VIRON (Shibuya)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 31.2011 Sweets, Bakery & Cafe 0 comments 0 trackback
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The world famous boulangerie from Paris, Maison Kayser now has several shops in Tokyo, but who actually makes the best baguette? Of course, Maison Kasyer is great, but my favorite is BAGUETTE RETRODOR from VIRON in Shibuya.

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Viron got its name and uses flour from Minoteries Viron, a long-established flour manufacturer from France. In France, a baguette contest is held every year and majority of winners use a flour called Retrodor from Minoteries Viron. However, retrodor wasn't available in Japan until Viron opened in Shibuya. Viron actually has no relationship with the flour manufacturer, but it is the only boulangerie in Japan allowed to use the flour.

Baguette Retrodor is 357 yen, which is about 50-60 yen more expensive than its competitors like Maison Kayser, but the aroma and taste of the flour is simply amazing.

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For Croissant, retrodor is used as well and so as the famous Echire butter, which makes the croissant extra rich in flavor.

To those who love Almond Croissant, CROISSANT AUX AMANDES is also very popular.

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Many baguette sandwiches are available through out the day.

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And many other breads are beautifully displayed.

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Viron is actually a patisserie as well, and has many cakes available, but I've never tried any.

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The 2nd floor is a brasserie, where they serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and also is a cafe between lunch and dinner, where you can eat anything available at the 1st floor.

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Their assorted bread breakfast called VIRON-NO CHOSHOKU, which comes with coffee or tea, is a great breakfast if you are a bread lover like me.

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You get to choose 2 pastries from the basket

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and also baguette is all you can eat

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with a selection of 6 jams, honey and chocolate spread.

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For lunch, a variety of dishes are available such as Nicoise-Style Salad,

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Roast Pork,

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Grilled Fished in Tomato White Wine Sauce,

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and White Liver Pate.

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For breakfast & lunch, especially on weekends there could be a long wait depending on the time you go since they only take reservations for dinner. But even if you don't dine at the 2nd floor, you will always want to at least purchase Baguette Retrodor and bring it back home with you. They also have a shop/restaurant in an area called Marunouchi, which is near Tokyo station.

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VIRON (in Japanese, ヴィロン)
Address: 33-8 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都渋谷区宇田川町33-8)
Nearest train station: JR & Tokyo Metro Shibuya (6 min walk)
Tel: 03-5458-1770 (Bakery) 03-5458-1776 (Restaurant)
Reservations: Yes (Dinner only)
Website: None
English menu: No, but in French
Credit Card: Yes
Open: Bakery 9am-10pm
Breakfast 9am-11am, Lunch 12pm-2pm, Cafe 3pm-5pm, Dinner 7pm-10:30pm
Closed: None

Prices: Viron-No Choshoku (Viron's Bread Breakfast) 1,260 yen
Lunch Set for 2,100 yen, 2,940 yen, 3,980 yen

Breads/Pastries from 200-700 yen
Baguette sandwiches from 500-1,200 yen

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Posted by Tokyo Joe on 28.2011 Chinese, Thai, Indian & Other Asian 0 comments 0 trackback
Ginza has many restaurants which have been around for over 50 yrs and when you want to have Gyoza (Fried Dumplings), GINZA TENRYU is the place to go. To many Ginza lovers and chef's working at other restaurant in Ginza, Tenryu will always be one of their favorite affordable restaurants.

GInza Tenryu is a down to earth Chinese restaurant with many dishes to offer, but most customers will order gyoza with or without a main dish.

The size of Ginza Tenryu's gyoza are huge, double of the size of most restaurants and very juicy inside as well. They sale over 5,000 per day.

天龍 餃子ライス 1120円
If you just want to enjoy gyoza with some rice, just order Gyoza Rice for 1,120 yen. For most people this should be enough at least for lunch.

Yakisoba (Chow mein) is another good dish, and most other dishes are enjoyable as well.

There could be a decent wait during lunch time, but since they have many tables, you shouldn't be waiting more than 20 min at the most. And even if there is a wait, Ginza Tenryu's gyoza are worth the wait.

