Saturday, April 1, 2017

I sure do love Tokyo.

Eating Out in Tokyo with Jon was a project I executed between 2008 and 2011 with generous sponsorship from Lehman Brothers and then from Nomura Holdings. I started it as a resource for people like me who worked in Roppongi and wanted to go out to lunch. I quickly got way too into it, and then just stayed in out of stubbornness. How else can you explain eating lunch at a different restaurant every workday in 2009, or trying an average of 1.2 new restaurants per day, every day, for 3 years?

What you've got here is about 1,300 posts on restaurants in Japan, mostly in the aforementioned Tokyo, and then a smattering of other places where I ate on business trips or on vacation. These days I only update it when I'm back in Tokyo on vacation or when I have barbecue while on a business trip. Eating Out in Chicago is as interesting as watching a lump of shit dry compared to eating out in Tokyo.

For people who have stumbled on the site and don't want to wade through 1,300+ posts, can I suggest that you start with the summary pages? They include izakayasJapanese junk food (with a dozen ramen recommendations), and the other titles just under the header. Depending on when you're reading this, links, addresses, phone numbers, names, chefs, genres, and qualities may have changed dramatically. If you have questions, other excellent sources of information are here or here.


  1. Looks like I'll be the first (non-spam) comment to thank you for your recent updates. After 12 months, EOITWJ is still an invaluable resource, though I strongly challenge your ranking of Koyu on your izakaya ranking. I had the misfortune to dine there, and 'she' complained bitterly about the number of foreigners who had been coming in recently. I happily told her it was all YOUR fault. Ha ha!

  2. Great site. my wife and I are planning to go to Tokyo this spring and found your site! Alot of info ! thanks!

    BTW,you might wanna update the date to 12/31/12 and not 12/31/13?