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6 Halal-friendly Restaurants in Tokyo: Sushi, Yakiniku, Sweets & More!

6 Halal-friendly Restaurants in Tokyo: Sushi, Yakiniku, Sweets & More!

Date published: 1 April 2018
Last updated: 30 March 2018

Japan has amazing food to offer and especially Tokyo is a treasure trove of delicious restaurants and dishes. However, particularly travelers from Muslim-majority countries find themselves troubled: are any of these restaurants halal?

In recent years, the number of spots in Tokyo offering dishes that are both delicious and halal risen greatly! Several restaurants have received a halal certification and we’d like to show you some of our favorites.

Sushi - Asakusa Sushi Ken

Sushi - Asakusa Sushi Ken

Asakusa is a popular sightseeing spot for tourists from all over the world. In the heart of the neighborhood is Asakusa Sushi Ken, a restaurant that is dedicated to serving its guests halal-certified sushi specialties.

Asakusa Sushi Ken can be found practically right outside the Tsubuka Express’ Asakusa Station Exit A1. Simply head to the left and down Kokusai-dōri Street for about one minute and you’re there—excellent access. Every single item on the menu—from sushi to tempura, from lunch to dinner—is halal. The restaurant also accepts online reservations 24/7, so it’s incredibly popular with international guests.

The lunch menu starts at 780 yen and we especially recommend the limited “local fish lunch nigiri” set (1,000 yen + tax). It includes 9 nigiri varieties, fried egg, and soup. It’s a great and authentic sushi assortment for a more than reasonable price.

During dinner, the “sushi course” (5,000 yen + tax) will tickle your taste bud with several sushi specialties, appetizers, and even a dessert. Some courses require booking in advance, so be sure to check.

An English menu and English-speaking staff are readily available to answer all the questions you might have, so don’t be shy! We especially recommend ordering a variety of small dishes to try your way through the world of sushi.

Bonus: the restaurant even employs Muslim staff and offers a prayer space.

  • Asakusa Sushi Ken
    浅草 すし賢
    • Address 1F & 2F, 2-11-4 Asakusa, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 111-0032
    • Phone Number 050-3184-0547

    Hours
    Weekdays: 11:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., lunch until 4:00 p.m.
    Weekend & national holidays: 11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., lunch until 3:00 p.m.

    Halal Verification by:
    Crescent Rating
    Japan Halal Foundation

Yakiniku - Sumiyakiya Nishiazabu

Yakiniku - Sumiyakiya Nishiazabu

Our next spot is for beef lovers! Sumiyakiya Nishiazabu serves amazingly delicious barbecue dishes and is just a 6-minute walk away from Roppongi Station, down Roppongi-dōri Street and towards Roppongi Hills. On the first floor of the Nishiazabu Annex Building, you’ll get to indulge in both Hida beef and Kobe beef, verified as halal by Islamic Center Japan. The former prime minister of Malaysia is one of the restaurant’s VIP guests.

Sumiyakiya Nishiazabu offers both halal meat and non-halal, but the halal ingredients are safely kept in special containers. Of course, the seasonings are halal as well. The restaurant’s kitchen boasts an entire range of equipment reserved for the preparation of halal dishes, from kitchen knives to chopping boards and plates. The gridiron is replaced after every use as well.

During lunch, we recommend the “beef chuck steak set,” as well as the “Sri Lanka chicken curry” starting at a reasonable 1,000 yen. There are plenty of delicious dishes on the menu!

Dinner offers the amazing “charcoal grill course” for 5,000 yen, serving you an assortment of three different kinds of beef or Shamrock chicken. For a particularly luxurious dining experience, indulge in four kinds of high-quality Kobe beef with the “Kobe beef course” for 45,000 yen.