GINZA TENRYU (in Japanese, 銀座天龍)
Address: 2-6-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都中央区銀座2-6-1)
Nearest train station: Tokyo Metro Ginza (5 min walk) or Ginza 1-Chome (1 min walk)
Tel: 03-3561-3543
Reservations: Yes
Website: http://g.pia.co.jp/shop/1022  (in Japanese only)
English menu: No
Credit Card: No
Open: Monday-Saturday 11:30am-9pm, Sunday & Holidays 11:30am-8pm
Closed: New Years & Obon (Mid August)

Prices: Gyoza (Fried Dumplings) 1,020 yen, Gyoza Rice 1,120 yen
Noodles & Rice dishes between 980-1,800
Other dishes between 600-3,000 yen

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Posted by Tokyo Joe on 27.2011 French, Italian & Other Europian 0 comments 0 trackback
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There are many Italian restaurants in Tokyo now and many are very good. My friend's from Italy always say that Japan has the best Italian restaurants next to Italy and I have to agree with them after visiting many other countries. If you want to eat real Southern Italian (Calabrian dishes) food in Tokyo, ELIO LOCANDA ITALIANA in Kojimachi is probably one of the best. The restaurant is furnished in typical Italian style, nothing fancy, but owner Elio and his staff makes sure that customers are given top service. Its also popular to Italian's living here, and I have recommended this restaurant to my Italian business friends, who wanted to have Southern Italian food when they are here in Tokyo.

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You could order from the grand menu, but it could get expensive. I would recommend to order one of the course menus and if there is anything among specials or from the grand menu you want to order, ask them to change it with one of the dishes in your course. But do note that they will charge the difference of the dishes.

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Course menu is between 5,500 yen to 10,000 yen. I usually have the 6,500 yen course, which comes selection of five appetizers,

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two kinds of homemade pasta

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and risotto

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grilled fish of the day,

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chef's recommended meat dish,

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assorted desserts, coffee or tea.

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If you want to skip the course menu, and order from the grand menu or specials, do ask Elio or his staff what they really recommend. They will always be honest and try to do their best so you will want to come back for another visit.

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The only negative is that their wine & spumante list is over priced and if you don't watch what you drink your bill could get really expensive. There were several occasions when the cost of food was less than 10,000 yen per person, but drinks were double of the food. As long as you watch on how you drink, you will have a great lunch/dinner at Elio Locanda Italiana.

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ELIO LOCANDA ITALIANA (in Japanese, エリオ・ロカンダ・イタリアーナ)
Address: 2-5-2 Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都千代田区麹町2-5-2)
Nearest train station: Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line Hanzomon (1 min walk) and
Yurakucho Line Kojimachi (5 min walk)
Tel: 03-3239-6771
Reservations: Yes
Website: http://www.elio.co.jp/en/restaurant/
English menu: Yes
Credit Card: Yes
Open: 11:45am-2:15, 5:45pm-10:15pm
Closed: Sunday & Holidays

Prices: Lunch Course Menu from 1,600-3,800 yen
Dinner Course Menu from 5,500-10,000 yen

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Posted by Tokyo Joe on 25.2011 Chinese, Thai, Indian & Other Asian 0 comments 0 trackback
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NAIR'S RESTAURANT is the first real Indian restaurant in Japan and continues to produce Indian cuisine made from the same recipes that were first offered by its founder, Ayappan Pillai Mhadavan Nair, when it first opened in 1949.

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Over 90% of the customers who come here opt for the restaurants famous Murugi Lunch, a hearty meal that includes mash potato, boiled cabbage and a curry that’s been simmered down along with a leg of chicken (which contains meat so soft that it practically falls off the bone the moment you pick it up) for seven hours.

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The recommended way to enjoy this great meal is to grab a spoon and mix everything which includes a portion of turmeric flavoured rice made. You’ll be left with a mix of flavours that melt together to create a taste sensation that perfectly complements both the spicy curry roux and the sweet starch of the rice. Upon their first visit, many customers who haven’t been forewarned of the practice are often taken aback by the suggestion of mixing this curry all together. But sometimes I prefer not to mix everything together. Sorry, Mr. Nair.....

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Other notable dishes are Chicken Masala

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and Mutton Curry. But if its your first visit, I strongly recommend to order Murugi Lunch. I've never ordered anything else.

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Don’t be fooled by the name Murugi Lunch because although this unique curry is referred to as a lunch, it can be ordered at anytime throughout the day, and additionally in the evenings as part of a set menu priced at 2,800 yen. Not only is the Murugi Lunch a chicken curry with a taste that can’t be found elsewhere, it’s also a curry that has helped make Nair’s Restaurant one of Tokyo’s most renowned Indian restaurants.

