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KAWAMURA (Ginza)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 30.2011 Curry, Yoshoku, Steak & Teppanyaki 2 comments 0 trackback
かわむら outside1
If you want to have dinner at Ginza and prefer top steak, one of the hardest and best restaurant to get a table is KAWAMURA. Kawamura actually doesn't have any tables, if just has 8 counter seats. And because of this its the hardest seat to get in all of Ginza now. There is no one else working at Kawamura besides Chef Kawamura. He does it all by himself....cooking, serving, cleaning and whatever else there is to do.


かわむら appitizer
There is no menu at Kawamura and Chef Kawamura will ask you what you would like to have. He will tell you what is available and arrange a course menu for just you and your company. Dishes really depend on the season, but appetizers like Smoke Salmon & Foie Gras Pate are usually available. The salmon are smoked by him, not bought from some wholesaler and of course the pate is made by him as well. Authentic simple appetizer, but simply very good.


かわむら abalone and caveer
One of my favorite appetizer is Abalone with Caviar in Sour Cream sauce. The caviar with sour cream sauce just matches perfectly with the lightly grilled abalone.


かわむら tartar steak
If you just want to have mainly beef dishes, there is Tartar Steak. Another dish available at many restaurants, but by far it is the best Tartar Steak I ever had.


kawamura salad
Kawamura's original salad dressing is unlike any other and just so good.


kawamura コンソメスープ
Clear Beef Soup is another dish that is so simple and authentic, but just simply good.


かわむら beef cutlet
Next you will move to Beef Cutlet (above picture), Hamburg Steak or


かわむら tongue
Tongue Steak, and just like Tartar Steak, Kawamura's Tongue Steak is the best I ever had.


かわむら steak
Then to the main dish, the steak. Where the beef is from varies by the day, but one thing common is that they are the best black hair wagyu (Japanese beef) available on the market and also female virgins. It is consider that female virgin cow's meat are tender than other cows.


かわむら grill
The steak is grilled at a low heat slowly instead of high heat like other steak restaurants. This keeps the steak extra tender and juicy according to Chef Kawamura.


かわむら curry rice
After the steak, Beef Curry Rice (above picture), Fried Rice, Spaghetti Meat Sauce or some other rice/pasta dish will be served.


kawamura desert
And of course, it ends with a simple desert, usually Cream Caramel with Ice Cream. If there is one thing missing at Kawamura it is probably the dessert. It is delicious, but there are other restaurants that are better.


かわむら steak sandwitch
You can also take out, Beef Cutlet Sandwich to eat at home or an omiyage.


One thing I need to make clear is that Kawamura isn't for everyone. The meal will cost you over 30,000 yen per person and even much more depending on the wine you drink. There is nothing fancy about Kawamura's food or interior, but everything is just right. Portions of each dish are fairly small and he will also do special requests for your next visit. I saw a person having ramen, traditional Japanese dishes, and even Chinese dishes. Just tell him what you want to eat on your next visit and Chef Kawamura will always try to satisfy customers and also enjoys the challenge. The only problem is that it has become so popular that its almost impossible to get a seat, but if you can it will be a steak dinner you probably won't forget for a very long time. Try booking at least 2 months in advance.


KAWAMURA (in Japanese, かわむら)
Address: 7-3-16 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都中央区銀座7-3-16)
Nearest train station: Tokyo Metro Ginza (3 min walk)
Tel: 03-3289-8222
Reservations: Yes (by reservation only)
Website: None
English menu: No
Credit Card: No
Open: 6pm-10pm
Closed: Sunday & Holidays

Prices: Minimum 30,000 yen




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ONIYANMA (Gotanda)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 28.2011 Soba & Udon 0 comments 0 trackback
oniyanma outside
Sanuki Udon has become popular in Tokyo over that last 5 years. Sanuki is actually a name of a area, Kagawa prefecture to be exact. The most popular food of Kagawa is udon and people eat it almost everyday. The broth is made from Iriko (small dried sardine) instead of dried bonito like other udon broths. Most of the Sanuki Udon shops in Tokyo are restaurants, but there aren't many stand up Sanuki Udon shops like Kagawa. ONIYANMA at Gotanda is one of the few stand up Sanuki Udon shops and in my opinion the best.


