Tokyo Beyond Sushi
Tokyo Beyond Sushi

Tokyo Beyond Sushi - the guidebook

Tokyo Beyond Sushi book cover
Tokyo is truly one of the great dining cities of the world, and there's far more than just sushi and Kobe beef to enjoy. Charcoal-grilled pork on skewers, udon noodles in curry-flavored soup, octopus dumplings, deep-fried beef cutlet -- these are a few of the beloved Japanese dishes that visitors often miss out on.

This thoroughly researched guidebook introduces twenty of Japan's favorite specialty cuisines, many of which aren't well known abroad, ranging from tonkatsu (pork cutlet) and okonomiyaki (savory pancakes) to the ever-popular ramen and curry rice.

You'll find detailed descriptions and histories for each of these dishes, along with expert advice on what to order, tips on dining etiquette, and reviews of the best places to try them, including more than 150 restaurants, pubs and after-work standing bars in Tokyo.

The book also provides helpful bilingual food glossaries, and is supplemented by online restaurant maps that are accessible from smartphones and other devices.
Table of contents
  • I. Izakaya-style pub fare
  • Yakiton (grilled pork), motsu-nikomi (stews)
  • Yakitori (grilled chicken)
  • Beef tongue and more meat dishes
  • Kushiage (deep-fried skewers)
  • Oden (fish cakes in broth)
  • Regional dishes and other comfort foods
  • II. Budget meals
  • Tonkatsu (pork cutlet)
  • Gyukatsu (beef cutlet)
  • Okonomiyaki and monjayaki (savory pancakes)
  • Udon (wheat noodles) and curry udon
  • Ramen
  • III. International influences
  • Japanese curry
  • Yoshoku (retro-style European dishes)
  • Wafu (Japanese-style) spaghetti
  • Burgers
  • Exotic sandwiches
  • IV. Casual and takeaway
  • Gyoza (pork dumplings)
  • Takoyaki and akashiyaki (octopus dumplings)
  • Chicken karaage (deep-fried chicken)
  • Kakigori (shaved-ice desserts)
  • Regional "antenna shops" and more takeaway
Ordering information
In Tokyo, available in all Tokyo-area English-language bookstores.

In Japan, available from (Y2160 including tax).

In the the US and Canada, available from the Yes Asia North America site (US $29.99).

Worldwide, available from the Yes Asia global site (US $29.99).

(ISBN-10: 4794604017; ISBN-13: 978-4794604019)
Corrections and updates
Photo credits: Fourth photo on page 5, third photo on page 8, all photos pages 125-142 (ramen), and all photos pages 223-226 (kakigori) are by Brian MacDuckston. All other photos by Robb Satterwhite.


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