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NAIR'S RESTAURANT (in Japanese, ナイルレストラン)
Address: 4-10-7 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都中央区銀座4-10-7)
Nearest train station: Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Higashi Ginza
or Toei Subway Asakusa Line Higashi Ginza (1 min walk)
Tel: 03-3541-8246
Reservations: No
Website: http://www.ginza-nair.co.jp/index.html (in Japanese only)
English menu: Yes
Credit Card: Yes
Open: Monday & Wednesday-Saturday 11:30am-9:30pm, Sunday & Holidays 11:30am-8:30pm
Closed: Tuesday

Prices: Murugi Lunch 1,500 yen
Chicken Masala 1,450 yen
Mutton Curry 1,200 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.

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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.

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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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Posted by Tokyo Joe on 21.2011 Sweets, Bakery & Cafe 0 comments 0 trackback
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Couple of years ago, a TV program did a survey asking over 100 well known patissiers, who they respected and is a pro's pro among all the patissiers in Japan. More than 80% voted for Chef Kawada, who is owner/chef of AU BON VIEUX TEMPS in Oyamadai. Kawada was the 1st Chief Patissier, who wasn't a French national at the famous Hotel Ritz Paris in the 70's. He returned to Tokyo in 1981 and opened Au Bon Vieux Temps. Since then many patissiers who are currently well known, have trained/worked under Kawada during their early part of career. Until I saw this TV program, little did I know that our favorite cake shop chef/owner was a living legend in his industry. And how lucky we are living not too far away from his shop.

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Au Bon Vieux Temps is located at Oyamadai which is strictly a residential area, but people from all over Japan come to purchase his creations. There are usually about 20 kind of cakes available. All the cakes are classical style french cakes and different from the current modern style french cakes. Also they are a little sweeter as well. Some are available only during certain seasons, but here are the ones available all year.

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Delice aux Framboises.....sponge cake with raspberry cream.

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Fromage Cru.....rare cheese cake

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Mont Blanc.....meringue base with whip cream inside, covered by chestnut cream

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Quartette.....chocolate mousse cake

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Barre d'Or....orange flavored caramel sponge cake

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Biscuit aux Fruits.....fruit shortcake

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Snob.....pistachio mousse cover with raspberry mousse

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Paradis.....various mousses covered by white chocolate

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Millefeuille aux Fraises.....millefeuille with strawberry sauce

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Au Bon Veux Temps.....custard cream with poire liqueur flavored pear

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Les Fruits Rouge.....red fruit tart

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Au Bon Veux Temps offers chocolates,

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candied Fruit, caramels,

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baked confectionery, pastries

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and ice cream as well.

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They also have a cafe area where you can eat anything sold at the shop.

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If you just happened to pass by Oyamadai area, you definitely want to stop by at Au Bon Veux Temps, but if you can't, they do have a store in Takashimaya department store in NIhonbashi, which is close to Ginza.

AU BON VIEUX TEMPS(in Japanese, オーボンヴュータン)
Address: 2-1-14 Todoroki, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都世田谷区等々力2-1-14)
Nearest train station: Tokyu Oimachi Line Oyamadai (3 min walk)
Tel: 03-3703-8428
Reservations: No
Website: None
English menu: No
Credit Card: No
Open: 9am-6:30pm
Closed: Wednesday

Prices: Cakes from 300-500 yen
Whole cakes from 2000-5000 yen
Chocolate & Caramel from 150-300 yen
Candied Fruit 150-300 yen
Bread & Pies from 150-500 yen
Others from 150-3000 yen

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Posted by Tokyo Joe on 20.2011 Ramen 0 comments 0 trackback
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Who makes the most spicy, but delicious ramen? Most ramen freaks would agree that MOUKO TANMEN NAKAMOTO does. Nakamoto opened as a Chinese restaurant in 1968 at Itabashi. It closed once in 1998 due to Nakamoro's health, but the current owner Shirane, who was a customer for 20 yrs, visited Nakamoto's house everyday begging him to share the secret recipe and how to cook this one and only spicy ramen. After about a year of commuting to his place, Nakamoto finally gave in. In 2000, Shirane reopened Nakamoto at the same location and has opened 10 other shops in Tokyo since.

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There are many spicy levels at Nakamoto, but the most standard level and popular one is Mouko Tanmen (Miso Ramen with Spicy Mabo Tofu). The Miso soup itself isn't that spicy, but mabo tofu on top of it is. The noodles are thick and stir fried vegetables and pork are also added. If its your first time at Nakamoto, I would recommend you to order this, but that's if you do like spicy food.

