SUTAMINAEN (Shikahama)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 27.2011 Yakiniku & Korean 0 comments 0 trackback
スタミナ苑 outside
Japanese style Korean BBQ better known as Yakiniku was invented by Korean's living in Japan after World War II. It is different from real Korean BBQ, but unless you can't or don't eat beef, most people will say that Yakiniku is one of their favorite foods. Almost everyone has their favorite Yakiniku restaurant, but the most famous one and considered the best to many is SUTAMINAEN at Shikahama.

スタミナ苑 teppan
So what makes Sutaminaen special? Well its not only the quality of meat, but how the owner/chef trims it. They use an old fashion steel plate and gas grill which you don't see much anymore.

スタミナ苑 生野菜
Like most customers you want to start out with NAMAYASAI (Salad)

スタミナ苑 kakuteki
and order some KAKUTEKI

スタミナ苑 キムチ
or KIMICHI (Spicy pickled radish or Chinese cabbage)

スタミナ苑 ポテトサラダ
Their POTATO SALAD is famous as well.

スタミナ苑 上タン
Then move on to JYO TAN SHIO (Special tongue) for 1,800 yen just like any other Yakinuku restaurant.

スタミナ苑 ミックスホルモン
Next would be their specialty MIX HORUMON (Various guts) for 1,700 yen. By far this is the best horumon I ever had.

スタミナ苑 上カルビ
You want to try their Karubi so you order JYO KARUBI (Special boneless short rib) for 2,400 yen

スタミナ苑 特選上カルビ
or if you want to try the best its TOKUSEN JYO KARUBI (Prime boneless short rib) 1 slice 1,200 yen.

スタミナ苑 特選上ロース
It you want to try a steak kind of Yakiniku try TOKUSEN JYO ROSU (Prime loin) for 8,000-11,000 yen price

スタミナ苑 中ロース
or JYO ROSU (Special loin) for 2,400 yen, which is thinner.

スタミナ苑 特上ハラミ
You should also try JYO HARAMI (Special skirt steak) for 1,700 yen

スタミナ苑 牛ヒレ
and GYI HIRENIKU (Filet Migion) for 2,200 yen as well.

スタミナ苑 tegutan
You can order rice on the side as well, but with it also order TEGUTAN (Spicy beef soup) for 1,000 yen

スタミナ苑 comutan
or KOMUTAN (Beef soup) 1,100 yen. They are both delicious.

スタミナ苑 outside 1
Sutaminaen is located in one of the most inconvenient locations. They do have a parking lot, but if you are taking public transportation, you need to take a bus or taxi from the nearest train station. Also, the wait can be crazy on weekends. Former Prime Minster Obuchi was a regular of Sutaminaen but even him with his secret police guards had to wait on line like any other customers. If any of your friends is a regular at Sutaminaen, the owner will serve several dishes which aren't on the menu. These are not only special but great as well.

スタミナ苑 inside
Its not a pretty restaurant at all and needs serious renovation, but people from all over Japan want to eat here and once you do I'm sure you will be back even with the crazy wait or inconvenient location.

SUTAMINAEN (in Japanese, スタミナ苑)
Address: 3-13-4 Shikahama, Adachi-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都足立区鹿浜3-13-4)
Nearest train station: JR Akabane
(but you will need to take a bus or taxi from Akabane starion)
Tel: 03-3897-0416
Reservations: No
Website: http://www.mode-web.jp/sutamina/ (in Japanese only)
English menu: None
Credit Card: No
Open: Wednesday-Friday 5pm-11pm, Saturday, Sunday & Holiday 4:30pm-11pm
Closed: Monday & Tuesday

Prices: Tokusen Jyo Karubi (Prime boneless short rib) 1 slice 1,200 yen
Tokusen Jyo Rosu (Prime loin) 8,000-11,000 yen
Honetsuki Karubi (Short rib) 1,800 yen
Jyo Karubi (Special boneless short rib) 2,400 yen
Jyo Rosu (Special loin) 2,400 yen
Chu Rosu (Loin) 1,800 yen
Gyu Hireniku (Filet Migion) 2,200 yen
Tokyujyo Harami (Extra Special skirt steak) 1,900 yen
Jyo Harami (Special skirt steak) 1,700 yen
Mami Harami (Skirt steak) 1,950 yen
Jyo Tan Shio (Special tongue) 1,800 yen
Mix Horumon (Various guts) 1,700 yen
Komutan (Beef soup) 1,100 yen
Tegutan (Spicy beef soup) 1,000 yen
Other items 300-2,000 yen

