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What to eat at Tokyo Station? Tonkatsu Teishoku at Suzuki

June 17, 2018|Lena
What to eat at Tokyo Station? How about a Tonkatsu Teishoku at Tonkatsu Suzuki one of my favorite restaurants in Tokyo. In my opinion the best food in Tokyo you need to try during your stay in Tokyo. And one of the many great things to do in Tokyo. Put it on your Japan Bucket List! #TravelJapan #CulinaryTravel #RestaurantReview

At some point during your stay in Tokyo you are going to visit Tokyo Station, at least I hope you will because it is a great place to visit and on my five days in Tokyo to do list. So, even if you aren’t arriving or departing from Tokyo Station, plan a visit to see the area and the station itself.

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I live close to Tokyo Station, and it is my go-to station for Shinkansen bullet train trips to other parts of the country like Hiroshima, Kyoto or Nagoya to the west or ski resorts like Zao Onsen or Yuzawa in the north. 

By the way, if you would also like to travel all over Japan, then a JR rail pass might be just the thing for you. You can get it for 1, 2 or 3 weeks and get access to all JR trains including bullet trains which is one of the cheapest and fastest ways to experiences a lot of Japan.

You need to buy your JR rail pass before you enter Japan as a tourist and you can do it for example here: Japan Rail Pass

But let’s get back to the topic at hand: If someone asked me what to eat at Tokyo Station, my answer would always be the same: Eat some delicious Tonkatsu Teishoku at Suzuki close to the Nihonbashi Exit of Tokyo Station.

You don’t know what Tonkatsu Teishoku is? No problem, let me explain. Tonkatsu is Japanese style deep-fried pork cutlets. The pork cutlets are juicy inside, and crispy outside served with a side of sliced cabbage, rice, miso soup and Japanese pickles. You season your Tonkatsu with a special thick brown sauce, and for your cabbage, you can choose between two kinds of dressings, or try both.

By the way, Teishoku simply means that it is a set meal with one main dish (in this case Tonkatsu) with a side of rice, miso soup and other small side dishes like for example salad, pickles or other small delicacies. So whenever you stumble upon the word XXX Teishoku it just means that you will get a whole set meal.

The Atmosphere

Tonkatsu Suzuki at Tokyo Station

The restaurant has an open kitchen (which I love because I always want to see how people prepare my food while I am waiting), a long counter with high chairs and four tables in the back for groups. The colors are bright, and the wooden furniture is made from light colored wood.

The atmosphere is that of a place where people stop on their way to or from somewhere, which shouldn’t be a surprise at one of the biggest train stations in Japan. No one lingers. You order, receive your food, eat (maybe get some free refill of rice or cabbage) and leave when you are done.

The Menu

Tonkatsu Suzuki at Tokyo Station

Suzuki has quite a large menu, and for foreigners even in English with a lot of pictures. But in my opinion, the only food you want to try is a ヒレカツ定食 a pork filet Tonkatsu Teishoku, which is a set meal, opposed to a Donburi (a rice bowl topped with something) like for example a Katsudon. I am mentioning the filet in particular because they also have a roast, but filet is much juicier and richer in taste.

If you order an aforementioned Katsudon or a similar Donburi, you won’t get the cabbage, and in my opinion, the fresh salad with the delicious dressings is one of the best things about your food experience at Suzuki.

Speaking of food experiences, why don’t you check out these experiences below for your trip to Tokyo:

The Price

What do you have to pay for your favorite Tokyo Station food? My favorite food at Tokyo Station is a little bit more expensive than your average Teishoku, which normally costs between 700 and 1000 yen (7-10 USD). Mainly because of the quality of the filet it costs 1400 yen (14 USD), but it is so worth it!

In Conclusion

Tonkatsu Suzuki at Tokyo Station

If you asked me what to eat at Tokyo Station, my answer would always be a Tonkatsu from Suzuki. You get a well-balanced meal made up of meat, salad, rice, soup, and pickles, get to choose your favorite sauce and even have to option to ask for seconds of cabbage and rice. And all that while enjoying the real authentic atmosphere of a Japanese restaurant. What could you want more?

Name: Tonkatsu Suzuki (とんかつ 寿々木)

Opening hours: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Address: Tokyo, Chiyoda, Marunouchi, 1 Chome−9−1 Kitchen Street 1F

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In Conclusion

If someone asked me where to eat at Tokyo Station I would always answer Tonkatsu Suzuki, because it is just the best option, even though there really are many restaurants in and around Tokyo station. The food is delicious, the atmosphere is great, the location also very convenient right outside the Nihonbashi Guchi Exit. So, if you happen to be at Tokyo Station try it, and you won’t be disappointed. I promise.

Another restaurant not to miss in Tokyo is the Udon Restaurant Taniya. And if you are traveling in Japan (how about following my 2 weeks Japan itinerary) you could also try some Hitsumabushi in Nagoya.

By the way, if you haven’t got accommodation in Japan yet, you can either use the widget below to book hotels, hostels or Ryokan at the best price on booking.com or you can check out my favorite alternative accommodations (different ways how to stay with locals) for example Couchsurfing, Homestay or Airbnb.
But be careful Airbnb in Japan is undergoing some law changes at the moment and your Airbnb booking might be canceled in 2018.

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What to eat at Tokyo Station? How about a Tonkatsu Teishoku at Tonkatsu Suzuki one of my favorite restaurants in Tokyo. In my opinion the best food in Tokyo you need to try during your stay in Tokyo. And one of the many great things to do in Tokyo. Put it on your Japan Bucket List! #TravelJapan #CulinaryTravel #RestaurantReview
What to eat at Tokyo Station? How about a Tonkatsu Teishoku at Tonkatsu Suzuki one of my favorite restaurants in Tokyo. In my opinion the best food in Tokyo you need to try during your stay in Tokyo. And one of the many great things to do in Tokyo. Put it on your Japan Bucket List! #TravelJapan #CulinaryTravel #RestaurantReview

Lena

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