oniyanma ticket machine
Oniyanma's owner actually owns another Sanuki Udon shop, but it is a normal restaurant not a stand up shop. After his 1st Sanuki Udon restaurant was a success, he decided to open a stand up shop just like the one's in Kagawa.


oniyanma hiyasitoritenぶっかけ
Their signature item is HIYASHI TORITEN BUKKAKE (Cold Udon with Chicken Tenpura) for 380 yen. Toriten (Chicken Tenpura) is not a common topping at udon shops in Tokyo, and Oniyama is probably the only stand up shop which serves it. You can taste the udon better when its cold instead of hot and especially Oniyama's. But you can have it hot as well, which is ONN TORITEN (Hot Udon with Chicken Tenpura) for 380 yen.


半熟玉子天ぷら
You can add a HANJYU TAMAGO TENPURA (Medium Boiled Egg Tempura) for 120 yen.


They also have normal tempura (prawn and vegetables), which is HIYASHI TENPURA BUKKAKE (Cold Udon with assorted Tenpura) for 430 yen,


tenpura hot
and in hot too, which is ONN TENPURA BUKKAKE (Hot Udon with assorted Tenpura) for 430 yen

特上てんぷら530円
or if you want more prawns there is HIYASHI TOKUJYO TENPURA BUKKAKE (Cold Udon with 2 prawns, chicken, and vegetable Tempura) for 530 yen, and of course you can have this hot as well which is ONN TOKYJYO TEN (Hot Udon) with with 2 prawns, chicken, and vegetable Tempura) for 530 yen.


oniyanma onniku
If you prefer beef, they have HIYASHI NIKU BUKKAKE (Cold Udon with warm shredded beef) for 480 yen,


鶏天単品100円
which I usually order and get a side order of TORITEN (Chicken Tenpura) for 100 yen. And just like other udon's this is available in hot as well.


冷温玉ぶっかけ
They also have HIYASHI ONNTAMA BUKKAKE (Cold Udon with soft boiled egg) for 330 yen.


冷デラックス
And if you want all of the above, there is HIYASHI DELUXE BUKKAKE (Cold Udon with everything) for 580 yen or ONN DELUXE BUKKAKE (Hot Udon with everything).


おにぎり&いなり
You can have an extra large udon for an additional 100 yen and also ONIGIRI (Rice ball) or INARI (Rice in fried tofu) for 60 yen each.


店内全景
Oniyama just opened in summer of 2010 and it has become so popular that there is a wait even though its a stand up udon shop. I have taken my friend's from Kagawa, who are real picky about udon and all of them agree that its the best stand up Sanuki Udon in Tokyo. If its your first visit to Oniyanma, I would recommend to order HIYASHI TORITEN BUKKAKE even during the winter since the udon taste better and other shop's don't have Toriten (Chicken Tenpura).


oniyanma tennai


ONIYANMA (in Japanese, おにやんま)
Address: 1-6-3 Nishi-Gotanda, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都品川区西五反田1-6-3)
Nearest train station: JR & Tokyu Gotanda (2 min walk)
Tel: None
Reservations: No
Website: None
English menu: No
Credit Card: No
Open: Monday-Friday 7am-1am
Saturday, Sunday & Holiday 11am-11pm
Closed: None

Prices: Hiyashi Toriten Bukkake (Cold Udon with Chicken Tenpura) 380 yen
Hiyashi Tenpura Bukkake (Cold Udon with assorted Tenpura) 430 yen
Hiyashi Tokujyo Tenpura Bukkake (Cold Udon with 2 prawns, chicken, and vegetable Tempura) 530 yen
Hiyashi Niku Bukkake (Cold Udon with warm shredded beef) 480 yen
Hiyashi Onntama Bukkake (Cold Udon with soft boiled egg) for 330 yen
Hiyashi Deluxe Bukkake (Cold Udon with everything) 580 yen
Onigiri (Rice ball) 60 yen
Inari (Rice in fried tofu) 60 yen

Toppings: Onntama (Soft boiled egg) 60 yen
Toriten (Chicken Tenpura) 100 yen
Extra Large Udon 100 yen




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A & G DINER (Gaienmae)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 26.2011 Burgers, American & South American 1 comments 0 trackback
AG DINER outside
When I first came back to work in Tokyo from the states, there were only a handful of restaurants which served a decent burger. Now there are famous burger shops from the states in Tokyo, but many good local burger shops have opened in the last 10 years as well. A & G DINER at Gaienmae is one of them.


