Local Top Chef Recommendations in Ueno

Updated November 8, 2019, by C. Thiele, 23 year veteran of Tokyo.

Ever wonder where chefs go to eat after a long day’s work? One thing is for sure, the bar is going to be set pretty high, and you know it’s going to be satisfyingly delicious. 

Here are a couple of their favorite places in Ueno:



Recommended by Chef Takashi Hosonaga, of Yakitori-Taka restaurant. 

Torie specializes in charcoal-grilled chicken skewers, otherwise known as yakitori. To produce its unique flavor that would be hard to find anywhere else, Torie restaurant uses 5 brands of chicken. 

To accompany the skewers, try the oyakodon, a rice bowl with chicken and eggs.

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Nidaime Kei

Recommended by Chef Hisashi Terasawa, of Spain Club Ginza, he eats here specifically for the oysters. 

Of course, you don’t have to eat oysters if that’s not your thing, it is also the place where you will find the best seafood around. 

Enjoy a nice cup of sake while you watch your food be cooked in front of you in a sunken fire pit.

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