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KAWASAKI (Ryogoku)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 20.2012 Izakaya & Nabe 3 comments 0 trackback
川崎 outside
Nabe (Hot pot) which sumo wrestlers eat daily after practice is Chanko nabe and one of the most famous restaurants which serves this is KAWASAKI at Ryogoku.


川崎 ちゃんこコース砂肝、レバー、ハツのタレ焼き
The menu at Kawasaki is pretty simple and more than 90% of their customers order CHANKO COURSE for 4,940 yen. It starts out with several yakitori's like SUNAGIMO, LIVER, HATSU (Marinated chicken gizzard, liver and heart),


川崎 ちゃんこコースモモ肉の塩焼き
MOMOYAKI (Salted chicken thigh meat),


川崎 ちゃんこコースつくね
and then TSUKUNE (minced chicken meat).


川崎 ちゃんこコースとりわさ
Next you get to choose either TORIWASE (Lightly boiled chicken breast)


川崎 とりサラダ
or TORI SALAD (Chicken salad)


川崎 ちゃんこコース1
And next the main dish, which is chanko nabe, which will actually be ready on your table when you arrive.


川崎 ちゃんこの肉
Kawasaki's chanko nabe is a simple chicken broth nabe flavored by salt and soy sauce, which includes chicken


川崎 ちゃんこの野菜
various vegetables, not seafood or port like other chanko restaurants.


川崎 おじや
After you finish eating chicken and vegetables, they will make OJIYA (Rice porridge), which is the best part of the meal for most customers.


川崎 平やき
They only have a few extra side dishes which you can order if you aren't full like HIRAYAKI (Grilled chicken thigh meat),


川崎 とりたたき
and TORI TATAKI (Chicken sashimi) for both 840 yen.


川崎 inside
There are many other chanko nabe restaurants with a larger variety of food selection, but if you want to experience a traditional chanko nabe in a old Japanese house, try Kawasaki at Ryogokui and make sure you make a reservation before you visit. Its actually close to the sumo arena so if you happen to be watching sumo that day, you may want to have dinner after the match at Kawasaki since the sumo matches will finish at 6pm.


川崎 menu


KAWASAKI (in Japanese, 川崎)
Address: 2-13-1 Ryogoku, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都墨田区両国2-13-1)
Nearest train station: JR or Toei Subway Ryogoku (3 min walk)
Tel: 03-3631-2529
Reservations: Yes (must)
Website: None
English menu: None
Credit Card: No
Open: Monday-Saturday 5pm-9pm
Closed: Sunday & Holiday

Prices: Chanko Course 4,940 yen
Chanko 3,050 yen
Yakitori 790 yen
Hirayaki (Grilled chicken) 840 yen
Tsukune (Broiled chicken meatballs) 840 yen
Toriwasa (Lightly boiled chicken) 840 yen
Toritataki (Chicken sashimi) 840 yen
Tori Salad (Chicken salad) 840 yen
Tarusake (Sake in bamboo barrel) 840 yen
Sake 740 yen
Beer 740 yen




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BISTRO SANJUGODANYA (Shibuya)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 10.2012 Izakaya & Nabe 4 comments 0 trackback
ビストロ 三十五段屋 outside1
This place has bistro in front of its name, but its actually more like an izakaya. Its inexpensive with good quality of food and most of the customers are in their 20's. If you are looking for an inexpensive cool kind of place in Shibuya, try BISTRO SANJUGODANYA.


ビストロ 三十五段屋 otoushi
Before you order anything they'll bring out a salad for free.


ビストロ 三十五段屋 あぶり〆鯖刺
Majority of their dishes are below 1,000 yen and here are some of the must orders. ABURI SHIME SABA SASHI (Roasted Vinegrated Mackerel Sashimi) for 924 yen. They roasted it with a portable torch right in front of you and they'll ask you to squeeze a lemon when they are done.