The 2nd spiciest ramen is Hokkyoku Ramen (Extra Spicy Ramen). As you can see the soup is totally red and tons of Chinese red chili pepper is added. It has some shredded pork in it and boiled bean sprouts on top.

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The spiciest ramen is Hiyashi Hokkyoku Ramen (Cold Extra Spicy Ramen). The only difference from Hokkyoku Ramen is that the noodles are cold and comes separately. Since the noodles are cold, I actually think that Hokkyoku Ramen is spicier since it just takes longer to eat hot noodles, but for some reason it says this is the spiciest.

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My favorite is Gomoku Mouko Tamen (Miso Ramen with Spicy Mabo Tofu & Spicy Pork). Spicy pork and soup of Hokkyoku Ramen is added to Mouko Tamen.

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There are a couple of non spicy ramen's and the most popular one is the clear broth ramen, Tanmen (Non Spicy Ramen).

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If you want to enjoy miso ramen, but don't want any spicy mabo tofu in it, order Miso Tanmen (Miso Ramen).

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If you want some rice and spicy mabo tofu to go along with your ramen, order Teishoku (Small Rice & Small Mabo Tofu, which most Nakamoto freaks do.

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And if you want to make your ramen even spicier there is red chili pepper available on your table as well.

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If you can't eat spicy food, I won't recommend you to visit Nakamoto, but if you do it will probably be the best spicy ramen you ever had. Most Nakamoto shops have ramen that are only provided at their shop, so if you enjoy Nakamoto, you might wanna go around and try the original ramen menu of that shop. Other shops are located at Ikebukuro, Shinjuku, Shibuya, Kichijoji, Koenji, Okachimachi, Kameido, Machida, Omiya and Kami-Itabashi.

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MOUKO TANMEN NAKAMOTO (in Japanese, 蒙古タンメン中本)
Address: 2-13-45 Kami-Ohsaki, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都品川区上大崎2-13-45)
Nearest train station: JR & Tokyo Metro Meguro (3 min walk)
Tel: 03-3446-1233
Reservations: No
Website: http://www.moukotanmen-nakamoto.com/ (in Japanese only)
English menu: No
Credit Card: No
Open: Monday-Friday 11am-12am, Saturday-Sunday 10am-12am
Closed: None

Prices: Mouko Tanmen (Miso Ramen with Spicy Mabo Tofu) 770 yen
Miso Tanmen (Miso Ramen) 670 yen
Gomoku Mouko Tamen (Miso Ramen with Spicy Mabo Tofu & Spicy Pork) 850 yen
Hokkyoku Ramen (Extra Spicy Ramen) 800 yen
Hiyashi Hokkyoku Ramen (Cold Extra Spicy Ramen) 770 yen
Tanmen (Non Spicy Ramen) 730 yen
Teishoku (Small Rice & Small Mabo Tofu) 170 yen
Other Ramens & Rice Bowls from 700-950 yen

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TONCHANG (Akasaka)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 16.2011 Yakiniku & Korean 2 comments 0 trackback
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First time I had SAM GYEOP SAL (Pork Belly BBQ) was in Seoul, 1992. I've had Korean beef BBQ many of times, but never pork belly BBQ. It was so delicious and the most common BBQ ate in Korea, but couldn't find one restaurant in Tokyo that specialized in it. So, the only time I would eat it is when I would go back to Seoul for business. 10 years later in 2002, I was going to a meeting in Shinjuku and just happened to past by Tokyo's 1st Sam Gyeop Sal restaurant, TONCHANG on its opening day. It was as good as the best Sam Gyeop Sal restaurants in Seoul, but for the 1st year or so customers were only Korean people and I was one of the very few Japanese customers. But a year later, a Korean celebrity introduced Tonchang on a TV program and from the next day on, too many people found out how good Sam Gyeop Sal/Tonchang is.

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Now there are over 10 Tonchang restaurants in Tokyo, but I go to Akasaka branch since it was close to my old office. Tonchang has various kinds of pork BBQ, but want you want to order is Sam Gyoep Sal Set (Pork Belly Set) 1,029 yen.

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Sam Gyoep Sal Set comes with various side dishes, which are all delicious and free of refills.

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The pork belly will be grilled on a pan made by stone with Kimichi (Spicy Pickled Chinese Cabbage). The stone pan has a hole at one of the ends and is tilled, so pork belly fat drips out through this hole.

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The cooking will be done by the waiter, so once you order just leave everything up to him. He will cut it into pieces and when its done he will tell you that's its ready.

