When the Japanese set their sights on something, they almost always end up producing superior copies of whatever the original in question was. The same is true of food—the world’s best Italian and French can be found in Tokyo, trumping almost anything that can be had back home (yes, the truth hurts).
Fairly recently, some of the city’s enterprising restaurateurs apparently decided that they liked ground meat patties sandwiched between two halves of a bun enough to apply their almost single-minded dedication toward a quest to create the world’s greatest gourmet burger, thereby launching a trend that shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.
A paragon of the Tokyo burger movement is tucked away in a quiet neighborhood (mine, actually) near Shiba Park, with the mouthwatering name of Munch’s Burger Shack. A far cry from its humble beginnings as a lowly food truck slinging beef patties to office workers in the business districts of the city, Munch’s rebirth as a brick-and-mortar dining establishment has provided many a Tokyoite with the chance to savor what is by all accounts (including mine) one of the best burgers anywhere. 100 percent USDA Prime beef ground on-site daily using 3 different cuts of meat, fresh-baked sesame buns, and your choice of perfectly melted cheese and toppings such as avocado, house-smoked bacon, and homemade chili sauce all cooked to order on a charcoal grill add up to burger nirvana. Don’t forget to try the milkshakes, either—yum. Closed Mondays.