  • Nishiazabu Sumiyakiya
    炭やき屋西麻布本店
    • Address 3 Chome-20-16 Nishiazabu, Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to 106-0031

    Hours
    Lunch: 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (last order at 2:30 p.m.)
    Dinner: 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. (last order at 10:30 p.m.)
    Closed: Sundays

    Halal Verification by:
    MHC Local Halal
    Japan Halal Foundation

Old-Tokyo Style - Edo Cuisine Hide Nishi-Azabu

Old-Tokyo Style - Edo Cuisine Hide Nishi-Azabu
Top left: Edomae-style oden for 300 yen / Bottom left: the restaurant’s interior / Top right: Edomae-style fresh fish sashimi / Bottom right: Halal Miyazaki Black Wagyu Steak for 1,500 yen, Halal Hida Wagyu Steak for 2,500 yen, Halal Kobe Steak for 5,000 yen

Edo Cuisine Hide Nishi-Azabu can be found a 2-minute walk away from the Nishiazabu intersection, along Roppongi-dōri Street. Edo is the old name of Tokyo and, as its name suggests, the restaurant is committed to traditional ingredients grown around Tokyo or caught in Tokyo’s waters.

It is also the first restaurant to have received a halal certification from the famous Emirates Halal Center of the United Arab Emirates. All dishes on the menu are both authentically and traditionally Japanese while also halal.

One of the restaurant’s iconic dishes is “shabu-suki,” a creation of thinly-sliced meat being dipped until done in flavorful soup stock. This and other classic creations, such as tempura or fish dishes, all prepared with fresh ingredients of the day, are served in the “shabu-suki course” for 10,000 yen (+tax). The “kinmetai meshi course,” for 10,000 yen (+tax) allows you to taste red snapper in all of its unique flavors. Especially amazing is the “Halal Kobe Beef Plan” (15,000 ~ 30,000 yen, +tax), tickling your taste buds with superb beef creations, sashimi, and fish dishes.

While the restaurant does serve alcohol, there are special halal glasses that never come in contact with any kind of non-halal beverage. The same goes for the kitchen—no haram ingredients or utensils are brought in and it is strictly cleaned according to the rules, such as using halal-certified cleaning products.

Edo Cuisine Hide Nishi-Azabu also features a rich selection of non-alcoholic drinks. One of them is luxurious bottled tea, the same kind served to first-class passengers on Emirates Airlines flights. If requested, vegan meals are also offered.

  • Edo Cuisine Hide Nishi-Azabu
    江戸料理 西麻布 ひで
    • Address 2-25-24 Nishiazabu, Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to 106-0031

    Hours: 6:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. (last order at midnight)
    *Seating after 10:00 p.m. possible
    Closed: Sundays

    Halal Verification by:
    Emirates Halal Center (UAE)

Shabu-shabu - Hanasakaji-san

Shabu-shabu - Hanasakaji-san

Hanasakaji-san is a 5-minute walk away from Shibuya Station’s West Exit. Cross the pedestrian bridge on Tamagawa-dōri Street and continue along past bookstores and coffee shops on your right. You’ll find the restaurant on the basement floor of a building at the end of the street.

Hanasakaji-san serves halal beef from cows of Kyushu’s Miyazaki Prefecture as shabu-shabu, Japan’s delicious version of meat fondue. It welcomes over 500 Muslim guests per month.

The picture shows an assortment of authentic Japanese dishes, including tempura, sashimi, and, of course, Miyazaki beef shabu-shabu at its core. This course is called “halal gozen with shabu-shabu” and is available for 4,500 yen (+tax). Several other courses are available, tiered by price: 8,000 yen, 11,500 yen, 15,000 yen, and 18,500 yen (all tax excluded). The high-grade courses do not only offer excellent shabu-shabu but also sashimi, beef fillet steaks, and sushi. While the courses can be ordered during lunchtime, reservations for lunch are not accepted for weekdays.

Hanasakaji-san doesn’t only offer halal cuisine, it also takes great care to use equipment exclusively for halal dishes, separating the knives, plates, and so on from the ones used for regular cooking. English-speaking staff is present and English menus also available, so don’t hold back if you have any questions!

