Omurice can be considered as a relatively simple dish, but it is more than meets the eye. This dish is quite popular in long-established western food specialized restaurants and cafes, and can have different variations of sauces aside from the traditional ketchup.
Most restaurants have their own unique style in preparing omurice. However, almost all of them prefer their omelette to be fluffy and rich in taste. The fried rice along with bits and pieces of meat are masterfully prepared and stuffed inside the omelette to create a delicious and filling meal.
Here are some of the best places to enjoy omurice in Tokyo.
1. Azuma (あづま)
Azuma is a long-established Western food restaurant in Shinjuku. They were established in 1946, which is only one year after the end of the Second World War. Since then, Azuma served various Western foods, some of them turned into Japanese styles. Omurice is one of their signature menu and that many people choose to have. You can also add their signature hamburg on the omurice if you want to try both. Other menus include steaks, deep-fried shrimp, croquettes, pasta, etc. They also offer various side dishes, which makes you able to have some glasses of wines and take time to enjoy dinner.
Address: 3-6-12 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
2. Taimeiken (たいめいけん)
Taimeiken is a long established Western-style Japanese Restaurant that is well known for their omurice. Another interesting fact about this restaurant is that the Japanese film “Tampopo” was filmed in its premises. This also gave birth to the “Tampopo Omurice” which was inspired by the Japanese film.
Address: 1-12-10 Nihombashi, Chuo 103-0027, Tokyo
Website: https://www.taimeiken.co.jp (Japanese Only)
3. Azabu Shokudo (麻布食堂)
Azabu Shokudo is a popular place to enjoy omurice, and it is located in the middle of a residential area. You can also choose your own dressing for your omurice (namely demi-glace sauce, white sauce or just plain ketchup). They also have other items on their menu such as the menchikatsu, deep fried minced meat. Visit Azabu Shokudo If you want to taste the simplest, and most authentic omurice.
Address: B1F, 4-18-1, Nishiazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
4. Asakusa Juraku (浅草聚楽)
Asakusa Juraku calls themselves a "family restaurant." As they say it, they offer various dishes; Japanese, Western, Chinese, etc., to satisfy everyone's appetite. The most popular menu is "Children's lunch for adults," which includes omurice, spaghetti Napolitana, fried chicken, fried shrimp, hamburger steak, salad, and soup! It's very hard to decide what to have for the first bite. Although Juraku seems to have a long history, their omurice is rather a modern style with demiglace sauce and scrambled egg on top.
Address: 1-23-9 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyoo
5. MOUTON Shinjuku Higashiguchi (ワイン＆ビール ムートン ‐MOUTON‐ 新宿東口)
MOUTON is a wine bar with live piano music located in Shinjuku. Although it's a romantic wine bar, their signature menu is a unique "white omurice." They use special eggs produced in Aomori Prefecture, in which the color of the yolk is white. As for the rice, they use minced sheep meat, which is also unique compared to other omurice restaurants. Their omurice is limitedly served, so better visit earlier if you want to discover the mystery.
Address: 4F, 3-21-7, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
6. Restaurant Azuma (レストラン吾妻)
Restaurant Azuma has been around since 1913 and still going strong. The prices on their menu might be a bit pricey, but the taste is worth it. You also get the chance to see your omurice cooked before your eyes, which is a good learning experience especially to those who love to cook omurice.
Address: 2-7-8 Azumabashi, Sumida-ku Tokyo
YOU yes YOU! No, I’m not talking about you but the restaurant YOU. A cozy place that is surprisingly popular with the ladies and they serve fluffy omurice. The rich and sweet taste of the omelette accompanied by the saltiness of the ketchup makes a good combination. This place is an authentic Japanese style cafe (Junkissa) as well, so you can also enjoy the nostalgic atmosphere.
Address: 4-13-17 Ginza Chuo Tokyo
8. Chamoro (チャモロ)
Chamoro is a restaurant that is bound to make a lasting impression. One of their most popular dishes is their omurice topped with the tender beef tongue with demi-glace sauce. The beef tongue is really tender and delicious. This is also the reason why this is their most recommended item on their menu.
Address: Amemiya Bldg B1F, 1-2-8 Ebisu-Minami, Shibuya-ku Tokyo
9. Restaurant Rengatei (レストラン煉瓦亭)
Rengatei is a traditional Western style Japanese restaurant, and their menu is a bit pricey. Needless to say, their omurice is liked by many people, and their other dishes like tonkatsu is very popular as well. Rengatei is said to be the birthplace for many Japanese-Western style dishes. Such as Omurice, Tonkatsu, Hayashi Rice, etc. Also their Omurice protects the original style, which means not wrapping the fried rice with egg, but mixing egg together with fried rice.
Address: 3-5-16 Ginza, Chuo 104-0061, Tokyo
Website: http://ginzarengatei.com (Japanese Only)
10. Grill Grand
There are many long-established restaurants in Asakusa, and Grill Grand is one of them. Grill Grand, which is founded in 1941, is the best place to visit if you’re craving for omu-hayashi rice and meat dish. Their homemade demi-glace sauce is really good and blends with the dish perfectly. Although the building looks quite old, inside is well-maintained and spacious seatings make people relaxed. You can make your omurice into a set that comes with soup and salad.
Address: 3-24-6 Asakusa Taito Tokyo
11. Tamago To Watashi Ikebukuro Sunshine City (卵と私 池袋サンシャイン店)
Tamago to Watashi is one of the biggest chain restaurants that specialize in omurice. As they are specialized in omurice, they offer four kinds of sauce and uniquely arranged omurice dishes such as Omelet Lazania, Doria, which is like a rice casserole, etc. The four kinds of sources are classic ketchup-based tomato sauce, demiglace sauce, tomato sauce with mozzarella cheese, and meat sauce with melty cheese. It's a great place to enjoy an authentic omurice dish and experience something unique.
Address: 1-12-7 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku 160-0023, Tokyo
12. SUDACHO SHOKUDO Akihabara (須田町食堂 秋葉原UDX)
SUDACHO SHOKUDO is a casual restaurant that would satisfy all generations. Their omurice puts plenty of demiglace sauce, which makes the flavor richer. The signature menu is "children's place for adults," which includes omurice, hamburg, deep-fried shrimp, french fries, and salad. The dish is quite filling, and people may not need another meal for the day. They also recommend omurice with beef stew. Beef stew with soft beef cuts are used as a sauce and makes the flavor of omurice more savory. It's a perfect place to taste omurice in Akihabara.
Address: 4-14-1, Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
All information in this article is as of the updated date
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