Foodie Finds: Yokohama Spring Edition 2016

If you’re visiting Japan in the coming months and are at a loss of where to start your search for delicious eats, here is my spring collection of restaurants and delicious eats in Yokohama.

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Eggs n ThingsWebsite
Address: Star Hotel Yokohama 1F, 11 Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku (神奈川県横浜市中区山下町11 スターホテル横浜1F)
Recommendation: Acai Bowl and/or Bacon & Eggs combo with potatoes
Notes: The first time I tried in Eggs n Things in Harajuku, it didn’t live up to the hype. As it turns out, I just didn’t order the most delicious thing on the menu. On my 2nd go, I tried my first ever acai bowl and YOU GUYS, I have been missing out. It had mangos for crying out loud, and mangos aren’t easy to come by in Japan and if you do, they’re expensive. Anyway, it was delicious, and it had granola and acai flavored sherbet at the bottom. I’m hooked. Since I was really hungry the day I went, I coupled my acai bowl with some salt and protein aka a plate of scrambled eggs, bacon, and potatoes. I devoured all of it, and I had no regrets. If you’re planning to check out Eggs n Things, my advice is to get there early as there is ALWAYS a line out the door especially at the popular locations like Harajuku and Yokohama.

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True SoupWebsite
Address: Yokohama Joinus B1F, 1-5-1 Nanko, Nishi-ku (神奈川県横浜市西区南幸1-5-1 横浜ジョイナスB1F)
Recommendation: Winter Vegetable Soup Curry with Grilled Chicken
Notes: On my last few days in Tokyo, I was looking for some restaurants around the Yokohama Station area so I wouldn’t have to venture too far for lunch or dinner. I found this place called True Soup that has 6-7 types of soup curries, and their menu changes with the seasons. The set I ordered came with a mini salad, my choice of rice (I went with tomato rice), and soup curry with baby onions I had never seen before, carrot, daikon, a little bit of cheese, and grilled chicken. True Soup is a great place to go if you’re doing some shopping in the Yokohama area, you don’t want to break the bank, and are looking to warm up during the cold winter months. When I finished my meal and got up to leave, I said to myself “man, I wish I had found this place sooner.”

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Saikabo (妻家房) – Website (Japanese Only)
Address: Takashimaya 8F, 1-6-31 Nanko, Nishi-ku (神奈川県横浜市西区南幸1-6-31 高島屋8F)
Recommendation: Spicy pork bulgogi
Notes: Y’all know I love Korean food. Saikabo had the best pork bulgogi I’ve tried without having to go all the way to Koreatown (Shin-Okubo) in Tokyo. It wasn’t too spicy and was packed with more vegetables than meat which I really appreciated. Saikabo is more of an upscale place, but the lunchtime atmosphere and prices are quite reasonable. If you’re planning to dine here at night though, a reservation may be required. Anything on the menu is good, but the set I ordered came with rice, soup, tea, and a bunch of side dishes including kimchi.

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Tokyo SundubuWebsite (Japanese Only)
Address: Sotetsu Joinus building B1F, 1-5-1 Nanko, Nishi-ku (神奈川県横浜市西区南幸1-5-1 相鉄ジョイナスビルB1F)
Recommendation: 5 Vegetable Sundubu (5種の野菜スンドゥブ)
Notes: Sundubu, a type of Korean stew, is a completely new dish for me and contrary to its appearance, not too spicy at all. At Tokyo Sundubu, when you order, you can choose from a salt, miso, or non-spicy base. I chose the 5 Vegetable Sundubu with a miso base, and it came with a nice mix of raw egg, tofu, mini tomatoes, cabbage, okra, broccoli, and komatsuna which is like a spinach. I’d also recommend a side of Teppan Bulgogi (鉄板プルコギ), which is stir fried beef and veggies over japchae (sweet potato) noodles. Tokyo Sundubu is actually quite affordable, the food is filling, and they have a bunch of different types of sundubu to choose from. So try out Tokyo Sundubu one day and choose your own adventure.

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BillsWebsite
Address: Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse Building #2 1F, 1-1-2 Shinko, Naka-ku (神奈川県横浜市中区新港1-1-2 横浜赤レンガ倉庫2号館1F)
Recommendation: Organic Scrambled Eggs
Notes: Bills seems to be all the rage among Tokyoites, making top 10 lists left and right. To me, however, there’s something left to be desired and that is a cheaper price tag. Bills is a renowned chain from Australia where if I remember correctly, the Melbourne location had a more homey, cafe vibe to it. I can’t say the same for the Yokohama location. As you step in, you feel like you’ve just walked into a ritzy country club for young people. It is overpriced and overrated BUT I will say the quality of food is good. Like really good, “farm to table fresh” good. And perhaps that’s all that matters. My meal of choice was organic scrambled eggs with toast, a side of fresh tomato and avocado and orange juice (all in all it cost roughly $26). It was a simple, healthy, and delicious meal, one that left me feeling like I had done something good for my body.

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