ビストロ 三十五段屋 チーズ豆腐
CHEESE TOFU (Mix of Cream Cheese & Cream with Baguette) for 714 yen. Its like a canape and its not made out of tofu. It just looks like tofu.


ビストロ 三十五段屋 maguro tarutaru
MAGURO NO TARTAR (Fresh tuna tartar steak),


鶏肉の一夜干し enlarge
TORINIKU NO ICHIYABOSHI (Chicken seasoned and dried overnight),


ビストロ 三十五段屋 ぷりっプリ海老のチリマヨソース
EBI NO CHILI MAYO SAUCE (Prawn tempura with chili mayo sauce) for 1,029 yen,


ビストロ 三十五段屋 fries
and SPIRAL POTATO NO MENTAIKO BUTTER (French fries in a spicy butter sauce) for 580 yen.


ビストロ 三十五段屋 oden
There are many other dishes as well like ODEN for 714 yen,


ビストロ 三十五段屋 骨付きRED HOT CHICKEN
and HONETSUKI RED HOT CHICKEN (Red hot chicken with bones) for 880 yen.


ビストロ 三十五段屋 inside
If you don't know what to order and if you are a party more than 4, they offer a course menu for 2,835 yen. But you would have to make a reservation a day in advance, if you want the course menu. Whether you are on a date or going out with a big party, but on a tight budget, try Bistro Sanjugodanya.


ビストロ 三十五段屋 outside


BISTRO SANJUGODANYA (in Japanese, ビストロ 三十五段屋)
Address: 1-1 Maruyama-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Basement floor of Shibuya City Hotel
(in Japanese, 東京都渋谷区円山町1-1 渋谷シティーホテルB1)
Nearest train station: JR & Tokyo Metro Shibuya (8 min walk)
Tel: 03-3770-9835
Reservations: Yes
Website: http://r.gnavi.co.jp/a056500/ (in Japanese only)
English menu: Yes
Credit Card: Yes
Open: 5:30pm-11:30pm (Last order at 10:30pm)
Closed: None

Prices: Aburi Shime Saba Sashi (Roasted Vinegrated Mackerel Sashimi) 924 yen
Ebi-No Chili Mayo Sauce (Prawn Tempura with Chili Mayo Sauce) 1,029 yen
Honetsuki Red Hot Chicken (Red Hot Chicken with Bones) 880 yen
Cheese Tofu (Mix of Cream Cheese & Cream with Baguette) 714 yen
Other dishes between 600-1500 yen




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MONJIRO (Roppongi)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 16.2012 Izakaya & Nabe 1 comments 0 trackback
門次郎 outside e
MONJIRO at Roppongi became known after a famous Korean actor dined here whenever he visited Tokyo. But to foodies, Monjiro has always been one of the reasonable restaurants to dine in Roppongi.


門次郎 冷し豆腐
To start your meal, you want to order HIYASHI TOFU (Cold tofu),


門次郎 iburigatko e
IBURIGAKKO (Pickled and smoked Japanese radish),which is a dish from the north of Japan and hard to find in Tokyo


門次郎 anago e
ANAGO SHIRAYAKI (Broiled Sea eel with wasabi),


門次郎 ankimo
ANKIMO (Steamed monkfish liver), which is a seafood version of foie gras, extra rich and creamy


門次郎 yakitori e
Like most izakaya kind of restaurants, they have various YAKITORI


門次郎 刺身盛り合わせ
and SASHIMI, which are way better than most izakaya's.


門次郎 steak
Also, YONEZAWA GYU BOKUJYO SHIMOFURI NIKU (Broiled Yonezawa prime sirloin beef) for 4,800 yen is also delicious. Its basically a steak, but not your average steak.


門次郎 butashabu
KUROBUTA SHABU SHABU (Black pork shabu shabu) for 2,600 yen is popular and many customers order it. The pork is extra tender and the sesame dipping sauce is rich and thick compared to other sesame shabu shabu sauces. Add some rahyu (Chinese chili oil) and your chopsticks won't stop. Its one of the best sesame sauce I ever had.


