Ordering food in Japanese doesn’t need to be an intimidating experience. With these simple phrases and your pointer finger you’ll be ordering food off the Japanese menu like a pro.
If your mind goes blank or all else fails, the point and smile method should always work when ordering in Japan. If the menu has pictures or there’s a food display nearby, just point at what you want and smile at the waiter or waitress. They’ll know what you mean :)
You can also add a note of thanks with the Japanese word for thank you “arigatou” while you point at the item.
Ok, don’t get nervous, advanced ordering is actually really simple. It’s just an expanded method of the point and smile technique except you add a simple Japanese phrase to the mix.
Simply point to the item you want and say:
This please: Kore o kudasai (ko-ray oh ku-da-sigh)
It’s really as simple as that. The “o” is an honorific that can be dropped if you like, but it doesn’t hurt to be polite and leave it in there.
Now, if you find yourself in a restaurant without pictures on the menu or and food display, well then you’re a bit over your head :)
Here’s how it looks:
And here’s a more advanced system of ordering using the general Japanese counting system:
Try it out the next time you order and let us know how it goes!