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NAKAEI (Tsukiji)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 09.2011 Curry, Yoshoku, Steak & Teppanyaki 0 comments 0 trackback
中栄 outside
Since my last blog was about a breakfast/lunch restaurant in Tsukiji Fish Market, I've decided to introduce only Tsukiji area restaurants for the next couple of blogs.
NAKAEI is a favorite for buyers/sellers at Tsukiji Fish Market since the food comes out within seconds and it is good as well. There are some customers who have been eating here 2-3 times a week for over 30 years. These customers keep eating the same dish that they don't even bother to order or even say "the usual". Their order will come out as soon as they have a seat.


中栄 indo curry
Nakaei serves 2 types of curry rice and another stewed item. They serve INDO CURRY (India curry) which is a little more spicier among the two curries for 500 yen.


中栄 beef
The other curry is BEEF CURRY, which is milder than Indo Curry for 500 yen as well. Even though Indo Curry is spicier, it is not all that spicy compared to real Indian curry.


中栄 hayashi
The other main item is HAYASHI RICE (Hashed Beef over Rice), which is a tomato based stew and much sweeter than Beef Curry for 500 yen. All three items use various vegetables and meets as ingredients, but it is all melted into the sauce since it is cooked for a few days.


中栄 indo hayashi aigake
You can have a mix of 2 sauces on one plate called AIGAKE, which most customers do for 600 yen. My favorite is INDO & HAYASHI AIGAKE, which is probably the most popular one as well.


中栄 indo beff aigake
Then you have INDO & BEEF AIGAKE,


中栄 beef hayashi aigake
and last one will be BEEF & HAYASHI AIGAKE. All dishes come with shredded cabbage and if you want a large portion of rice, order OHMORI for an extra 100 yen or even extra large rice, which is called TOKUDAI for an extra 200 yen. If you want more cabbage, just order KYABETSU which is 50 yen.


中栄 miso soup 50
If you want some soup to go along with it they have MISO SHIRU (Miso soup) for 50 yen


中栄 yasai soup 300
and YASAI SOUP (Vegetable soup) for 300 yen.


中栄 kanban
If you don't have time or already tried other restaurants in Tsukiji, you might wanna try Nakaei. It may look like regular curry rice, but you'll find out that its not something you can cook at home.


NAKAEI(in Japanese, 中栄)
Address: 5-2-1 Tshukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
located inside Tsukuji Market, building name is Tsukiji Oroshiuri Shijyo 1 Gohkan
(in Japanese, 東京都中央区築地5-2-1 築地卸売市場1号館)
Nearest train station: Tokyo Metro Tsukiji (5 min walk)
or Toei Subway Tshukiji Shijyo (3 min walk)
Tel: 3541-8749
Reservations: No
Website: http://www.nakaei.com/ (in Japanese only)
English menu: None
Credit Card: No
Open: 5am-2pm
Closed: Sunday, Holiday and also when Tsukiji market is closed.

Prices: Indo Curry (Hot Indian Curry Rice) 500 yen
Beef Curry (Mild Beef Curry Rice) 500 yen
Hayashi Rice (Hashed Beef Rice) 500 yen
Aigake (Choose 2 from Indo, Beef Curry & Hayashi Rice) 600 yen
Yasai Soup (Vegetable Soup) 300 yen
Tamago Soup (Egg Soup) 300 yen
Miso Siru (Miso Soup) 50 yen
Miso Siru Tamago Iri (Miso Soup with Egg) 100 yen
Namatamago (Raw Egg) 50 yen
Kyabetsu (Extra Cabbage) 50 yen
Ohmori (Large Rice) 100 yen
Tokudai (Extra Large Rice) 200 yen




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TONKATSU YACHIYO (Tsukiji)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 07.2011 Tempura & Tonkatsu 0 comments 0 trackback
とんかつ八千代 outside
When I was an A&R man working at one of the major record labels in 90's, we would use a famous recording studio close to Tsukiji Fish Market for recording and record until early in the morning.(musicians are night people as you can imagine) After work, we would always go eat breakfast(?) at Tsukiji Fish Market. There were 5 restaurants we would go to and TOKANTSU YACHIYO was one of them. From its name, you might think that Tonkatsu Yachiyo (usually just called Yachiyo) signature dish is Tonakatsu (deep fried pork), but its actually known for its deep fried seafood.


