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 (especially in maid cafe) 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. 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
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. 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
5. Shiseido Parlour Ginza (資生堂パーラー GINZA)
Shiseido Parlour Ginza is located in the ever bustling Ginza shopping district. You can even say that this restaurant is quite classy at first glance. Aside from their omurice and curry rice, the Shiseido Parlour Ginza is also well known for their wide assortment of desserts.
Address: 8-8-3 Ginza Chuo Tokyo
6. 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
7. 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)
8. Grill Grand
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.
Address: 3-24-6 Asakusa Taito Tokyo
Many think that Rakeru’s theme was inspired by the popular story “Alice in Wonderland”. At first glance, you might think that they specialize in desserts, but this is not the case. Their popular dish is omurice that is accompanied by side dishes like salad, boiled potato, and soft bread. For those who love burgers, you might want to try their hamburg omurice.
Address: 1-12-7 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku 160-0023, Tokyo
Website: http://www.rakeru.jp (Japanese Only)
10. Talk Back
Talk Back is a casual French restaurant. They serve many different types of western food, such as grilled pork and various pasta, etc. Omurice is one of their signature menus, and many people like it. Talk Back is located in Kichijoji, which is one station away from the famous Ghibli Museum. A perfect place to have lunch after visiting the museum. Note that their Omurice is available only for lunch.
Address: 2-chome-24-6 Kichijoji Honcho, Musashino City, Tokyo
11. Grill Mantenboshi Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi (グリル満点星 日本橋三越本店)
Grill Mantenboshi is a branch of the famous Yoshoku restaurant in Azabu Juban. Their demi-glace sauce has a Japanese arrangement, which makes their dish unique. The omurice tastes great together with the fluffy omelet. Their mixed plate comes with a piece of hamburg if you are hungry.
Address: 1-4-1, Muromachi, Nihombashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
12. Gensen Yoshoku Sakurai (厳選洋食さくらい)
Gensen Yoshoku Sakurai is an authentic Yoshoku restaurant. They offer various standard Yoshoku dishes such as hamburg, fried shrimp, stewed rolled cabbage, and of course, omurice is one of them. They blend three kinds of rice to make the flavor stand out. You can choose between their homemade ketchup sauce or demi-glace sauce.
Address: 3-40-7, Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
All information in this article is as of May 2017
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