AG DINER inside
A & G Diner's burgers are pretty authentic, so I won't get into details, but all you expect in a burger is all there.


チーズバーガー AG
CHEESE BURGER for 1,050 yen,


べーコン&チーズバーガー AG
BACON CHEESE BURGER for 1,200 yen,


アボカドチーズバーガー(1200円)
AVOCADO CHEESE BURGER for 1,200 yen.


フィッシュ&チーズバーガー
They also have FISH CHEESE BURGER for 1,000 yen,


バッファローチキンウイング 700円
BUFFALO CHICKEN WINGS for 700 yen,


ガンボスープ550円
GUMBO SOUP for 550 yen,


オニオンリング ag
ONION RINGS for 480 yen.


持ち帰り、ポークカツサンド
Of course, you can takeout most items, but for takeouts items like PORK CUTLET SANDWICH,


サーモンとクリームチーズ ag
SALMON & CREAM CHEESE SANDWICH are more popular than burgers, since the burgers are very juicy which makes the buns wet for takeout.


AG DINER menu 3
There is an English menu, so you shouldn't have any problem ordering your food. Its not a big restaurant, but if you want to have an authentic burger in Tokyo, A & G Diner is one of the places you want to consider.


AG DINER inside 2


A & G DINER (in Japanese, A & G ダイナー)
Address: 3-41-2 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都渋谷区神宮前3-41-2)
Nearest train station: Tokyo Metro Gaienmae (5 min walk)
Tel: 03-3403-9033
Reservations: Yes
Website: None
English menu: Yes
Credit Card: No
Open: Monday-Saturday 11:30am-9:30pm, Sunday & Holiday 11:30am-5:30pm
Closed: Tuesday

Prices: Plain Burger 900 yen
Cheese Burger 1,050 yen
Bacon Cheese Burger 1,200 yen
Avocado Cheese Burger 1,200 yen
Fish Cheese Buger 1,000 yen
Buffalo Chicken Wings 700 yen
Gumbo Soup 550 yen
Onion Rings 480 yen
Others items from 400-1,500 yen




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MIHASHI (Ueno)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 24.2011 Sweets, Bakery & Cafe 1 comments 0 trackback
mihashi outside 2
Wanna try Japanese deserts at a traditional Japanese cafe, one of my favorites is MIHASHI at Ueno. Mihashi has multiple locations including one inside Tokyo station, but their main shop is the one in Ueno. I usually takeout instead of eating at the shop since there could be a decent wait especially on weekends & holidays.


mihashi iriguchi
When you enter Mihashi, you place your order first at the cashier and they will give you a ticket. They will have a menu with pictures right in front of the cashier.


mihashi inside
If you want to take time to decide on what to order just get a table first, check the menu there and then go to the cashier.


mihashi menu 2
Many restaurants in the past used this system, but Mihashi is one of the few which still do.


みはし ichigo cream anmitsu
Their signiture item is ANMITSU, which is a made of small cubes of agar jell. It is a white translucent jelly made from red algae or seaweed. On top of it is syrup covered red bean paste with fruits. You can add ice cream or soft cream with it and my favorite and probably the most popular Anmitsu is ICHIGO CREAM ANMITSU (Anmitsu with strawberries & vanilla soft cream) for 700 yen.


mihashi 苺クリームあんみつ(700円)+白玉(100円)
You can also add SHIRATAMA (Rice floor dumplings) for an additional 100 yen, which is used for many Japanese sweets.


mihashi フルーツクリームあんみつ(690円)
If you want other fruits than strawberries, try FRUITS CREAM ANMITSU (Anmitsu with various fruits & vanilla soft cream) for 690 yen.


mihashi 抹茶あんみつ(560円)
Other popular Anmitsu's are MATCHA ANMITSU (Anmitsu with green tea ice cream) for 560 yen. What makes Mihashi's Anmitsu different from others is their original syrup. It is not as sweet as others. And also, their ANKO (red bean paste) isn't as well. Delicate balance of just being at the perfect sweetness, when you put everything in your mouth.


mihashi あわぜんざい
They have other traditional items like AWAZENZAI (Millet with sweet red bean soup) for 520 yen,


mihashi 田舎汁粉
INAKA SHIRUKO (Sticky rice cake in sweet red bean soup) for 520 yen


mihashi 抹茶フロート
or if you are thirsty, there is MATCHA FLOUT (Green tea milkshake) for 450 yen.


