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Posted by Tokyo Joe on 06.2012 Daily Local Food & Others 1 comments 0 trackback
Sendai is known for beef tongue and the most famous dish is TANYAKI (Broiled tongue), now there are many Sendai-style beef tongue restaurants, but 10 yrs ago there were only a handful. TANYA SHINOBU at Yotsuya was one of the 1st restaurants to specialize in beef tongue and is still the most popular.

There are three must eats here. Of course, you want to order TANYAKI (Broiled tongue) for 1,100 yen. The sprinkle salt and pepper several hours before they broil it. It is different from beef tongue you have at Korean BBQ. Much tastier and meatier.

YOUDE TAN (Boiled tongue) for 980 yen. It is boiled in a clear beef and vegetable soup for several hours. Add some wasabi on top and it is just super tender. My favorite dish by far here.

Then TAN STEW (Tongue stew) for 1,100 yen, which is also extra tender cooked in a demi-glace sauce.

Other beef tongue dishes they have are MISOZUKE TAN (Tongue marinated in miso) for 1,100 yen,

TAN NO DOTENI (Tongue miso stew) for 680 yen,

TAN NO SHOGANI (Tongue ginger stew) for 680 yen,

and at the end of your meal, you want to order TAN ZOUSUI (Rice porridge with tongue),

There are many other dishes besides the above beef tongue dishes like OHITASHI (Boiled vegetables in season) for 420 yen,

YAMAIMO PONZUZUKE (Ponzu sauce pickled mountain potato) for 560 yen,

and KYURI NO NINNIKU SHOYU ZUKE (Cucumbers pickled with garlic soy sauce) for 600 yen.

Make sure you make a reservation before dining here and even if you do, they will make you wait outside for a couple of minutes. And if you don't, you can be waiting for a couple of hours. This place is more like an izakaya and its not a fancy restaurant at all. Tables are right next to each other and service isn't the best, but if you enjoy beef tongue, I'm sure you will enjoy their food.

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TANYAKI SHINOBU (in Japanese, たん焼 忍)
Address: 16 Saneicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都新宿区三栄町16)
Nearest train station: JR Yotsuya (7 min walk) or Tokyo Metro Yotsuya-Sanchome (7 min walk)
Tel: 03-3355-6338
Reservations: Yes (must)
Website: http://www.tanyaki-shinobu.com (in Japanese only)
English menu: No
Credit Card: No
Open: Monday-Friday 5pm-11:20pm Saturday 5pm-10pm
Closed: Sunday & Holiday

Prices: Yudetan (Boiled tongue) 980 yen
Tan Stew (Tongue stew) 1,100 yen
Tanyaki (Broiled tongue) 1,100 yen
Misozuke Tan (Tongue marinated in miso) 1,100 yen
Doteni (Tongue miso stew) 680 yen
Tan Shogani (Tongue ginger stew) 680 yen
Ohitashi (Boiled vegetables in season) 420 yen
Yamaimo Ponzuzuke (Ponzu sauce pickled mountain potato) 560 yen
Other dishes from 420-980 yen

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TOKYO URIZUN (Marunouchi/Tokyo)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 17.2012 Daily Local Food & Others 0 comments 0 trackback
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Okinawa food is completely different from mainland Japanese food. It has become popular in the last 10 years or so, but if you haven't been to Okinawa and not eaten the real thing, you probably don't know what Okinawa food tastes like. A couple of years ago, a famous Okinawa restaurant in Naha, Okinawa opened a branch in Tokyo. If you want to try real good Okinawa food, TOKYO URIZUN at Marunouchi/Tokyo is one of the few places to go.

東京うりずん ドゥル天
Okinawa has its own food culture and it was even a country centuries ago. Urizun provides typical Okinawa dishes like, but one of the items they invented and almost everyone order is DOORUTEN (Deep fried paste of taro, pork, fishcake and shiitake mushroom). This dish has become so popular that many restaurants in Okinawa serve it as well.

