A stone's throw from the upscale Ginza district, Yumeya Tsukishima ("moon island") is a large man-made island known as the birthplace of delicious monjayaki: a thin batter is mixed with shredded cabbage and other ingredients, fried on a griddle built into the table, and eaten directly from the grill with metal spatulas. The main street in Tsukishima is filled with monjayaki establishments, but Yumeya is one of the best, an obvious fact when you spot the line of waiting patrons. Tried-and-true monjayaki eaters will make it themselves at the table, but it can be a tricky endeavor—you need to form a ring of dry ingredients on the grill and pour the batter into the middle. If you're not feeling confident, servers can also make it for you at your table.
- Address: 3–18–4 Tsukishima, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 104-0052
- Phone: 03/3536–7870
- Subway: Oedo and Yuraku-cho subway lines, Tsukishima Station (Exit 7)
- Location: Ginza
- No credit cards.
- Closed Mon. No lunch weekdays.