門次郎 burishabu
If you just happen to be dining her during the winter, try their BURI SHABU SHABU (Yellowtail Shabu Shabu), which is one of the best you can have in Tokyo.


門次郎 burishabu 2
It comes with various vegetables just like Kurobuta Shabu Shabu.


門次郎 inside e
Their menu changes by season and also what was available at the market that day. Ask for specials and the chef's wife, who is the waitress will give you recommendations. Depending on what you order and drink, your bill can be reasonable to a little expensive, but value wise its one the best places to eat at Roppongi. Make sure you make a reservation at least a few days in advance.


門次郎 inside 1


MONJIRO (in Japanese, 門次郎)
Address: 4-11-9 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo (Mikado Bldg 2nd floor)
(in Japanese, 東京都港区六本木4-11-9 ミカドビル 2F)
Nearest train station: Tokyo Metro or Toei Subway Roppongi (1 min walk)
Tel: 03-3475-1555
Reservations: Yes
Website: None
English menu: None
Credit Card: Yes
Open: Monday-Wednesday 5pm-1am Thursday-Friday 5pm-5am Saturday 5pm-11pm
Closed: Sunday & Holiday

Prices: Kurobuta Shabu Shabu (Black pork shabu shabu) 2,600 yen
Anago Shirayaki (Broiled Sea eel with wasabi) 1,200 yen
Yonezawa Gyu Gokujyo Shimofuri Niku (Broiled Yonezawa sirloin beef) 4,800 yen
Yakitori 500 yen
Other dishes from 300-4,000 yen




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GENKAI (Shinjuku)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 03.2012 Izakaya & Nabe 0 comments 0 trackback
玄海 outside
My first post of 2012 is a Nabe restaurant. Hakata-style Mizutaki (Chicken hot pot). This Mizutaki goes well not only during the winter, but any season since the main item is the soup, not the chicken. There are several restaurants in Tokyo which specialize in this, but GENKAI at Shinjuku is one the most well know Mizutaki restaurant among Mizutaki lovers. Genkai only serves a course menu between 7,350-11,550 yen. Depending on the course you order and by season the side dishes will vary, but here is an example.


玄海 とり山椒焼き
ZENSAI MORIAWASE (Assorted appetizers),


玄海 鶏せんべい
TORI SENBEI (Deep fried chicken skin),


玄海 じゅんさい
JUNSAI NO SUNOMONO (Vinegared water shield),


玄海 炙り刺し
ABURI SASHI (Lightly broiled chicken breast sashimi),


玄海 水たき
And the main dish, MIZUTAKI (Chicken hot pot). The soup and chicken meats are cooked separately in the kitchen and added to the hot pot when its served. Only chicken and water is used to make this soup, nothing else.


玄海 ダシ&鶏
There is no taste to the soup and the waitress will add some salt to it when its served to you in a cup. You first drink the soup and then eat the chicken which you dip in a ponzu sauce (soy sauce based citrus sauce). The soup is just so delicious that if you never had Mizutaki before you will definitely be asking for another cup. And the chicken is extra tender as well.


玄海 雑炊
When you are done with the chicken, rice will be added into the soup and OJIYA (rice gruel) will be served which is my favorite part of the meal.


玄海 takasimaya-iriguchi
They have another location inside Takashimaya Department Store at Shinjuku, which has an a la carte menu as well. So, if you want to try it out for lunch or just have Mizutaki, it might better to dine here.


玄海 inside 2
But if you want to experience Mizutaki in a traditional Japanese room to yourself with full service, try the main location. Unless you don't like chicken, you will not be disappointed.


