ohhhh, i have to get in on this one.
i'm a total ラーメンオタク!
(as a result, i've become a bit of a ramen snob as well, not sure if i'm proud of that or not, but once you start eating the good designer ramen, you can't go back to the mediocre stuff).
i think i'm gonna start a thread on this, good ramen is meant to be shared
in general, the food in tokyo is soooooo good. and the variety available is quite remarkable. i think only in NYC did i get so excited talking about restaurants.
my top 3 好きな食物 in japan are (in no particular order):
ナス味噌 (miso eggplant)
醤油と海苔の焼餅 (grilled mochi with seaweed and soy sauce)
笊そば or せいろそば (zaru soba, seiro soba) - i eat it probably 3-4 times a week!
i saw that indian food was mentioned...
i think the indian food in tokyo is really good! there is quite a large indian community in tokyo and as a result there are a good deal of indian restaurants throughout the city.
there's a lot of great yakiniku shops too. most of them are japanized (which isn't a bad thing), but you can also find quite authentic ones too! the jpod office is located in one of tokyo's many "korean towns." so we eat a lot of korean food together!
lastly, i think there is a lot of good thai food here too. and it runs the gamut from authentic to japanized. i usually judge a thai place according to how good it's tom yum kung is. there are 2 excellent places by my apartment, so i think i should learn how to say ご馳走様でした in vietnamese!
ps. we need an emoticon of homer simpson drooling!!!
anyone got one? or can make one?