Best omurice in Tokyo

Omurice, the classic Japanese comfort food of rice wrapped in omelette. These eateries make some of the best in town

Fry some rice, wrap it in an egg and sprinkle your sauce of choice over the goodness – hey, you've just put together some omurice, a staple of Japanese home cooking that's satisfyingly filling and easy to customise. Specialist eateries dedicated to this simple delicacy may not be as prevalent in Tokyo as in past decades, but those that do remain have really stepped up their game in recent years, either going back to the basics or conjuring up some truly innovative combinations of stuffing and toppings. Our top list takes you through the capital's best omelet offerings – all you have to do is make your pick and dig in.

Tokyo's best spots for omurice

Rengatei
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Rengatei

Rumoured to be one of the originators of omurice, this century-old restaurant does the classic dish slightly differently. Instead of the typical wrap-style, Rengatei’s eggs are mixed into the filling and then cooked. The chefs here let the ingredients do all the talking.

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Ginza
Pumpkin
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Pumpkin

Located in the western suburb of Sengawa, Pumpkin is a typical old-school Japanese eatery. Their ketchup-flavoured omurice, filled with mushrooms, onions and chicken, looks as good as it tastes. A demi-glace option is also available.

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Sengawa
Taimeiken
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Taimeiken

Featured in Juzo Itami’s classic movie ‘Tampopo’, Nihonbashi’s Taimeiken upholds its reputation with the ‘Tampopo omurice’, a dish pleasing to both the eyes and the taste buds. Covering the slightly ketchup-y rice is an omelette that opens like a flower when pierced.

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Nihonbashi
Azabu Shokudo
Photo by Kisa Toyoshima
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Azabu Shokudo

Often featured in culinary magazines, the sturdy creations here have found a dedicated following. The demi-glace version is packed with chicken and veggies, and it's generous in portion, too. Other sauce selections include ketchup and cream.

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Nishi-Azabu
Aladdin
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Aladdin

Its signature dish (¥900) is a mouth-watering combo of hearty stuffing and buttery egg, finished off with an ample serving of demi-glace sauce. The soup-like consistency goes perfectly with the ketchup-flavoured rice hidden inside.

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Nihonbashi
Kissa You
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Kissa You

Counting a number of kabuki actors among its customers, Ginza’s You keeps it simple with their ketchup-and-egg creation. Mix the soft egg with the slightly thick stuffing for ideal result.

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Higashi-Ginza
Kitchen Punch
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Kitchen Punch

Nagameguro’s pugilists trust the traditional combo of ketchup and a hearty filling. The egg wrapping is skilfully done, and cutting into the omelette reveals a heavenly, smooth flavour. Portions could be slightly larger, but the taste can't be faulted.

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Nakameguro
Kitchen Taka
Photo by Yasuhisa Shimbo
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Kitchen Taka

There’s only room for six people at this tiny Arakicho haunt, where the omurice comes in three versions: standard, cheese-based and demi-glace. Customers can observe their dish being prepared in the kitchen right in front of their eyes.

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Yotsuya-Sanchome
Grill Grand
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Grill Grand

Founded in 1941 and run by the same family for three generations, Grill Grand makes an omurice covered with a house-made demi-glace sauce that takes two full weeks to prepare, and features a lingering, sweet aftertaste.

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Asakusa
Beer Hall Luncheon
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Beer Hall Luncheon

This century-old Kanda beer hall is actually not a great place for drinks, but the same cannot be said for the food menu. The omurice is as tasty as it’s pleasing to the eye, and contains a hint of parmesan cheese that helps raise this dish above the bunch.

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Jinbocho
Chamorro
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Chamorro

Over 50 percent of customers order the beef tongue-topped omurice, which is truly an impressive creation. The tongue is soft enough to cut with a spoon, and goes perfectly with the demi-glace sauce and the peppery rice.

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Ebisu
Restaurant Agazuma
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Restaurant Agazuma

The chefs at this Asakusa oldie are particular about cooking the eggs just right, making its omurice a creamy and soft affair. You can watch it all happen at the counter as your dish is prepared with the highest-quality ingredients.

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Sumida
Kurofune-tei
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Kurofune-tei

Having welcomed celebrities like John and Yoko in the past, Kurofune-tei is the ultimate safe choice for omurice beginners. The standard creation contains shrimp, chicken, onion and mushrooms, and is topped with a light but flavourful tomato sauce.

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Ueno
Shinkawa Tsutsui
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Shinkawa Tsutsui

Head to this Kayabacho classic for a slightly different take on omurice. The egg and rice are actually cooked together, producing a compact yet voluminous dish that gets its flavour and orange colour from two kinds of tomato sauce.

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Chuo

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By: Time Out Tokyo Editors
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