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"Sure, I could tell you my..." Tokyo Restaurant Tip by sjvessey

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<font face='papyrus' color=#A00000 size=+1><b>S</b></font>ure, I could tell you my favourites, but the simple fact is there are so many restaurants in every area of Tokyo, that there's really little point in travelling any distance to eat. You will almost certainly be able to get great food close to wherever you're staying.

Having said that, in general terms, Shinjuku, Roppongi, Akasaka-Mitsuke and Ebisu would be my recommendations for areas to check out for decent restaurants.

There are all kinds of styles of cuisine here, from absolutely traditional Japanese, through to Dennys and McDonalds. There's Italian (extremely popular at the moment), French, English, American, Tex-Mex, Chinese, Thai, and Indian, to name a few.

Many people (and even guidebooks) talk about how expensive eating out in Tokyo is. Prices of US$80 a head are quoted as the cheapest you're going to get a meal. Well, let's be realistic. You can spend US$80 if you like. There ARE plenty of places that'll cost you this much. Bizarrely, it's Japanese food that tends to be most expensive (especially anything involving raw fish). But if you're going Italian or some other international cuisine, you're probably talking about 2000 to 3000 yen per person, depending on how much you eat (and of course what you drink - NOTE: water is always free and in plentiful supply!). At current exchange rates, that's about US$17 to US$26. Still pricey, but at least it won't make you turn green when you get the bill. I hope.

Fast food is more normally priced - at least by European standards (Americans will still find it expensive). A Big Mac Meal, for example, is about 500 yen (about US$4.30). This is entirely comparable (if not slightly cheaper) than the UK. The only problem is, you'll probably need two of them!

<b><font color=#0000A0>Photo:</font></b> the internal lightwell of the Sumitomo building, Nishi-Shinjuku, from the 50th floor. It hosts a number of quite classy Japanese restaurants with a fantastic view of the skyline, at pretty reasonable prices (about 5000 yen per head for a multiple course meal).

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