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BEST conveyor belt SUSHI in TOKYO (if you’re on a budget) | LOCAL Japanese food in Tokyo + TONKATSU

Written by Ariel

TOKYO, Japan is one of the world’s gastronomic paradises. In this video we’re HUNTING down LOCAL spots and eating where the LOCALS EAT. We visit a popular spot for tonkatsu and Japanese curry and then check out a conveyor belt sushi restaurant with an impeccable reputation. Get ready for some mouthwatering food. Make sure you’re subscribed to our channel so you don’t miss out on heaps more food videos!

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Our first stop is for tonkatsu- breaded, deep fried pork cutlets which are a must eat when in Japan. Ponchi-ken hold a Michelin Bib Gourmand 2017 award for their Okinawan pork cutlets which are breaded in a light panko crumb and deep fried to golden perfection. The pork is juicy and flavoursome and together with the accompanying rice and fresh, shredded cabbage, makes for a memorable meal. We suggest visiting at lunch time when the prices are more affordable for their rosu katsu set meal and where their katsu curry is on offer. Tonkatsu, half a soft boiled egg, piles of thinly shaved cabbage, pickles, rice and a thick, spicy curry sauce that will have you weeping with pleasure. Don’t miss this!

We then head to a conveyor belt sushi restaurant for a sushi feast. Sushi trains can be a really affordable way to enjoy sushi in a city where it can be one of the most expensive meals to eat. Hanamaru balances affordability with excellent quality fish. It’s said that Hanamaru (fish) buyers are so well respected in the trade that they have special access to top quality fish at Tsukiji fish market. The restaurant is located on the tenth floor of the Tokyu Plaza building in Ginza so you can enjoy a spectacular view of the city whilst you dine. Their aburi salmon, roasted eel and fatty minced tuna sushi are especially worth eating. English menus are provided and staff are very friendly.

Where we ate:

Tonkatsu and katsu kare at Ponchi-ken, 2-8 Kanda-Ogawamachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. Open Mon to Tue 11:15am to 3:00pm; Wed to Sat 11:15am to 2:00pm, 5:30pm-9:00pm / closed Sun and 3rd Mon of every month

Conveyor belt sushi at Hanamaru, Japan, 〒104-0061 Tokyo, 中央区銀座5丁目2−1 東急プラザ銀座B2F. Open daily 11:00 to 10:00pm.

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  • Hi guys, we hope you’re enjoying our Tokyo series so far! With this series we’re all about finding local spots with amazing food, that don’t cost the earth. Let us know what you think of this one in the comments. Thanks for all your support- we appreciate every sub, like, comment and share! Cheers,Thomas & Sheena P.S Follow along in real time on Instagram @chasingaplate

  • Hi guys! Loving your channel! You're giving me some great ideas for when I come visit Tokyo again next year! Keep up the great content.
    Love from the UK!

  • Oh, guys! What an amazing video! I've been gripped by serious anxiety attacks for the last few weeks, and my stomach has been in knots. I haven't been able to eat for days…but this video has made me hungry, and I'm going to try to eat something. I wish I could be in Tokyo and have tonkatsu and sushi, but I may have to make do with bread and butter. Thank you for doing what you do. It means more than you know to many of us out here. ♥

  • Keeping record of these places for my future trip to Tokyo. Will you be going other parts of Japan such Osaka, Kyoto, Nara etc?

  • Hi guys, Tonkatsu look so awesome. Wa ! Wa ! Wa! just like what Thomas said. You know we don"t travel much like you guys, but you guys taking us there and sharing with us. Thanks Thomas and Sheena. Cheers

  • You got me craving!
    Must head off to a katsu place. Rosu is my pick, with unlimited rice, cabbage, and soup. 😀

  • Watching you guys while I'm eating blackened halibut and shrimp. Said out loud ," mom i want these food in the video not this plate."
    So my mom took my plate away…. kind of starving now haha

  • Other YouTubes who takes humongous bites looks disgusting, the veins in there neck bulges and their eyes almost pops out. Turns me off the food they where eatIng. But you Tomas, even though that curry spoon was quite huge, you eat that properly!! None of the above plus you where able to keep your mouth close while chewing!! Good job Thomas!!! Your mom teach you right. You make me want to try these foods!!!!

  • Looks super delicious. Just back from a few days vacation in Germany and saw your new video. Really enjoy what you are doing. Thanks for your good work with these videos

  • You can't eat the lunch of that grade and the portion under $30 with no tip by 2 people
    at any other big cities.

  • There's not a single thing that I wouldn't adore eating! Wow….The little metal rack under Sheenas pork cutlet is so clever! No soggy breading ,genius!

  • I've been seeing a lot about banning single use plastic, in particular,drinking straws and chop sticks …have you seen the new edible ones they are talking about.

  • Yuuum! I love Japan! I went a few years ago and the food is amazing! Definitely one of my favourite cities in the world

  • Conveyor belt sushi or (Kaiten Sushi) is usually lower quality but as you say much cheaper. I eat at Kaiten Sushi at least once a month!

  • Been to Tokyo 5-6 times & I have never tried these places u guys visited… thks for the recommendation… there’s just so much to explore here.. love it!!

  • I love tonkatsu with plenty of mustard and mayonnaise on shredded cabbage (a lot of people tend to like tonkatsu sauce on cabbage but I find it too overpowering). sigh, I want to ditch my instant ramen that I have in front of me and head for a Japanese restaurant right now !

  • Hey guys!! Love the meals. Love the sounds coming from the bites too!! Absolutely fab!! I am gonna look for that Conveyor belt sushi place tomorrow!! Thanks!!!

  • I have a friend who wants to die bathing in Japanese curry. He's not well psychologically, but I do agree that Japanese food is a bomb.

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