mihashi お雑煮
If you want to have something not sweet and filling, they offer OZOHNI (Sticky rice cake in clear dry bonito broth with egg & chicken) for 590 yen.


mihashi 夏はかき氷
They offer various KAKIGOHRI (Shaved ice) during the summer


mihashi 小倉最中アイス
and you can take out any Anmitsu without ice cream/soft cream and also OGURA ICE MONAKA (red bean ice cream with wafers) as well.


mihashi anmitsu takeout
Mihashi opened in 1948 and my grandmother brought me to Mihashi for the 1st time when I was 11 yrs old. Since then I have tried many other famous and older Japanese desert shops, but to many people including myself, when it comes down to Anmitsu, Mihashi's is the best with or without soft cream.





MIHASHI (in Japanese, みはし)
Address: 4-7-9 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都台東区上野4-7-9)
Nearest train station: JR Ueno & Tokyo Metro Ueno-Hirokouji (3 min walk)
Tel: 03-3831-0384
Reservations: No
Website: http://www.mihashi.co.jp/ (in Japanese only)
English menu: None
Credit Card: No
Open: 10:30am-9:00pm
Closed: Undecided

Prices: Ichigo Cream Anmitsu (Anmitsu with strawberries & vanilla soft cream) 700 yen
Fruits Cream Anmitsu (Anmitsu with various fruits & vanilla soft cream) 690 yen
Matcha Anmitsu (Anmitsu with green tea ice cream) 560 yen
Awazenzai (Millet with sweet red bean soup) 520 yen
Inaka Shiruko (Sticky rice cake in sweet red bean soup) 520 yen
Matcha Float (Green tea milkshake) 450 yen
Ozohni (Sticky rice cake in clear dry bonito broth with egg & chicken) 590 yen




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BIGIYA (Gakugei-Daigaku)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 22.2011 Ramen 0 comments 0 trackback
bigiya shop 2
Many new ramen shops which opened in the last few years have been only using organic ingredients and also not using MSG. It is difficult to creative great ramen without MSG, since MSG gives you umami (deep flavor). Most shops are always missing umami and leave customers unsatisfied, but BIGIYA at Gakugei-Daigaku is one of the few ramen shops which creates great ramen soup without using MSG.


bigiya ingredients
The owner of Bigiya worked/trained at Setagaya group, which is known for not using MSG and has over 10 stores in Tokyo and also one in New York. I wasn't a fan of any of Setagaya group's ramen shops since for me, the soup was always missing umami. So when I heard of the opening of Bigiya, I had some doubt that the ramen will be similar to Setagaya group, but I was wrong. Unlike most ramen shops, there is a list of what they use and where its from at every table.


bigiya ramen
Bigiya's menu is pretty simple. SHOYU RAMEN (Soy Sauce Ramen) for 700 yen, which has some Menma, Chashu, and Green Onion on top and


bigiya tsukemen
SHOYU TSUKEMEN (Soy Sauce Tsukemen) for 750 yen. The noodles for Tsukemen are a little thicker than ramen, but it is still thin compared to other tsukemen's.


bigiya tamago
You can add HANJYUKU AJITUKE TAMAGO (Seasoned Soft Boiled Egg) for 100 yen, extra CHASHU (Roast Pork) for 250 yen and OHMORI (extra noodles) for 100 yen.


bigiya konbu
They have side dishes like KONBU GOHAN (Seasoned Kelp over rice) for 150 yen


bigiya shiraru
and KAMAAGE SHIRASU GOHAN (Boiled Whitebait over rice) for 300 yen, which I always order with ramen.


bigiya inside
Since Gakugei-Daigaku is a residential area, which is 7 minutes away from Shibuya by train, most customers are usually locals living near Bigiya, but you do see ramen freaks from all over Japan as well taking pictures of the ramen and shop. If you like Shoyu ramen without any MSG in it, Bigiya is one of the few places I can recommend.


bigiya kenbaiki


BIGIYA (in Japanese, びぎ屋)
Address: 2-4-9 Takaban, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都目黒区鷹番2-4-9)
Nearest train station: Tokyu Toyoko Line Gakugei-Daigaku (5 min walk)
Tel: 03-5722-1669
Reservations: No
Website: http://www.bigiya.com/ (in Japanese only)
English menu: No
Credit Card: No
Open: 11am-2:30pm, 6pm-9pm (will close early when soldout)
Closed: Tuesday