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SAPPORO JUNREN (Takadanobaba)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 25.2011 Ramen 0 comments 0 trackback
Miso Ramen was invented in Sapporo in the late 50's. As you might know Sapporo is real cold during the winter and people warmed up by eating Miso ramen and the most famous Miso ramen shop in all of Japan is JUNREN, which opened a shop at Takadanobaba about 10 years ago. Before Takadanobaba besides their original shop in Sapporo, they had a shop at Yokohama Ramen Museum for several years. It was the most popular shop among all the ramen shops there with an average wait of one hour.

Junren's signature ramen is MISO RAMEN. By many ramen freaks, its been voted the best Miso ramen for the last 10 years and I have to agree with them cause I only eat Miso ramen here and no Miso ramen comes close to Junren's.

The noodles are different from the noodles you find in Tokyo or other areas of Japan. They are egg noodles with very limited water used when mixed, which makes the noodle very hard even if you boil it for a long time.

They also have SHOYU RAMEN (Soy sauce ramen) which some of my friends prefer more than Miso Ramen,

Then there is SHIO RAMEN (Salt ramen) which is the least popular among the three. Miso, Shoyu, Shio ramen are all for 850 yen.

さっぽろ純連kara miso
KARAMISO RAMEN (Spicy miso ramen) for 950 yen is only available at this shop only, not at the main shop in Sapporo.

さっぽろ純連miso corn  butter
There are various additional toppings such as BUTTER, CORN,

さっぽろ純連miso egg
and the most popular is HANJUKU TAMAGO (Soft boiled egg) for 100 yen each.

If you want to eat some rice, there is CHAHAN (Fried Rice) for 700 yen,

さっぽろ純連chamayo don
and also CHAMAYO DON (Roast Pork Mayo over Rice) for 250 yen.

The first time I had Junren's Miso ramen was 23 years ago at Sapporo. I've had Miso Ramen in the past, but Junren's was so different from what I had in Tokyo. It was rich in flavor, a bit salty and the soup was covered with a thin layer of hot lard, which keeps the soup warm until you finish drinking the very last drop. I actually burned my lips and tongue since no one explained to me how hot the soup was, so be careful when you drink the soup.

SAPPORO JUNREN (in Japanese, さっぽろ純連)
Address: 3-12-8 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都新宿区高田馬場3-12-8)
Nearest train station: JR or Tokyo Metro Takadanobaba (6 min walk)
Tel: 03-5338-8533
Reservations: No
Website: http://www.junren.co.jp/ (in Japanese only)
English menu: None
Credit Card: No
Open: 8am-11pm
Closed: None

Prices: Miro Ramen 850 yen
Shoyu Ramen 850 yen
Shio Ramen 850 yen
Karamiso Ramen (Spicy Miso Ramen) 950 yen
Chahan (Fried Rice) 700 yen
Chamayo Don (Roast Pork Mayo over Rice) 250 yen
Large Noodles additional 50 yen
Extra Chashu (Boiled Pork) 200 yen
Butter 100 yen
Corn 100 yen
Menma (Bamboo Shoot) 120 yen
Hanjyu Tamago (Soft boiled egg) 100yen

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SAITAMAYA (Higashi-Jujo)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 23.2011 Yakitori, Yakiton & Kushiage 6 comments 0 trackback
埼玉屋 outside 1
YAKITON (Roast pork meat & giblets) is actually more popular than yakitori for the average salaryman (business man). Almost everyone has their favorite place, but SAITAMAYA at HIgashi-Jujo is one of the best in Tokyo. People start to wait in line hours before it actually opens. Unless you are a regular and especially if its your first time here, owner/chef will only let you order your preferred drink, and will only serve you a 9 stick course of Yakiton, Gyu Nikomi, and salad. He won't even let you choose how well you want your Yakiton done.

埼玉屋 クレソンのサラダ
First, CURESON NO SALADA (Watercress Salad) for 420 yen comes out.

