On this trip back home, my sister and I were ALL about traditional Japanese food. I wanted to visit a “teishoku-ya,” which is a genre of restaurants that serves simple and affordable meal sets. Teishyoku-ya’s around the country generally serve a set meal, usually consisting of grilled fish or a stir-fry with rice, pickles, miso soup, and tea. These kinds of restaurants are where people often go alone, or with co-workers to enjoy quick meals during work hours. My father suggested Kadotaya, as he himself has enjoyed many a simple teishyoku there.

Japanese pride themselves in their simple cooking and fresh ingredients, which is one of the underlying and distinguishing characteristics of the country’s traditional cuisine. Kadota, located in Ebisu, Tokyo is indeed the perfect restaurant that embodies this core concept of seasonal simplicity.

There is usually a line that forms around noon time, but the wait is minimal as most customers are rushing to get back to work. I ordered the marlin (a fish resembling the swordfish), which was delightfully seasoned with a sweet soy sauce base. A bowl of warm miso soup pickles, and hijiki (sea vegetable, not pictured) salad was served on the side, creating a dynamic and perfectly portioned meal. For those who come in extremely hungry, there are unlimited refills for the hijiki salad.

Shokusai Kadota
1 Chome-1-2 Ebisunishi, Shibuya,
Tokyo, Japan 150-0021