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How to order in a Japanese Restaurant

how to order in a Japanese restaurant

If like many others you are planning to take a luxury tour of Japan this year for the Rugby World Cup then you will be thinking about how to order in a Japanese restaurant. Here are a few tips from Dave Pope who has experienced Japanese restaurants first-hand.

In Japan, as in most of the rest of the Japan , there are three main shokuji (shoh-koo-jee) (meals) of the day: chōshoku (chohh-shoh-koo) (breakfast), chūshoku (chooo-shoh-koo) (lunch), and yūshoku (yooo-shoh-koo) (dinner).

Within minutes of entering Japan, virtually all tourists encounter the phrase “Irasshaimase!” (いらっしゃいませ!), meaning “Welcome to the store!” or “Come on in!.”

So how to order in a Japanese Restaurant?

Eigo no menyu arimasuka? (英語のメニューありますか?)Do you have an English menu?
Wain no menyu o misete itadakemasuka? (ワインのメニューを見せていただけますか?)Can I see the wine list?

Watashi wa begitarian desu. Begitarian menyu arimasuka? (私はベジタリアンです。ベジェタリアンメニューありますか?) I am vegetarian. Do you have a vegetarian menu?

Kore wa nan desu ka? (これは何ですか?)What is this?
Kore wa nama mono desu ka? (これは生物ですか?)Is this raw?
Gurasu wain wo futatsu onegaishimasu (グラスワインを二つお願いします)Two glasses of wine, please.
Kochira wo onegaishimasu. (こちらをお願いします)I’d like to order this. Use when pointing at the menu.
Order onegaishimasu. (オーダーお願いします) Excuse me. Can you take our (my) order, please.
Gyuniku (butaniku, chikin) ryouri ga tabetai desuga, menyu ni arimasuka? (牛肉/豚肉/チキン料理が食べたいですが、メニューにありますか?)I’d like to have beef/pork/chicken. Do you have any in your menu?
Kodomo yo no isu wa arimasuka? (子供用の椅子はありますか?)Do you have any high chairs for the kids?
Toire (otearai) wa doko desu ka? (トイレ・お手洗いはどこですか?)Where is the toilet?
Oikura desu ka (おいくらですか?)How much is this?


Okaikei kudasai. (お会計ください)Please give us the bill.
Kurejitto kaado de daijobu desuka? (クレジットカードで大丈夫ですか?) Can I pay by credit card?
Ryoshusho kudasai (領収書ください)Please give me a receipt.

Food-related greetings

Kanpai (乾杯)Cheers when toasting drinks
Itadakimasu (いただきます)Bon appeti. Literally, “I accept,” this is an expression used at the beginning of a meal by those eating it to show appreciation of the food that has been served and the people who have prepared it.
Gochisousama deshita (ごちそうさまでした)An expression used at the end of a meal by those who have eaten it
Oishii desu (美味しいです)It’s delicious.
Suki desu (好きです)I like it
Amari suki de wa nai desu (あまり好きではないです)I don’t like it very much

Phrases you will hear when your order in a Japanese restaurant

Irasshaimase (いらっしゃいませ)Welcome. There is no need to reply to this greeting, you can just smile, bow or say hello.
Touten o erabi itadaki, arigato gozaimasu. (当店を選びいただき、ありがとうございます) Thank you for dining with us.
Goyukkuri dozo (ごゆっくりどうぞ)Have a pleasant time.
Dozo meshiagatte kudasai (どうぞ、召し上がってください)Enjoy your meal, said by the cook/chef
Sumimasen, tadaima manseki nanode, omachi itadaku koto ni narimasu ga yoroshii deshouka? (すみません、只今満席なので、お待ち頂くことになりますが、よろしいでしょうか)I am so sorry, there is no table available now. We will have to ask you to wait a little, but is this alright for you?

Other useful words to know

Onegaishimasu (お願いします)Please
Sakana (魚) Fish
Niku (肉)Meat
Yasai (野菜) Vegetables
Begitarian (ベジタリアン)Vegetarian
Biiru (ビール)Beer
Mizu (水)Water
Ocha (お茶)Tea
Kohi (コーヒー)Coffee
Mata kimasu (また来ます)I’ll come again

Here is a link to eating and drinking etiquette from the Japanese Tourist Board.

So they were our top tips on how to order in a Japanese Restaurant on your next luxury tour of Japan and if you need any help planning your trip then please contact us on 01926 935747 or escape@popeandsons.co.uk


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