東京うりずん ゴーヤチャンプル
Another typical Okinawa dish would be GOYA CHANPURU (Stir fried bitter melon, tofu, spam and egg) for 840 yen. Bitter melon and spam is commonly used for many Okinawa dishes. It is a bit bitter, but the dashi (dried kelp & bonito broth) used to season it makes it mild, which goes well with the other ingredients.

東京うりずん ラフテ
RAFUTEI (Simmered pork belly) for 1,050 yen is another famous Okinawa dish, It looks exactly like Kakuni, which we eat in the mainland, but instead of using sake to simmer it, awamori (Okinawa millet brandy) is used instead. The pork belly is sweet and extra tender.

東京うりずん ジーマミー豆腐
JIMAHMI TOFU (Peanut tofu) for 525 yen is another Okinawa dish, which is a must at any Okinawa restaurant. Unlike soybean tofu, its sweet and jelly like texture.

東京うりずん 海ぶどう
UMIBUDOH (Sea grapes or green caviar) for 840 yen only comes from the sea of Okinawa in Japan and you dip it into a soy sauce citrus sauce. There is no taste to it. You enjoy the texture or crunchiness of it.

東京うりずん ひやらーちー
HIYAHRAHCHI (Okinawa pancake) for 735 yen is another dish which is popular to people who never ate Okinawa food.

東京うりずん ふーちゃんぷる~
FUCHANPURU (Stir fried wheat-gluten bread) for 840 yen is another dish you won't find in the mainland, since we don't stir-fry Fu (wheat-gluten bread). It is main used for osuimono (clear broth) in the mainland.

東京うりずん 刺身盛り合わせ
SASHIMI MORIAWASE (Assorted sashimi) is available as well, but most of the fishes used are tropical fish from Okinawa.

東京うりずん ゴーヤチップス
If you need a potato chips like snack with your beer or beverages, GOYA CHIPS (Deep fried bitter melon) for 840 yen is a good choice.

東京うりずん とうふよう
Also, TOHFUYOH (Pickled tofu) for 480 yen is tastes like goat cheese. It goes great with awamori.

東京うりずん 沖縄そば
OKINAWA SOBA for 840 yen, where the noodles are somewhere between ramen and udon noodles since its made out of regular floor, not buckwheat like normal soba noodles. The broth is made out of dried bonito flakes and pork bones.

東京うりずん ミミガーさしみ
Now for the following dishes, it won't be for everyone to eat. Even mainland Japanese people dislike most of these dishes, but they are authentic Okinawa food. MIMIGAH SASHIMI (Boiled pork ear with vegetables) for 735 yen. You dip in sanbaizu (vinegar sauce). It is crunchy with really no taste to it.

東京うりずん スクガラス豆腐
SUGARASU TOFU (Tofu with salted small fish) for 525 yen is another item you will never see in the mainland.

東京うりずん ナマコの酢の物
NAMAKO NO SUNOMONO (Vine grated sea cucumber) for 630 yen is a common dish in the mainland as well, but vinegar sauce they use is a little different.

東京うりずん ヤギ刺
And the most uncommon dish that even many people from Okinawa dislike is YAGI NO SASHIMI (Raw goat sashimi) for 1,050 yen. Goat meat is used for many dishes in Okinawa, but if you are not use to the smell of it, don't even think of trying any goat dishes.

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If its your first time to have Okinawa food, do consider Tokyo Urizun since they do provided authentic Okinawa food. Most Okinawa restaurants in Tokyo, arrange the taste so mainland people can enjoy it, but its not the real deal. As long as you order the dishes, I recommended you will enjoy food at Urizun. Also, its very healthy since they use limited amount of salt compared to normal Japanese food.

