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Shinjukukappo Nakajima

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3 32-5 Shinjuku, Shinjuku 160-0022, Tokyo Prefecture
+81 3-3356-4534
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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    4 of 5 stars
Delicious and great value for the sardine lunch

Three of us managed to have the three 800 y ways of eating the sardines. All were delicious though my overall vote goes for the sashimi style.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Three of us managed to have the three 800 y ways of eating the sardines. All were delicious though my overall vote goes for the sashimi style.

Thank russAustralia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015 via mobile

This was one restaurant recommended by lonely planet and I looked forward to it! To Be honest, I am not a huge fan of sardines but Michelin restaurant below 1000 yen, better try it! I went on a sat and when I arrived at 1115am, a queue has already been formed. The restaurant opened at 1130 and unfortunately I had... More 

Thank Angal
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015 via mobile

Came for the lunch menu and we were second in line. I wouldn't normally order sardines but had to give these a try, we ordered the grilled, fried and baked to share between two. Simple ingredients done well. My favourite were the baked. Great service too. A long queue as we left so try to come early by 11am for... More 

Thank Bopnbeep22
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
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50 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

What I liked about Nakajima: 1) Super affordable set lunches at 800yen even for 1-star Michelin restaurant like Nakajima 2) Efficient seatings - though queue was long, the turnover was very quick and staff didn't waste time by offering menus for our consumption before we were properly seated 3) Try their Nizakana and Yanagawabe Nabe set lunches - both were... More 

Thank Hitomi5
Seoul, South Korea
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54 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

This misulan 1 star restaurant provides delicious lunch at reasonable price. In Shinjuku, lunch in most restaurants is a little bit expensive. However, in this place, I could enjoy delicious japanese fish dish at 800~900 yen. There are 4~5 choices in lunch menu, which include boiled rice, miso soup, hot green tea, and several tsukemono. We ate nabe(900 yen), tenpura(800... More 

Thank slvi l
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

Price point the place is cheap considering the quality of the ingredients, efficiency of the service and wonderful taste. Sardines asa meal in Tokyo is hard to come by and Nakajima is a great spot to have it. Tips: 1. Go there for lunch. Worth it. Much cheaper than dinner. 2. Nakajima opens daily from 1130, so go and line... More 

Thank gekidan
London, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

We had a little difficulty finding Nakajima but eventually discovered it at the bottom of a staircase off the street, with no obvious sign at street level. We felt instantly welcome thanks to the warm greeting of the motherly proprietress-in-apron who whisked us to our counter seats. The meal was excellent: the 10,000-yen kaiseki option, with one delicious and attractively... More 

Thank John R
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015 via mobile

If you go to this place at lunch time you can enjoy the Michelin star food for about 800 yen. In fact at lunch you can choose among different sardine dishes all costing around the equivalent of 6€. The food is of course excellent and also the place is nice. Bargain of the year!

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50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This is really hard to find but deifinitely worth it, the food is delicious and exceptionally priced at lunch time. We had the anchoives and they were amazing...be prepared to queue as it's busy but worth the wait :)

Thank Pennina21
Kuala Lumpur
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78 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015 via mobile

It's not the easiest restaurant to locate and it's in a basement of a building. I recall walking past the building and not noticing the sign at first. It opens at 11.30am and we were the 7th and 8th person in line at 11.10am. Fast forward to 11.30am, there were at least another 20 people or so behind us. They... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3 32-5 Shinjuku, Shinjuku 160-0022, Tokyo Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kanto  >  Tokyo Prefecture  >  Tokyo  >  Shinjuku>  > Shinjuku
  • Neighborhood: Shinjuku
  • Phone Number: +81 3-3356-4534

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 9
  • Cuisine: Japanese

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