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Pork belly itself isn't seasoned, but to make it tasty Goma-Abura (Sesame Oil with Salt), Tenjan (Korean Miso), Negi (Seasoned Shredded White Scallions) will be available with Sanchu (Korean Lettuce).

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The proper way of eating it is to take a piece of sanchu in one hand, then get a piece of pork belly, and dip it in sesame oil with salt, put it on the sanchu. Get some tenjan, paste it on the pork belly, get some kimichi & garlic cooked on the stone pan, and also add some negi. Rap it up and eat it.

とんちゃん 海鮮チヂミ
The dishes which you might wanna order as an appetizer is Kaisen Chijimi (Seafood Pancake) 1,344 yen.

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While you are eating sam gyeop sal you might want some soup to accompany it. I would recommend to order Soon Doo Boo (Spicy Tofu Soup) 1,029 yen. Its not spicy as it looks and if you are a group of 2-4 people, just order one and share it.

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Another item which everyone likes is Tamago Chim (Steamed Egg Omelette) 1,029 yen. Its really fluffy and tasty.

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And when you are done eating sam gyeop sal, you want to end your meal with Yakimeshi (Fried Rice) 525 yen. One order should be enough for 2 people, so order 2 yakimeshi's if you are a group of 4. You can add topping as well and almost everyone orders Cheese 210 yen extra. It will be cooked right in front of you by the waiter. Some of my friends say this is the best part of the whole meal.

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Unless you don't eat pork, this is one of the best restaurants in Tokyo in so many ways. I have brought many friends and clients (Japanese and foreigners) here and all of them come back on their own with family and their friends. Only problem is that only branch which takes reservations is Akasaka, but even Akasaka doesn't on Sundays & holidays. Other locations are Shinjuku, Shin Okubo (2 stores here), Shibuya, Ebisu, Ikebukuro, Takadanobaba, Gotanda and Ueno. All the locations tasty the same, but you might wanna avoid Shinjuku, Shin Okubo, and Shibuya since the wait can be for over 1 hour.

TONCHANG (in Japanese,とんちゃん)
Address: 2-13-4 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo (on 2nd floor)
(in Japanese, 東京都港区赤坂2-13-14 福富ビル 2F)
Nearest train station: Tokyo Metro Akasaka (5 min walk) or Akasaka-Mitsuke (8 min walk)
Tel: 03-5573-9272
Reservations: No
Website: http://www.tonchang.com/ (in Japanese only)
English menu: No
Credit Card: Yes
Open: 5pm-5am
Closed: None

Prices: Sam Gyoep Sal Set (Pork Belly Set) 1,029 yen
Yakimeshi (Fried Rice) 525 yen (Cheese topping 210 yen)
Soon Doo Boo (Spicy Tofu Soup) 1,029 yen
Tamago Chim (Steamed Egg Omelette) 1,029 yen
Kaisen Chijimi (Seafood Pancake) 1,344 yen

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NANAKURA (Shinbashi)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 15.2011 Soba & Udon 0 comments 0 trackback
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Not too many foreigners know that there are various types of UDONS. Just like pasta there is fresh and dry. INANIWA UDON is a dry udon, thin and flat and is only made in Akita prefecture. Since its a dry udon, most people think that its less expensive than fresh udon, but not Inaniwa. Depending on the brand, it could cost double to triple of the most expensive fresh udon.

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There aren't too many Inaniwa Udon restaurants in Tokyo, but NANAKURA at Shinbashi is one of the few, and when I use to work at Shinbashi, it was one of my favorite restaurants for lunch.

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Nanakura is only open for lunch and their menu is very simple. Just cold Inaniwa udon or cold Inaniwa udon with mini seafood bowl. The cold Inaniwa udon comes with a miso based dipping sauce. The broth is made out of duck, dried bonito and etc. I never had such a dipping sauce like Nanakura's. 99% of the customers order cold Inaniwa udon with mini seafood bowl, not just cold Inaniwa udon. And when you're done with the udon, have miso dipping sauce left, just add some hot water which is in a thermos bottle on your table, and you will have a nice miso soup to finish your meal.

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It also comes with the best pickled Chinese cabbage, I ever had and free of refills. It is made by a pickle company just for his shop and many customers including myself have asked the owner/chef if we can purchase it, but he told us that he even said NO to one of the ex-Prime Minister's in the past.