とんかつ八千代 kurumaebi, kaki, hotate
There are over 20 mixed combinations of these deep fried dishes, but you would always want a Kuruma Ebi (Prawn) or Dai Kuruma Ebi (Large Prawn) in the dish you are going to order. There is KURUMA EMI, KAKI, HOTATE FURAI TEISHOKU (Deep Fried Prawn, Oysters, Scallop with Rice & Miso Soup) for 1500 yen. Unlike other shops all fishes including prawns are from Japan. (usually prawns are from southeast asia) It is cooked extra crispy and fishes are fully cooked, but scallop, oyster and prawn are cooked medium rare inside to keep it juicy.


とんかつ八千代 kurumaebi, aji, hotate
Other dishes are KURUMA EMI, AJI, HOTATE FURAI TEISHOKU (Deep Fried Prawn, Horse Mackerel, Scallop with Rice & Miso Soup) for 1500 yen, Add for an extra 100 yen, you can add curry over your rice like in the picture.


とんかつ八千代 daikurumaebi
DAI KURUMA EMI TEISHOKU (2 Deep Fried Large Prawns with Rice & Miso Soup) for 3500 yen ,


とんかつ八千代 大海老・アジフライ・ホタテフライ
or if you want to have other seafood with the large prawn there is DAI KURUMA EMI ,AJI, HOTATE FURAI TEISHOKU (Deep Fried Large Prawn, Horse Mackerel, Scallop with Rice & Miso Soup) for 2800 yen, which is my favorite since the large prawn is the best I ever had and consider by many the best in Tokyo.


とんかつ八千代 anago kaki
If you don't like prawns but sill want to eat seafood there is dishes like ANAGO, KAKI FURAI TEISHOKU (Deep Fried Sea Eel & Oysters with Rice & Miso Soup) for 1500yen,


とんかつ八千代 nakaochi
or if you want to eat sashimi since you came to Tsukiji Fish Market, there is NAKAOCHI SASHIMI, NITSUKE TEISHOKU (Tuna Sashimi, Sake simmered fish of the day with Rice & Miso Soup) 1100 yen.


とんかつ八千代 rosskatsu
If you are with someone who can't eat any seafood, there is the regular ROSUKATSU TEISHOKU (Pork Loin Tonkatsu with Rice & Miso Soup) for 1400 yen, but their tonakatsu is average and over cooked in my opinion.


とんかつ八千代 chashu
And if you are really lucky and just happen to visit on either Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday before 8am, their non deep fried signature dish, CHASHU EGG TEISHOKU (Roast/Boiled Pork & Sunny Side Up Eggs with Rice & Miso Soup) for 1200 yen. This dish has been introduced by so many gourmet programs on TV in the last couple of years that its sold out before 8am. Tourists who come for this usually have no idea that Yachiyo is better known for its deep fried seafood than Chashu Egg.


とんかつ八千代 inside
Yachiyo is a small restaurant with only 10 counter seats and not like all restaurants inside Tsukiji Fish Market, you are there to just eat, not to have a relaxing meal. Try not to talk much with your friends or family, just eat and go. Its located right next to the famous Sushi Dai, where there will be an enormous line of people waiting to eat there, so you can't miss it. Once again, do try Dai Kuruma Ebi (large prawn) not the regular size one, if possible. Its the best.





TONKATSU YACHIYO (in Japanese, とんかつ八千代)
Address: 5-2-1 Tshukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
located inside Tsukuji Market, building name is Tsukiji Oroshiuri Shijyo 6 Gohkan
(in Japanese, 東京都中央区築地5-2-1 築地卸売市場6号館)
Nearest train station: Tokyo Metro Tsukiji (5 min walk)
or Toei Subway Tshukiji Shijyo (3 min walk)
Tel: 03-3547-6762
Reservations: No
Website: http://www.tsukijigourmet.or.jp/21_yachiyo/index.htm (in Japanese only)
English menu: None
Credit Card: No
Open: 5am-1pm
Closed: Sunday, Holiday and also when Tsukiji market is closed.

