Whether it’s all about food or drinks, nothing is ever wasted in Japan. Japanese people take pride of how they prepare and make their delicacies and dishes and it’s probably one of the reasons why mottainai (which means wasteful) exists, to prevent yourself from leaving even a tiny piece of meat or a single grain of rice on your plate. Aside from this, Japanese people make sure that their guests (whether they are local or foreign) enjoy their meal and that they live up to their expectations and special needs. That’s where diversity comes and in Japan, they take special care when preparing and making specialty food and restrictions. One of them is Halal-friendly restaurants located in and out of the city of Tokyo.
You’ve heard it before and you’ve probably seen it printed on menus but the question is, what is Halal food? Muslims follow a special dietary requirement which restricts them from eating anything that came from forbidden animals which includes pork, carnivorous animals and birds which are slaughtered in a manner that is not known in the name of Allah, and as for the drinks, they are restricted from drinking anything with alcohol. Because of this, most Muslims fly out of Japan without ever tasting wagyu beef, a bowl of ramen, and even sushi. However, Japanese people made an effort to break the barriers and made adjustments in their menu to provide quality, Halal-friendly dishes to Muslim tourists. Though it wasn’t easy at first because most of the ingredients are exported from other parts of the world and are quite expensive, that didn’t really stop most restaurants from establishing a Halal-friendly menu or include Halal-friendly dishes. Most of these restaurants require a reservation and this is to execute the preparation properly and to allow time to get the proper ingredients for the dishes. They may be numbered now, but as years go by, Japanese people predict that there will be more Halal-friendly restaurants to come.
For people who want to learn more about Halal food in Tokyo, these are some of the best restaurants to start with. They serve authentic, Halal dishes and drinks that you can enjoy and you’ll probably have your favorites by the end of the meal. Some of them are full on serving Halal-certified food.
- Asakusa Sushi Ken
Whenever we think of Japan, we instantly think of sushi after. Of course, Japan is known for serving some of the best seafood dishes in the world and sushi is one of them. Of course, not all people get to enjoy this delicious dish because of their restricted dietary requirement, as is with Halal diet. But Japanese people are creative and mindful of their surroundings as well as the people they serve food so that’s why they made Halal-friendly sushi dishes and in Asakusa Sushi Ken, you’ll find yourself enjoying these. It’s hailed as the first Halal certified sushi restaurant in the country and a lot of patrons, both local and foreign, love going here. They serve rice bowls, set meals, and even non-raw food for their guests. They even have a prayer room on the second floor of the establishment. Located in 2-11-4 Asakusa, Taito 111-0032, Tokyo Prefecture.
If you enjoy singing on karaoke while still enjoying your food, then this one’s for you. It’s the first Halal certified karaoke restaurant in Shibuya where they serve Halal-friendly dishes on the menu like a bowl of ramen, French fries, chicken fried to perfection, and yakisoba meals. For their ramen, you can choose from three different flavors which are salt, shoyu, and miso and they don’t scrimp on ingredients. These delicious dishes are best enjoyed, according to their patrons, while singing on karaoke. It’s a fun restaurant and we’re pretty sure you’re going to enjoying popping those fries to your mouth while singing your heart out. Located in 3-1 Samoncho, Shinjuku-ku.
Though the Halal-certified menu is limited, Yoshiya stay true to its roots in serving the best Halal-friendly dishes to their guests. They serve traditional Japanese dishes and serves authentic Halal-certified washoku. Their popular dish, which is an Asian style chicken karaage marinated in spicy sauce, doesn’t use any alcohol base ingredients like its original mirin based sauce. Located in 1-1-2 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku.
Yakiniku dishes are found almost everywhere in Japan and are pretty much popular among working-class people because as they say, it’s best enjoyed with a few drinks. But in Sumiyakiya, you get to enjoy eating grilled meat while not being guilty of it being not Halal-certified. The chefs in this restaurant make sure that all of their meat are prepared and done as it meets the standards and process of Halal-certified ingredients. Aside from that, this friendly restaurant also various other dishes and alcohol are served upon special request. Located in 3-2-16, Nishiazabu, Minato-ku.
Everybody loves ramen. It’s delicious broth, the chewy noodles, and of course, the finest meat there is. In Naritaya, they serve not only authentic Japanese ramen but Halal-certified ramen too. Their menu is both written in Japanese and English and they serve kid-friendly ramen dishes which comes inexpensive but really delicious. In every table, there are seasonings and spices like chili peppers, freshly sliced white onions, and crushed garlic placed in small containers. What’s interesting is that they also sell souvenirs like t-shirts, bags, and postcards. It’s like an all-in-one restaurant/souvenir shop ready for you. Located in Tōkyō, Taitō, Asakusa 2-7-13.
- KO-SO Cafe Biorise
Not only it is Halal-certified but everything served here is also organic. This sophisticated restaurant has a menu solely based on carefully selected organic ingredients to add only the healthy enzymes to your body. They serve pancakes made from 100% buckwheat flour, smoothies made from the freshest fruits which are both traditional and seasonal and salads which are all refreshing. If you like to try delicious but healthy dishes, head on to this restaurant and enjoy the afternoon away. Located Tōkyō, Shibuya, Ebisu 3-25-3, Lions Plaza Ebisu 1F.
She’s cooking and baking for her family and friends. She finds grocery shopping therapeutic, always takes the longest time in the Asian section and debates with herself whether she needs that extra pack of instant ramen. A lover of sweets, she dreams of owning a patisserie and publishing her book but most of the time, she’s just really thinking of what to eat for breakfast the next day.