玄海 outside 1


GENKAI (in Japanese, 玄海)
Address: 5-5-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都新宿区新宿5-5-1)
Nearest train station: JR Shinjuku (15 min walk),
Tokyo Metro Shinjuku-Gyoen (3 min walk) or Toei Subway Shinjuku 3-Chome (5 min walk)
Tel: 03-3352-3101
Reservations: Yes (must)
Website: http://www.genkai.co.jp (in Japanese only)
English menu: None
Credit Card: Yes
Open: 11am-8:30pm
Closed: None

Prices: Course Menu from 7,350-11,550 yen




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TACHINOMI MARUGIN (Ginza)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 31.2011 Izakaya & Nabe 0 comments 0 trackback
立呑みマルギンoutside
My last post of the year is a down to earth cheap and great stand up izakaya in the middle of Ginza. This is where the recent HIGHBALL (Scotch whiskey and soda with lemon twist) boom started and one of my favorite places to grab a quick drink or bite before going to dinner nearby. That izakaya is TACHINOMI MARUGIN at Ginza better known as just MARUGIN.


立呑みマルギンinside 1
You can start out with a beer like most Japanese do, but its almost a must to have a Highball.


立呑みマルギンgyukushi garlic 280
Every dish is cheap and easy for your wallet. Here are some examples......GYUKUSHI GARLIC (Broiled beef with fried garlic chips) for 280 yen per skew,


立呑みマルギンgyukushi oroshi 280
GYUKUSHI OROSHI (Broiled beef with grated Japanese radish) for 280 yen per skew,


立呑みマルギン 極上レバー100円
GOKUJYO LIVER (Broiled prime chicken liver) for 100 yen per skew,


立呑みマルギン 半熟うずら串 160円
HANKYU UZURA KUSHI (Broiled soft boiled quail eggs) for 160 yen per skew,


立呑みマルギン 左=砂肝(160円)×2。右=はつ(160円
SUNAGIMO (Broiled chicken gizzard) and HATSU (Broiled chicken heart) each for 160 yen per skew,


立呑みマルギン gekikara choriso 200
GEKIKARA CHORIZO (Broiled extra spicy chorizo sausage) for 200 yen per skew,


立呑みマルギン ポテサラ・紙カツ
POTESALA (Potato salad) for 380 yen and KAMIKATSU (Deep fried thinly sliced pork) for 190 yen per piece,


立呑みマルギン マカロニサラダ
MACARONI SALAD for 380 yen,


立呑みマルギン キャベツコンビーフ
KYABETSU CORN BEEF ( Stir fried cabbage and corned beef) for 380 yen,


立呑みマルギン 牛蒡揚げ
GOBOH NO KARAAGE (Deep fried burdock) for 280 yen,


立呑みマルギン 冷奴 280円
and HIYAYAKO (Cold tofu) for 280 yen.


立呑みマルギンinside
The interior or concept of this place is bringing you back to the Showa period. (1950-70's), the good old days of Japan before becoming fully modernized like now. As you can tell most of the dishes are between 160-380 yen. There are some rice & noodles dishes over 380 yen, but they are also less then 680 yen. It doesn't get much cheaper and better in Ginza so if you just want to have a drink or light bite before you go out or need a drink before returning to your hotel or even having an easy dinner do consider Marugin.


立呑みマルギンmenu


TACHINOMI MARUGIN (in Japanese, 立呑みマルギン)
Address: 3-41-2 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都中央区銀座7-1 銀座コリドー通り105)
Nearest train station: JR Yurakucho or Tokyo Metro Ginza (3 min walk)
Tel: 03-3571-8989
Reservations: Yes
Website: None
English menu: None
Credit Card: No
Open: 5pm-6am
Closed: Sunday

Prices: Yakitori 100-160 yen per stick
Buta No Kushiyaki (Grilled pork on stick) 180 yen per stick
Gyu No Kushiyaki (Grilled beef on stick) 280 yen per stick
Other Kushiyaki 180-280 yen
Fried Dishes 120-380 yen
Other Dishes 280-680 yen
Drinks 390-550 yen




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KONAKARA (Marunouchi/Tokyo)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 13.2011 Izakaya & Nabe 0 comments 0 trackback
こなから outside
Oden is a dish in which a variety of ingredients such as tofu, eggs, white radish, fried fish paste, and potatoes are boiled together in a large pot of seasoned fish broth. Its a typical Japanese hodgepodge suitable for colder seasons, but it is served at many izakaya's all year around now. But there are also restaurants which specialize in Oden and one of the most famous oden restaurants is KONAKARA at Marunouchi.


