Indulge in the Flavors of Unique Japanese "Yoshoku"!

What is yoshoku?

Yoshoku refers to Western-influenced dishes unique to Japan. In modern, late 19th-century Japan, Japanese food culture underwent a transformative era brought on by active relations with Western countries, giving rise to various novel dishes.

Classic Yoshoku Dishes


This dish consists of ketchup-flavored fried rice wrapped in a thin blanket of fluffy fried egg. Its name is a portmanteau of the French word “omelette” and the English word “rice.” It is a very familiar dish for the Japanese, and dedicated restaurants exist all over the country.


This pasta dish is made with ingredients like ketchup, onions, green bell peppers, mushrooms, and sausage. It is a beloved item typically found on kissaten (Japanese tearooms) menus. Despite being called “Napolitan,” this dish does not seem to exist in Italy.


Boil, mash, and deep-fry some potatoes to get korokke. This staple of Japanese households is based on “croquette,” a deep-fried dish of breaded meat and vegetables. Besides potatoes, crab cream and curry-flavored korokke are also popular ingredients. They can even be found at convenience stores.

Ginza Rengatei

This famous yoshoku restaurant opened in 1895.

It is said to be the birthplace of well-known dishes such as omurice, pork cutlet, deep-fried oysters, and more. Enjoy a variety of tastes inside this retro establishment.

Address 3-5-16 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Access Ginza Sta. (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line) → 3 min walk
Telephone number 0335613882
Business hours 11:15-15:00 (L.O. 14:00), 17:30-21:00 (L.O. 20:00)
Regular holiday Sunday, summer holidays and New Year holidays

Hotel New Grand

This classic hotel opened in 1927. The New Grand is said to have invented the Napolitan (cooked in a sauce made with raw tomatoes), seafood doria (rice gratin), and purin à la mode, a dessert of pudding served with ice cream and fruits. Visitors can now enjoy these dishes inside the hotel at “The Cafe.”

Address 10 Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa
Access Motomachi-Chukagai Sta. (Minatomirai Line) → 1 min walk
Telephone number 0456811841
Business hours 10:00-21:30(L.O. 21:00, course menu 20:30)
Regular holiday Open 365 days


This long-established kissaten opened in 1925. They serve eleven versions of their generously portioned Turkish Rice. For dessert, make sure to try the milkshake.

Address 2-47 Aburaya-machi, Nagasaki City, Nagasaki
Access Shianbashi stop (Nagasaki Electric Tramway) → 2 min walk
Telephone number 0958242679
Business hours 10:00-21:00(L.O. 21:00)
Regular holiday January 1
The information herein is as of October 2023

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