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If you order MINI DONBURI SET (Inaniwa Udon with Mini Seafood Bowl), you get to choose the seafood bowl of your choice. They are NEGI TORO DON (Chopped White Scallions & Fatty Tuna over Rice),

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KAISEN CHIRASHI DON (Assorted Seafood over Rice),

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ZUKE DON (Tuna marinated in Soy Sauce over Rice),

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MAGURO IKURA DON (Tuna & marinated Salmon Roe over Rice), but do note that not all of them will be available. Most of the time only 2 out for 4 will be available.

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If you want to eat some noodles, lite not fatty with a little seafood, Nanakura is a great reasonable lunch restaurant. Its even walking distance from Ginza.

NANAKURA (in Japanese, 七蔵 )
Address: Shinbashi Ekimae Building Ichigokan 2F
2-20-15 Shinbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都港区新橋2-20-15 新橋駅前ビル1号館 2F)
Nearest train station: JR & Tokyo Metro Shinbashi (3 min walk)
Tel: 03-3571-5012
Reservations: No
Website: http://www.nanakura.co.jp/ (in Japanese only)
English menu: No
Credit Card: No
Open: 11:20am-2:10pm
Closed: Saturday, Sunday, Holidays

Prices: Mini Donburi Set Dai (Large Size Inaniwa Udon with Mini Seafood Bowl) 1,400 yen
Mini Donburi Set Chu (Medium Size Inaniwa Udon with Mini Seafood Bowl) 1,200 yen
Mini Donburi Set Sho (Small Size Inaniwa Udon with Mini Seafood Bowl) 1,000 yen
Inaniwa Udon Dai (Large Size Inaniwa Udon) 1,100 yen
Inaniwa Udon Chu (Medium Size Inaniwa Udon) 900 yen
Inaniwa Udon Sho (Small Size Inaniwa Udon) 700 yen
ishoku (Pork Cutlet on Stick with Rice, Miso Soup & Pickles) 1,550 yen

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TONKI (Meguro)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 14.2011 Tempura & Tonkatsu 0 comments 0 trackback
tonki outside
There are many famous TONKATSU (Pork Cutlet) restauarnts in Tokyo, but one that is well known to almost anyone is TONKI at Meguro. When I first started working in Tokyo, my boss brought me here. I always heard about Tonki, but since it was the opposite direction from my apartment at that time, I wasn't in a rush to eat there. But since I've been living not too far away for the last 15 years, I do go eat here whenever I can. Whats unique about Tonki's tonkatsu is the crust. Most tonkatsu are full with breadcrumbs, but Tonki's is more like a thick batter.

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Tonki has only 3 main dishes. Their most popular dish is ROSU KATSU TEISHOKU (Pork Loin Cutlet with Rice, Miso Soup & Pickles) for 1,800 yen.

tonki filet
Many women order less fatty HIRE KATSU TEISHOKU (Pork Filet Cutlet with Rice, Miso Soup & Pickles) for 1,800 yen.

tonki kushiage tsuki
A few order KUSHI KATSU TEISHOKU (Pork Cutlet on Stick with Rice, Miso Soup & Pickles) for 1,550 yen.

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If you are really hungry and just want more meat, you can order an extra KUSHI KATSU (Pork Cutlet on Stick) for an additional charge to any of 3 main dishes. Also, cabbage and rice is free of refills.

tonki takeout
You can also takeout all dishes. If you just want to takeout its better to call before and tell them when you will be picking up. They don't do deliveries.

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Tonki just has counter seats (about 35) and they are usually always full. If all the seats are full, there is bench right along the wall so customers can wait until counter seats become available. Also, its not open for lunch and because of the counter seats, if you have little children this is not the place to go. But if you enjoy tonkatsu, this is one of the restaurants you wanna go to in Tokyo plus you will get to see how they make tonkatsu right in front of you, which is interesting to watch if you never have.

tonki menu

TONKI (in Japanese, とんき)
Address: 1-1-2 Shimo-Meguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都目黒区下目黒1-1-2)
Nearest train station: JR & Tokyo Metro Meguro (2 min walk)
Tel: 3491-9928
Reservations: No
Website: None
English menu: No
Credit Card: Yes
Open: 4pm-10:45pm
Closed: Tuesday & 3rd Monday of the month

Prices: Rosu Katsu Teishoku (Pork Loin Cutlet with Rice, Miso Soup & Pickles) 1,800 yen
Hire Katsu Teishoku (Pork Filet Cutlet with Rice, Miso Soup & Pickles) 1,800 yen
Kushi Katsu Teishoku (Pork Cutlet on Stick with Rice, Miso Soup & Pickles) 1,550 yen

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