Bento boxes and oo­dles of noo­dles

Af­ford­able eat­ing in Tokyo is eas­ier than you might think

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Destination Japan -

(curry, pizza) are a per­fect hot snack. More: nat­u­­ DRINKS in Ja­pan are al­ways ac­com­pa­nied by food. Even the small­est bars will of­fer some kind of snack, or otoushi, but it’s not al­ways free. While it won’t be enough to break the bank, a snack charge can sour a quick beer if you’re not pre­pared for it. To avoid un­ex­pected costs, visit a stand­ing bar, where the otoushi are usu­ally of­fered at no ex­tra charge. One of my favourite stand­ing yak­i­tori and beer places (with com­pli­men­tary cab­bage otoushi to ac­com­pany your yak­i­tori) is Aburi­dori Bari­cho at 1- 1- 4 Ebisu-mi­nami, Shibuya-ku. THE phrase B-kyuu gu­rume trans­lates to ‘‘B-grade gourmet’’ and ap­plies to myr­iad cheap eats or street foods. Defin­ing which foods are of­fi­cially B-grade is fairly fluid, but favourites such as okonomiyaki (savoury pan­cake), takoy­aki (bat­ter balls tra­di­tion­ally filled with oc­to­pus) and gy­oza (dumplings) are uni­ver­sally de­li­cious, fill­ing and very cheap. For okonomiyaki, I rec­om­mend Saku­ratei Okonomiyaki Hara­juku at 3-20-1 Jingu­mae, Shibuya-ku.

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