埼玉屋 nikomi
Next GYU NIKOMI (Beef stew) for 550 yen, then the 9 stick course for 1260 yen begins and here are a couple of them.

埼玉屋 カシラ s
KASHIRA (Cheek meat),

埼玉屋 ねぎ間 s
NEGIMA (Pork belly & Green Onion),

埼玉屋 上シロ s
SHIRO (Guts),

埼玉屋 シャモのサルサソース s
SHAMO NO SALSA SAUCE (Chicken with Salsa sauce),

埼玉屋 レバー s
LEBAH (Liver).

埼玉屋 タン刺し s
If you become a regular, you can order whatever you want and also order appetizers like TAN SASHI (Tongue Sashimi),

埼玉屋 ハツ刺し
HATSU SASHI (Heart Sashimi).

埼玉屋 inside
For drinks, I would suggest you to try NAMA LEMON SOUR, which is frozen Shochu with soda and fresh lemon juice. The wait can be long and you may not order what you want, but the owner/chef isn't cocky and is actually really nice even to first time customers. Many yakiton lovers will agree it is one of the top 3 yakiton restaurant in Tokyo and worth the train ride to just go eat here. I just wish that it was much closer to where I live cause I would be eating here at least once a week even if I had to wait for a hour or two. Also, its non smoking which is very rare for a yakiton restaurant.

埼玉屋 outside

Saitamaya (in Japanese, 埼玉屋)
Address: 2-5-12 Higashi-Jujo, Kita-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都北区東十条2-5-12)
Nearest train station: JR Higashi-Jujo (3 min walk)
Tel: 03-3911-5843
Reservations: No
Website: None
English menu: None
Credit Card: No
Open: Monday-Friday 4pm-9:30pm, Saturday 4pm-6pm
Closed: Sunday & Holiday

Prices: Yakiton (Various pork parts on grilled on stick) 140 yen
Cureson No Salada (Watercress Salad) 420 yen
Nikomi (Beef Stew) 550 yen
Drinks from 460 yen

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LU-GANG (Kamimachi)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 21.2011 Sweets, Bakery & Cafe 0 comments 0 trackback
鹿港 outside
Nikuman or Butaman (Steamed pork buns) are sold at any covinience store in Japan. If you visit Chinatown at Yokohama, Kobe or Nagasaki there are many shops which claim to be the best, but if you ever had one from LU-GANG at Kamimachi, you would agree that they are best.

鹿港 inside
Lu-Gang is actually a name of a city in Taiwan. The owner/chef was a school teacher before opening Lu-Gang. He went to Taiwan for a class trip with his students and one of the tour guides suggested to try out a nikuman from a famous local shop. He was shocked to see people wait for hours to purchase one and also how good it was. Even though he was a school teacher, he always had a dream to open his own shop one day and thought that this was it. After 3 years of asking the owner to let him work there, he finally got his wish and did so for several years. He was given the secret recipe which was only passed on to the 1st son for several generations and still is the only who knows the recipe who isn't family.

鹿港 nikuman
Lu-Gang only sales 4 items. NIKUMAN (Steamed Pork Bun) for 140 yen.

鹿港 nikuman 2
What makes this special compared to others is not the pork filling it's the bun. There are really no words to describe this and you need to actually have it to know why its the best.

鹿港 anman

鹿港 anman 2
Other items are ANMAN (Steamed Sweet Red Bean Bun) for 120 yen,

鹿港 mantou
Mantou (Plain Steamed Bun) for 70 yen,

鹿港 mantou 2
which has no filling and goes along great with other Chinese dishes with sauce,

鹿港 kokutou mantou
and finally KOKUTOU (Steamed Brown Sugar Bun) for 80 yen, which is just a bit sweeter than Mantou.

鹿港 box
Lu-Gang opens at 10am, but they usually sell out around 1pm on weekdays and even earlier on weekends. There is no space to eat, so you either eat on the street or take it back home and reheat it. I usually have one at the spot and enjoy the rest at home and I would suggest to others to do the same.