こなから 前菜3品
Before placing any order three Tsukidashi (Hors d'oeuvre) will be provided and they change by the season.


こなから 手造りはんぺん、鶏スパイスつくね、だいこん、きくらげ
So, whats a must have for oden? DAIKON (Japanese white rasish), HANPEN (Fluffy fish cake), TSUKUNE (Minced chicken ball), KONBU (Kelp),


ごぼう天、いわしつみれ
GOBOTEN (Deep fried fish paste with burdock), IWASHI-NO TSUMIRE (Minced sardine),


こなから 豆腐、こんにゃく、みず菜
TOFU, KONNYAKU (Potato jelly)


こなから 玉子
and also TAMAGO (Boiled egg) is.


こなから おこげさん
Original oden's like OKOGESAN (Rice ball),


こなから かきおでん
and seasonal oden's like KAKI (Oyster) are available as well.


こなから 胡麻だれゴマすり出世うどん
Besides oden, dishes like SHUSSE UDON (Cold udon with sesame sauce) is a dish which almost every customer orders.


こなから inside2
Konakara's original location is at Ochanomizu and they have a location in Ginza as well, but Marunouchi location is bigger and more convinient if you are just visiting Tokyo. If you wanna have something light with some sake and never had good oden in the past, Konakara would be a great choice.





KONAKARA (in Japanese, こなから)
Address: 5th Floor of Shin Marunouchi Bldg
1-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都千代田区丸の内1-5-1 新丸の内ビルディング 5F)
Nearest train station: JR or Tokyo Metro Tokyo (2 min walk)
Tel: 03-5220-2281
Reservations: Yes
Website: http://konakara.com (in Japanese only)
English menu: None
Credit Card: Yes
Open: 11am-2pm 5pm-9:30pm
Closed: Monday during the summer & when the building is closed

Prices: Oden from 200 yen per piece
Shusse Udon 1,000 yen
Other dishes from 800 yen




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NICHINAN (Gotanda)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 07.2011 Izakaya & Nabe 0 comments 0 trackback
日南 outside
Most izakaya's have a menu of variety of meats, fishes and vegetables, but NICHINAN at Gotandan is known as the meat heaven izakaya to foodies and izakaya lovers. Nichinan's food menu is focused on beef and germ free pork. They also have wide variety of Shochu (most commonly drank distilled beverage).


日南 生ベーコン
You probably want to start of with NAMA BACON (Raw bacon), and germ free pork is used. Since its germ free, it can be eaten raw unlike other porks.


日南 肉のお造り (左奥:ハラミ、真ん中:レバー、右奥:タン)
NIKU-NO OTSUKURI (Beef sashimi) is another starter. Harami, (Skirt), tongue, and liver usually is provided on one plate.


日南 ハラミ串
And of course, a must try is HARAMI KUSHI(Grilled skirt), which you can order only once.


日南 タン煮込み
GYU TONGUE NIKOMI (Beef tongue stew) and


日南 牛タン煮込み/牛ナンコツハンバーグ
GYU NANKOTSU HAMBURG (Beef gristle hamburg steak) is another great dish you have to order. I've never had Gyu Nankotsu Hamburg anywhere else and its an original of Nichinan.


日南 無菌豚のオムライス
If you to have some carbs, there is MUKINBUTA-NO OMELETSU (Omelet rice with germ free pork),


日南 牛ナンコツカレー
GYU NANKOTSU CURRY (Beef gristle curry rice),


日南 ガーリック焼きそば
and GARLIC YAKISOBA (Garlic fried noodle).


