14 Great Places to Satisfy your Lunch Cravings for Less than 1,000 JPY in Ikebukuro

Publish-date: Jan 16 2018 Update-date: Nov 17 2018
Author: SAVOR JAPAN

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14 Great Places to Satisfy your Hunger for Less than 1,000 JPY in Ikebukuro


Ikebukuro is one of Tokyo’s multiple city centres, just like Shinjuku and Shibuya. In fact, Ikebukuro Station is proud to be known as the second most used station in the world after Shinjuku Station. Packed with sushi places, meat restaurants, and places that serve set meals, here are the top 14 places to satisfy your lunch cravings for less than 1,000 JPY in Ikebukuro.

1. Haneuma Ikebukuro Branch

1. Haneuma Ikebukuro Branch1. Haneuma Ikebukuro Branch

This Western-style izakaya (Japanese pub) specializing in wild horse meat is only a 5-minute walk from the East Exit of Ikebukuro Station. Other meat such as lamb and Hokkaido Ezo deer can also be enjoyed here. Of the dishes that use horse meat, [Basashi] - where the meat is served raw, and the slowly grilled [Grill] are highly recommended. Horse meat can be enjoyed for under 1,000 JPY in their well-known lunch time dish of [Horse Meat Patty with Homemade Demi-glace] (850 JPY). Also highly recommended are the [Horse Meat Bolognese On Rice] (800 JPY), where rice is covered with a sauce of horse mince slowly cooked in various spices, as well as the richly-flavored [Horse Meat Tendon Curry] (750 JPY).

Haneuma Ikebukuro Branch

Open: Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:30 pm)
[Sunday, National Holidays] Dinner 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm) [Monday - Thursday] Dinner 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)
[Friday] Dinner 5:00 pm - 4:00 am (L.O. 3:00 am)
[Saturday] Dinner 4:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 3,500 JPY / [Lunch] 700 JPY
Address: 1F, Stax Bldg., 1-35-11, Higashi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

2. the life table Ikebukuro Branch

2. the life table Ikebukuro Branch2. the life table Ikebukuro Branch

This Italian restaurant filled with meat and cheese cuisine is only around a 30-second walk from the East Exit of Ikebukuro Station. Recommendations include the [Wild T-Bone Steak] (3,980 JPY plus tax), where both sirloin and filets can be enjoyed together, and the [Cheese Dak-galbi] (1,480 JPY plus tax), where salty-sweet meat and vegetables are covered in melted cheese. Why not try the lunch time dish of avocados and tomatoes dipped in melted cheese with the [Cheese Fondue] (980 JPY each)? Mentai (seasoned cod roe) cream base, tomato sauce base, and rich cream base over [Pasta] (780 JPY each) are also available during lunch.

the life table Ikebukuro Branch

Open: [Monday - Thursday, National Holidays] Dinner 4:30 pm - 11:30 pm
[Friday, Day before National Holidays] Dinner 4:30 pm - 12:00 am
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] Lunch 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
[Sunday] Dinner 4:00 pm - 11:30 pm
[Saturday] Dinner 4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 2,800 JPY / [Lunch] 980 JPY
Address: 8F, Flc Bldg., 1-22-2, Minami Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

3. STORIA

3. STORIA3. STORIA

This is an Italian restaurant offering all-you-can-eat cheese fondue that's only around a 20-second walk from the West Exit of Ikebukuro Station. This restaurant not only offers its very own combination of rich and luxurious fondue sauce, but it also offers [Angel Soft Cheese Fondue] - a new style of fondue where rich cheese comes in mousse form. A mountain of roast beef is used in both the [Roast Beef Sandwich] (980 JPY plus tax) and the [Roast Beef Rice Bowl] (980 JPY plus tax), which are both highly recommended at lunch time. Why not also try the delicious [Beef Demi-Gratin] (780 JPY plus tax)?

