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MARUICHI BAGEL (Shirokane Takanawa)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 27.2011 Sweets, Bakery & Cafe 0 comments 0 trackback
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Many of my friends have asked me, if its possible to get a real good NY type bagel here. And just now, another friend poked asking if there was a shop on my list. There are actually quit a few bagels shops in Tokyo now. Growing up and working in New York, I would have a bagel at least twice a week for breakfast. But when I came back to Tokyo, I couldn't find any decent NY type bagels. A company use to import frozen bagels from H&H Bagels, but that ended a couple of yrs ago.


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One day, I was reading a bagels lovers web page and sent an email asking if she knew any shop where I could get real NY type bagels. She recommended me a shop that just opened. It was pretty close to my gym in Shibuya, so got on my motorbike and went. And I have been buying only from them ever since. Its not only the best NY type bagel shop in Tokyo, but in all of Asia as well.
The name is MARUICHI BAGEL.


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First time I was there, I bought a Blueberry with cream cheese and couldn't believe how good it was. I went back the next day again and had to ask the young charming owner where she worked at and her answer was even a bigger surprise. She worked at my favorite bagel shop in New York, Ess-a-Bagel. (Btw, the above isn't a picture of Blueberry, its actaully Cinnamon Raisin)


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Maruichi has several types of bagels which are the following:
Plain, Rock Salt, Onion, Sesame, Poppy Seed, Blueberry, Cinnamon Raisin, Everything
Whole Wheat, 7 Grain Honey, 7 Grain Honey Fig



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Probably the biggest difference with Ess-a-Bagel is the variety of cream cheese options, meaning Maruichi only have a couple, but their plain cream cheese is the best I ever had in Japan and won't tell me where they get it from. They do have other fillings as well like Nova Lox, Potato Salad, Egg Salad and a few others. They also make some cookies and brownies, but I've never tried them.


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They open at 8am, but will only sale unfilled bagels (meaning they won't add any fillings) until 11am. After 11am, they will start selling filled bagels as well. Maruichi is located in Shirokane Takanawa, and unfortunately there isn't much to do in this area, so you will be going there just to get bagels. But if you love bagels its worth the trip.


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There will be a long wait on weekends and holidays since bagel lovers from all over Japan come to purchase and a decent wait during lunch time as well on weekdays. They will close before the official closing time 6pm when bagels are sold out, so its better to come here as early as you can. Also, there isn't a big sign or nameboard so make sure you check what the store/building looks like at this blog before your visit.


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You can also purchase Maruichi Bagels at Dean & Deluca in Shibuya and Shinagawa on Sunday & Thursday only. But be aware that they are 100 yen more expensive than buying at Maruichi.


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MARUICHI BAGEL (in Japanese, マルイチベーグル)
Address: 1-15-22 Shirokane, Minato-ku, Tokyo (in Japanese, 東京都港区白金1-15-22)
Nearest train station: Tokyo Metro Nanboku or Mita Line Shirokane Takanawa (3 min walk)
Tel: Unavailable
Website: http://www.maruichibagel.com
English menu: Yes
Credit Card: No
Open: Wednesday-Sunday 8am-11am for bagels only and from 11am-6pm for bagel sandwiches as well (will close before 6pm if they are sold out)
Closed: Monday-Tuesday

Prices: Bagels range from 200-250 yen. Fillings from 250-500 yen.




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BIER REISE '98 (Shinbashi)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 27.2011 Clubs, Pubs & Bars 0 comments 0 trackback
bier reise outside
Lets say you got off from work or just landed here in the afternoon and enjoy having a good glass of beer before dinner. Or if you think that a certain brand of beer tastes the same wherever you drink, try a glass at Bier Reise '98. Many beer drinkers insist that a beer poured by beer craftsmen and pub owner Matsuo-san tastes noticeably different.


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He uses a water-cooled type beer dispenser which are no longer made (made in 1949), which makes the taste of beer different from other pubs. This place is very popular with Japanese businessmen, who will often make a point to stop by when traveling to Tokyo on business. Its also located at the mecca of where the average Japanese businessmen drink, Shinbashi.


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They have several types of beers, but you probably want to start out with the Japanese brand, Asahi.


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After Asahi, I usually have a glass of Bass Pale Ale.


There are various things to eat as well, but if you plan to go to dinner after and don't want to spoil your appetite, there is only one dish to order.


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MENCHI-KATSU (minced beef/pork cutlet).
Its one of the best Menchi-Katsu's in Tokyo, including the Yoshoku (Western) restaurants. Real juicy with a fantastic demiglace sauce on top. Even if you don't drink, it's worth trip to just have this.


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Menchi-Katsu takes about 10-15 mins to cook, so you might wanna order something precooked or light to munch on like Edamame or Japanese pickles because the beer will be served in about 2-3 mins after you order. But besides the Menchi-Katsu, all the other dishes are average. They also have sake and wine (bottle only), if you don't drink beer.


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BIER REISE ’98 (in Japanese, ビアライゼ キュウジュウハチ)
Address: 2-3-4 Shinbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都港区新橋2-3-4 新橋パークビル1F)
Nearest train station: JR Shinabashi or Tokyo Metro Shinbashi (3 min walk)
Tel: 03-5512-5858
Reservation: Yes
Website: None
English menu: Not a full menu, but a simple one with their popular dishes
Credit Card: Yes
Open: Monday-Friday 4pm-10pm, 1st/3rd Saturday of the month 2pm-8pm
Closed: Sunday, Holidays, 2nd/4th/5th Saturday of the month

Prices: Asahi Draft Beer 580 yen, Bass Pale Ale 900 yen, Menchi-Katsu 1,000 yen
Other dishes are mostly priced between 500-1,000 yen.




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Introduction

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!!
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