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TOKYO URIZUN (in Japanese, 東京うりずん)
Address: 1-5-1 Marunochi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo (Shin Marunouchi Bldg 5th Floor)
(in Japanese, 東京都千代田区丸の内1-5-1 新丸ビル 5F)
Nearest train station: JR or Tokyo Metro Tokyo (2 min walk)
Tel: 03-5224-8040
Reservations: Yes
Website: http://www.urizn.gr.jp/urizntokyo (in Japanese only)
English menu: No
Credit Card: Yes
Open: Weekdays 11am-2:30pm, 5pm-4am Sunday 11am-3pm, 5pm-11pm
Closed: When Shin Marunouchi Bldg is closed

Prices: Mix (Minced Beef/Pork & Mashed Potato Croquette) 950 yen
Mimiga Sashimi (Boiled pork ear & face with vinegar sauce ) 735 yen
Umi Budoh (Green Caviar) 840 yen
Tofuyo (Fermented tofu) 480 yen
Okinawa Soba 840 yen
Goyachanpuru (Stir fried bitter gourd, tofu, & pork) 1,050 yen
Rafutei (Sweet and tender simmered pork) 1,050 yen
Other dishes 480-1,600 yen

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MATSUWA (Kyobashi)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 27.2012 Daily Local Food & Others 0 comments 0 trackback
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Have you ever been to a restaurant where they only serve one item for lunch and its sold out within 45 minutes after it opens. MATSUWA at Kyobashi is better know for their lunch than dinner.

京ばし松輪 究極のアジフライ セット
They serve AJI FURAI TEISHOKU (Deep fried horse mackerel with rice and miso soup) for 1,200 yen only. Aji Furai is an inexpensive dish that you would cook at home or buy at a supermarket, but this Aji Furai is so different from others that it is by far the best Aji Furai I ever had.

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First of all, they use live horse mackerel which was caught that morning at a area called Matsuwa in Kanagawa, where its known for horse mackerel. Horse mackerel from Matsuwa is at least double the price at Tsukiji fish market and usually only top sushi restaurants use it, not available at supermarkets or fish shops. Also as you can tell the restaurant got its name from this area.

京ばし松輪 究極のアジフライ wasabi
When you eat Aji Furai, you use worchester sauce or tartar sauce, but at Matsuwa grated Japanese radish with soy sauce is used. Just pour some soy sauce on the grated Japanese radish and put that on top of Aji Furai. It is so fluffy and light. It also comes with bones of the horse mackerel, which are deep fried until it becomes extra crispy so you can eat it like crackers.

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People start lining up 45 minutes before the restaurant opens. Make sure you get here at least 20 minutes before it opens since they only serve 60 teishoku (lunch sets) and once its sold out no matter how long you've waited, you would have to go elsewhere. If you want to go for dinner, they serve Aji Furai and many other dishes, but it doesn't come with rice and miso soup.

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MATSUWA (in Japanese, 京ばし松輪)
Address: 3-6-1 Kyobashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo (Basement floor)
(in Japanese, 東京都中央区京橋3-6-1 秋葉ビル B1F)
Nearest train station: Tokyo Metro Kyobashi (2 min walk) or JR Yurakucho (10 min walk)
Tel: 03-5524-1280
Reservations: No
Website: http://www.matsuwa.jp/ (in Japanese only)
English menu: No
Credit Card: No
Open: 11:30am-closes when soldout, which is usually within 40 min 5pm-9pm
Closed: Sunday & Holiday

Prices: Aji furai Teishoku (Deep fried horse mackerel with rice and miso soup) 1,200 yen

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Posted by Tokyo Joe on 28.2011 Daily Local Food & Others 2 comments 0 trackback
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Japanese pizza or pancake is probably the easiest way to explain what Okonomiyaki is. There are mainly two types, Kansai (Osaka, Kobe, Kyoto area) or Hiroshima-style. Kansai-style is a mix of flour, cabbage, egg, meats or seafood and looks like a thick pancake. Hiroshima-style has soba (egg noodles) & shredded cabbage in between a thin layer of crepe. There are only a handful of okonomiyaki restaurants in Tokyo as good as the one's in Kansai or Hiroshima, and BUCHIUMAYA at Shinjuku is one of few good Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki restaurants.

