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Eating My Way Through Tokyo: Soul Food House

I’m a Georgia girl, so while I’m all for exotic foods and green smoothies, I also love soul food and there’s nothing like some good, home cooking every once in a while. On our last night in Atlanta before our move to Japan, my husband and I feasted on BBQ and mac n cheese from our favorite local BBQ joint because we knew we wouldn’t be able to find anything quite like it on this side of the world. Boy were we WRONG! Located in the heart of Tokyo, Soul Food House offers authentic southern cuisine with a cajun flare.


Soul Food House

Soul food is a cuisine that originated in the south with close ties to African American culture. A traditional soul food dinner might include things like fried okra, fried chicken or fish, baked macaroni and cheese, collard greens, ox tails, black eyed peas, and/or corn bread. While we don’t typically feast on soul food on a regular basis due to health concerns and our goals for maintaining a healthier lifestyle, we always have it on holidays and missed out since we spent Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s away from our families back home. Soul Food House was recommended to me shortly after our move to Japan and ever since, I have been dying to give it a try. This past weekend, my husband and I were both feigning for a little taste of home and we got just that.

While the service was a little bit subpar, the ambiance and inviting personalities of the owners made up for it completely. The chef came out to apologize for the slow service and gave us a free round of drinks on the house as a token of her apology. We both loved the intimate, homey, family feel of the restaurant and enjoyed getting serenaded by the owners as we sipped on long island ice teas. The drinks were amazing and the food was even better. As I looked at the menu, I had a hard time deciding what to eat because I wanted it all. I settled on the gumbo to start and the southern fried catfish with black eyed peas and corn bread as my entree. I can’t wait to go back to Soul Food House and try the other things on their menu, especially the chicken and waffles and the BBQ spare ribs.

Drinks at Soul Food House

Long Island Ice Tea + Sri Lankan Rum Punch


Seafood Gumbo

Seafood Gumbo


Garlic Shrimp

Garlic Shrimp


Southern Fried Catfish with Black Eyed Peas and Corn Bread

Southern Fried Catfish with Black Eyed Peas and Corn Bread


What is your favorite type of cuisine?

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