Halal refers to anything that can be consumed or done in accordance with Islam. Though the number of Muslim citizens and tourists is increasing in Japan, such establishments that cater to specific dietary needs of Muslims are not so many. But there are some places serve 100% halal food to let Muslims enjoy the true and amazing flavors of Japan while remaining in line with the teachings of their religion. As it can be difficult to find such eateries in an area due to their minimum number, we are sharing the list of 10 restaurants that are serving halal food in the Shinjuku region.
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1. Ramen: Shinjuku Gyoen Ramen Ouka
Opened in 2016, Ramen Ouka is the best halal restaurant in the entire Shinjuku, which received HALAL certification from the Otsuka Mosque. All those who wanted to know what all the fuss is about ramen in Japan must visit this restaurant as it offers the ultimate experience while respecting your dietary restrictions. It offers different kinds of ramen dishes that can be enjoyed by customers without any concerns. Their ramen contains sea bream soup with handmade noodles, wagyu, and fresh vegetables. The dish also comes with rice and grilled chicken, which will surely fill you up. Moreover, they serve Vegan ramen for those who don’t consume any kind of animal products.
Address: 1-11-7 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Website: https://www.m-ouka.com/page-37business-description/ (Japanese Only)
2. Tempura: Kurumaya Bekkan
Another restaurant serving the delicious Halal food in Shinjuku is Kurumaya Bekkan. While there are limited halal options in Japan, this is a perfect place to visit to enjoy the top-quality food in an amazing environment. The restaurant is located on a 2-minute walking distance from the East Exit of JR Shinjuku Station. They offer “Muslim Welcome Menu,” which does not use any pork or alcohol. The tempura set is served with fish, shrimps, and vegetables tempura, rice, salad, miso soup, and pickles. However, the Muslim-friendly menu is only available for lunchtime.
Address: 3-21-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
3. Sukiyaki/Shabu Shabu: Takuan Botantei
It is a renowned Sukiyaki and Shabu Shabu restaurant located in Shinjuku, which serves truly a delicious Halal Japanese cuisine. The restaurant has five private rooms offering floor-sunken kotatsu, where you can enjoy a flavorful meal in a peaceful environment. You can try their Shabu Shabu or Sukiyaki, which is served with mushrooms, tofu, and green vegetables to add more flavor. As for the halal certifies menus, they offer “Oyako” chicken and egg rice bowl and Tea-flavored buckwheat noodles.
Address: 4-15-1, Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Website: https://takuan-botantei.gorp.jp/ (Japanese Only)
English website: https://gurunavi.com/en/g304303/rst/
4. Japanese curry: Curry House CoCoIchibanya Halal Shinjuku Kabukicho
World’s biggest curry house, CoCoIchibanya is regarded as one of the top curry stores in Japan located in the middle of the Kabukicho area. Curry House CoCoIchibanya is a chain, and the branch in Kabukicho has obtained HALAL certification and offers various kinds of halal Japanese-style curries. Their most popular items are the Chicken Katsu Curry and Karaage Curry, which are quite different from the other curries. Also, you can choose a different level of spiciness ranging from level 1 to 10. Other than the spice level, you can also choose the volume of rice and toppings.
Address: 1-19-3, Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
5. Yakiniku: Genghis Khan Tarim
Genghis Khan Tarim is one of the famous restaurants serving halal food in the Shinjuku area, located only a 1-minute walk from Subway Namboku Line Yotsuya Station Exit 2. At this place, you can taste well-seasoned lamb yakiniku with other Muslim-friendly menu items. Different from other yakiniku restaurants, they don’t have pork on the menu and don’t use pork ingredients for the sauce. They put halal marks on the menu so that people can easily pick what they would like to have. It remains open from evening until late night and is affordable for those having much appetite. This restaurant is an amazing spot if you are meeting up with a friend to have a long chat.
Address: 1-1-6 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
6. Other Japanese food: Yoshiya Shinjuku
If you want to enjoy Kyoto-style traditional Japanese food, but following a Halal diet, you should check out Yoshiya in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Such eating options are not so common in the city. This is a long-established restaurant having a history of over 60 years and certified by the Kyoto Council for Sharia and Halal Affairs. Yoshiya serves a wide range of tasty Kyoto-style food items. The most famous item is soba and tempura set, and the spicy karaage (deep-fried chicken) served with rice and vegetables. Please note that this is not a fully halal restaurant and has only limited Muslim-friendly items on their menu.
Address: Shinjuku Chikatetsu Bldg. B1, 1-1-2 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
7. International cuisine: Turkish Restaurant Uskudar
Sits next to Shinjuku Station, Uskudar is a Turkish restaurant where you can enjoy a great range of typical Turkish food. Everything on the menu is halal, and meat is obtained from animals slaughtered in an Islamic way. Kebabs are the main dish of Turkish cuisine. The restaurant is known for serving delicious doner kebab, which is baked beef, shish kebab, and various other types of Turkish kebabs.
Address: Komiya Bldg. 2F, 3-35-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://www.uskudar.jp/ (Japanese Only)
8. International cuisine: SilkRoad Tarim Uyghur Restaurant
SilkRoad Tarim has been the only restaurant serving authentic Uyghur cuisine in the entire Tokyo since its opening in 2010. All dishes are made by hand and seasoned with Uyghur seasonings that are enough to take the eaters back to the days of Silkroad. The Uyghur cuisine has got influenced from all across the globe so, it contains a mild flavor. You can try their Quwurgha Kawap (Uyghur-style chicken kebab) as well as grilled lamb kebabs. Also, you can try the pomegranate juice, which is quite famous among the Uyghur people.
Address: 3-15-8-103 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
9. International cuisine: Khana Nishi-Shinjuku
After enjoying shopping around Shinjuku, why not enjoy halal food at Khana? Located at a walking distance from Nishi-Shinjuku, this restaurant serves delicious Indian food items. It is a really tiny place and has only a few tables for customers to sit and eat. They serve different kinds of curries like vegetable curry, butter chicken curry, and cheese curry. You can also try their tasty lassi along with the dishes. The plus point is that this eatery also provides the home delivery service.
Address: 6-16-12 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Website: https://indian-restaurant-600.business.site/ (Japanese Only)
10. International cuisine: Samrat Shinjuku
Samrat is a famous Indian and Thai restaurant which is located on the 7th floor of the blue building in front of Shinjuku Station East Exit. Every item served here is halal and prepared by chefs who received training in the respective countries to offer the authentic flavors. They serve ten kinds of curries at the lunch buffet. It is totally up to you if you want to try a bit of them all with naan or fill yourself up with only one type.
Address: 3-18-4 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
English Website: https://gurunavi.com/en/g505100/rst/
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