Enjoy ‘Oil Sushi’ And Other Unique Dishes in This New Tower in Tokyo
We can only dream.
TORANOMONHILLS BUSINESS TOWER
Address: 1-17-1 Toranomon, Minato District, Tokyo
Open from 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily except on Sundays
How to get there: It’s directly connected to Toranomon Hills Station and Toranomon Station.
Call us biased, but there is nothing quite like Japanese cuisine. Whether you’re having yakitori, sashimi, or a giant bowl of hot ramen, there’s something about the mix of flavors in your mouth that make Japanese food so appetizing.
For those looking at a unique and flavorful experience in Tokyo, you’re in luck as the Toranomon Hills Business Tower recently opened last July 11. Its highlight? The Toranomon Yokocho, which houses 26 well-known restaurants and bars on one floor, so foodies can enjoy the complete hashigo -- or pub crawl -- experience.
A huge lantern greets guests inside Toranomon Yokocho
Outside the Toranomon Hills Business Tower
Not sure about heading to a commercial space given the current climate? The building has taken measures to avoid congestion using the messaging app, LINE. Customers can avail of a numbered ticket on LINE, and be notified when they can enter.
The stores are also equipped with a virtual waiting line system that allows customers to enter stores without the long queues. Restaurants also accept pre-orders for takeaway menus. Thermal cameras are also installed to monitor customers with high fever at the main entrance of the commercial building, and at the entrance of Toranomon Yokocho.
Thermal cameras detect customers with high fevers at the entrance.
For those looking for a unique, gastronomical experience, you can check out a variety of bars and restaurants -- like Erezo House and Torishige, known for its stuffed peppers -- at the Toranomon Yokocho.
Customers can enjoy a feast at Erezo House, a restaurant that cooks meat from Tokachi, Hokkaido.
If you’re craving yakitori but are on a budget, head to Bird Land Toranomon, the first yakitori restaurant to win a Michelin star. Enjoy their cheap, but delicious skewered chicken, like Okukuji-Shamo, which is from the Okukuji region; Negima, chicken and welsh onion (¥350); Sunagimo, chicken gizzard (¥350); and their special Kujo-Negima, chicken and leek from Kujo (¥300), among others.
Bird Land Toranomon’s famous Kujo-negima, Tebasaki (chicken wings) and Negima.
If sushi is more up your alley, head to the Furijio and Italian Il Fri Sio restaurant, owned by chef and famed restaurateur Mr. Masayuki Okuda. Order their famous “oil sushi” which uses oil from different countries -- but don’t expect to be served with shoyu though. The restaurant uses more than 100 kinds of salt from all over the world to bring out that distinct umami flavor, instead of the traditional Japanese soy sauce.
Everyone should try “Oil Sushi”
Furijio and Italian Il Fri Sio uses oils from different countries and more than 100 kinds of salt from all over the world.
Cap off the night at Hand Picking Wine, which houses over 100 brands of wine from more than 10 countries. Best part? You can buy a bottle, and bring it with you when you dine in the other restaurants in the Toranomon Yokocho!
Other bars you can check out? Try Sake Shokudo Toranomon Joryujo, where you can enjoy the Toranomon Lemon Sour and Toranomon High Ball. Both drinks are made with a craft gin called Common, made only at the bar’s distillery.
The gin is distilled using Shimashochu (Japanese distilled beverage) made in Hachijojima and Niijima in Tokyo, and spring water from the mountains of Okutama-sawai.
Common is a craft gin made only at Sake Shokudo Toranomon Joryujo’s distillery.
Provided by Japan WalkerTM, WalkerplusTM and Tokyo WalkerTM (29 June 2020)