STORIA

Open: 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 2,500 JPY / [Lunch] 900 JPY
Address: 6F, No.1 Nishi-ike Bldg., 1-15-9, Nishi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

4. Bar&Grill motto

4. Bar&Grill motto4. Bar&Grill motto

This is an Italian restaurant specializing in meat cuisine that's located only around a 4-minute walk from the East Exit of Ikebukuro Station. This restaurant is popular due to the way it sells cuts from a joint of roast beef by weight (78 JPY per 10g, reservation required). They are particularly proud of their [T-Bone Steak (1lb, approx. 450g)], priced at 4,500 JPY. During lunch time, they have 5 different types of [Roast Beef Rice Bowl] for only 1,000 JPY each. The most recommended among the 5 is the [2-Color Beef and Pork Rice Bowl] (1,000 JPY), where both roast beef and shabu-shabu (sliced meat parboiled with vegetables) pork can be enjoyed together. Also available are dishes such as the [Chicken Grill Set Lunch] (800 JPY) and [Beef Tendon Curry] (800 JPY).

Bar&Grill motto

Open: Dinner 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)
[Weekdays, Saturday] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm) *No lunch service on national holidays
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 4,000 JPY / [Lunch] 800 JPY
Address: 2F, Keita Bldg., 1-39-20, Higashi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

5. HIKARI cafe&dining Ikebukuro Branch

5. HIKARI cafe&dining Ikebukuro Branch5. HIKARI cafe&dining Ikebukuro Branch

This is a dining bar located on the top floor of a building overlooking the main street. It is only around a 1 minute walk from the East Exit of Ikebukuro Station. Customers can make themselves at home sitting on a sofa with a snack, or a glass of wine and European-style sosaku (creative) cuisine. Lunches available for under 1,000 JPY include the teppanyaki (ingredients grilled on an iron griddle) [Weekly Rice Plate] (1,000 JPY) and [Daily Rice Plate] (890 JPY). Also available are the [Special Hikari Meat Patty Lunch] (980 JPY) and [Melted Cheese and Demi-Mushroom Sauce Omurice] (980 JPY). [Weekly Spaghetti] (900 JPY) is also available on the abundant menu.

HIKARI cafe&dining Ikebukuro Branch

Open: Lunch 11:45 am - 5:00 pm, Dinner 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (Drinks L.O. 11:00 pm, Food L.O. 10:30 pm)
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 2,500 JPY / [Lunch] 800 JPY
Address: 11F, The Sh One, 1-26-6, Minami Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

6. atari CAFE&DINING Ikebukuro

6. atari CAFE&DINING Ikebukuro6. atari CAFE&DINING Ikebukuro

Around a 1 minute walk from the East Exit of Ikebukuro Station, this restaurant is located on the 8F of Parco, a department store directly connected to Ikebukuro Station. The theme of this sosaku cuisine restaurant is [Wa] (Japanese-style) and [Health]. Get the nutrients that people often lack with the weekly [Balanced Set Meal] (1,080 JPY), or get in shape with the [Healthy Set Meal] (1,180 JPY). A “Healthy Options” menu is also available. Recommended lunch dishes available for less than 1,000 JPY include the very nutritious [Masala Curry] (920 JPY), made with processed soy meat and vegetables.

atari CAFE&DINING Ikebukuro

Open: Lunch 11:00 am - 5:00 pm, Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (Drinks L.O. 10:30 pm, Food L.O.10:00 pm)
Closed: Irregular *According to Ikebukuro Parco
Average price: [Dinner] 3,500 JPY / [Lunch] 900 JPY
Address: 8F, Ikebukuro Parco, 1-28-2, Minami Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

7. Shiki

7. Shiki7. Shiki

This Japanese-style izakaya, located around a 1 minute walk from the West Exit of Ikebukuro Station, serves Japanese sosaku cuisine such as live oysters fresh from the port and sake (Japanese alcohol). As the oysters are stocked from 5 different locations across Japan, they all taste slightly different. Why not experience them all for yourself in the [Assortment of Live Oysters]? The [Gangan-yaki] is also highly recommended, consisting of oysters which have been steamed with sake. The [Kaki-fry Set Meal (Deep-fried Breaded Oysters)] (600 JPY plus tax) is a great choice during lunch time. The juices of these succulent oysters, surrounded by crispy, deep-fried breadcrumbs, gush out as you bite into them!

