If you are looking for halal food in Tokyo, then you are in luck, as the number of restaurants serving halal certified dishes is increasing at a rapid pace across the city. Whether you are looking to try some delicious hotpot in the form of shabu-shabu, sizzling barbecue known as yakiniku, or even a steaming bowl of tasty ramen noodles, it’s now possible to find all of these in either halal or Muslim friendly eateries from Roppongi to Saitama.
As the name suggests, Malaychan Satu is a Malaysian-Chinese restaurant that is a fully halal certified, and lies in the Ikebukuro district. The dishes here are focused on classic Malaysian favourites such as fried rice (nasi goreng), as well as fish head curry, and nasi lemak, a dish of rice and curry with an assortment of condiments. You will also find toothsome deserts here like tradition ice cendol, a tower of shaved ice served with grass jelly and syrup. The restaurant also does delivery and has a catering service.
Address: 3-22-6 Nishi-Ikebukuro Toshima-ku, Tokyo
One of the staple meals in Japan is soba, or buckwheat noodles cooked in soup, and now you get your own halal version of this well-known comfort food. Yoshitomoan source their soba noodles from Tsugaru in Aomori Prefecture, which is considered to be one of the premium soba producing areas in all of the Japan. The restaurant offers a halal menu which is free from pork or alcohol, and you can get different soba sets that also include flavourful delights like tempura and hiyayakko or cold tofu. Even the soy sauce is certified halal, so you can be sure that the upmost care is taken when preparing the food here.
Address: 10 Nando-machi Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
For those looking for halal restaurants in Tokyo, one of the names you are likely to keep hearing is Gyumon, which is well known for its halal certification as well as its delicious yakiniku or Japanese barbecue. You will get to grill the meat yourself at your table which means that it will be perfectly cooked according to your specifications. The restaurant is conveniently located in Shibuya, a well-loved shopping area, so you can drop by here for dinner after an afternoon of retail therapy. Visitors to Gyumon can expect a selection of beef dishes, as well as barbecued offal.
Address: 3-14-5 Shibuya Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Sumiyakiya Nishiazabu has the claim to fame of having served the former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mahathir Mohammad, and with that in mind you will know that you are in good hands here. The restaurant also serves halal dishes of yakiniku, similar to Gyumon, where you order a selection of raw meats and grill them to your tastes at your own table. You can choose from delectable bites like beef short ribs, sirloin steak, and lamb chops, safe in the knowledge that these are all sourced from halal suppliers in the area.
Address: 3-20-16 Nishiazabu Minato-ku, Tokyo
Yosiya in Shinjuku was founded over 60 years ago, and serves halal certified food from the Halal Kyoto Council. The food served here is typical washoku, or a mixture of traditional Japanese food and side dishes that are served with rice. The emphasis here is on seasonal produce and regional ingredients, so you can be sure to be getting fresh and tasty meals. The Shinjuku branch is located in a cafeteria in Shinjuku Nishiguchi Metro and is a great place to come if you want to try halal food in a relaxed and informal setting. The sauces here are created without pork or alcohol and there are a variety of halal set meals to choose from.
Address: Shinjuku Metro Food Court B1, 1-1-2 Nishishinjuku Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Many Muslim visitors to Japan want to try the shabu-shabu or Japanese hotpot, and now you can at Hanasakaji-san where the food is certified halal. For the shabu-shabu, you will be served a flavoured broth to which you can add a selection of raw ingredients that you can mix and cook according to your personal preferences. If you prefer, the restaurant also serves other tasty Japanese items such as sushi, tempura, and sashimi.
Address: Sakura Build B1, 3-22 Sakuragaoka-cho Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
If you should happen to be in the Saitama area of Tokyo, then consider a trip to Kappou Yama which is certified by the Japan Halal Foundation. At this restaurant, which also employs Muslim chefs, you will find flavoursome meals that include items like ramen which is often difficult to find in halal form across the city. Other dishes on the menu include yakitori, or skewers of barbecued meats, and if you prefer they also have a catering and deliver service which will deliver bento boxes filled with halal bites.
Address: 3-15-1 Uemine Chuo-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama
This Muslim-friendly restaurant has certification by the Nippon Asia Halal Association and is the place to come if you want to eat washoku, a traditional Japanese meal of rice, miso soup, and a series of other enticing side dishes such as pickled vegetables. The menu here is halal and this is a popular spot for those looking for a quick lunch or for even more convenience you can also order bento boxes that contain a mixture of Japanese treats through their delivery service.
Address: 3-23-5 Nishi-Azabu Minatoku, Tokyo
This article was published on October 2016