Bento boxes and oodles of noodles
Affordable eating in Tokyo is easier than you might think
(curry, pizza) are a perfect hot snack. More: natural.lawson.co.jp. 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.