日南 アボカドサラダ
They do have non-beef/pork dishes like AVOCADO SALAD,


日南 豆腐のもろみ味噌漬け
and TOFU-NO MOROMI-MISO ZUKE (Tofu marinated with miso paste), which goes great with Shochu.


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Its not the prettiest izakaya to say the least and the above is just a sample of what they serve and they have much more to offer, but popular dishes will be sold out the later your reservation is. So, if possible try to get a table when it opens, which is 6pm and you should be able to order whatever you want from the menu. If you enjoy beef, Nichinan is one of the top izakaya's in Tokyo for you.


日南 menu


NICHINAN (in Japanese, 日南)
Address: 1-13-6 Higashi-Gotanda, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都品川区東五反田1-13-6)
Nearest train station: JR or Tokyu Gotanda (2 min walk)
Tel: 03-3449-4425
Reservations: Yes (must, a couple of days in advance)
Website: None
English menu: None
Credit Card: No
Open: Monday-Friday 6pm-10pm
Closed: Saturday, Sunday & Holiday

Prices: Dishes are between 400-2,000 yen and most dishes are around 1,200 yen.
Your bill should be somewhere around 6,000-7,000 yen per person depending on how much you drink.




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SASANO (Roppongi)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 28.2011 Izakaya & Nabe 0 comments 0 trackback
酒呑 outside
Unlike wine it is said that when you drink sake, you don't choose which food you are having first and then choose type/brand of sake. The correct way is to choose which sake you are drinking first and then choose food which accompanies it. There aren't too many izakaya's which focus strictly on dishes to accompany sake, but SASANO at Roppongi is one of them.


酒呑 inside
Sasano has a great list of sake from all over Japan. And every dish goes perfect with whatever brand of sake you order.


酒呑 塩辛
Most sake lovers will first start out with SHIOKARA (Salted fish, squid or seafood).

酒呑 inside 1
They have a fish tank with live fish in it


酒呑 鯵の造り
and you do want to order fresh sashimi like AJI (Horse mackerel)


酒呑 活けす料理、いさき
or ISAKI (Striped grunt).


酒呑 ねぎとん
One of their specially and my favorite is NEGITON (Tonkatsu with scallions on top in ponzu sauce). Its not as heavy as a normal Tonkatsu.


酒呑 名物うにくら
And the most popular dish is UNIKURA (Sea urchin & marinated salmon roe sushi).


酒呑 白子焼き
SHIRAKOYAKI (Grilled cod soft roe) is another dish which matches perfectly with sake.


酒呑 牡蠣
During winter NAMAGAKI (Raw oyster),


酒呑 焼き筍
during spring YAKITAKENOKO (Broiled bamboo shoot) and


酒呑 初鰹のづけ丼
rice bowl's like HONMAGURO NO ZUKEDON (Marinated tuna sashimi over rice) is available.


酒呑 出汁巻き玉子
Dishes like DASHIMAKI TAMAGO (Egg Omelet).


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KANI CREAM KOROTKE (Cream with crab croquette)
are available all year around.


酒呑 menu
Sasano is located on the 2nd floor of an old building close to Tokyo Midtown. The building might be old, but restaurant itself is Japanese modern. The owner use to work at American Express, so he does speak English and even though there isn't an English menu just ask for him and he would recommend on what to drink and order. Some of the dishes are reasonable and some are expensive. As long as you don't order expensive sake only and too much fresh sashimi from the fish tank, you should have a great night here. Also, if you don't enjoy fish, you might want to try another izakaya, not Sasano. But if you enjoy food which goes great with sake, Sasano is for you.