Shiki

Open: Lunch 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (Food L.O. 2:00 pm, Drinks L.O. 2:15 pm), Dinner 4:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:30 pm)
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 4,300 JPY / [Lunch] 800 JPY
Address: 7F, Seagull House Bldg., 1-13-5, Nishi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

8. Hikari Curry Udon

8. Hikari Curry Udon8. Hikari Curry Udon

This restaurant is around a 5-minute walk from the West Exit of Ikebukuro Station. Located inside a refurbished house, food such as udon (thick noodles) can be enjoyed during the day. However, at night, it turns into an izakaya that doesn't serve only food. Their pride and joy has to be the [Otona no Curry Udon] (880 JPY), with its 18 different spices. The dish can become even more delicious by adding a topping of melted raclette cheese for an additional 450 JPY. The [Yume-kara Curry Udon] (950 JPY) is 15 times more spicy than the [Otona no Curry Udon], and is recommended for those who can handle spicy cuisine. Why not try the [Japanese-style Curry Risotto] (880 JPY), which is [Otona no Curry Risotto] with rice and a soft-boiled egg added to it?

Hikari Curry Udon

Open: [Tuesday - Saturday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm) *Until stocks last
[Tuesday - Saturday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Dinner 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm (Food L.O. 10:00 pm, Drinks L.O. 10:30 pm)
Closed: Monday, Sunday
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY / [Lunch] 880 JPY
Address: Back of B1F, Parkside Fuki Bldg., 3-22-8, Nishi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

9. Keisho-an

9. Keisho-an9. Keisho-an

This chicken specialty restaurant is located inside Lumine Ikebukuro, which is directly connected to Ikebukuro Station and only around a 3-minute walk from its West Exit. Yakitori (grilled chicken skewer) is a dish that is simply grilled to bring out the natural flavors of chicken. Various cuts of chicken are available in the recommended [5-types of Chicken Platter] (980 JPY) dish. The luxurious salty yet sweet taste of the [Fuwatoro Oyako-don]  (rice bowl dish with chicken and eggs) (1,050 JPY) is also highly recommended. A recommended lunch option available for less than 1,000 JPY would be the [Chicken Nanban-don] (980 JPY), which consists of deep-fried chicken thigh dipped in sweetened vinegar and served with tartar sauce.

Keisho-an

Open: 11:00 am - 10:30 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 2,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPY
Address: 8F, Lumine Ikebukuro, 1-11-1, Nishi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

10. Kineya

10. Kineya10. Kineya

This [Sanuki Udon] restaurant is located on the 8F of Lumine Ikebukuro, which is directly connected to Ikebukuro Station and only around a 3-minute walk from the West Exit. Customers can enjoy seeing noodles being freshly made at the front of the restaurant. These doughy noodles go great with clear tsuyu (soup), a Kansai specialty. Why not try the classic [Sanuki Udon] (491 JPY plus tax) alongside some [Inari-zushi] (deep-fried tofu stuffed with rice), or with [Kayaku Rice] (rice cooked with ingredients)? Both of these [Set Meals] cost only 639 JPY (plus tax).

Kineya

Open: 11:00 am - 10:30 pm (L.O. 10:00 am)
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 900 JPY / [Lunch] 900 JPY
Address: 8F, Lumine Ikebukuro, 1-11-1, Nishi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

11. Fuku Thai Restaurant

11. Fuku Thai Restaurant11. Fuku Thai Restaurant

Only around a 7-minute walk from the West Exit of Ikebukuro Station, this Thai restaurant has adapted its Thai cuisine especially to please the Japanese palate. Not only are infamous Thai dishes such as the spicy and sour shrimp soup dish of [Tom Yum Goong] (780 JPY / 1,480 JPY) available, but Thai [Singha Beer] (600 JPY) and [Sparkling Wine] (630 JPY) are also available. The classic Thai dish of [Khao Man Kai (Chicken and Rice)] (950 JPY) is highly recommended at lunch time, and consists of delicious tender chicken thigh seasoned with a ginger and garlic soup, as well as rice cooked in that mixture. This dish is so delicious, so it's no wonder that it's extremely popular!

