Since we don’t have a car in Tokyo, and there are no drive-thru fast food places (for us lazy Americans), we have to rely mostly on ourselves to shlep home prepared meals when we don’t feel like going out to dine-in someplace. We live close to Ebisu eki (train station) which, like many train stations in Tokyo, has an abundant selection of prepared foods for the weary commuter to take home.
However, in the one month since we have been here living in Tokyo, we’ve also discovered some great meal delivery options. To give some background, we live near a plethora of delicious and easily-accessible Japanese food options, but on occasion, we’ve had a craving for some greasy, fine-dining of the North American variety. That’s right, I’m talking good ole American brand name pizza, burgers, and fries. Don’t judge us. We are weak.
1. Domino’s Pizza: English website here. Ordering is easy peasy.
Start by entering your address to find the store closest to you for delivery.
No surprise here, the menu is catered for Japanese tastes, so there are a few standouts on the menu:
Of course, there are also more familiar choices such plain cheese, cheese & pepperoni, sausage & peppers, ham & pineapple, and others:
Sides also range from familiar to Japan-specific items, like soups, risottos, chicken nuggets, and certain subs. Our favorite is this “Too Much Meat” sub. What??! Never too much for carniverous Americans!
After ordering, there is a Pizza Tracker feature that allows you to track the whereabouts of your pizza in real-time: all from being prepared, to Out of the Oven, to being Delivered:
Delivery was quick––about 25-30 minutes. And everything came nicely packaged. Prices seem reasonable and on par with the U.S. We ordered a large Deluxe pizza (pepperoni, sausage, peppers, and mushrooms) (¥3000, or $25), and for fun, sides of popcorn shrimp, cheesy baked chicken, and wedge fries:
I’m not sure what I was expecting the pizza to taste like––somehow slightly different perhaps since I imagined the ingredients to be from different sources. However, much to my surprise, it tasted exactly the same, from sauce to cheese to the crust. The sides were interesting and fun to try including the popcorn shrimp which comes with a side of tartar sauce. We’d probably skip the fries next time, as they were nothing special.
The verdict: Fast, easily tracked, good customer service, and actually, cheaper than U.S. prices because there is no tipping and there is about a 5% discount for online delivery orders. We’d do it again.
2. McDonald’s: Website (in English) here. McDelivery?? YES PLEASE.
In many countries where drive-thru is not available, McD’s will deliver straight to your door! This includes Japan…for lucky lucky fatties like us!
Similar to Domino’s, you start with entry of your address, and then order from their menu, which includes all the usual suspects and new menu offerings specific to Japan:
Oh and the best part… it appears that breakfast is delivered all day!! ♪♪♪♪♪Happy dance! ♪♪♪♪
Here’s what we ordered: Big Mac (¥401, or $3.35), Cheese Teritama(¥420, or $3.50), Shrimp-Filet-O (¥401, or $3.35), fries, and 15-piece chicken nuggets (¥669, or $5.58). The Cheese Teritama is nothing more than a pork patty with an egg, teriyaki sauce, and american cheese. Nothing too crazy, but all the flavors worked. On the other hand, the Shrimp-Filet-O was pretty heavily breaded that it didn’t end up tasting anything like shrimp…or seafood. It was heavy on the tartar sauce, as was the Teritama on the mayo, which made everything s…l…i…d…e….
The verdict: No question here. This is very dangerous. We are totally psyched that McD’s delivers, and in a mere 15-20 minutes! No delivery fee (I think), and of course, no tipping. The food came hot and all the crispy bits stayed crisp. We’re going to try our best to limit ourselves….
3. maishoku: Website (in English) here.
maishoku is one of the largest aggregate meal delivery services that is available in English in Tokyo. Much like Caviar (in the SF bay area and other cities), at maishoku, you can order from hundreds of different restaurant menus, and maishoku will deliver to your door. Many of these restaurants many not ordinarily offer delivery services or may not deliver after a certain time at night. maishoku to the rescue. There are several categories of food you can choose from, or you can simply browse:
What’s nice is you can schedule your delivery time window, so you can order in advance from your home, work, or on your commute home. Cash and credit both accepted.
We have not yet tested it out, but will report back here as soon as we do. Will keep an eye out for any surcharges for delivery and such, as well as a GPS tracking feature.
HAPPY EATING TOKYO!