All eyes are on Tokyo right now, thanks to the Olympic Games. It's also the city with the highest number of Michelin restaurants, with a fascinating culinary history to boot. Here, we highlight some of the more interesting legacy restaurants, a few of them are even birthplaces of certain classic Japanese food.
1. Kaminarimon Sansada
Kaminarimon Sansada was established in 1837, and is known as the oldest tempura restaurant in Tokyo. The story goes that its founder, Sadakichi Mikawaya, who came to Tokyo from Mikawa, started catching fish from the pond in front of his house and deep-frying them with sesame oil. This became his signature dish at his restaurant, which still operates today using his original recipes. Its most popular dish, however, is kakiage, a combination of ingredients fried in batter.
1-chōme-2-2 Asakusa, Taito City, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan