World-renowned chef, author and Emmy-winning television personality Anthony Bourdain visits Tokyo, Japan in the next episode of "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown," airing Sunday, November 3, at 9 p.m. ET. Follow the show on Twitter and Facebook.
"Maybe the most important thing you need to know about Tokyo, from my point of view is, every chef I know – every high end chef, from Spain, France, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles basically every chef I’ve ever met. If you asked them, 'If you had to spend the rest of your life, in one country, eating one country’s food for the rest of your life, where would that be?' They’re all gonna say the same thing. Japan. Tokyo. Period," says Anthony Bourdain.
During Bourdain's trip to Tokyo, he searches for (and finds) sushi master Naomichi Yasuda, takes a late night / early morning jaunt to Tsukiji - the city's massive fish market, savors the salty, savory, pickly delicious snacks of an izakaya and gets all knotted up over the city's fetish and manga-reading subculture.
Now that he's showed you his side - here's the Tokyo we know:
Are you being served? Tokyo's 'butlers' spruce up cosplay cafes
The best sushi restaurants in Tokyo
But the great thing about Tokyo is its sheer breadth and depth of choice when it comes to eating out. Sushi is no exception, and at least one of these five restaurants or chains is sure to please just about any hungry visitor; just don’t expect to be chowing down on California and spicy tuna rolls. (Read more)
Manga maids need not apply: Japan’s high-end concept cafés come of age
But away from these Japanese stereotypes, there is a growing scene of altogether more grown-up concept cafés fusing areas to eat and drink with spaces for business meetings and relaxation. (Read more)
B-grade dining is tops in Tokyo
The term "B-grade food" sounds just plain weird, implying something less than great. Yet stroll into any Japanese bookstore and you’ll spot dozens of magazines and books emblazoned with the characters "B級グルメ" – "B-kyu gurume." So why is second-rate dining so hot right now? (Read more)
Step up to the plate: from baseball bats to chopsticks
Hyozaemon specializes in traditional hand-crafted eating utensils and in 2000 introduced their "kattobashi" chopsticks. The name is a play on words combining the Japanese word for chopsticks, "hashi," with a familiar chant heard at Japanese baseball games. (Read more)
Previously on "Parts Unknown":