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Okonomiyaki is cooked on a teppan (large iron plate) right in front of you. Crape will be made by using okonomiyaki batter first and right next to it soba will be cooked. Once the soba is ready then it will go on top of the crape. Shredded cabbage, bean sprouts, 2-3 slices of pork belly, and ikaten (dry squid tempura) will be added on top. Next okonomiyaki batter will be on top of this. They will flip the okonomiyaki a couple of times so it will cook evenly and then pressed by covering it with a round iron presser.

ぶち旨屋 肉玉そば
When its ready to serve, okonomiyaki sauce (sweet dark sauce made out of fruits, vegetables and meats) and aonori (green laver) will be added. The most popular okonomiyaki is Nikutama (Plain okonomiyaki) for 850 yen.

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Instead of using chopsticks to eat it, you use a KOTE (iron spatula).

ぶち旨屋 ネギかけ肉玉そば(イカ天入り) 1,100円 プラス 半熟双子月見のせ100円
My favorite is NEGI KAKE TSUKIMI NIKUTAM (Okonomiyaki with green onions & fried egg) for 1,200 yen. Egg's used all have two egg yolks in one egg.

ぶち旨屋 肉玉そばネギトッピング
If you don't want a fried egg, but like green onions then try NEGI KAKE NIKUTAMAi (Okonomiyaki with green onions) for 1,150 yen.

ぶち旨屋 もちチーズ肉玉うどん
They also have original okonomiyaki's like MOCHI CHEESE NIKUTAMA (Okonomiyaki with cheese & sticky rice cake) for 1,350 yen. You can also choose either soba or udon (white thick noodles) for noodles inside your okonomiyaki, but soba is more common and popular. The above Mochi Cheese Nikutama has udon in it.

ぶち旨屋 あぶりイカ天
They also have various side dishes like ABURI IKATEN (Grilled dry squid tempura) for 600 yen,

ぶち旨屋 鶏肉の鉄板焼き

ぶち旨屋 トンペイ焼き
TOPPEIYAKI YUZUPONZU AJI (Pork, green onions, egg omelet cooked on teppan with yuzuponzu sauce) for 600 yen,

ぶち旨屋 イカ焼き
and SURUMEIKA NO BUTTER SHOYU YAKI (Grilled squid with butter and soy sauce) for 700 yen.

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Buchiumaya use to be open for lunch, but since they have become so popular the owner/chef was over worked and they are only open for dinner now. If you wanna try Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki in Shinjuku, Buchiumaya is probably the best place to go and even my friends from Hiroshima all agree with me.

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BUCHIUMAYA (in Japanese, ぶち旨屋)
Address: 7-22-34, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都新宿区西新宿7-22-34)
Nearest train station: JR, Tokyo Metro, or Toei Subway Shinjuku (10 min walk)
Tel: 03-3364-0807
Reservations: No
Website: http://r.gnavi.co.jp/a836200/lang/en/
English menu: No
Credit Card: No
Open: 5:30pm-10:30pm (closes earlier when soldout)
Closed: Sunday & Holiday

Prices: Nikutama (Plain okonomiyaki) 850 yen
Hanjuku Futago Tsukimi Nikutama (Okonomiyaki with fried egg) 950 yen
Negi Kake Nikutama (Okonomiyaki with green onions) 1,150 yen
Negi Kake Tsukimi Nikutama (Okonomiyaki with green onions & fried egg) 1,200 yen
Cheese Nikutama (Okonomiyaki with cheese) 1,100 yen
Mochi Nikutama (Okonomiyaki with sticy rice cake) 1,100 yen
Mochi Cheese Nikutama (Okonomiyaki with cheese & sticky rice cake) 1,350 yen
Tonpeiyaki Yuzuponzu Aji (Pork, green onions, egg omelet cooked on teppan with yuzuponzu sauce) 600 yen
Surumeika No Butter Shoyu Yaki (Grilled squid with butter and soy sauce) 700 yen
Aburi Ikaten (Grilled dry squid tempura) 600 yen
Other dishes 300-750 yen