Prices: Kuruma Ebi, Kaki, Hotate Furai Teishoku
(Deep Fried Prawn, Oysters, Scallop with Rice & Miso Soup) 1500 yen
Kuruma Ebi, Aji, Hotate Furai Teishoku
(Deep Fried Prawn, Horse Mackerel, Scallop with Rice & Miso Soup) 1500 yen
Dai Kuruma Ebi Teishoku, Aji, Hotate Furai Teishoku
(Deep Fried Large Prawn, Horse Mackerel, Scallop with Rice & Miso Soup) 2800 yen
Dai Kuruma Ebi Teishoku (2 Deep Fried Large Prawns with Rice & Miso Soup) 3500 yen
Anago Kaki Furai Teishoku (Deep Fried Sea Eel & Oysters with Rice & Miso Soup) 1500yen
Chashu Egg Teishoku (Boiled Pork & Sunny Side Up Egg with Rice & Miso Soup) 1200 yen
(Available Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday only)
Rosukatsu Teishoku (Pork Loin Tonkatsu with Rice & Miso Soup) 1400 yen
Nakaochi Sashimi, Nitsuke Teishoku
(Tuna Sashimi, Sake simmered fish of the day with Rice & Miso Soup) 1100 yen

Topping: For an extra 100 yen they will add curry on your rice




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PATISSERIE SATSUKI (Kioicho)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 05.2011 Sweets, Bakery & Cafe 0 comments 0 trackback
パティスリー SATSUKI outside
Which pastry shop is the most expensive and uses the best ingredients only? Its PATISSERIE SATSUKI in Hotel New Otani Tokyo. When Chef Nakajima became head chef of Patisserie Satsuki, he wanted to provide simple cakes which no other shop offered. He decided to find and use the best ingredients available no matter what the cost would be. For example, milk used are the only drinkable milk which is unheated and untreated from Hokkaido, eggs are from chicken which are feed only organic vegetables, sugar is also organic, and fruits are all made by top farmers selected by Nakajima for Patisserie Satsuki only.


パティスリー SATSUKI super case
This results to great sweets, but the most expensive in all of Japan and a lineup of cakes which are called the SUPER series.


パティスリー SATSUKI melon
The first super cake he made and still the most popular is Super Melon Short Cake for 1,575 yen. Yes, 1,575 yen, which is double or even triple of most pastry shops. If you love Japanese musket melon, you won't find any Melon Short Cake better than this. One of the few things I can't eat is melon, but at a friend's party I was forced to eat this and couldn't believe how good it was. I never had anything like it and also couldn't believe that I even enjoyed the melon as well, but was even more surprised when I was told the price.


パティスリー SATSUKI shortcake
Next one he made was Super Strawberry Short Cake for 1,050 yen. If you bought these strawberries at the store one will cost minimum 500 yen.


パティスリー SATSUKI モンブラン 2
Others are Super Montblanc (available only for 2 months in the fall) for 1,575 yen,


パティスリー SATSUKI edo roll
Super Edo Roll for 1,050 yen,


パティスリー SATSUKI classic  twin roll
Super Classic Twin Roll for 840 yen,


パティスリー SATSUKI pudding
Super Pure Pudding for 840 yen,


パティスリー SATSUKI peach
but the most expensive one is Super Peach Short Cake (available only for 2 months in the summer) for 4,200 yen. I've never had this before and probably never will since I'm not wealthy enough to spend 4,200 yen on just a piece of cake, but when its available its usually sold out within a hour or so. So, I guess it must be beyond great.


パティスリー SATSUKI melon birthcake
You can also purchase a whole cake as well, but you must order it a couple of days in advance and prices vary depending on the size of the cake.


パティスリー SATSUKI inside
They also have a cafe area where you can eat these cakes and dishes only available at the cafe.


リコッタチーズパンケーキ
And a must eat here is RICOTTA CHEESE PANCAKE for 1,800 yen. In my opinion, its the best pancake in all of Japan. It is unbelievably fluffy and amazingly delicious. I have friends who just stay at Hotel New Otani Tokyo because they want to eat this every afternoon during their time in Tokyo. Its only available between 11am-5pm.


パティスリー SATSUKI case
There are many other cakes besides the super series at regular prices and they are also very good. Super Melon Short Cake has been on the media so often that many people know about it, but actually never had a chance to have it. So, if its a special occasion or even a gift to someone, you might want to consider the Super Melon Short Cake and surprise friends or people who are special to you.