Prices: Shoyu Ramen (Soy Sauce Ramen) 700 yen
Shoyu Ramen Hanjyuku Ajitsuke Tamago Iri (Soy Sauce Ramen with Seasoned Half Boiled Egg) 800 yen
Shoyu Ramen Chashu Mashi (Soy Sauce Ramen with Roast Pork) 950 yen
Shoyu Tsukemen (Shoyu Tsukemen) 750 yen
Shoyu Tsukemen Hanjyuku Tamago Iri (Soy Sauce Tsukemen with Seasoned Half Boiled Egg) 850 yen
Shoyu Tsukemen Chashu Mashi (Soy Sauce Tsukemen with Roast Pork) 1,000 yen
Kamaage Shirasu Gohan (Boiled Whitebait over Rice) 300 yen
Konbu Gohan (Seasoned Kelp over Rice) 150 yen
Aburi Chashu Gohan (Roast Pork over Rice) 300 yen

Toppings: Hanjyuku Ajitsuke Tamago (Seasoned Half Boiled Egg) 100 yen
Chashu (Roast Pork) 250 yen




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CHIYODA SUSHI (Tsukiji)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 19.2011 Sushi & Unagi 0 comments 0 trackback
立ち食いちよだ寿司築地店 outside
If you don't want to wait a couple of hours to eat at Sushi Dai, but still want to eat sushi for a cheap price in Tsukiji, there is CHIYODA SUSHI. Chiyoda Sushi is a stand up restaurant meaning there is a sushi counter with no seats. They actually have multiple locations through out the Kanto region and cost performance wise probably one of the best.


立ち食いちよだ寿司築地店 menu
Their menu is very simple. You either choose one of the set menus or order by piece. The set menus are USHIO (8 pieces of sushi selected by chef) for 590 yen and MICHISHIO (12 pieces of sushi selected by chef) for 890 yen.


立ち食いちよだ寿司築地店 ushio 1 590yen
The chef will give each customer 4 pieces of sushi at a time and when you are about to finish eating it, the next four will be served.


立ち食いちよだ寿司築地店 daimyo saba
If you want to order by piece, most of the sushi's are 80 yen. I would recommend to try DAIMYO SABA (Horse Mackerel),


立ち食いちよだ寿司築地店 hotate aburi
ABURI HOTATE (Grilled Scallop),


立ち食いちよだ寿司築地店 hamachi aburi
ARURI HAMACHI (Grilled Yellowtale).



立ち食いちよだ寿司築地店 anago 1
They also have sushi's for 90, 120, and 200 yen. A must order is FUTKURA NIANAGO (Fluffy Sea Eel) for 120 yen.


立ち食いちよだ寿司築地店 ushio 2 590yen
If you decide to order by piece, before 2pm you must order 2 pieces of same sushi for every order. But after 2pm you can order just 1 piece at a time. If you want to have sushi at Tsukiji (its not located in the fish market, but near by) or just even have a couple of sushi's for a snack do consider Chiyoda Sushi then.


立ち食いちよだ寿司築地店 inside



CHIYODA SUSHI (in Japanese, 立ち食いすし処 ちよだ鮨 築地店)
Address: 3-10-9 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都中央区築地3-10-9)
Nearest train station: Tokyo Metro Tsukiji (2 min walk)
Tel: 03-6226-5422
Reservations: No
Website: http://www.chiyoda-sushi.co.jp/ (in Japanese only)
English menu: None
Credit Card: No
Open: Monday - Friday 11am-10:00pm
Saturday, Sunday, Holiday 11am-9pm
Closed: None

Prices: Ushio (8 pieces of sushi selected by chef) 590 yen
Michishio (12 pieces of sushi selected by chef) 890 yen
1 piece from 80-200 yen
Must order 2 pieces of same sushi until 2pm. After 2pm can order just 1 piece.




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MARUSHIZU (Tsukiji)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 17.2011 Sushi & Unagi 0 comments 0 trackback
丸静outside.2
Wanna eat Unajyu (Grilled Sea Eel over Rice) for a reasonable price in Tsukiji? Then MARUSHIZU is one of the few places to go.


