Japan is well known for taking things way, way over the top when it comes to things that they are passionate about. So it’s no surprise that this applies to food as well. Typically called ohmori (大盛り), super-sized portions are usually available as food challenges at various dining establishments but sometimes they’re part of the regular menu too. They are sometimes called “mega” (メガ) or even “jumbo” (ジャンボ or “janbo”) in Japanese instead. Here are some of the best places for big eats in Tokyo!
1. Towering Beef Bowls
Beef-lovers rejoice and dig into this multi-layered, medium rare meaty bowl of joy. It is topped with a warm, half-done egg yolk to bring out the creamy richness of the beef and at the bottom of the heap is a generous serve of warm, fluffy Japanese rice. As it sits under the moist meat, the rice soaks up all the rich flavour and umami-goodness that drips down to the bottom of the bowl. So even if you’re about to explode from the meat, you’ll find it hard to resist finishing the rice too. A Mega serving here will set you back 1,600 yen.
The Nikudon no Mise / the肉丼の店 | Tokyo-to, Ota-ku, Nishikamata, 7-5-5 Dai 6 Kikuchi Building, Spacy Plaza Kamata 1st Floor | Website
2. Mountainous Sushi
Aptly (and literally) called Mountain-serving (yamamori) sushi. These gunkan (battleship)-style sushi will challenge even the most avid sushi fanatic with their ginormous size. Although you might think the seafood served might be subpar (quantity over quality), it certainly is not the case here. The fish is fresh and flavourful, while the rice, however much there is at the bottom of the ‘boat’ is fluffy and warm. Like at most revolving sushi restaurants, these yamamori are served with two pieces to a plate. Each plate costs between 340 and 660 yen
Miura Misakiko (Ueno branch) / 三浦三崎港 上野店 | Tokyo-to, Taito-ku, Ueno 6-12-14 | Website
3. Hearty Pancakes
Despite their height, these pancakes are anything but dense. In fact, their texture is so light that it’s been compared to eating a cloud…or a souffle. Each serve is made up of three giant pancakes, each just over an inch tall. They are served with butter, cream and maple syrup. The secret to these fluffy ‘premium pancakes’ is the meringue its made with. Only 20 of these giants are available every day and they are sold at very specific timings — 11am, 3pm and 6pm. Each plate costs 950 yen.
Cafe gram 原宿店 | Tokyo-tu, Shibuya-ku, Jingumae 1-9-30 | Website
4. Moo-velous Burgers
Weighing a hefty 2kg, measuring 25cm in diameter and standing 10 cm tall is the granddaddy of all burgers, the Birthday Burger. Lovingly handmade with a 100% Japanese beef patty, the burger is sandwiched between a freshly baked bun and rests on juicy, red tomatoes and crisp, green lettuce. It comes with a side of golden friends and tart pickles. The Birthday Burger must be ordered 5 days in advance and costs 5, 800 yen.
Grill Burger Club SASA|Tokyo-to, Shibuya-ku, 2-21-15 Ebisunishi, Daikanyama-pocketpark 1F|Website
5. Overflowing Ikura
Ikura koboredeon (sometimes shortened to ikura don), is a decadent dish that is most commonly found on Hokkaido as its surrounding waters are Japan’s main source for salmon roe. Here the shoyu-cured salmon roe are served atop a warm, fluffy rice that complements the ikura’s rich mouth-bursting flavours. While ikura isn’t usually served in heaping amounts due to its high cost, at only 890 yen this is one of Tokyo’s cheapest menu-priced salmon roe bowls in town. While not exactly a “big” eat, this makes the list for serving an ‘extra large’ portion compared to the norm.
Totoshigure (ととしぐれ) |Tokyo-to, Setagaya-ku, 5-30-12 Daizawa
6. Great Balls of Tako
The mother of all takoyaki weighs in at 200gs and measures 8cm wide. The base is made of 10 ingredients: quail eggs, weiners, squid, short neck clams, shimeji mushrooms, small rice flour dumplings, corn, fried dough bits, cabbage, and pickled ginger; and is more like a combination of takoyaki, monjyayaki and okonomiyaki. There are over 10 different options available on their menu, included location exclusive ones such as Harajuku’s Butter Soy Sauce. Prices start at 380 yen and go up to 490 yen.
Bakudan Yaki Honpo (Harajuku) | Tokyo-to, Shibuya-ku, Harajuku 1-8-2 Jinguu Mae, Sorando 2F Foodcourt | Website
7. Skyscraper Milkshakes
These Shakes of Liberty are the ultimate dessert in a glass. They are over a liter in volume and available in three indulgent flavours. The Towering Black S’more is a chocolate shake with peanut butter and orange marmalade accents, topped with s’mores, cookies, and waffles. The Bumble Berry Eater adds cheesecake, berry compote, and popovers to a strawberry shake. The Caramelized Bananuts is a cinnamon-laced banana shake that is graced with a churro, donut, pretzels, and potato chips.
J.S. Burgers Cafe (Shibuya branch) | Tokyo-to, Shibuya-ku, Jinnan 1-20-13, G Building Shibuya 01, 2nd floor | Website
8. Gorilla-sized Curry
Our last entry comes from one of Japan’s largest chain curry stores nationwide. Specialising in Kanazawa curry, the heartiest menu item available is the World Champion Curry (2,250 yen). It comes with one piece of pork katsu, one piece of chicken katsu, two tempura ebi, four sausages and one hard boiled egg each on top of a mountain of rice (1.5kg) slathered in their signature curry. This dish is definitely Harambe approved.
GO!GO!CURRY! | Tōkyō-to, Toshima-ku, Minamiikebukuro 1-23-2, Teiwaizu Building, B1F | Website