Trying out local foods when travelling is a must and the most anticipated itinerary (for us that is)! Imagine getting to taste the ORIGINAL sushi and takoyaki that you've always ate in your home country *drools* To us, enjoying local food is a part of experiencing a country's culture which is why we did this trip so more Muslims in Japan can experience themselves a part of Japan without sacrificing your religion 😉 It was an amazing experience to travel from Tokyo to Kansai to try out various type of foods (and taste!) and although roaming around Japan can be pretty expensive, but with 7 days Whole Japan Rail Pass we managed to move around Japan to hunt Halal food for cheaps! We definitely recommend you to take up this 7 days Whole Japan Rail Pass to follow us on our foodie trip. Well, Ikimasho!
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18 - 20 Nov 2017 ; TOKYO
1. Ramen Honolu Ebisu, Tokyo
A hot bowl of good ramen is great when you are outside at 11-degree celsius running around Ebisu area! It was the perfect season to visit as when we went there, all the lights at Yebisu Garden Place were all over the place! Plus, the strategic location of Honolu Ebisu Ramen that is located near the train station makes you eat while hearing the train passes by. Not only you get to taste one of the best Ramen in Tokyo, but you get to experience it like the Japanese! Another reason for you to visit is cause you can claim a free karaage when you download and share a review on the place inside Halal Navi app!
Here is what we ate with our fellow Halal Navi user!
|Special Rich Chicken Flavor Ramen (特製鳥白湯麺)||¥980|
|Spicy Ramen (スパイシーラーメン)||¥980|
|Spicy Fried Chicken Ramen (旨辛唐揚げ麺)||¥1,180|
|Honolu Fried Chicken (帆のる特製唐揚げ)||¥580 (FREEfor Halal Navi users)|
|Weekly Mini Rice Bowl (週替わりミニ丼)||¥150|
Look at those delicious dishes! by Halal Navi
|ABC Americabashi Bldg 1F, 1-23-1 Ebisu-Minami, Shibuya-ku Tokyo.|
2. Kowloon Jyou, Tokyo
Have a big stomach to fill but want to pay less? Say no more! Kowloon Jyou or Kruonjyou is a Chinese halal restaurant that offers shabu-shabu and Yakiniku that you can eat within the time limit.
Look at that Yakiniku fiesta by Halal Navi
There are two types of the menu you can choose from too, either for lunch or dinner. Since we arrived during dinner, we left with the only option: ¥2,880 for 120 minutes and you can get all the meat as you have seen in the picture above.
It's time to grill some meat by Halal Navi
|Tokyo to, Koto-ku, Kameido 6-23-2|
|Kowloon Jyou (Kuronjyou)|
3. CoCo Ichi Curry House of Akihabara, Tokyo
Since their launch of the first Halal branch last year, CoCo Ichi has received numerous good reviews from Halal Navers and we decided to try the Japanese curry ourselves! We ordered the regular non-spicy chicken cutlet curry and thinly sliced beef curry with level 10 spiciness just to see how spicy it actually was (spoiler: it was spicy).Besides the meaty curry, there is also a wide range to choose from such as seafood, vegetables, and cheese curry.
After feeling full, it's time to head back to Akihabara for some souvenirs hunting! Make sure to visit Laox Akihabara that located few minutes from the restaurants to grab that Halal souvenirs and snacks.
|Chicken Cutlet Curry (Spice Level 2, Rice Portion 300 g) + Cheese||¥910 + ¥220|
Which one is spicier? Take a guess. by Halal Navi
|Japan, 〒101-0023 Tōkyō-to, Chiyoda-ku, Kanda Matsunagachō, Uchio Matsunaga Bldg 1F|
|CoCo Ichi Curry House of Akihabara|
4. Singapore Holic Laksa, Tokyo
Listed as one of the Halal eateries in Shibuya-Ku, this cute stalls is one of a kind as they're the only stall that sells Laksa in Harajuku!
Creamy laksa with cheese! by Halal Navi
Do take note that the chicken is not Halal, therefore please order menu without the chicken OR you can just follow our order below:
Buttery kaya toast goodness by Halal Navi
|1-13-21 Jingumae Shibuya, Tokyo|
|Menu labelled Halal, some non-Halal dishes are served, some non-Halal dishes are served|
|Singapore Holic Laksa|
5. Shabu-shabu Hitsujinoyu, Tokyo
Wondering around Shibuya in the middle of the night? Let's get some shabu-shabu with your friends! I'm sure you won't regret this decision because you can get an unlimited mountain of lamb for an affordable price!
Mountain of lamb is coming through! by Halal Navi
Imagine for 120 minutes buffet course you can get an unlimited refill of lamb, vegetables, soup, rice, desserts, other condiments and also all you can drink soft drinks (pheww can I get a breather). We would recommend you to come here with an empty stomach because, at the end of the meal, you will be really full till you can't get up. P.S It's near Gyumon, Yakiniku Restaurant as its operated by the same company!
Aida with Halal Navi user, Idhammer by Halal Navi
|Adachi Bldg. 2F, 3-14-4, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo|
|Menu labelled Halal, alcohols are served, all meats used are Halal, Separate utensils are used|
6. T's Restaurant, Tokyo
If you have an adventurous palette you might as well try out a vegetarian meal from T's Restaurant! Located in Jiyugaoka, this restaurant does not serves pork, meat, fish, egg and also milk, which make it permissible for Muslim to eat!
Our feast at T's Restaurant by Halal Navi
|Japanese Fried Soy chicken 大豆ミートの唐揚げ||¥420|
|Roasted Vegetables ロースト野菜||¥480|
|Double Flavored Curry Hamburger 贅沢２種のカレーハンバーグ||¥1,800|
|Gateau Chocolate ガトーショコラ||¥650|
|Caramel Creme Brulee キャラメルクリームブリュレ||¥600|
The only surprise that you will get is how similar are the dishes with the regular meaty food that we usually consumed. I know it's maybe out of our comfort zone but, since it's a foodie trip we might as well go all the way to try out different type of cuisines for Muslims travellers in Japan!
Let's end the feast with dessert by Halal Navi
|Meguro-ku, Tokyo Jiyugaoka 2-9-6 Luz Jiyugaoka B1F, Meguro, Tokyo, 152-0035, Japan|
|Vegetarian menu is available|
|T's Restaurant Jiyugaoka|
7. Panga Yakiniku, Tokyo
Craving for some meat? Well, head down to Panga Yakiniku who have been operating for around 16 years and have been a favourite place for local Muslim to enjoy Halal Wagyu Yakiniku!
Premium Wagyu Beef Set by Halal Navi
Once you sizzled the marbled meat on a hot grill, there is no turning back! We recommend you to try all the meat listed below and we are pretty sure the aroma alone and the *pssssssst* sizzling sound will make you drool.
|Wagyu Ribeye Shabu-shabu for grill||¥1,800|
It's time for some juicy meatby Halal Navi
|Taito 3-27-9, Taito-ku , Tokyo, 110-0016, Japan|
|Halal certificate is visible, all meats used are Halal, alcohols are served.|
25 - 27 Nov 2017 ; KANSAI
8. Ryokan Hirashin, Kyoto
If you walk around Kyoto and want to experience traditional Japanese cuisine, give Ryokan Hirashin a try! Because... You can enjoy Halal cuisine while watching traditional Kyoto performance in a Japanese traditional inn room *shrieks*
Shokado Palette by Halal Navi
The only trick is for Halal dishes you have to make a reservation a day before for them to prepare it!
Shokado Palette and steamboat by Halal Navi
|, Kyoto Prefecture|
|Halal Menu Available|
9. MATSURI, Osaka
When you are in Osaka, one of the food that you must try is Takoyaki! In order to enjoy Takoyaki without any doubt, MATSURI is here to save your trip! The restaurant is located just a minute walk from Nodahanshin station gate 7 and you get to try out all kind of Japanese food.
Just named it - Okonomiyaki, Sushi, Kobe Beef they have it all, and you can enjoy top 10 Japanese food in one places! (How cool is that?). At the end, I would definitely suggest you try their Takoyaki, because not just you can eat it but you can make it as well! Good news is you can also claim a 5% discount when you leave a review on Halal Navi.
|5% Discount for Halal Navi Users||- ¥411.50|
Fresh takoyaki made by yours truly, Halal Navi
|3-27-17 Yoshino Fukushima-ku Osaka, Osaka, 553-0006, Japan|
|Halal certificate is visible, all meats used are Halal, menu labelled Halal.|
10. Naritaya Halal Ramen, Osaka
There is a reason why Naritaya Halal Ramen is on the number one spot for the most popular Halal restaurant last year! Everything from ramen to broth it won't disappoint you, especially if you are looking for quick and delicious food at that time.
Besides ramen, they also sell gyoza (aka fried dumpling), fried chicken and croquette. Well, nothing can beat that crunchy fried chicken with Halal ramen when combined! You can also claim FREE Karaage from Naritaya by downloading Halal Navi!
|FREEfor Halal Navi users)(|
|Spicy miso ramen||¥900|
Look at that spicy goodness by Halal Navi
|1-7-23, Higashishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku Osaka-shi|
|Halal certificate is visible, all meats used are Halal, menu labelled Halal.|
|Naritaya Halal Ramen Osaka|
11. Misono, Kobe
It's time to close our first Halal foodie trip with something extra special *drumroll* Kobe beef. Think of this as a treat for yourself after that hard work because you deserve to eat the marbled meat once in your lifetime! By the way, one question must pop up in your mind and that might be 'What makes Misono's Kobe Beef special?'
Well, they are the originator of teppanyaki steak Misono since 1945 and all the ingredients are carefully selected. Imagined everything that you eat are fresh ingredients: from premium Kobe beef to seasonal vegetables and seafood. For Halal course, you can choose either two courses and they also served seafood teppanyaki and ala carte menu as well.
|Halal A Course (salad, grilled vegetables 5 types, garlic rice, fruits & Halal Kobe beef sirloin steak 150g||¥27,000 (¥29,610 include tax)|
Medium rare cooked Kobe beef by Halal Navi
|7&8F Misono Bldg., 1-1-2 Shimoyamatedori, Chuo-ku, Kobe, 650-0011|
|Halal certificate is visible, all meats used are Halal, menu labeled Halal.|
Finally, we have revealed all of our Halal food discovery! It was really awesome feeling to see more Halal restaurants in Japan and we hope to find more restaurants this year. For now, don't forget to download Halal Navi to see more Halal restaurants!
*Disclaimer: The halal tips provided in this article are contributed by Halal Navi’s user. Readers are advised to confirm the Halal status with restaurant owners.