Kawasaki

Station west side

Breizh Cafe Creperie (Cafe). 044-874-8259
Delicious Bretagne-style artisanal sweet crepes and savory buckwheat galettes are served along with hard cider and soft drinks imported from the region.
SunmapHorikawacho 72-1, Lazona Kawasaki Plaza 2F. Open 10am-10:15pm (LO) daily.
Chibo Elegance (Okonomiyaki). 044-874-8410
Good okonomiyaki and teppanyaki steaks from this well-known Osaka-based chain. Okonomiyaki from Y850, Japanese sirloin steaks (150g) from Y4900.
SunmapHorikawacho 72-1, Lazona Kawasaki Plaza 4F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Katsukura (Tonkatsu). 044-874-8413
Besides the usual tonkatsu, Katsukura offers variations like deep-fried shrimp and scallops, yuba (tofu skin) croquettes), and nice side dishes like chawanmushi, tofu salad and kakuni stewed pork. The original shop is in Kyoto. Budget around Y1600 for food.
no smokingSunmapHorikawacho 72-1, Lazona Kawasaki Plaza 4F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Oto Oto (Japanese). 044-520-0332
Specialties at this upscale izakaya include grilled free-range chicken, tsukune (chicken meatballs), tofu and yuba. Budget around Y3500 at dinnertime.
SunmapHorikawacho 72-1, Lazona Kawasaki Plaza 4F. Open 11am-2:30, 5-9:45pm (LO) daily.
Patrasche (Belgian rest/beer bar). 044-874-8430
A Belgian brasserie serving a good assortment of Belgian beers and food. Dinner averages around Y3000; a five-course "beer hall" dinner with all you can drink is Y5500.
SunmapHorikawacho 72-1, Lazona Kawasaki Plaza 4F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Tinun (Thai). 044-874-8427
Inexpensive Thai noodles and curries from this popular budget Thai franchise.
SunmapHorikawacho 72-1, Lazona Kawasaki Plaza 4F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Ringer Hut (Japanese regional). 044-542-1427
Tasty Nagasaki-style noodles - champon and crisp sara-udon - at this budget ramen shop.
SunmapOmiyacho 1310, Muza Kawasaki 1F. Open 11am-11:30pm daily.

Station east side

Toriyoshi (Yakitori). 044-223-5102
Spicy chicken wings, yakitori and Nagoya miso specialties.
SunmapOgawacho 5, SFP Kawasaki Bldg 2F. Open 5pm-midnight daily.
Eno Vino (Retail). 044-222-5322
The small standing bar inside this wine retailer sells all wines for Y500 per glass and snacks from Y300.
SunmapOgawacho 4-1, La Cittadella 1F. Open 11am-10pm daily.
Il Pinolo (Italian). 044-230-1033
Reliable upscale Italian cuisine from this Ginza-based group. Prix-fixe dinners are Y5,000-8,500, or you can order a la carte; lunch from Y1300.
SunmapOgawacho 4-1, La Cittadella 3F. Open 11am-3, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Galileo (Italian). 044-222-8100
This "osteria tipica Napoletana" offers full-course dinners priced Y3500-5500, along with pizzas, pastas and grilled meats a la carte. Lunch sets from Y1100.
SunmapOgawacho 4-1, Maggiore 2F. Open 11am-2, 6-11pm daily.
Hageten (Tempura). 044-245-1790
Budget-priced tempura in the underground arcade in front of Kawasaki station.
SunmapEkimae Honcho 26-2, Azelea B1F. Open 11am-9:45pm (LO) daily.
Kushiya Monogatari (Kushiage). 044-211-1194
Good, all-you-can-eat kushiage from this very popular Osaka-based chain. Pick your own skewers of fish, meat and vegetables from the counter and deep-fry them yourself at your table. Y2500 for two hours. There are also inexpensive all-you-can-drink plans to go with your meal.
SunmapEkimae Honcho 7, Okadaya More's 8F. Open 11:30am-3, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Tsukada Nojo (Japanese regional). 044-221-5655
First-rate Miyazaki chicken dishes, regional Kyushu fare and local shochu brands are the specialties at this reasonably priced, unpretentious Miyazaki-based izakaya chain. Budget around Y3500-4500 for dinner with drinks. [Go to branch review]
SunmapIsago 2-4-18, Fuji Bldg 2F. Open 5pm-midnight (LO) daily.
Monte Roza Farm (Japanese). 044-211-2488
The natural-foods buffet here is priced at Y2400 for dinner (two-hour limit) and Y1700 at lunch (ninety-minute limit), Y100 extra on weekends.
SunmapNisshincho 1-11, Kawasaki Le Front 10F. Open 11am-5, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Tandoor (Indian). 044-245-3991
Good curries and northern Indian home-style cooking; budget around Y2000 for dinner.
SunmapNisshincho 1-11, Kawasaki Le Front 10F. Open 11am-10pm daily.
Fukueimon (Dim sum). 044-222-7618
Some thirty varieties of Hong Kong-style dim sum are served here, and there's an all-you-can-eat deal for Y2580 (two-hour limit, not available weekday lunchtime). There are several other set meals and all-you-can-drink deals as well as a full a la carte menu.
SunmapNisshincho 1, Kawasaki Nikko Hotel B1F. Open 11am-2, 6-11pm daily.
Yebisu (Yakitori). 044-221-1361
Good yakitori, Iberico pork dishes and seasonal specialties. Budget around Y3000.
SunmapNisshincho 1, Kawasaki Nikko Hotel B1F. Open 11am-3, 3-11pm daily.
Oyama (Ramen). 044-230-1139
This well-regarded shop in the Ramen Symphony complex is known for their shrimp ramen.
no smokingSunmapEkimae Honcho 26-1, Kawasaki BE B1F Ramen Symphony. Open 11am-10:30pm daily.
Gachimaya (Okinawan). 044-230-1235
An Okinawan-style izakaya. No lunch on weekends.
SunmapEkimae Honcho 12-1, Kawasaki Ekimae Tower Riverk B1F. Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-11pm daily.
Tapa (Izakaya). 044-200-1414
Spanish wines and sangria, paella and other Spanish and international fare at this festive izakaya-style pub. Budget around Y3000 for food and drink.
SunmapEkimae Honcho 12-1, Kawasaki Ekimae Tower Riverk B1F. Open 11:30am-2, 5pm-midnight daily.

Elsewhere

Costco Kawasaki (Retail). 044-270-1140
The American big-box retailer stocks a lot of imported goods as well as local produce and packaged foods. They also sell wines and liquor at discount prices. Individual membership is Y4200 per year, covering an entire household.
SunmapKawasaki-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Ikegami Shincho 3-1-4. Open 10am-8pm daily.
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