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Posted by Tokyo Joe on 22.2011 Daily Local Food & Others 0 comments 0 trackback
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There are a couple restaurants/bars which I didn't want to introduce here or even to friends since they were never covered by any media and wanted to keep them as my secret place. One of them was ROSETTA WINE BAR A,VECHAN at Meguro, but since it was introduced on a prime time TV program last week, its no longer a hidden gem and will become one of the most popular wine dining/bar in Tokyo very soon.

ロゼッタ wine
Why did I want to keep Rosetta Wine Bar A, Vechan a secret? It's not only the variety and reasonably priced wine, its also the food and number of seats they have. Before opening Rosetta Wine Bar A, Vechan, the owner owned an Italian restaurant in Ebisu for 13 years called Rosetta. But he wanted to open a joint more focused on wine. Therefore, he decided to provide all dishes at a very reasonable price. All dishes are either 500 or 1,000 yen. Yes, 500 or 1,000 yen. A bottle of wine starts at 2,000 yen and if you wanna try the high end they have bottles around 50,000 yen plus as well. I would strongly recommend to order a bottle instead of a glass of wine, if you aren't by yourself. A glass of wine is 700-1,500 yen.

ロゼッタ 白レバーのパテ
Every dish goes great with wine or champagne like SHIRO LIVER PATE (Chicken white liver pate),

ロゼッタ アスパラガスのグリル 生ハム添え
ASPARAGUS TOH NAMAHAMU (Grilled asparagus with ham),

ロゼッタ スパニッシュオムレツ

ロゼッタ pate

ロゼッタ さんまの香草焼き
they have good selection of seafood and what's available depends on the day, but during the fall dishes like SANMA NO KOHSOHYAKI (Grilled saury with herbs & tomato sauce) are great.

ロゼッタ 若鶏の炭火焼
If you wanna go meaty dishes like WAKADOTI NO SUMIBIYAKI (Grilled chicken) are simple, but goes great with any wine,

ロゼッタ カレー
and even their CURRY RICE goes great especially with red wine. (portion for Curry Rice is fairly small, less than half the size of a normal size)

ロゼッタ inside
Cost performance wise I've never been to a better wine bar than Rosetta Wine Bar A, Vechan. It only has counter seats, no tables, and its probably even more difficult to make a reservation now since its been on a famous prime time TV program. But they just opened another place only a few minutes away called ROSETTA PESCHERIA. So if you can't get a seat at Rosetta Wine Bar A, Vechan ask them for the number of Rosetta Pescheria and see if they have any seats available there. Also, both wine bars won't allow any customers to dine unless you drink wine. There is even a big sign in front of the door which mentions this.

ロゼッタ menu

ROSETTA WINE BAR A,VECHAN (in Japanese, ロゼッタワインバーアヴェチャン)
Address: 2-26-5 Kamiosaki, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都品川区上大崎2-26-5)
Nearest train station: JR, Tokyo Metro, Tokyu Meguro, Toei Subway Meguro (1 min walk)
Tel: 03-3493-4562
Reservations: Yes (must)
Website: http://www.sep-rosetta.com/avechan/index.html#concept (in Japanese only)
English menu: None
Credit Card: VISA, JCB only
Open: Monday-Saturday 6pm-1am, Sunday & Holiday 6pm-12am
Closed: Undecided

Prices: All dishes are either 500 or 1,000 yen
Glass Wine 700-1,500 yen
Wine (Bottle) 2,000-50,000 yen

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Posted by Tokyo Joe on 10.2011 Daily Local Food & Others 0 comments 0 trackback
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If you love garlic and want to eat tons of it, but not Korean food, try NINNIKUYA in Ebisu. Ninnikuya means garlic shop or restaurant and almost every dish they serve has tons of garlic in it.

