Tokyo's Best Burrito: Nobu Tacos San Diego
Nobu Tacos San DiegoCuisine: Mexican
My love affair with burritos began at a young age. It was the perfect after-school snack to fuel bike rides and Street Fighter II marathons at the local arcade. During adolescence it blossomed, moving on from the classic bean and cheese to more exotic selections like the California burrito: a mouth watering steak burrito, with French fries, fresh salsa, guacamole and, of course, never-ending cheese. At university it matured into a permanent staple of my diet. I had moved on from taquerias—local taco and burrito shops—to its mobile counterpart, the taco truck. It was at these glorious establishments where I received nourishment, sometimes doubling my meal into two because of the sheer volume of burrito.
So where am I at now? Long gone are the days of five-dollar bricks wrapped in aluminum foil. Like most relationships, I’ve developed a dependency on this comfort food that I’ve carried with me throughout my life. Luckily for me, and us, this is Tokyo, where almost any gastronomical concoction can be found, albeit at a price.
In recent year,s, Mexican food has been steadily gaining popularity in Japan. For someone deeply familiar with Mexican food, burritos specifically, picking the wrong establishment can be an expensive learning curve. That’s why I’ve done the legwork for you. Here’s a list of some of Tokyo’s best burritos so you can enjoy a delicious Mexican meal at a reasonable price.
Nobu Tacos San Diego
Hidden a block away from the iconic Gonpachi (aka the Kill Bill restaurant) and across from Hardy Barracks is Nobu Tacos San Diego. This joint has all the makings of your next favorite hidden gem. Off the beaten path, it has a hole-in-the-wall atmosphere that makes the find all the more gratifying. Great for eating in or taking out, the restaurant has counter seating or a moreexpansive seating area downstairs that doubles as a bar in the evenings. While eating the carne asada burrito, I was temporarily transported back to Southern California—steak goodness, a sea of guacamole and pico de gallo salsa. All that was missing was the beach. The large burrito is ¥1,200, with no need to worry about extra guacamole charges, it’s all included. Tacos, nachos, and salad bowls fill out the rest of the menu, so let this be a one-stop shop for all your Mexican food needs. The owner is friendly and speaks English well, making a visit all the more enjoyable.