It may be rather unimaginatively named, but this restaurant conjures up some extremely tasty Chinese food with a slight twist – it's all completely halal, meaning that even the scrumptuous mapo dofu is served with certified beef mince rather than the pork-heavy variety you'll get at most Chinese places in Japan. Their meat (mainly the beef) is sourced from both a halal-certified American company and a halal butcher in Saitama, and there's a small prayer space on the premises as well. Alcohol is served, but needs to be ordered off the menu.
When we visited, the clientele was a good mix of Japanese and foreigners, while the extensive menu is in Japanese, Chinese and English to make ordering a tad bit easier for all comers. Definitely have the lamb skewers, which come richly seasoned with cumin and chilli (slightly spicy for a Japanese palate perhaps, but toned down from the originally fiery streetside version), the boiled dumplings with lamb and the aforementioned mapo dofu – all three made us feel as if we'd just been transported to Kashgar or Xi'an. As our previously Chinese-food-averse, non-pork eating dining mate put it: 'If this is Chinese food, I'm a convert.'
|Venue name:||Tokyo Chinese Muslim Restaurant|
2-18-6 Kotobashi, Sumida-ku
|Opening hours:||11am-3pm (lunch), 3pm-11pm (dinner, last orders 10.30pm) daily|
|Transport:||Kinshicho Station (Sobu, Hanzomon lines)|