  • Hanasakaji-san
    花咲かじいさん
    • Address 3-22 Sakuragaokachō, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0031

    Hours
    Lunch: 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (open until 4:00 p.m. on Sundays)
    Dinner: 5:00 p.m. – midnight (open until 11:00 p.m. on Sundays)
    (last order is 60 minutes before closure)
    Closed: always open

    Halal Verification by:
    MHC (Malaysia Halal Corporation)

Take-Out - Kitchen Malaychan

Take-Out - Kitchen Malaychan

If you visit Japan during cherry blossom season, you have to do hanami, the traditional act of appreciating the short-lived flowers while eating and drinking under a tree! Kitchen Malaychan offers all sorts of take-out and catering dishes that are perfect for an atmospheric picnic! You’ll find it just a 2-minute walk away from Tokyo Metro’s Nishi-Ikebukuro Station—Malaychan is a pioneer of halal cuisine in Japan!

Kitchen Malaychan offers a large variety of bento (boxed lunches) between 850 and 3,000 yen (+tax) and a delivery service for a 25-kilometer area around Nishi-Ikebukuro. This delivery is available for up to 100 meals for a delivery fee of 3,980 yen (+tax). We especially recommend the Chinese-style fried rice noodles for 980 yen (+tax). They come with a side of curry-flavored chicken, matching the noodles just perfectly! Look forward to an authentic taste of Malaysia.

Kitchen Malaychan also offers vegetarian and vegan options, as well as spiciness and menu preferences. Of course, an English menu is available and the staff is able to speak Japanese, English, Malaysian, Indonesian, and so on. On top of that, Malaychan offers various payment methods, including several credit cards, PayPal, and even Bitcoin, Monacoin, and more—a total of 228 cryptocurrency payment methods! Even if you don’t have any Japanese yen on you, don’t hesitate to stop by!

Next to the take-out store, Malaychan also has a proper restaurant on the opposite side of Ikebukuro Station, in Nishi-Ikebukuro 3-chome. With over 100 different dishes of Malaysian cuisine on the menu, your taste buds are in for a treat! The chefs are Muslim and the restaurant offers a prayer space. If you’ve had enough of sushi and tempura, why not check out Malaychan?

  • Kitchen Malaychan
    キッチンマレーチャン
    • Address 3-24-17 Minamiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tōkyō-to 171-0022

    Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. (reception: 11:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.)
    Closed: always open

    Halal Verification by:
    Japan Islamic Trust

  • Malaychan satu
    マレーチャン satu
    • Address 3-22-6 Nishiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tōkyō-to 171-0021

    Hours
    Mon – Fri: 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., 5:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
    Saturdays & Sundays: 11:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
    Closed: always open

    Halal Verification by:
    Japan Islamic Trust

Sweets - Nakahora Farm, Matsuya Ginza Store

Sweets - Nakahora Farm, Matsuya Ginza Store

With cute crepes and crazy ice cream creations, Japan is known for a magical world of sweets and desserts. Head over to Matsuya Ginza and look for a shop called Nakahora Farm for amazing ice cream, yogurt, and pudding— everything halal!

The milk for all of Nakahora Farm’s delicious creations comes from cows that are raised in the Kitakami Mountains of Iwate Prefecture. There, they enjoy a stress-free life amidst rich nature. Our recommendation is the simple cup of soft serve ice cream, available directly at the store. It’s wonderfully rich and mellow, sure to leave you craving for more! Choose from three sizes: petit for 390 yen, regular for 500 yen, and large for 700 yen. (The photo shows the regular-sized cup. Halal soft serve will be served in a cup.)

However, please note that the shop also sells products that do not have a halal certification, such as beef products, cake rolls, chocolate cakes, and so on. If you have concerns, please check the halal certification mark.

  • Nakahora Farm, Matsuya Ginza
    なかほら牧場・松屋銀座店
    • Address 3-6-1 Ginza, Chūō, Tokyo 104-8130

    Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Closed: January 1

    Halal Verification by:
    Japan Muslim Access

NOTE: We checked each store carefully and thoroughly as we created this article. However, we cannot guarantee that the information will be accurate, complete or current at all times and accept no liability for any reliance placed by any person on the information.

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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