酒呑 inside 2


SASANO (in Japanese, 酒呑)
Address: 9-6-23 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都港区赤坂9-6-23 赤坂葵ビル 2F)
Nearest train station: Tokyo Metro or Toei Subway Roppongi (3 min walk)
Tel: 03-3475-6055
Reservations: Yes
Website: None
English menu: None
Credit Card: Yes
Open: Monday-Saturday 5:30pm-1am, Saturday 5pm-12am
Closed: Sunday & Holiday

Prices: Dishes from 800-5,000 yen
Average price per dish is about 1,500 yen
More than 70 brands of Sake & 20 brands of Shochu




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ONITEI (Shibuya)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 25.2011 Izakaya & Nabe 20 comments 0 trackback
鬼亭 outside
This restaurant is probably my favorite restaurant in Shibuya. They mainly serve chicken bbq (not yakitori) and if you book at least a day in advance they have a great nabe which is one of a kind. The name of the restaurant is ONITEI in Shibuya.


鬼亭 鬼亭サラダ
You need to make a reservation to get a table at Onitei which is pretty small. If you are a party of 6, you'll be squashed in a table which is suitable for actually 4. You wanna start out with ONITEI SALAD, which is basically a chicken mayo salad and then move to chicken BBQ.


鬼亭 ももの香草焼き
Vairous parts of the chicken are available and also it could be served in different sauces as well. Most of the sauces are a original of Onitei and not available anywhere else. What I usually do is order 3-4 chicken BBQ dishes starting out with MOMO NO KOHSOYAKI (Thigh meat with herbs).


鬼亭 grill
Grill the thigh meat which is marinated with dill and when its done dip it in a olive oil sauce, which has garlic & herbs in it. This sauce will be warmed on the grill as well and once it comes to a boil you take it off the grill. If you are a first timer, the waitress will explain everything to you.


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Next is NECK NO NEGISHIO (Neck meat with green onion & salt). The sauce over the neck meat is made out of green onion, sesame, salt and sesame oil. You mix it up with the neck meat before you grill it.


鬼亭 つくね
A favorite to almost everyone is TSUKUNE (Minced chicken meat).


鬼亭 つくね 1
Don't know what all the ingredients are but its not your ordinary Tsukune. My favorite way of having it is with Wasabe on top. You can also have it will herbs are as well, but in my opinion it goes better with Wasabe.


鬼亭 砂肝
They also have meats like SUNAGIMO (Gizzard).


鬼亭 nabe
If you did make a reservation at least a day in advance, you have to order their special nabe (hot pot), ONITEI NABE. When you do make the reservation you need to tell them you want to have this. What's in it is various vegetables, chicken and pork belly. The minimum order is for 2, which is the above for 5,600 yen and it is huge. I always go with 4-6 people and we just order for 2.


鬼亭 nabe 1
First, the chef/owner will come by and prepare it for you. He will cook the meat first and then add the soup stock, which is a chicken based stock with chili pepper added to it, and then green onions will be added on top like you see in this picture.


鬼亭 nabe 2
When the green onions shrink, its ready to eat.


鬼亭 nabe3
When you are done with vegetables and meats, you add the noodles to finish it. But if you are still hungry, you can add rice to is as well and make OJIYA (Rice gruel) like other nabe's.


鬼亭 蔘鷄湯
Besides Onitei Nabe, there is SAMGYETANG (Whole Chicken in Chicken Soup with sticky rice inside). This is delicious as well, but you can have this at Korean restaurants since this is a Korean dish and probably get the real deal instead of a Onitei version of it.


鬼亭 inside enlarge
The chicken they use are super fresh, not only the ones that I mentioned, but various parts are available and also the BBQ could be served in different sauces as well. Most of the sauces are an original of Onitei and not available anywhere else. If you didn't book a day in advance and not order Onitei Nabe or Samugetan, they have other dishes you can order when you get there, but I strongly recommend to reserve a few days in advance and order Onitei Nabe. Its one of the top 5 nabe's I ever had.


