Bonchan's favorite eats in Tokyo you can try during Evo Japan

Masato "Bonchan" Takahashi enjoying a Papico, a coffee-flavored treat. Provided by Imad Khan

Going to Evo Japan in Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan? If so, you're bound to get hungry. Masato "Bonchan" Takahashi, competing in Street Fighter V at the event, has some favorite spots you can try while exploring.


Nearest Location: Japan, 〒101-0052 Tōkyō-to, Chiyoda-ku, Kanda Ogawamachi, 1 Chome−1−4, 和田ビル

"I like Tsujita because out of all the other tsukemen places they have a solid concept to what they offer. They even have a step-by-step instruction on how to properly eat their Tsukemen. The soup is very thick but you don't get tired of it because they offer a slice of citrus and spice that you can put in your soup to change the flavor and after-taste. That extra effort they put in really raises the quality of their food."

Bondi (Japanese-style curry)

Nearest Location: Japan, 〒101-0051 Tōkyō-to, Chiyoda-ku, 千代田区Kanda Jinbōchō, 2 Chome−2−3, 神田古書センタービル

"Bondi is known to have invented the Japanese curry. Their curry is by far the best one you can find in Japan in my opinion. I cook at home at lot and also cook curry time to time, but you can never make this at home. They have protected the recipe for years and it is just very special."

Between practice sessions, Bonchan likes to run to the local "combini" (convenience store) and grab a Papiko. It's a coffee flavored ice-treat that comes in a squeezable bottle-shaped plastic. Each pack comes with two.

"I really like Papiko because it's shareable and in a good portion. I've always liked it since I was a kid, and I don't think there's anybody that doesn't like the taste of it. It's classic. This pudding probably is the best dessert you can find in convenience stores in Japan."

Another favorite snack for Bonchan: cream pudding. It can be found at 7-Eleven stores around Japan.

Mochi Tofu

Nearest Location: Japan, 〒101-0028 Tokyo, Chiyoda, Kanda Hanaokacho, 1−9, アトレ葉原2

"I usually do not like going to Izakaya (bar food place) too much, because when I eat out I want quality food. But if it is En (the name of the restaurant) I would go. They make every plate very enjoyable by mixing up Western style with the traditional Japanese style. If you go to En, they will first give you their original dish called "Mochi Tofu". I don't think you can find this type of Tofu anywhere else, it's sticky but it's also Tofu, it's very iconic.

There are a couple of other dishes that I would strongly recommend, and they are the "Donabe-Meshi" (Pot Rice) and "Nagaimo Manju" (Potato Cake). Of course, En is an Izakaya, so their menu change according to seasons, and their variety is also one of the reasons why I continue to visit them."