A real HALAL restaurant, that is not just muslim friendly, named “Tokyo Halal Restaurant” by ASlink has opened in Akasaka, Tokyo on Dec 19th. The restaurant is certified by Japan Islamic Trust, has a halal only kitchen with a muslim head chef, and serves no alcohol. You see, it’s really halal! I was invited to their press conference followed by the food tasting on the opening day.
Mr. Mohammad Shamim, the president of ASlink, is from Bangladesh currently living in Japan. As a muslim himself, he says he wanted to make a place where muslim visitors to Japan can enjoy the food without any worries. The company has been doing catering from October and it’s already receiving many orders from individuals as well as from hospitals and hotels. Also, he’s expecting to receive orders from embassies in the future.
At their opening, the invited media were offered to try their “halal osechi”!! Osechi is traditional New Year’s food in Japan. Over 20 kinds of dishes both Japanese and Indian were beautifully arranged in a triple tiered bento box. They replaced mirin (sweet cooking rice wine that is often used in Japanese cuisine) with sugar and honey, and adjusted the flavor. Everything I tried tasted great and it just proved that Japanese food can easily be cooked halal. The osechi box is limited to 30 sets and will be sold for 30,000 yen. For the details, please contact the restaurant directly.
The restaurant has 30 seats (all non-smoking), and is open from 11:00am to 1:30pm for lunch, 5:00pm to 10:00pm for dinner on weekdays, and closed on weekend. The price for the lunch is about 1000 yen and dinner is 2000 yen per person. What’s great about the restaurant is that they also serve Japanese food. I would definitely bring my muslim friends there!!
If you’re curious, they are offering lunch set for 500 yen only until the end of the year! The place is a bit difficult to find. Check the map carefully before you go or just follow the google map to save your time!
Tokyo Halal Restaurant http://aslink.tokyo/restaurant.html
Tokyo Halal Deli http://halal-delivery.tokyo