Toshima Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Toshima

July 13, 2017 Vivienne Hutton

Toshima (豊島区, Toshima-ku) is a special ward in Tokyo, Japan. It is one of the eight central wards of the Tokyo Metropolitan area. Located in the northern area of Tokyo, Toshima is bordered by the wards of Nerima, Itabashi, and Kita wards, in the north, and Nakano, Shinjuku and Bunkyo in the south.
Things to do in Toshima

1. Kailaku Honten

1-27-2 Minamiikebukuro, Toshima 171-0022, Tokyo Prefecture Takeout Chinese Lunch, Dinner HK$63 - HK$71 +81 3-3985-6729
Excellent
36%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 66 reviews

Kailaku Honten

Reviewed By 1mightymouse - Footscray, Australia

i now know why there's always a queue to this little shop. i went early today and managed to get a seat immediately.
i ordered oloong chai which arrived bottled by coca cola! and the jumbo gyoza with pork, garlic, ginger, chives are not to be trivialised - they truly are massive, tasty and cheap for yen 360!

2. Kuriya

1-15-8 Kabukicho | Maruo Bldg. B1, Shinjuku 160-0021, Tokyo Prefecture Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Japanese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +81 3-3209-7423
Excellent
81%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 98 reviews

Kuriya

KURIYA will be closed from January 30 to <br>February 15.<br>Dear customers I,m sorry when I express it first It costs the table chage of 300yen of one I,m sorry Non smoking seat There is no I,m sorry Please pay all together I,m sorry Lunch is not open I,m sorry. Please refrain from Visit us children. Because Non smoking seat There is no I,m sorry we don&apos;t take Reservations. Between December We are off on Sunday

Reviewed By lbratschun - Krabi Town, Thailand

I had Christmas dinner here with my family and we were blown away. Amongst the 5 of us we have very different dietary preferences/ restrictions. The English menu is marked with vegetarian friendly items and there is a range of options from veggie, chicken, seafood and more. The atmosphere is excellent and since it’s a small restaurant we truly felt we found a gem. We ordered tuna tartare, fried soft shell crab, fried tofu, clam and tofu miso soups, yakatori, wasabi squid, and mushroom and cheese tempura. We all left full and happy. Everything was excellent and a great value.
Besides that service was top notch and staff was very friendly!

3. Nabezo Shinjuku 3 Chome

3-30-11 Shinjuku | Shinjuku Takano Dai2 Bldg 8F, Shinjuku 160-0022, Tokyo Prefecture Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Japanese, Asian Lunch, Dinner +81 3-5363-4629
Excellent
54%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 168 reviews

Nabezo Shinjuku 3 Chome

Reviewed By sam6455 - Penang Island, Malaysia

Friendly and good english speaking staff. Food was great with good quality meats from pork to beef. Very wide selection of drinks. We made reservation earlier to avoid long queue and were given a table upon arrival. Definitely will come back again.Thank you for posting comments. Thank you for coming. We are looking forward to seeing you again!

4. Takase Ikebukuro Honten

1-1 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima 170-0013, Tokyo Prefecture Reservations International Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner HK$63 - HK$71 +81 3-3971-0211
Excellent
18%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
26%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 113 reviews

Takase Ikebukuro Honten

Reviewed By masanori136

The Takase is located in Ikebukuro. It's 1 min from Seibu department store in the East exit of JR line.
The Takase building, on the 2nd and the 9th floors, they serve a variety of drinks and light foods.
It's not something like trend cafe styles but Japanese old fashioned style you can enjoy.

5. Tokiwa Shokudo

3-14-20 Sugamo, Toshima, Tokyo Prefecture Lunch, Dinner HK$63 - HK$71 +81 3-3917-7617
Excellent
27%
Good
65%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 61 reviews

Tokiwa Shokudo

Reviewed By Barry C - Sleaford, United Kingdom

This is a busy little restaurant in the
main shopping street of Jiso-dori, Sugamo-
the old folks Ginza. Don't expect English
menus - all the food is listed on the walls
in Japanese and the waitresses don't
speak English!
Don't be put off however, because the food
here is very good, the prices cheap and the
portions generous. We visit here a couple of
times every time we visit Japan. Last April,
I chose Ebi - giant shrimps, which came with
a large bowl of rice, miso soup and Japanese
pickles. This year in October I ordered Sanma -
delicious sea pike. A very large bottle of Asahi
or Kirin costs only 450 yen and most dishes are
in the 850 to 950 range.
They make their profits on fast turnover, so it is
a place for a quick lunch, not a relaxing meal, but
it is an interesting experience for foreign visitors
and the food is very good. If you visit the Sugamo
shopping street, take the opportunity of including
lunch at Tokiwa.