にんにくや ガーリックトースト
Most people order GARLIC TOAST for 550 yen. There is huge amount of garlic butter inside and on top as well.

にんにくや エビのガーリックチリ
Another popular dish is EBI NO GARLIC CHILI (Sauteed Prawns with Garlic and Chili) for 2,090 yen. This is good for a starter and you can share it with others.

にんにくや 鰤とにんにくのカルパッチョ
If you like sashimi with garlic try CARPACCIO which is between 1,200-1,500 yen. Price depends on the type of fish they was available at the market.

にんにくや ナスのにんにく炒め
NASU NO NINNIKU ITAME (Eggplant with Garlic Olive oil) for 990 yen is another popular dish.

にんにくや エスカルゴ
I always order ESCARGOTS for 880 yen, which also has tons of garlic in it,

にんにくや ガーリックステーキ
and my favorite GARLIC STEAK for 2,750 yen.

にんにくや 空心菜のにんにく炒め
Other popular dishes are KUUSHINSAI NO NINNIKU ITAME (Sauteed Chinese water spinach with Garlic) for 990 yen,

にんにくや きのこの焦がしバター
KINOKO GRILL CHILL GARLIC SAUCE (Grilled Mushroom with Chili Garlic Sauce) for 1,320 yen,

にんにくや イカとブロッコリー
IKA TOH BROCCOLI (Sauteed Squid & Broccoli) for 1,430 yen,

にんにくや トマトソースパスタ
And for some carbohydrates TOMATO SAUCE PASTA for 1,100 yen,

にんにくや ガーリック明太子チャーハン
or GARLIC RICE MIX (Mixed Garlic Rice) for 1,100 yen are popular if you want garlic in your carbs as well.

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There are some non-garlic dishes which are delicious like Salmon Cream Pasta, but I suggest for you to stick with garlic dishes only since your mouth with be full of garlic and these non-garlic dishes will taste just as garlicky as well. They also have a branch in Honolulu, but it tastes a little different and the main restaurant in Ebisu is so much better.

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NINNIKUYA (in Japanese, にんにくや)
Address: 1-26-1 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都渋谷区恵比寿1-26-1)
Nearest train station: JR or Tokyo Metro Ebisu (10 min walk)
Tel: 03-3446-5887
Reservations: Yes
English menu: Yes
Credit Card: Yes
Open: Monday 11:30am-1:30pm, Tuesday-Thursday 11:30am-1:30pm, 6pm-10:30pm
Friday 11:30am-1:30pm, 6pm-11pm, Saturday 6pm-11pm, Sunday 6pm-10pm
Closed: Monday for dinner, Weekends for lunch

Prices: Nasu No Ninniku Itame (Eggplant with Garlic Olive oil) 990 yen
Kuushisai No Ninniku Itame (Sauted Chinese water spinach with Garlic) 990 yen
Garlic Steak 2,750 yen
Escargots 880 yen
Kinoko Grill Chill Garlic Sauce (Grilled Mushroom with Chili Garlic Sauce) 1,320 yen
Carpaccio 1,200-1,500 yen
Ika Toh Broccoli (Sauteed Squid & Broccoli) 1,430 yen
Ebi No Garlic Chili (Sauteed Prawns with Garlic and Chili) 2,090 yen
Tomato Sauce Pasta 1,100 yen
Garlic Rice Mix (Mixed Garlic Rice) 1,100 yen
Garlic Toast 550 yen
Other dishes from 990-2,500 yen

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TONPACHI (Higashi-Jujo)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 17.2011 Daily Local Food & Others 0 comments 0 trackback
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I admit that I first saw this restaurant on TV several times before I ever ate here. The kind of food which is served here is called B-KYU GURUME, meaning B class gourmet (down to earth food). It doesn't mean that it's not delicious, but inexpensive. addictive and kind of junkie. I'm actually a great fan of B-KYU GURUME, and I guess most of our daily food is B-KYU GURUME, but TONPACHI at Higashi Jyujo is really one a kind.