丸静outside1
Its only minutes away from Tsukiji Fish Market, but in a small alley where its a bit hard to find.


丸静menu
They only have UNAJYU (Grilled Sea Eel over Rice) and SHIRAYAKI (Non-flavored Grilled Sea Eel).


丸静unagi
The prices for unajyu vary by the amount of rice and slices of sea eel in it. I usually order MURAJI (Large Grilled Sea Eel over Rice) for 2,200 yen


丸静 臣
or OMI (Extra Large Grilled Sea Eel over Rice) for 2,600 yen. They don't name the sizes by large, medium, or small. They use Japanese names from the past for explaining the sizes.


丸静kimosui
It comes with KIMOSUI (Clear Liver Soup)


丸静osinko
and also, a small OSHINKO (Pickles).


丸静inside
The unagi is precooked, grilled once and steamed. Once they get an order they will take the unagi out of the steamer and give it a final grill. So, unlike top unagi restaurants which start from slicing the uncooked unagi, it comes out pretty quickly, usually in about 5 minutes. Its a small restaurant with only about 10 seats and during lunch time there could be a decent wait, but not during dinner time.





MARUSHIZU (in Japanese, 丸静)
Address: 6-12-10 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都中央区築地6-12-10)
Nearest train station: Tokyo Metro Tsukiji (10 min walk)
Tel: 03-3541-0072
Reservations: No
Website: None
English menu: No
Credit Card: No
Open: 11:30am-3pm, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Closed: Sunday & Holidays

Prices: Unajyu Choku (Regular Grilled Sea Eel over Rice) 1,600 yen
Unajyu Muraji (Large Grilled Sea Eel over Rice) 2,200 yen
Unajyu Omi (Extra Large Grilled Sea Eel over Rice) 2,600 yen
Unajyu Mikoto (XX LargeGrilled Sea Eel over Rice) 2,200 yen
Unajyu Oh (XXX Large Grilled Sea Eel over Rice) 3,700 yen
Shirayaki (Extra Special Non Seasoned Sea Eel) 2,000 yen
Shirayaki Gohan (Special Grilled Non Seasoned Sea Eel with Rice) 2,200 yen
Joh Oshinko (Pickels) 600 yen




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TSUKIJI TOHGARASHI (Tsukiji)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 15.2011 Yakiniku & Korean 0 comments 0 trackback
築地とうがらし outside 2
When the weather is cold, one of my favorite lunch restaurants in Tsujiki is TSUKIJI TOHGARASHI. Tohgarashi is actually a Yakiniku restaurant (Japanese style Korean BBQ) at night, but their CHIGE (Spicy hot stew....in Korean it is actually spelled Jjigae, not Chige) at lunch is known to almost anyone who works at Tsukiji. Its located only a couple of minutes away from Tsukiji Fish Market and you will never see tourists, only office workers coming for lunch. The building is almost like a shack and the inside isn't pretty to say the least, but their Chige is by far the best lunch Chige I ever had in Tokyo.


築地とうがらし menu
Before you walk into Tohgarashi there will be a menu hanging outside on their door. The menu is pretty simple since there are only 5 items to choose from.


築地とうがらし stairs (2)
When you walk into Tohgarashi, you first tell the waiter (there is only one), what your order is and pick up a spoon & chopsticks. There are only 2 tables on the first floor and usually they will tell you to go to the second or third floor using the stairs,


築地とうがらし chige ramen
Most people order CHIGE RAMEN (Spicy Hot Stew Ramen) for 880 yen. They only serve 30 Chige Ramen's and its not as spicy as it looks. Besides the noodles, beef & various vegetables are in the Chige. Also, they use instant Korean ramen noodles and broth is made out of mainly beef. I always order this if it is still available and a bowl of rice for 120 yen with it as well. (its usually sold out before 12:45pm or so)


築地とうがらし udon
The second popular dish is CHIGE UDON (Spicy Hot Stew Udon) for 880 yen. The only difference between Chige Ramen and Chige Udon is the noodles.


築地とうがらし chige rice ojiya
And then, they just have CHIGE RICE (Spicy Hot Stew with Rice) for 880 yen. This doesn't have any noodles and instead it comes with a bowl of rice. If you want an extra large rice its an additional 100 yen. You can also make all the Chige's spicier if you prefer for an additional 100 yen or even extra spicy for 200 yen. You can also add an egg for 50 yen as well. Some customers add the rice into soup like the above.