6. Ishikawa

5-37 Kagurazaka | 1F Takamura Bldg., Shinjuku 162-0825, Tokyo Prefecture Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Japanese, Asian Dinner +81 3-5225-0173
Excellent
79%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 116 reviews

Ishikawa

Reviewed By NataliePatricia - Singapore, Singapore

Lovely understated yet highly rated restaurant in a nice little district of Tokyo. Book months on advance( we asked our hotel concierge).
9 course chefs menu with fresh tasty ingredients of the day- Heavily weighted towards exquisite seafood and seasonal vegetables.
Paired nicely with well chosen subtlety delicate fruit liquor or shoju and finished with dainty but elegant desert and green tea. Even scored a doggie bag of the most delicious rice made into takeaway parcels.
Greeted warmly by staff and even the chef waved us goodbye from the road.

7. Mutekiya

1-17-1 Minami Ikebukuro | 1F Sakimoto Bldg., Toshima 171-0022, Tokyo Prefecture Waitstaff Japanese, Asian, Soups Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night HK$63 - HK$71 +81 3-3982-7656
Excellent
57%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 459 reviews

Mutekiya

Reviewed By Eat-Ate-Type - Miami, Florida

November 2017 Twice
Since this place was quite close to the Ikebukuro Station I decided to give it a visit. Went after lunch hours, but had to wait in line for about 15 minutes or so. They have menus in multiple languages that also recommend items for first-timers which was quite nice. Also, you may ask for a Large serving of noodles for no extra charge, definitely a plus.
(2nd Visit) Early dinner, about 10 minutes in line.
Mutekiya Ramen: Most balanced tonkotsu broth I've had, personally. Not overly salty, oily, or porky the flavors melded well together to create a delectable broth.
Noodles: Perfectly al dente, excellent.
Char siu: Three thick cuts of char siu. I like the big cuts, but the flavor wasn't impressive. Too sweet. Although the Yuzu Pepper was a nice touch.
(2nd Visit)
Hontoro Tokumarumen: A richer version of Mutekiya Ramen. Tasted good, but I've had better rich tonkatsu ramen.
Overall: I loved the ramen here. The print on the nori to welcome customers was cute.
(2nd Visit) Prefer Mutekiya Ramen over Hontoro Tokumarumen. I'd suggest getting the former unless you prefer a richer broth.
Would I go back? The next time I'm back in Ikebukuro. Definitely want to try their other ramens.
Do I recommend this place? Simple, yes.

8. Tonchin

2-26-2 Minamiikebukuro, Toshima 171-0022, Tokyo Prefecture Reservations Asian Lunch, Dinner HK$63 - HK$71 +81 3-3987-8556
Excellent
45%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 70 reviews

Tonchin

Reviewed By Kaedenoha - Tsawwassen, Canada

This ranks right up there with Mutekiya, my other favorite ramen place in Ikebukuro. I think the noodles here might be better than Mutekiya but the pork slices at Mutekiya are better. Both places deserve the highest rating. You don't need to order extra noodles unless you are very hungry as the portions are sufficiently large.

9. Bongo

2-26-3 Kitaotsuka, Toshima, Tokyo Prefecture Takeout Japanese Lunch, Dinner HK$63 - HK$71 +81 3-3910-5617
Excellent
31%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 57 reviews

Bongo

Reviewed By Alexander Q

Was a fun experience to have some real onigiri, not just the ones from convenient stores. Google onigiri if you don't know what it is.
The staff didn't speak English but they gave us a English menu so it was all good. A ton of fillings to pick from, took us a while... Was delicious.
Place is popular so there might be a queue.

10. Tachiguimidori, Echika Ikebukuro

3-28-14 Nishiikebukuro | Echika Ikebukuro, Toshima 171-0021, Tokyo Prefecture Takeout Japanese, Seafood, Sushi, Asian Lunch, Dinner HK$63 - HK$71 +81 3-3984-0075
Excellent
50%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 90 reviews

Tachiguimidori, Echika Ikebukuro

Reviewed By Pageten - Singapore

Midori definitely serves one of the best sushi I've ever had! The fish were fresh and every piece of sushi comes with a big piece of fish. The seared yellow tail, swordfish and scallop sushis are some of my favourites!
Be prepared to queue though if you want to dine here. The queueing up to get into the restaurant in itself is part of the experience; having to move our butts from one chair to the next one in the queue. The line moves very quickly. For lunch, we queued for about half an hour. For dinner, about 20 minutes. Until about 930pm, we still saw people queuing outside the restaurant. But its really worth the wait. GO TRY IT!

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