Tsukishima is a district synonymous with a famous traditional Japanese grub—monjayaki. Monjayaki or more popularly known as monja, is a pancake-like dish of flour dissolved in water mixed with Japanese sauce and vegetables that’s fried paper thin. It is usually cooked in a teppan and served using a tiny spatula.
Tsukishima a.k.a Monjatown, takes monja seriously that it even has its own Monja Information Center for all your monja-related queries and will also give you a map of the restaurants in the area. While most of the guides are ready to answer, they will, however, will not give you a hint about the best monja restaurant. You have to unravel that gem by yourself. Let’s check some of the top names in monja cuisine.
Known to be the oldest Monjayaki restaurant in Tsukishima, Monja Kondo’s 90 different toppings is definitely a hit among locals and tourists trying a hand in the pan-fried pancake dish. Aside from the variety of toppings, the restaurant also showcases tables with built-in teppan grill wherein customers can cook their own recipe. Each meal costs around ¥1,000 during lunchtime and ¥2,000 during dinner.
Also in the list of must-visit monyajaki places in Tsukishima is Yakata Bune, an eat-all-you-can monjayaki restaurant situated on a boat that allows diners a great view of Tokyo Bay and nearby areas. A meal with cruise costs around ¥4,000 to ¥5,000. Another crowd favorite is Marugoya, which is a quaint monja shop that specializes in monjayaki and drinks. They also serve Kamatoro sashimi or sashimi from the tuna head. Shrimp lovers unite at Iroha Honten’s sakura shrimp monjayaki. Each meal costs ¥680 and additional ¥300 for the Sakura shrimp topping. Adding to the fun of cooking and trying monja is the special dessert only found at monjayaki restaurants—anko maki or azuki bean crepe.
Aside from monjayaki, other top food picks can be enjoyed in Tsukishima. For those sushi lovers, Mori’s box set will surely satisfy your sushi craving. Each box set contains five to seven kinds of the freshest seafood topped over rice. Meanwhile, for those who wish to fill their tummies with some heartwarming stew, Kishidaya has the answer. The restaurant serves gyu-nikomi, or miso- and soy sauce based stew of entrails that’s best paired with beer. For a taste of something upscale, the standing-only bar Kanemasu offers box sushi dishes and some mouthwatering snacks that makes this bar a well-visited place.
To get a taste of the best tsukudani in town, head on to Tenyasu. Founded in 1837, the store specializes in simmered and preserved foods or tsukudani. Highly recommended is their preserved shrimp that is sweet and flavorful. Each meal of 100 grams of this preserved delights will cost around ¥600-¥800. For those would like to grab a light snack, Kohagidou’s cat-shaped rice crackers is a must-try. Aside from this crackers, the store also other dagashi and savory treats to suit your taste.
Tsukishima deserves to be on your list of to-go food places in Tokyo. Its food offerings not only boast the freshest ingredients, eating in a monjayaki restaurant it also offers a unique cooking and bonding experience. ‘Till our next foodventure!
Aleli is a wanderlust whose main itinerary is to culture soak in the places that she sets foot on, sinking her teeth in the gustatory offerings that the place has to offer and knowing the story behind it. Food for her is a marriage of the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of the rich history of every city she explores and uses the pen as her tool to share to the world each unique experience she unravels.