Are you having one of those nights when you just don’t feel like making dinner but as you’re about to leave your home you look outside to find it raining cats and dogs? Or maybe you’re having a party and you need to have food catered since your kitchen isn’t equipped to handle baking two dozen enchiladas. Or maybe you just want pizza but don’t know where to get it in your neighborhood.
If you don’t speak Japanese, any of these could make for a challenge. Thankfully, Tokyo has plenty of restaurants that offer delivery services for English speakers.
Good eats at home or in the office
Started by two New Zealanders in 1998, the Kiwi Kitchen has been offering gourmet lunch deliveries to offices, schools, and homes around central Tokyo for more than a decade. While they have a café in Shirokane, their main focus is on food delivery and you can sign up for a lunch delivery by phone or email. They also offer catering for all manner of events and will be happy to work with you on whatever menu you require.
Maishoku is an online food delivery marketplace where restaurants and diners can connect. Just fill in your location details on the site and it will list a variety of nearby restaurants that offer delivery to you. You can search by type of food, order your food, specify a deliver time, and pay right on the website with no need to worry about having to order in Japanese or even leave your desk or home.
Uber Eats delivers food from your favorite restaurants in your local area. Their service is available throughout Tokyo. Check which restaurants are available by typing the area name on their website / app.
Craving pizza but don’t want to go to Shakey’s? There aren’t a lot of take-out options for pizza in Tokyo. There are a number of delivery options in the city and several allow you to order online in English.
A name familiar in the United States, Domino’s is thriving in Tokyo, and they let you order online!.
Pizza-La is a Japanese pizza chain that delivers throughout Tokyo. While they don’t offer online ordering in English (though you can on the Japanese site), they do offer ordering in English over the phone. Note: Coupons and credit cards are not accepted when ordering in English over the phone.
Pizza Hut, another familiar American brand, delivers all the comforts of a good tomato pie across Tokyo. Online orders are only available in Japanese. While they do have an English language menu page on their site, orders in English will have to be made by calling a store. Note: Pizza Hut requires a minimum order of 1,400 yen for delivery.
Pizzakaya makes the bold claim of being the “most mouth-watering pizza in Asia”. While we have no way to guarantee that, they do offer California Gourmet pizza, a perfect alternative to the above more mainstream chains. They deliver all around the Roppongi and Nishi-Azabu neighborhoods and online ordering is available.
Learning to cook authentic Japanese food (washoku)–while using traditional Japanese cooking ingredients–can be challenging. While following recipes online might do the trick for some, others may want to have a more formal training experience. Here are 10 traditional Japanese cooking classes, that are taught in English, offered in Tokyo.
At the basement floor of high-end department stores is the "Depachika" (department = depa basement = chika). The depachika is home to culinary shops selling everything from sushi and Japanese sweets to lunch boxes and boxed food souvenirs. Add visiting a depachika to your Japan culinary experiences list.
Knowing what's in your food is very important. Being in a foreign country like Japan, and not knowing how to read the nutrition facts label can be scary if not dangerous, especially for those with dietary restrictions or allergies. Here's a short guide to reading Japanese nutrition labels.
Cooking authentic Japanese food is not easy when you don’t know where to look for recipes. Many websites in Japan offer amazing traditional recipes, but only a few include easy-to-read English translations. Check out our list of free and easy to follow Authentic Japanese Food Recipe sites in English.
The city of Tokyo has the most Michelin stars in the world. Many of Tokyo's decorated establishments are located in the posh Azabu-Juban neighborhood. Find out where they're located and how PLAZA HOMES can help you find your next home near them.