Restaurants, Japanese Ueno
3 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

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This very humble izakaya has done good business by offering teishoku lunches at a bargain ¥400 - we're yet to see a better deal elsewhere. Options range from fried foods (croquettes, ham katsu) to grilled fish and even katsuo tataki, with all meals coming with a decent bowl of rice, miso, pickles and self-service water or tea. We opted for the crab croquettes teishoku, which came with three mid-sized croquettes and a bit of shredded cabbage on the side; it was definitely enough for our stomach, but if you're a larger eater, you can order an extra croquette, a potato salad or other side dish for a mere ¥100. A serious one coin lunch contender, this is.

The menu is solely in Japanese and written by hand on boards displayed across the room, so if that poses a problem, you might want to take a friend with you; no English menu is available and you're not likely to get any translation help here either. Service is brusque for Japanese standards (even the oshiboshi is missing), but at these prices, who are you to complain - something's gotta give, and at least it isn't the quality of the food. Yaoki is open for dinner too, but we'd argue their value still lies in their lunches. 



Address: 6-16-2 Ueno, Taito-ku

Transport: Ueno Station, exit 5a/JR central exit Keisei-Ueno Station (Keisei Main line)
Opening hours: Lunch -2pm
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