PATISSERIE SATSUKI(in Japanese, パティスリーサツキ)
Address: Lobby of Hotel New Otani Tokyo
4-1, Kioi-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都千代田区紀尾井町4-1 ホテルニューオータニ東京)
Nearest train station: Tokyo Metro Akasaka Mitsuke (12 min walk)
Tel: 03-3221-7252
Reservations: Yes
Website: http://www.newotani.co.jp/en/tokyo/restaurant/p_satsuki/index.html
English menu: Yes
Credit Card: Yes
Open: 11am-9pm
Closed: None

Prices: Super Melon Short Cake 1,575 yen
Super Strawberry Short Cake 1,050 yen
Super Peach Short Cake (summer only) 4,200 yen
Super Pure Pudding 840 yen
Super Montblanc (fall only) 1,575 yen
Super Edo Roll 1,050 yen
Super Classic Twin Roll 840 yen
Other cakes from 470-1,800 yen




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RAMEN JIRO MITA HONTEN (Mita)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 03.2011 Ramen 0 comments 0 trackback
ラーメン二郎 三田本店 outside
Keio University and Waseda University are 2 of the best private universities in Japan and arch rivals as well. (like Cambridge vs Oxforrd, Harvard vs Yale) Two of my former colleagues graduated from Keio and Waseda, They would often talk about which school did better in various sports that year. One day, the Keio graduate was bragging that Keio won almost every sports match that year and Waseda had nothing. The guy who went to Waseda got upset and said "We have more trophies than Keio in total, but the only thing that Keio has and we don't is RAMEN JIRO." I started to laugh, but it was the best example I ever heard about the two schools.


ラーメン二郎 三田本店 inside
Ramen Jiro is in Mita and right next to Keio University. Its been there since early 70's and immediately became popular among Keio students, but 40 years later people who worked under owner/chef Hiromi Yamada have opened their own shop using the name Ramen Jiro in various parts of Kanto region and there are over 40 of them. There are also over 20 people who worked under Yamada not using the name Ramen Jiro, but serving the same type of ramen. And over 100 shops inspired by Ramen Jiro as well. Many Jiro fans enjoy visiting all these shops and they are called JIRORIAN instead of your normal ramen freak.


ラーメン二郎 三田本店 sho
So, what makes Jiro's ramen different from others? Well, many Jirorian's say that Jiro's ramen isn't ramen, its Jiro. First, the soup is made out of mainly pork meat and fat with some vegetables added. The pork fat makes it extra oily. A tablespoon of MSG is added to the soup with soy sauce and Chashu (boiled/roast pork) is called Buta (pork) instead. Yasai (boiled bean sprouts and cabbage) is added on the top.


ラーメン二郎 三田本店 men up
Noodles are extra thick almost like udon.


ラーメン二郎 三田本店 buta double
There is Sho Ramen (Small ramen) 600 yen, Buta-Iri Sho Ramen (Small ramen with extra pork) 700 yen, Buta Double Sho Ramen (Small ramen with double pork) 800 yen, Dai Ramen (Large Ramen) 650 yen, Buta-Iri Dai Ramen (Large ramen with extra pork) 750 yen, Buta Double Dai Ramen (Large ramen with double pork) 850 yen. (The above is Buta Double Sho Ramen)
Portions are huge and even the Sho Ramen is at least double the amount of your average ramen. If its your 1st time at Jiro I would strongly recommend to order a Sho Ramen or Sho Buta-iri Ramen. You can order less noodles or half noodles of Sho Ramen, if you think you can't finish a regular Sho Ramen.
(The above is Buta Double Sho Ramen)


ラーメン二郎 三田本店 garlic
When its ready to serve they will ask you "Ninniku iremasuka" (Do you want chopped fresh garlic added?). You can not only add garlic, but also Yasai, Abura (pork fat), and soy sauce which is called Karame as well. You can also choose the amount you want to add as well which is all free of charge.


ラーメン二郎 三田本店 buta
There is Mashi which is extra (the above is Yasai Mashi)


ラーメン二郎 三田本店 mashi
and Mashi Mashi, which is extra large (the above is everything Mashi Mashi including noodles which isn't free, a 100 yen extra)


ラーメン二郎 三田本店 outside 1
Unless you are lucky the wait at Jiro is minimum 30 min and on a bad day over 2 hrs and also Jiro is not for everyone. The first time, I ever had it I couldn't believe that it was actually ramen and left most of it. But a couple of days later for some reason I wanted to try it again and have been hooked ever since. Its almost like a drug, once you are hooked, its hard to stop. I've only met a few people who enjoyed Jiro from the beginning and my wife was one of them. We both crave for Jiro once a month and although our work schedule won't allow us to go to the one in Mita, we go to one near our house. And I admit that I'm a Jirorian as well. Also, every Jiro shop tastes a little different from one another so find one that you enjoy, but the standard taste is this location. By the way, there is a Jiro near Waseda University now in Takadanobaba.