鹿港 outside 2

Lu-Gang (in Japanese, 鹿港)
Address: 3-1-12 Setagaya, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都世田谷区世田谷3-1-12)
Nearest train station: Tokyu Setagaya Line Kamimachi (2 min walk)
Tel: 03-5799-3031
Reservations: No
Website: http://www.lu-gang.com/ (in Japanese only)
English menu: None
Credit Card: No
Open: 10am - until soldout (which is usually before 1pm)
Closed: Thursday, 2nd Wednesday (during summer there will be more)

Prices: Nikuman (Steamed Pork Bun) 140 yen
Anman (Steamed Sweet Red Bean Bun) 120 yen
Mantou (Plain Steamed Bun) 70 yen
Kokutou (Steamed Brown Sugar Bun) 80 yen

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Posted by Tokyo Joe on 19.2011 Sweets, Bakery & Cafe 8 comments 0 trackback
HIDEMI SUGINO is the first oriental person to win the most prestigious competition, La Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie, the world cup of pastry in 1991. He is also the first oriental person to become member of Relais Desserts, which only has 85 members around the world. After training in France for several years he came back to Japan and was hired as chief pâtissier at various shops before opening his own shop HIDEMI SUGINO in Kobe. He then moved his shop to Kyobashi, Tokyo in 2001 and is probably the most popular pastry shop in Tokyo for the last 10 years. He uses a limited amount of sugar and his creations are probably the most artistic of all pâtissiers in Japan.

HIDEMI SUGINO case eatin
Most of his creations are mousse based cakes. He uses very limited gelatin, which makes it extra soft and creamy, but since its so soft, most of his cakes need to be in a refrigerator within a hour after it is purchased. There are also cakes which can only be eaten at his cafe. These cakes are just too soft to travel even for 15 minutes.

His most famous cake which you can only eat at the cafe is MARIE, a wild strawberry & pistachio mousse cake.

HIDEMI SUGINO 10 Ambroisie アンブロワジー
Another one is AMBROISI, a chocolate mousse cake. There are only 10 made everyday, so you have to be lucky to eat both at the same time.

HIDEMI SUGINO 7 Améthyste アメジスト
The following are cakes, which you can take out. AMETHYSTE,

HIDEMI SUGINO 6 Ambre Noah アンブルノア

HIDEMI SUGINO 4 Pomme dEve ポムデーブ

HIDEMI SUGINO 8 Merveille メルベイユ


HIDEMI SUGINO 2 Framboisier) フランポワジェ

HIDEMI SUGINO 9 Geometryジオメトリー

HIDEMI SUGINO 5 Mangue Cassis マングー・キャシス

HIDEMI SUGINO 3 chocolat framboise ショコラフランボワーズ

HIDEMI SUGINO 1 Sous Bois スーボワ

Although Hidemi Sugino is open from 11am-7pm, cakes are added at 11am when it opens and at 2pm as well. They will be sold out within an hour or so and there will be many people online waiting. You will need to be there at least 30 minutes before and even if there are many cakes available you are only allowed to purchase 6 pieces. You are allowed to eat 2 pieces at the cafe, but then you can only takeout 4. If you want to eat a modern sensitive cake, which you won't find anywhere else, go to Hidemi Sugino even if you have to wait a hour or so.

HIDEMI SUGINO (in Japanese, イデミ・スギノ)
Address: 3-6-17 Kyobashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都中央区京橋3-6-17)
Nearest train station: Tokyo Metro Kyobashi or Ginza 1-chome (2 min walk)
Tel: 03-3538-6780
Reservations: No
Website: None
English menu: None
Credit Card: No
Open: 11am-7pm
Closed: Monday (Every other Tuesday as well. Check with them for specific dates)

Prices: From 600 yen

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TONPACHI (Higashi-Jujo)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 17.2011 Daily Local Food & Others 0 comments 0 trackback
からし焼き outside2
I admit that I first saw this restaurant on TV several times before I ever ate here. The kind of food which is served here is called B-KYU GURUME, meaning B class gourmet (down to earth food). It doesn't mean that it's not delicious, but inexpensive. addictive and kind of junkie. I'm actually a great fan of B-KYU GURUME, and I guess most of our daily food is B-KYU GURUME, but TONPACHI at Higashi Jyujo is really one a kind.