築地とうがらし bibinba
Besides Chige, they have ISHIYAKIi BIBINPA (Vegetables & Grounded Beef over Rice in Hot Stone Bowl) for 880 yen. They also have regular BIBINPA (Vegetables & Grounded Beef over Rice) for 880 yen. I've have never ordered these two dishes, so I can't comment on how good it is.


築地とうがらし inside
I wouldn't recommend going to Tohgarashi during the summer since you will be sweating so much while you are eating. I've never had dinner here so never tried their Yakinuki and therefore can't comment on what dinner is like, but if its a cold day and want to eat something warm for lunch, I can't think of a better place in Tsukiji then Tohgarashi's Chige. I took my wife here for the first time in January and the only words she said while she was eating was "Oishii" meaning delicious. Try to get to Tohgarashi before 12:30pm because a couple of dishes will be sold out by then.





TSUKIJI TOHGARASHI (in Japanese, 築地とうがらし)
Address: 6-3-6 Tshukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都中央区築地6-3-6)
Nearest train station: Tokyo Metro Tsukiji (5 min walk)
Tel: 03-3545-4322
Reservations: No
Website: http://r.gnavi.co.jp/a037101/ (in Japanese only)
English menu: None
Credit Card: No
Open: 11:30am-1:30pm
Closed: Saturday, Sunday, Holiday

Prices: Chige Rice (Spicy Hot Stew with Rice) 880 yen
Chige Ramen (Spicy Hot Stew Ramen) 880 yen
Chige Udon (Spicy Hot Stew Udon) 880 yen
Bibinba (Vegetables & Grounded Beef over Rice) 880 yen
Ishiyaki Bibinba (Vegetables & Grounded Beef over Rice in Hot Stone Bowl) 880 yen
Rice 120 yen
Extra Large Rice additional 100 yen
Egg 50 yen
Spicy 100 yen
Extra Spicy 200 yen




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SUSHI DAI (Tsukiji)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 13.2011 Sushi & Unagi 0 comments 0 trackback
寿司大 outside
If you are willing to wait 2-3 hours to eat sushi at Tsukiji Fish Market, SUSHI DAI is the place to go. Its probably recommended or introduced on most tourist guide books. 20 yrs ago, Sushi Dai was popular, but never a 2-3 hour wait. I use to eat here at least 2-3 times a month, but over the last 10 years its the go to place for not only foreign tourists, but Japanese tourists as well and I stopped going since I can't wait 2-3 hours for just sushi breakfast/lunch.


寿司大 menu
The reason why Sushi Dai is so popular is because of their cost performance and probably location as well. Of course, you can order piece by piece, but most people order either OMAKASE COURSE (10 pieces of sushi chosen by the chef plus 1 piece fish of your choice with 1 sushi roll, rolled egg and miso soup) for 3,900 yen or JYOU SUSHI (7 pieces of sushi chosen by chef with 1 sushi roll, rolled egg and miso soup) for 2,500 yen.


寿司大 12 seats
They use top quality fish available at the market and could charge at least 50% more for this. Here is what you get for a Omakase Course.


寿司大 toro
TORO (Fatty Tuna)


寿司大 aji
AJI (Horse Mackerel)


寿司大 anago
ANAGO (Sea Eel)


寿司大 ebi
EBI (Prawn)


寿司大 hirame
HIRAME (Flounder)


寿司大 ikura
IKURA (Salmon Egg Roe)


寿司大 kinme uni
KINMEDAI (Alfonsino) & UNI (Sea Urchin)


寿司大 kohada sawara
KOHADA (Japanese Shad) & SAWARA (Spanish Mackerel)


寿司大 zuke  makimono
ZUKE (Marinated Tuna) & TETKA MAKI (Tuna Roll)


寿司大 tamago
TAMAGO (Egg Omelet)



寿司大 inside
Of course, fishes used for sushi will change by season and whats available at the market, but Toro, Anago, Tetka Maki will always be served. Sushi Dai only has 12 counter seats and even though people are waiting in line they provide top quality service and also will not rush you to leave. So, if you really want to eat sushi inside Tsukiji Fish Market and willing to wait a couple of hours, go to Sushi Dai then.





