Tokyo's best burritos 🌯.
Finding good Mexican-inspired cuisine in Japan can be a bit of a challenge. Luckily, Rainbow Burritos Doumo in Shinjuku has, arguably, the best burritos in Tokyo — something you wouldn’t expect from such a low key and unassuming joint.
You’ll find the cozy restaurant just on the cusp of Ni-chome, Tokyo’s lively LGBT neighborhood. You’ll know you’ve found it when you see the Frida Kahlo stained glass window decal.
Run by members of Tokyo’s tight-knit LGBT community, it’s a favorite hangout spot for Ni-chome regulars but welcomes people of all genders, nationalities, and sexualities. Who in their right mind doesn’t love a good burrito, after all?
You had me at burrito 🌯
Rainbow Burritos’ menu draws heavily from San Francisco inspired “California style” Mexican joints. Quality over quantity is the name of the game here, with three burrito options available in addition to nachos and chips and salsa.
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Regular-sized burritos cost around ¥1,000, while half-sized ones cost ¥500. These are a perfect cushion for all the booze you’re soon to guzzle down during a night on the town in the lively neighborhood. Don’t leave Rainbow Burritos without trying a frozen margarita though — you can thank us later.
Vegetarian burritos are available too! Takeout and delivery through Uber Eats is also an option. That’s right— you can indulge in the succulent burrito goodness without even leaving your bed.
Founded on the streets of Ni-chome
Originally, Rainbow Burritos was a yatai (street food stall) that sat next to one of the city’s premier lesbian bars, serving party-goers in the center of Ni-chome’s nightlife district. The burritos were such a hit that the owner decided to set up shop permanently, just down the road.
Everyone is treated like a friend as soon as they step through the rustic wooden door.
Although it’s technically a sit-down restaurant, the snug space can only fit a maximum of about 10 people — four at the bar and six along the corner booth. On the plus side, the intimate space makes it excellent for solo travelers or those new to town. It’s impossible to leave without making a few new friends given the fact you’re practically sitting on each others’ laps.
Everyone is treated like a friend as soon as they step through the rustic wooden door, whether it’s your first visit or the bartenders know you by name.
Rainbow Burritos is worth popping by any night of the week for some LGBT-friendly banter, or just for great food.