Tonpachi is famous for one dish and that is KARASHIYAKI for 700 yen, stir-fried sliced pork belly or loin with tofu cooked in a secret spicy sauce with tons of garlic and ginger. And when its served cucumbers and green onions are added on top. The owner who is in his mid 80's invented Karashiyaki. Four other restaurants near by kind of copied the recipe and serve it as well, but no other shop anywhere in Japan does.

からし焼き inside3
First lard is added into the pan and with pork. Once the pork is half cooked, he adds the secret sauce, sugar, sake, another secret sauce, tons of garlic, msg, chili pepper and ginger at the end. Once it comes to a boil, the pork is taken out on a plate and tofu is added.

からし焼き inside2
While the tofu is cooking, he adds more secret sauce and chili pepper. He keeps tasting it a couple of times and keeps adding whatever is missing.

からし焼き 1
When its done and you just dig in. It has some serious punch and kick. First its spicy, then sweet, and finally the garlic comes at you.

tonpachi tsukemono
Rice, Oshinko (pickled vegetables), Misoshiru (Miso soup) is extra and you need to order it separately.

tonpachi lebayaki
Another dish they have is LEBA SUTAMINA YAKI (Stir-fried pork liver with vegetables) for 700 yen. Even though this isn't spicy or sweet, tons of garlic is used.

からし焼き menu
When you're finished you'll smell like garlic and probably want to take a shower as soon as you can, but you will also probably get addicted like many others. Tonpachi is not in the nicest neighborhood or area of Tokyo. It's in a lower middle class area and bit far away from the center of Tokyo, but if you do have friends near by or need to go near Higashi Jyujo for business, do consider Tonpachi for lunch or a quick dinner.

TONPACHI (in Japanese, とん八)
Address: 3-17-9 Higashi Jyujo, Kita-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都北区東十条3-17-9)
Nearest train station: JR Higashi Jyujo (5 min walk)
Tel: 03-3914-1208
Reservations: No
Website: None
English menu: No
Credit Card: No
Open: 11:30am-2pm, 5pm-8pm
Closed: Thursday

Prices: Karashiyaki (Karashiyaki Pork Belly) 700 yen
Karashiyaki Rousu (Karashiyaki Pork Loin) 800 yen
Leba Stamina Yaki (Stir-fried pork liver with vegetables) 700 yen
Rice (Medium Size) 200 yen
Oshinko (Pickled vegetables) 200 yen
Misoshiru (Miso soup) 50 yen

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BANRAIEN (Ooimachi)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 15.2011 Chinese, Thai, Indian & Other Asian 0 comments 0 trackback
萬来園 outside
If I had to pick one restaurant in all of Tokyo with regarding how old the outside looks & interior inside, but food being equal to any world class restaurant, that would be a family ran Chinese restaurant at Ooimachi called BANRAIEN. During lunch time its your average Japanese style Chinese restaurant where you can find anywhere, but at night you will see corporate owned limos parked right in front of the restaurant. The first time I came here was with one of the board members of the company I was working at that time with his limo and was shocked to see how down to earth the outside looked and the location as well. But what was even more shocking was when I entered the restaurant. I met the CEO of Canon, executives from Toyota only enjoying their food and not talking about business at all.

萬来園 inside
When you walk in there are only about 12 counter seats. There is no menu and chef/owner will ask you if there is anything that you don't like. Next he will start explaining what kind of meat, seafood, and vegetables are available for the night and how it can be cooked. You tell him what you want and how you want it cooked and then the show starts.

萬来園 前菜の盛り合わせ
To give you an example, this is what I had for a dinner one night. Starting with assorted appetizers,

萬来園 海老味噌に漬けた手羽先の唐揚げ
Shrimp miso flavored fried chicken wings,

萬来園 天然車海老の豆板醤炒め
Natural prawns in black bean sauce,

萬来園 白ばい貝の炒め
Stir-fried white clam,

萬来園 セイレンサイの炒め
Stir-fried sairen vegetables,

萬来園 渡り蟹の炒め
Stir-fried crab with chili,

萬来園 ザーサイ(搾菜)と豚肉の炒め
Stir-fried Szechwan pickles and pork,

萬来園 平貝の豆チ蒸し
Steamed flat clam,

萬来園 まこも茸の和牛巻き揚げ豆チ炒め
Makomo mushroom wrapped with wagyu beef in black bean sauce,

萬来園 上海カニ
Steamed Shanghai crab,

萬来園 ターツァイ(搨菜)と干し肉の炒め
Stir-fried Chinese vegetables with dry beef,

萬来園 ずわい蟹のチャーハン
Crab fried rice,

萬来園 マンゴープリン
Mango pudding,

萬来園 杏仁豆腐
Almond pudding.

