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“Cultural Experience” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Kiji, Marunouchi

Kiji, Marunouchi
Ranked #12 of 6,821 Restaurants in Chiyoda
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $9
Cuisines: Japanese, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Neighborhood: Ginza / Tokyo Nihonbashi
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2,740 reviews
1,086 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,455 helpful votes
“Cultural Experience”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2013

Pros: great experience, very pop among locals, fast and fresh ingredients. English menu.
This restaurant is located in a busy food court. When we arrived around noon there was already a line. The server take note of your order before you get a table.
We ordered 2 but you can share 1 if you are not very hungry. We had the squid/pork/shrimp/octopus one. It comes with a brown sauce that I didn't like. I would prefer without it.
They leave the eggs resting in a flat top. You just have to cut and eat it.
It's a nice cultural and food experience.

  • Visited June 2013
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1 Thank HelenaGuerra
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English first
Athens, Greece
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102 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2012

I have had okonomiyaki before but this was excellent!
Good food, good prices, a must restaurant to visit. You need to be prepared to wait in line to get in, but a waiter is going to bring you a menu and take your order while you are waiting so that you get your food as soon as you sit down at your table. Can't wait to go back!

Visited November 2012
Thank KellyMLnt
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Los Angeles, California
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Fun and Tasty”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2012

First off, the mapped location for this little restaurant is incorrect. It is NOT in Tokyo Station, as I discovered two years ago when I first went hunting for this hole-in-the-wall. Luckily it's pretty well-known and a guy on the street knew where to direct me. If you are at Tokyo Station, exit at Marunouchi-South from the underground exit. As you walk up the steps you'll be looking at the facade of Tokyo Station; turn right at the top of the stairs and walk alongside the station. Follow the main road as it bends to the left a bit. Once you've passed the end of the station, you'll walk by a row of small shops/restaurants. The TOKIA building, which houses the restaurant, is across the street. The restaurant is down one level, about halfway down the hall on the left. There are lots of little restaurants down there - none with names written in English. Kiji has one of those split pieces of fabric Japanese places sometimes hang in front of the doorway. It's blue with Japanese characters on it.

Once I found the place, I've come back every time I'm in Tokyo.

The restaurant specializes in Okonmiyaki, a dish local to Osaka, which are fairly large vegetable-based pancakes topped with various meats, mushrooms, sprouts and a special Okonomiyaki sauce. There is a corn and potato version for veggies which is pretty good too. The pork and mushroom is my personal favorite. The pork is essentially thick pieces of bacon which grill down to crispy strips that become embedded in the pancake. Topped with some delicious variety of Japanese mushrooms and a scattering of chopped leeks, (oh, and a raw egg...gotta keep it weird; this is Japan after all) it's a hearty and satisfying meal. You can also have beef tendon (which sounds revolting but actually looks outstanding) or various types of seafood as your protein.
The pancakes are grilled on a large griddle which runs the length of the bar at the back of the restaurant. If you're eating at the bar, they just push your pancake in front of you and you can chop off pieces to eat while the rest of the cake sizzles away. Each table in the restaurant has its own cook-top so if you're not at the bar the food is dropped off at your table and allowed to finish cooking there. It's a fairly unique restaurant experience, and kind of fun.

The restaurant is small and quite popular so be prepared to wait in line at peak lunch and dinner times. One of the cooks will come out and take your order while you wait so your food will be nearly ready by the time you are seated. But even if you can't make it at an off hour don't let the lines scare you away from experiencing this delicious and uniquely Japanese treat.

  • Visited November 2012
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