RAMEN JIRO MITA HONTEN (in Japanese, ラーメン二郎 三田本店)
Address: 2-16-4 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都港区三田2-16-4)
Nearest train station: JR Tamachi (10 min walk)
Toden Subway Mita (8 min walk)
Tel: Unavailable
Reservations: No
Website: None
English menu: No
Credit Card: No
Open: 10pm-3pm (final order will be around 2:20pm, so try to get there before 2pm)
Closed: Sunday & Holidays

Prices: Sho Ramen (Small ramen) 600 yen
Buta-Iri Sho Ramen (Small ramen with extra pork) 700 yen
Buta Double Sho Ramen (Small ramen with double pork) 800 yen
Dai Ramen (Large Ramen) 650 yen
Buta-Iri Dai Ramen (Large ramen with extra pork) 750 yen
Buta Double Dai Ramen (Large ramen with double pork) 850 yen

Free Toppings:
Ninniku (Garlic)
Ninniku Mashi (Extra garlic)
Ninnniku Mashi Mashi (Double extra garlic)
Yasai Mashi (Extra vegetables)
Yasai Mashi Mashi (Double extra vegetables)
Abura Mashi (Extra fat)
Abura Mashi Mashi (Double extra fat)
Karame (Extra soy sauce)



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TSUKIJI ITADORI UOGASHI-SENRYO (Tsukiji)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 01.2011 Sushi & Unagi 2 comments 0 trackback
築地 虎杖outside
There are many breakfast/lunch restaurants in and around Tsukiji fish market. My old office was at Tsukiji and we would go eat at these restaurants daily. Most of the places that I went to were for people working at the market not tourist, but at TSUKIJI ITADORI UOGASHI-SENRYO everyone came to eat.


築地 虎杖hitsumabushi
Tsukiji Itadori Uogashi-Senryo is actually a sushi restaurant, but it is famous for its one lunch item. GANSO KAISEN HITSUMABUSHI (Mix seafood bowl) for 2,100 yen, which 99% of the people eat. Maguro, (Tuna), Ikura (Salmon Roe), Uni (Sea Urchin) and 3 other fishes (catch of the day) are cut into small pieces over rice. It looks like Chirashi sushi (assorted sushi bowl), but the way you eat it is different. There are three ways of eating it. (the employees at the restaurant will show you how to eat it, if you don't know)


築地 虎杖hitsumabushi1
First bowl, you want to put Uni (sea urchin) aside and mix it a little and add wasabi & soy sauce.


築地 虎杖hitsumabushi2
Next bowl, the waiter/waitress will add Uni (sea urchin) and mix it well for you. Add a little wasabi & soy sauce, if you like.


築地 虎杖hitsumabushi3
The last bowl, add fish broth over it and have it as a Ochazuke (rice with broth or green tea).


築地 虎杖sushi
If you want there is regular sushi as well, but I strongly recommend to have the above since you can't have it anywhere else.


築地 虎杖outside2
One of the most famous TV gourmet reporters said this is by far his favorite way of eating raw fish with rice and it is one of mine as well. Only problem is that the portion is fairly small for men like me.





TSUKIJI ITADORI UOGASHI-SENRYO(in Japanese, 築地虎杖 魚河岸千両)
Address: 4-10-14 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都中央区築地4-10-14)
Nearest train station: Tokyo Metro Tsukiji or Tshkiji Market (5 min walk)
Tel: 03-5565-5739
Reservations: Dinner Only
Website: http://www.itadori.co.jp/shop/shop_07.html (in Japanese only)
English menu: No
Credit Card: Yes
Open: Monday-Saturday 8:30am-4:30pm 5pm-10:30pm, Sunday & Holidays 8:30am-9:30pm
Closed: None

Prices: Ganso Kaisen Hitsumabushi (Mix Seafood Bowl) 2,100 yen
Ganso Kaisen Hitsumabushi Uni Tokumori (Mix Seafood Bowl with Extra Sea Urchin) 2,500 yen
Tsukiji Shijoh Set (Assortated Tsukiji Market Sushi) 2,300 yen
Other Seafood Bowls (Lunch Only) between 1,200-2,800 yen




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