Feeling hungry as you’re out and about in Tokyo
but you wish to take a break from Japanese food? Look no further, because here’s your ultimate guide to non-Japanese Halal food
in Tokyo. Here are three eateries where you can get your fill of awesome Indian
and Middle Eastern
cuisines in Taito, Tokyo - all at reasonable prices.
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1) Taj Mahal
If you’re looking for Halal restaurants
in Taito, in the Senso-ji Temple area, then Taj Mahal is the perfect spot for you. It is one of the best places to get affordable Halal food in Tokyo, and they serve up some of the best Indian cuisine
They have a diverse menu with all the classic Indian dishes like butter chicken, kebabs, and Indian breads. Simply press the bell on the table, and the attentive waiters will take your order. The manager is friendly and will kindly recommend you some of the best dishes to order, and you can also request for the level of heat to be dialed up or down, according to your palate.
If you’re looking for HalalTrip's recommendations of what to order here; the Tandoori Chicken and Naan Set is a good choice. Speaking of the naan, many have said that Taj Mahal serves one of the biggest sized-naan you would have ever seen!
Location: 1-12-10, Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0032.
Weekdays: 11:00 - 15:00 and 17:00 - 23:00
Weekends & Public Holidays: 11:00 - 23:00
Click here for more information about Taj Mahal
2) The Kebab Factory
The Kebab Factory is another great restaurant in Asakusa that serves some of the best Middle Eastern cuisine
in Japan. It is a Muslim-owned restaurant, and even has a prayer area, so this is the perfect place to stop by in the middle of a busy day for some reasonably priced Halal Middle Eastern food and a prayer all together. They also have free wi-fi, so that’s also definitely a plus!
Some of the must-try items on the menu are the kebab sandwiches, the falafel, and the Turkish ice cream - more locally known as Dondurma
. For the kebab, you can choose between chicken, beef, a mix of different meats, or the vegetarian option. Make your choice from a range of sauces: Original, Mild, Hot, Mix, Garlic Yogurt, and Wasabi. You can also complete your meal by upgrading to a combo meal which includes drink/salad and French fries.
Location: Daiichiya Building. 1F & B1F, 1-1-12 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0032.
Opening hours: 11:00-22:00
At first glance, Shikder looks just like another ordinary Izakaya
, a Japanese-style bar, but exploring it further will make you realize that it is another great place to get Halal food in Japan. The owner, Hasan, is a Muslim who came to Japan from Bangladesh. He is always ready to greet his customers with a kind smile, and he speaks fluent Japanese as well. The food is authentic as it can be, as he has brought his experience over from having previously worked in a Yakitori
shop. That is why their Yakitori is one of the most popular items on the menu.
But not to worry, if you're looking for non-Japanese food, the restaurant also serves dishes from other Asian and Indian
cuisines like dumplings, rice porridge, and lamb chops. If you’re looking for something different with a strong flavor, try their curry which is cooked in a Bangladeshi style and flavor. Do take note that the restaurant serves alcohol, but it is not used in cooking.
Location: Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0015.
How to Get There?
The Kebab Factory
and Taj Mahal
are both only a short walking distance from the Asakusa Station. Getting yourself a metro ticket is fairly easy, and most instructions are also displayed in English. It’s affordable, convenient, and probably the best way to get there. You can also take the bus to either of these places. Find the nearest bus stop/station and get off at the Asakusa station, and continue to the eateries on foot.
On the other hand, Shikder
is a 5-minute walk from the Okachimachi Station, and is also situated pretty close to Okachimachi Mosque (about a 2-minute walk), so you can go there after a filling meal to complete your prayers.
Otherwise, of course you can also take a taxi to these 3 restaurants; the fare will depend on your starting point.