Tonpachi is famous for one dish and that is KARASHIYAKI for 700 yen, stir-fried sliced pork belly or loin with tofu cooked in a secret spicy sauce with tons of garlic and ginger. And when its served cucumbers and green onions are added on top. The owner who is in his mid 80's invented Karashiyaki. Four other restaurants near by kind of copied the recipe and serve it as well, but no other shop anywhere in Japan does.

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First lard is added into the pan and with pork. Once the pork is half cooked, he adds the secret sauce, sugar, sake, another secret sauce, tons of garlic, msg, chili pepper and ginger at the end. Once it comes to a boil, the pork is taken out on a plate and tofu is added.

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While the tofu is cooking, he adds more secret sauce and chili pepper. He keeps tasting it a couple of times and keeps adding whatever is missing.

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When its done and you just dig in. It has some serious punch and kick. First its spicy, then sweet, and finally the garlic comes at you.

tonpachi tsukemono
Rice, Oshinko (pickled vegetables), Misoshiru (Miso soup) is extra and you need to order it separately.

tonpachi lebayaki
Another dish they have is LEBA SUTAMINA YAKI (Stir-fried pork liver with vegetables) for 700 yen. Even though this isn't spicy or sweet, tons of garlic is used.

からし焼き menu
When you're finished you'll smell like garlic and probably want to take a shower as soon as you can, but you will also probably get addicted like many others. Tonpachi is not in the nicest neighborhood or area of Tokyo. It's in a lower middle class area and bit far away from the center of Tokyo, but if you do have friends near by or need to go near Higashi Jyujo for business, do consider Tonpachi for lunch or a quick dinner.

TONPACHI (in Japanese, とん八)
Address: 3-17-9 Higashi Jyujo, Kita-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都北区東十条3-17-9)
Nearest train station: JR Higashi Jyujo (5 min walk)
Tel: 03-3914-1208
Reservations: No
Website: None
English menu: No
Credit Card: No
Open: 11:30am-2pm, 5pm-8pm
Closed: Thursday

Prices: Karashiyaki (Karashiyaki Pork Belly) 700 yen
Karashiyaki Rousu (Karashiyaki Pork Loin) 800 yen
Leba Stamina Yaki (Stir-fried pork liver with vegetables) 700 yen
Rice (Medium Size) 200 yen
Oshinko (Pickled vegetables) 200 yen
Misoshiru (Miso soup) 50 yen

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Posted by Tokyo Joe on 12.2011 Daily Local Food & Others 0 comments 0 trackback
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You've tried the famous beef bowl from Yoshihonya, Sukiya, or Matsuya already and want to try something different, but still cheap and delicious. Try SUTADON (Stamina Pork Bowl) then from DENSETSU NO SUTADONYA. Densetsu no sutadonya means "Legendary Stamina Bowl Resto" and Stadon was invented by a small local Chinese restaurant in Kunitachi, a suburb of Tokyo. When the owner closed his small shop, he passed the recipe to one of his customers. This customer started his own shop in Kunitachi 15 yrs ago and now owns over 33 shops in Tokyo and 17 outside of Tokyo. It was only famous to people who lived around Kunitachi, but after a high school baseball phenom told the media that it was his favorite food a couple of year ago, business took off. Now its probably one of the fastest growing food chains in Tokyo.

The main item is SUTADON (short for stamina bowl), which is a slices of pork belly cooked in a soy sauce based garlic sauce. It is first boiled in hot water and then stir fried with this garlic sauce.

The portions are huge, comes with raw egg and miso soup for just 600 yen. Just mix the egg and pour it over the pork. If you want, you can add extra pork for 120 yen or even extra rice for 80 yen, but the regular size Sutadon should be enough for most people.