Fuku Thai Restaurant

Open: [Weekdays, Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] Lunch 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm)
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY / [Lunch] 850 JPY
Address: 1F, No. 2 Tousen Bldg., 2-22-5, Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

12. Jingu

12. Jingu12. Jingu

This restaurant is only around a 3-minute walk from the East Exit of Ikebukuro Station. There is a vending machine by the entrance of this newly opened (July 2017) ramen (noodles) restaurant, where customers can buy a food voucher and then proceed to an available counter seat. The meaty soup of this restaurant is called [Vegetable Potage], and it uses dashi taken from pork and chicken, as well as the umami (Japanese savory taste) of various types of slow-cooked vegetables. It is so thick and rich that it is almost like potage soup! A basic [Ramen] costs 750 JPY. The [Ramen with all the Toppings] (1,000 JPY) has toppings such as char siu (roast pork), green onions, cabbage, garlic chives, and so on. This dish is actually specially designed to include a day's worth of vegetables!

Jingu

Open: [Weekdays, Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] 11:00 am - 12:30 am
Closed: None
Average price: 800 JPY
Address: 1-38-1, Higashi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

13. Tori-uo Ikebukuro Eki-mae Branch

13. Tori-uo Ikebukuro Eki-mae Branch13. Tori-uo Ikebukuro Eki-mae Branch

This chicken and fish Japanese-style izakaya is only around a 1 minute walk from the East Exit of Ikebukuro Station. A wide variety of relaxing private rooms are available, allowing for groups of 2 - 12 people. The [Fumoto Aka-dori Black Vinegar Nanban Tartar Lunch] (860 JPY) is highly recommended during lunch time. It consists of deep-fried, ji-dori (local chicken) Fumoto Akadori (Fumoto Aka Chicken) raised in Saga Prefecture, topped with black vinegar and served with tartar sauce. The [Weekly Grilled Fish Lunch] (950 JPY) and the freshly stocked [Sashimi of the Day Lunch] (980 JPY) are recommended for those who prefer fish over meat. [Tuna and Avocado Yukhoe-don] (880 JPY) is also popular among female customers, and consists of finely chopped tuna and avocado served on rice alongside Yukhoe (a Korean dish of seasoned raw beef topped with an egg yolk).

Tori-uo Ikebukuro Eki-mae Branch

Open: Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:30 pm)
[Monday - Thursday, Sunday, National Holidays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm)
[Friday, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm (L.O. 10:45 pm)
Closed: None *Beginning and end of the year (Closed December 31 - January 1)
Average price: [Dinner] 2,980 JPY / [Lunch] 950 JPY
Address: 2F, KDG Ikebukuro Bldg., 1-23-6, Minami Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

14. Ikebukuro Saigon Restaurant

14. Ikebukuro Saigon Restaurant14. Ikebukuro Saigon Restaurant

This well-established Vietnamese restaurant is located only around a 5-minute walk from the East Exit of Ikebukuro Station. The traditional southern Vietnamese dish, [Crispy Seafood Okonomiyaki] (Japanese savory pancake) (1,480 JPY), is highly recommended! Not only the abundance of vegetables, but the aroma of turmeric and texture of the crispy and thin skin of the seafood will surely have customers coming back for more of this richly-flavored dish! All items on the lunch menu cost 800 JPY, and include a dessert and a refillable cup of coffee or tea. The [Vietnamese Gyoza Lunch Set] is a classic street food dish which consists of doughy steamed gyoza (dumplings). Why not try some with a sauce that has nuoc cham - a fermented fish sauce - in it?

Ikebukuro Saigon Restaurant

Open: Lunch 11:30 am – 3:00 pm, Dinner 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 2,500 JPY / [Lunch] 800 JPY
Address: 3F, Torikoma No. 1 Bldg., 1-7-10, Higashi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
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Please use this article as a guide to a delicious and affordable lunch the next time you are in Ikebukuro!

Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.

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Publish-date: Jan 16 2018 Update-date: Nov 17 2018
Author: SAVOR JAPAN

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