SUSHI DAI (in Japanese, 寿司大 )
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: 3547-6797
Reservations: No
Website: http://www.tsukijigourmet.or.jp/22_sushidai/index.htm (in Japanese only)
English menu: There is a simple one on the door.
Credit Card: No
Open: 5am-2pm
Closed: Sunday, Holiday and also when Tsukiji market is closed.

Prices: Omakase Course (10 pieces of sushi chosen by the chef plus 1 piece fish of your choice with 1 sushi roll, rolled egg and miso soup) 3,900 yen
Jyou Sushi (7 pieces of sushi chosen by chef with 1 sushi roll, rolled egg and miso soup) 2,500 yen




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TOYO-CHAN (Tsukiji)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 11.2011 Curry, Yoshoku, Steak & Teppanyaki 0 comments 0 trackback
豊ちゃん outside
Just a few restaurants of Nakaei's right is TOYO-CHAN, a classic Yoshoku (Japanese style western food) restaurant. Just like Nakaei, Toyo-chan is a favorite of people working at Tsukiji, but has also become popular for tourists as well.


豊ちゃん omu hayashi
Toyo-chan has several signature dishes and one of them is OMU HAYASHI RICE (Omelet with Hashed Beef Rice) for 1050 yen,


豊ちゃん katsu hayashi
or you can have it with tonkatsu instead of omelet, which is called KATSU HAYASHI RICE (Tonkatsu with Hashed Beef Rice) for 1050 yen. Both omelet and tonkatsu are good, but what makes Toyo-chan stand out from others is their Hayashi sauce.


豊ちゃん atama rice
Their other signature dish is ATAMA RICE for 1050 yen. Its base is Katsu Don (Tonkatsu over Rice). The tonkatsu is cooked in a sauce with egg and instead of putting it over rice like Katsu Don and served separately. One of their daily customers wanted to have some curry sauce over his rice, but still wanted to eat tonkatsu in sauce with egg, so he asked the owner to serve it separately,


豊ちゃん katsudon
Of course they have the normal KATSU DON as well for 1050 yen.


豊ちゃん rosukatsu
They also have regular tonkatsu as well, such as ROSU KATSU TEISHOKU (Pork Loin Tonkatsu with Rice and Miso Soup) for 1170 yen


豊ちゃん kaki furai
or during the winter, they have KAKI FURAI TEISHOKU (Deep Fried Oysters with Rice) for 1300 yen.


豊ちゃん omu aigake
Just like Nakaei, you can have both curry & hayashi sauce on your rice, like OMU NOTKE RYOGAKE (Omelet with half of Curry & Hashed Beef Rice) for 1050 yen.


豊ちゃん inside
Portions are about average, but you can always ask for larger portions of rice like other Yoshoku restaurants. If its your first time at Toyo-chan do try Omu Hayashi Rice or Katsu Hayashi Rice. You can add various items to your curry or hayashi rice.


豊ちゃん omu katsu hayashi
Lets say you want to have both tonkatsu & omelet with your hayashi rice just tell them and they will try to meet your request. The owner (lady in her 70's) is one of the few friendly restaurant owners in Tsukiji and I always enjoy talking to her as much as I enjoy the food.





TOYO-CHAN (in Japanese, 豊ちゃん)
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: 3541-9062
Reservations: No
Website: http://www.tsukijigourmet.or.jp/11_toyo/ (in Japanese only)
English menu: None
Credit Card: No
Open: 6am-2pm
Closed: Sunday, Holiday and also when Tsukiji market is closed.

Prices: Katsu Curry Rice (Tokatsu Curry Rice) 1050 yen
Katsu Hayashi Rice (Tonkatsu Hashed Beef Rice) 1050 yen
Omu Hayashi Rice (Omelet with Hashed Beef Rice) 1050 yen
Omu Notke Ryogake (Omelet with half of Curry & Hashed Beef Rice) 1050 yen
Katsu Don (Tokatsu over Rice) 1050 yen
Atama Rice (Tokatsu in sauce servered seperately from Rice) 1050 yen
Rosu Kastu Teishoku (Pork Loin Tonkatsu with Rice and Miso Soup) 1170 yen
Kaki Furai Rice (Deep Fried Oysters with Rice) 1300 yen
Hayashi Rice (Hashed Beef Rice) 750 yen
Other menus between 50-1290 yen




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