Chicken soup for the Japanese soul. Ochazuke is about as far from haute cuisine as you can get.
It’s a bowl of plain white rice and green tea mixed with dashi kelp broth, usually topped with salmon flakes, nori or umeboshi pickled plums: just the thing you crave when you’re feeling sick, hungover or down in the dumps.
This humble dish gets a stylish makeover at Bar Zuzu, where ochazuke is made with healthy brown rice and toppings like soy-sauce-marinated tuna (¥690, or $6.90).
Ochazukebazuzu, 1-21-2 Kabukicho, Shinjuku 160-0021 Tokyo Prefecture;