One of my favorite meals in Japan we had on our first full day, right after we had been to the Imperial Palace, at a restaurant called Kanda Yabu Soba. I found the restaurant on a non-touristy list of the best restaurants in the area so we figured it had to be worth a try. The upside of discovering some lesser-known gems is generally better, more authentic, and less expensive food. The downside is that these restaurants don't cater to tourists and therefore have no need for an English menu or photos of the food unlike most restaurants near popular tourist destinations. We waited for about 45 minutes before finally getting a table, so I was afraid some of our fellow tourists may have found the place as well, but it really did seem like most of the others were locals. We ordered soba (buckwheat noodles), which was fabulous, and Peter got some sort of soup.
We didn't take any of our own photos, so I grabbed a picture from the website. This is what I ordered:
The funniest part of the lunch was when they handed us a small device neither of us recognized, but somewhat resembled a pipe. For a second, I thought the lunch was going to take a strange turn. We had absolutely zero clue what to do with it. Seriously, I felt like a martian. Finally, after a few minutes of epically embarrassing ourselves, the kind couple at the table next to us (who were trying to hold back their laughter) showed us that it was actually a pepper shaker. So, now we know!
We didn't take any pictures during this lunch because a) we didn't know if it was considered polite to blatantly photograph food (my cousin's girlfriend is from Japan and she later informed us that it's generally fine, but probably less common than in America, so I'm glad we refrained) and b) we were too busy frantically Google translating the menu. We did get a couple of pictures of the surrounding neighborhood, though, including this cute doorway: