Can't continue but have an alternative

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 29.2016 Cuisine 2 comments 0 trackback
It's been several years since I uploaded any new articles. I've gotten many requests over the years to continue or want my e-mail address to get in touch, but unfortunately do to my real job I just can't continue or can't interact with people personally. But I have an alternative for you to find out which restos I recommend.

I do daily post reviews in Japanese of restos, cafe, bars, bakeries, sweets on TABELOG, which is like YELP in the states. It's the most popular resto rating website in Japan. My name is Tokyo Rocks there not Tokyo Joe. I have over 600 restos that I posted reviews.

Below is the link of my page. Unfortunately, it's all in Japanese so to have it translate it in your language use Chrome browser and install Google Translate at Extensions. In English, it will only come out about 60% right because the grammar differences between English and Japanese, but it's better than nothing.


Anything I rate over 3.5 it means the food is good. Highest rating is 5, but my highest rating so far has been 4.5. If my rating is between 3.0-3.4 it means the food is average. Anything below that are places where anyone would say that the food isn't good.

Some of you might have heard that there are many restos in Japan where you can only get a table by introduction only from a regular. These restos don't want to be listed on Michelin guide or even won't allow regular customers to take pictures. It doesn't matter who you are or how much money you have at these restos. I have listed ratings of these restos as well since I have been fortunate to visit them through my personal and business network.

To get a table, you have to find someone who is a regular there and ask him or her to take you. Your hotel concierge cannot help you and also I can't too since these places are usually over $300 or 30,000 yen per person just for the food and I can only visit such places for special occasions or business dinners since I'm not a millionaire.

Thanks for visiting this site, and don't trust the Michelin guide too much since the people they hire to rate the restos are full of it. All real foodies in Japan laugh at their ratings.


Posted by Tokyo Joe on 10.2011 Cuisine 0 comments 0 trackback
木村家總本店 outside
The most popular and commonly eaten sweetened bun is Anpan. It has sweet red bean paste inside and almost every bakery makes one. It was invented in 1875 by the first bakery owned by a Japanese, as a snack for the emperor who was going on a field trip to see cherry blossom's in Mito. This bakery is KIMURAYA in Ginza.

木村家總本店 inside
Instead of using regular yeast, owner Yasube Kimura wanted to use something else and got an idea of making yeast from malted rice, which was used for making Sake. When you smell the bun there is a sake like aroma to it.

木村家總本店 さくら
Since the emperor was going to see cherry blossom's, Kimura added a salted cherry blossom leaf in the middle of the anpan.

木村家總本店 桜断面
It is named SAKURA ANPAN (Cherry blossom sweet red bean paste bun) because of this.

木村家總本店 ケシ

木村家總本店 ケシ断面
Over the years, other anpan's were created by Kimura and his family like KESHI ANPAN (Poppy seed),

木村家總本店 黒糖小倉

木村家總本店 黒糖小倉 danmen
KOKUTOH OGURA ANPAN (Brown sugar bun),

木村家總本店 栗

木村家總本店 栗断面
and anpan's not using Anko (Sweet red bean paste) like KURI ANPAN (Sweet chestnut paste),

木村家總本店 cheesecream

木村家總本店 creamcheese danmen
CHEESE CREAM ANPAN (Cream cheese),

木村家總本店 イチゴ

木村家總本店 いちご断面
and season specials like ICHIGO ANPAN (Strawberry).

木村家總本店 inside box
All the anpan's will be displayed in a box like the above.

木村家總本店 inside box 2
They also have many other pastries,

木村家總本店 coffee shop 2kai
and a coffee shop upstairs.

木村家總本店 menu
You can also find Kimuraya's Anpan at major department stores In Tokyo as well. Their Sakura Anpan is by far my favorite of all the anpan's out on the market and if you like Anko (Sweet red bean paste) and pastries, I'm sure you will enjoy Sakura Anpan as well like most of my friends who visited Japan. Kimuraya is also the partner of MAISON KAYSER, the famous boulangerie from Paris in Japan.

KIMURAYA (in Japanese, 木村家總本店)
Address: 4-5-7 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都中央区銀座4-5-7)
Nearest train station: Tokyu Metro Ginza (1 min walk)
Tel: 03-3561-0091
Reservations: No
Website: http://www.kimuraya-sohonten.co.jp/ (in Japanese only)
English menu: None
Credit Card: No
Open: 10am-9:30pm
Closed: None

Prices: Anpan's from 158-189 yen
Other breads from 126-2,520 yen

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Posted by Tokyo Joe on 27.2011 Cuisine 2 comments 0 trackback
Now you wanna know where us locals in Tokyo go to eat, right.
Well, Tokyo is one of the best cities in the world when it comes to eating out.
Most ex-pats and tourists only go to whats on guide books, Trip Advisor,
Zagat, Michelin or what they heard from foreigners who been around for awhile.

Truth is most of these people only eat around where they work, live, or stay
and usually won't go out of their way to eat what us locals do.
It's true that most of these restaurants won't have an English menu and
might be hard to order, but you still want to eat the best food possible.
If that's the case, this blog is for you.

Do be aware that some of these restaurants might not be in your taste
due to ingredients they use, location, or English issues.
I'll post as much info and pictures as possible so you won't have trouble
ordering food or getting to the restaurant even if you don't speak Japanese.

So, I hope you enjoy eating what us locals do!!