If you want to eat pork and rice separately, there is STAMINA RICE for 600 yen.

suta curry
Or you can have it with curry rice as well called STAMINA CURRY for 650 yen.

sutadon チャーハン
If you are with someone who doesn't like garlic there are regular dishes like CHAHAN (Fried Rice) for 600 yen as well.

sutadon gyoza
They also have side dishes like GYOZA for 200 yen.

sutadon inside
They have many other items, but almost 95% of the customers order Sutadon and I would recommend to do so if its your first time here. Its like a ramen shop, just eat and leave as soon as you are finished, but even my wife craves for it at least once a month. Besides this shop in Shibuya, there are shops in Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, Okachimachi, Kichijoji, Shimokitazawa, Shinagawa, and many other locations in Tokyo. Also, you can take out all dishes as well.

sutadon jihanki

DENSETSU NO SUTADONYA (in Japanese, 伝説のすた丼屋)
Address: 2-6-7 Dougenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都渋谷区道玄坂2-6-7 )
Nearest train station: JR & Tokyo Metro Shibuya (2 min walk)
Tel: 03-6416-1587
Reservations: No
Website: http://www.antoworks.com/ (in Japanese only)
English menu: No
Credit Card: No
Open: 11am-3am
Closed: None

Prices: Sutadon 600 yen
Stamina Rice 600yen
Stamina Curry 650 yen
Chahan (Fried Rice) 600 yen
Gyoza 200 yen
Other dishes 300-700 yen

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Posted by Tokyo Joe on 24.2011 Daily Local Food & Others 0 comments 0 trackback
Wanna eat something with a punch, but different from anything you had in the past for lunch or dinner. Go to TOKYO TONTEKI in Shibuya then. Tonteki means pork loin steak. This isn't actually from Tokyo, its a local food of Mie. The owner of Tokyo Tonteki had it in Mie and didn't understand why there wasn't a single restaurant which served it in Tokyo. He didn't copy all of it, but arranged it with a little punch, so people in Tokyo would enjoy it.

tokyo tonteki inside
Since pork of his tonteki is thicker than the original, he also added a process of cooking it. Instead of just grilling it, its deep fried in a very low temperature for about 5 min. This keeps the pork juicy, but still cooked in the inside. And then its grilled in a frying pan with their original sauce and fried garlic is added when its served.

Order TONTEKI TEISHOKO (Pork Loin Steak 200g with rice, miso soup and pickles) for 1,000 yen. But if you want a little more order DAI TONTEKI TEISHOKU (Large Pork Loin Steak 250g with rice, miso soup and pickles) for 1,200 yen.

But if you are really hungry, order TOKUDAI TONTEKI TEISHOKU (Extra Large Pork Loin Steak 500g with rice, miso soup and pickles) for 2,200 yen. Also, note that it takes about 15-20 min to cook due to its size, when other sizes are cooked in less than 10 min.

If you want more rice for an extra 100 yen you can get a large bowl of rice.

tokyo tonteki menu
They have many side dishes and starters as well, but unless you're drinking beer before tonteki is served, I would just stick to having tonteki teishoku. There is a decent wait during lunch time, but just like a ramen shop its one of those restaurants where you won't feel uncomfortable eating without company.


TOKYO TONTEKI (in Japanese, 東京トンテキ)
Address: 2-22-10 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo (2nd Floor of building)
(in Japanese, 東京都渋谷区渋谷2-22-10 タキザワビル2F)
Nearest train station: JR & Tokyo Metro Shibuya (2 min walk)
Tel: 03-3797-9589
Reservations: No
Website: http://tokyotonteki.jp/ (in Japanese only)
English menu: No
Credit Card: No
Open: 11am-3pm, 6pm-10:30pm
Closed: None

Prices: Tonteki Teishoku (Pork Loin Steak 200g with rice, miso soup and pickles) 1,000 yen
Dai Tonteki Teishoku (Large Pork Loin Steak 250g with rice, miso soup and pickles) 1,200 yen Tokudai Tonteki Teishoku (Pork Loin Steak 500g with rice, miso soup and pickles) 2,200 yen

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