Moving to Japan from a different country for the first time is such an overwhelming experience for us foreigners – especially when it comes to dining! It is a dream come true to be able to indulge in the real deal of authentic Japanese food at the izakayas, cheap yet high quality sushi from the revolving conveyer belts, and piping hot yakitori fresh off the grill.
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But when we get homesick, it can be tough to find a spot that gives our taste buds just enough to remind us of home or the exotic flavors we crave. Life in a share house is great for those who are interested in learning about other cultures – especially when it comes to international cuisine! Residents in our share houses enjoy having dinner parties, cooking together, and exchanging recipes from their home countries – what better way to make friends than sharing your favorite food together!
1. Lotus – Nerima, Tokyo
Lotus, a newly opened cafe specializing in Southeast Asian flavors has caught the eye of many locals with its natural & trendy decor, colorful murals of Vietnam on its walls, and exotic menu that packs a spicy punch! Try the banh mi or spicy green curry with a cold guava juice/coconut milk to cool you down from the kick.
Address: 1-7-2 Nerima, Tokyo
2. Poca Tacos – Nakano, Tokyo
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The Japanese have mastered taking the essence of international food and experimenting with flavors that work well with the Japanese palette – creating a delicious homage to the original dish. At Poca Tacos from Oregon, you won’t find a 20₱ or $1 giant burrito that you might get from an authentic taco truck, but if you’re looking for a light and tasty taco to hit the spot, your taste buds will surely have a fiesta – and there are vegetarian options too! The Mexicali-inspired interior is spacious and colorful, making it feel like you’re enjoying a lunch in Tijuana…now pass the Tequila!
Address: 2-12-11 Nakano, Tokyo
3. Negura – Koenji, Tokyo
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In the style of Koenji, Negura is a hidden gem with funky vibes, scattered with local art goods, ethnic trinkets, and super cool owner that all the locals know for his fascination of India and exotic spices. There is only one curry on the menu daily and the chai tea rum is a must try!
Located near Happy House Koenji – click the links for more info!
Address: 3-48-3 Koenji-Minami, Tokyo
4. Shamaim – Ekoda, Tokyo
Shamaim, meaning Heaven in Hebrew, most definitely lives up to its name – our staff had the pleasure to host last year’s holiday party here and the food was simply divine! With the all-you can eat course, your desire keep on ordering the authentic pita and hummus will be neverending. Perched on the first floor of an inconspicous suburban building just a minute’s walk from Ekoda station, Shamaim presents an intimate atmosphere of middle-eastern decor, friendly staff and lively music.
Located near Happy House Herb – click the link for more info and resident reviews!
Address: 4-11 Nerima, Tokyo
5. L.A. Garage – Mishuku, Tokyo
There are countless places to have a burger in Tokyo, but few that reach the “it” factor of a truly glorious burger – we’re talkin’ drip-down-your-arm juicy status! Eating at L.A. Garage feels like hanging out after school with friends in a diner/friend’s garage/drive-in movie all rolled in one. Get emotional over their juicy jalapeno cheeseburger and get all the nostalgic feels as Tom & Jerry cartoons play on their huge projector screen!
Located a 1-minute walk from Witt-Style Mishuku share house – click the link for more info and resident reviews!
Address: 3-29-4 Ikejiri, Tokyo
Thanks for reading and happy eating! Tulip Real Esate specializes in female-only share houses in Tokyo. Why not make a viewing appointment to check out one of our share houses and get yourself a bite to eat afterwards?
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