鬼亭 menu


ONITEI (in Japanese, 鬼亭)
Address: 1-9-4 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都渋谷区渋谷1-9-4)
Nearest train station: JR or Tokyo Metro Shibuya (5 min walk)
Tel: 03-3797-1002
Reservations: Yes (must)
Website: None
English menu: None
Credit Card: No
Open: Monday-Saturday 6pm-10:30pm
Closed: Sunday & Holiday

Prices: Onitei Nabe (from 2) 5,600 yen
Momoyaki (Chicken Thighs) 850-950 yen
Neck No Negi Shio (Chicken Neck meat with salt and green onion) 950 yen
Tsukune Wasabi (Minced Chicken with Wasabi) 950 yen
Sunagimo Shioyaki (Salted Chicken Gizzard) 850 yen
Onitei Salad (Onitei's Chicken Salad) 1,200 yen
Samgyetang (Whole Chicken in Chicken Soup with sticky rice inside) 5,600 yen
Other dishes from 850-1,500 yen




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ISHIBASHI (Suehiro-cho)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 07.2011 Izakaya & Nabe 0 comments 0 trackback
いし橋 outside
ISHIBASHI at Suehiro-cho is not only one the oldest Sukiyaki/Shabu Shabu restaurants in Japan, but one the finest as well. It opened in 1872 only 5 years after the Edo period ended, the end of the samurai era. It is also one of the 1st beef meat shops as well. Ishibashi's building is an old traditional Japanese house. A building/house which you don't see much anymore.


ishibashi room
You will be taken to a private room and their menu is pretty simple.


いし橋 niku

いし橋 yasai
Most customers order SUKIYAKI SHIMOFURI (Extra marbled beef) for 10,000 yen.


いし橋 ナスのゼリー寄せ
It comes with two appetizers, and what is served depends on the season. During the summer its usually a jelly dish


いし橋 卵豆腐&素麺
and noodle dish. Nothing really special about the appetizers, but they are delicious.


ishibashi nakai
While you are eating your appetizers, the Nakai (waitress in Japanese) will prepare your Sukiyaki or Shabu Shabu. She will cook everything for you and there is no need to do anything.


いし橋 niku 2
If you are having Sukiyaki, she will beat the egg which you use for Sukiyaki and cook one slice of beef for you.


いし橋 tamago niku
Then she will put that beef into your egg, so you can first try the beef.


いし橋 nabe
After this, she will start to cook more beef with vegetables.


いし橋 ojiya
Once you finish your Sukiyaki, you can add rice to the remaining sauce and have OJIYA (rice soup) at the end for an additional 1,000 yen.


いし橋 rice done
I've never saw Ojiya at other Sukiyaki restaurants and its almost a must to order this.


いし橋 しゃぶしゃぶ
You can also have SHABU SHABU as well for 8,000 yen, but Ishibashi is more known for their Sukiyaki.


いし橋 inside
Ishibashi isn't a pretty restaurant at all. Its old, but with history. Many politicians and celebrates have eaten here, and was awarded a star from Michelin as well. If you want to experience what Sukiyaki was like when it was first invented in the 1870"s, Ishibashi is one of the few restaurants you can go to. They also have a meat shop right next to the restaurant so you can purchase the beef you just ate.


いし橋 outside 2


ISHIBASHI (in Japanese, いし橋)
Address: 3-6-8 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都千代田区外神田3-6-8)
Nearest train station: Tokyo Metro Suehiro-cho (1 min walk)
Tel: 03-3251-3580
Reservations: Yes (a must)
Website: http://r.gnavi.co.jp/a727200/ (in Japanese only)
English menu: None
Credit Card: No
Open: 5pm-9:30pm (last order is 8pm)
Closed: Saturday, Sunday, Holiday

Prices: Sukiyaki Shimofuri (Extra marbled beef) 10,000 yen
Sukiyaki Rosu (Sukiyaki Loin) 8,000 yen
Shabu Shabu 8,000 yen
Gohan (Rice) 500 yen
Oshinko (Pickles) 500 yen
Mizugashi (Fruit desert) 600 yen

Service Fee 1,300 yen per person




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