Southern Comfort in Tokyo

All my life I’ve grown up around southern cuisine, despite being in New York. I am well acquainted with collard greens, baked macaroni and cheese, fried chicken. All the things that make you want to squeal in joy!

I remember one of the last meals I ate with my grandparents before I left was smothered porkchops, which is my absolute favorite dish my grandmother makes. Just thinking of it now makes my mouth water. Soon after I arrived in Japan, I was pleased to learn that I wouldn’t have to travel too far for the thing we call soul food.

Soul Food House is a fairly new black-owned restaurant, located in Azabu Juban, Tokyo. I’ve known of this restaurant for months and was super excited to try everything on the menu once I arrived. Knowing I had to pace myself, I only settled for one item on the menu.

I decided on the chicken fried steak. Now, this dish comes with one side order and although many options are presented, I went with my favorite – Mac and cheese.

Everything looked delicious and I was excited to dig in! I really enjoyed the white gravy sauce, but found the actual chicken steak to be overlooked and the fried skin to be too salty.

The mashed potatoes that were hidden under the steak were delicious and I found the salad to be refreshing. I’m not a big fan of cornbread, but I did try and eat the one on the plate which should say something.

By far, the macaroni and cheese was the star of the meal and was so perfectly piping hot! No wonder why it’s also offered as a full platter. I don’t know about you guys but I am very picky about my Mac and cheese! I’m really excited that I took the chance and it blew me away.

Throughout my dining experience at Soul Food House, I had the pleasure of chatting with co-owner LaTonya about my time in Japan, her experience living in Japan for 11 years and the current state of our country. It was so great to speak with her and really inspiring to see her as a black women owning a business abroad and looking to grow more! She also gave me some amazing advice! I’m definitely looking forward to my next visit there. If you’re ever in Azabu Juban, make sure you check this place out.


Place: Soul Food House

Location: 106-0045 Tōkyō-to, Minato-ku, Azabujūban, 2 Chome−8−10 Patio麻布十番

Directions: Take the Ooedo Line or Namboku line to Azabu Juban station. The restaurant is a 5 minute walk from the station and across the Peacock store on the 6th floor.

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