonyon.com | 〒107-0052, Akasaka, Minato-ku, 2-17-72 2F
QueenSheba is Tokyos first restaurant that serves authentic Ethiopian dishes. Cuisine from Ethipopia usually consists of a mixture of vegetables, meat and spicy seasoning from And yes, you will find dishes such as injera (thin pancake served with food to roll up), wat (spicy curry), kitfo (minced meat) and many more to enjoy! Every so often, QueenSheba presents live traditional African music for its customers to enjoy while eating. You can find meal prices ranging from ¥1000 – ¥3000 yen with set menus at ¥2700.
QueenSheba, Naka-meguro: www.queensheba.info | 〒153-0042, Tōkyō-to, Meguro-ku, Higashiyama, 1−3−1 Neoage Nakameguro
Morocco Tajinya (Morocco):
Heading north to Morocco, Iidabashi holds a small Moroccan restaurant that presents Tokyo residents a taste of north African cuisine. At Morocco Tajinya, you can the signature dish known as tangine (also referred to as tajine) which is a lamb or poultry stew. Couscous is also presented at this restaurant as it is another signature cuisine for Moroccans. Their meals range from ¥1000 – ¥1600.
Morocco Tajinya, Iidabashi: www.morocco-tajinya.com/sp/ | 〒107-0062, Chiyoda, Fujimi, 2−4−13, NOAA Building 2F
Ariapita (Trinidad and Tobago):
Caribbean restaurants and places to eat have been around in Japans food scene a little longer than African restaurants but newer countries like Puerto Rico or Trinidad are still up and coming in Tokyo. The Caribbean places around the capital are very few but because there is a blend of European, African, Indian, Chinese and Latin American influences, it is very well recieved.
For once, there is a Trinidad and Tobago restaurant present a 10 minute walk away from Shibuya station. Trindad and Tobago food is loaded with a lot of flavour and taste into it. Therefore Ariapita presents its own jerk cuisine (pork, chicken etc), cow heel soup and calalloo (leaf vegetable) into its menu. Usually, the price of dishes are between ¥1000 – ¥3000 but it will vary.
Ariapita, Shibuya: ariapita.com | 〒150-0002, 2-11-14 Shibuya, Tokyo Stage Aoyama B1F
Havana Cafe (Cuba):
Havana Cafe has been praised for its authentic Cuban food featuring their own fusion style of food e.g. Picadillo pizza, Paella Cubana etc and a cheap but popular spot for happy hour. Some Cuban representative dishes available to eat are Ropa Vieja (shredded beef), Boliche (pot roast) and Ajiacco soup (traditional chicken powder soup). These are among the many dishes that Havana Cafe serves to bring that Cuban flavour to Tokyo. Prices range from ¥1000 – ¥3000 however they have a happy hour of drinks from ¥200 – ¥500 that attracts a lot of customers.
Havana Cafe, Roppongi: http://www.havanacafe.jp | 〒106-0032, 4-12-2 Roppongi, Minato, FALCON building
Rastamans Cafe (Jamaican):
The Jamaican culture and food scene has been thriving in Tokyo for the past 20 years. Rastamans cafe is one of those many Caribbean bars that has taken a spot of interest. Residing in between the areas of Ueno and Asakusa, Rastamans cafe is tiny but still presents the infamous Jamaican food to try e.g. jerk chicken and a range of alcohol to accomodate your tastes e.g. rum, Red Stripe beer. Because it is more of a small bar than a restaurant, the prices range from ¥300 – ¥1000.
Rastamans Cafe, Tawaramachi: http://rastamanscafe.com | 〒111-0034, 1-7-8 Kaminarimon, Taito
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