Even if you become full the chef will keep insisting to have another dish, so you better tell him that you are really full. The price will be somewhere between 15,000-
25,000 yen per person depending on what you eat. So its not affordable at all and you are going here just for the food nothing else, but I have to say that its one of the best Chinese restaurant in Tokyo, and to many the very best.

BANRAIEN (in Japanese, 萬来園)
Address: 5-6-8 Higahi Ooi, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都品川区東大井5-6-8)
Nearest train station: JR or Tokyo Ooimachi (3 min walk)
Tel: 03-3450-5667
Reservations: Yes (a must)
Website: None
English menu: None
Credit Card: No
Open: 5:30pm-9:30pm
Closed: Wednesday & Sunday

Prices: No menu and prices will be between 15,000-25,000 yen per person

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RANDY (Jimbocho)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 13.2011 Curry, Yoshoku, Steak & Teppanyaki 1 comments 0 trackback
ランディ outside
There are many Hamburg Steak restaurants in Tokyo, but RANDY at Jinbocho is the only shop which uses hand cut shredded beef, not machine ground beef for their hamburg steaks. Because of this beef is chewy, but still very soft.

ランディバーグ200g ガリマヨソース
Their menu is very simple. You just order RANDY BAHGU by weight. Standard size is 200g for 950 yen, but you can order more if you want to. Also, you get to choose a sauce of your choice and the most popular one and my favorite is GARIMAYO (Garlic Mayonnaise).

ランディ rice soup
It comes with rice and soup, which are free of refills.

You can order extra sauce for 200 yen if you need more. My other favorite is WASAMAYO (Wasabi Mayonnaise).

Other popular sauce's are OROSHI (Soy Sauce & Radish),

and BUTTER, which is not just regular butter. Its a mix of butter and other ingredients, which is a secret recipe.

ランディ inside
Randy is more like a lunch restaurant than dinner. Their hamburg steak is somewhere between a normal hamburg steak and regular steak. If you want to eat a different kind of hamburg steak, which is a little more meaty, check out Randy.

ランディ menu

Randy (in Japanese, ランディ)
Address: 2-1-3 Nishi Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo (Basement Floor)
(in Japanese, 東京都千代田区西神田2-1-3 トービケンビル B1F)
Nearest train station: Tokyo Metro or Toei Subway Jimbocho (5 min walk)
Tel: 03-3239-0521
Reservations: No
Website: None
English menu: None
Credit Card: No
Open: Monday-Saturday 11am-9pm
Closed: Sunday

Prices: Randy Bahgu 150g (Randy Hamburg Steak) 850 yen
Randy Bahgu 200g (Randy Hamburg Steak) 950 yen
Randy Bahgu 250g (Randy Hamburg Steak) 1,050 yen
Randy Bahgu 300g (Randy Hamburg Steak) 1,150 yen
Yasai Itame (Stir fried vegetables) 170 yen
Nama Yasai (Salad) 170 yen

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BENISHIKA (Yurakucho)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 11.2011 Sweets, Bakery & Cafe 0 comments 0 trackback
紅鹿舎 outside
50 years ago no one really knew what pizza was and the only place you can eat it was an Italian restaurant owned by a former American soldier in Roppongi. (this restaurant is still there, but different ownership) A person who owned a coffee shop went to eat pizza at this restaurant and loved it. He knew that if he served at his shop it will give his business a kick and one of the few places to have pizza. Unfortunately, he didn't have the recipe to make the doe, so he used regular bread instead and invented PIZZA TOAST. His shop became so famous that coffee shop owners from all over Japan came to eat it and copied the recipe in the 70's. You don't see Pizza Toast that often at coffee shops now, but if it wasn't for BENISHIKA at Yurakucho, pizza would have been introduced much later to people through out Japan.

紅鹿舎 outside 2
Benishika is an old fashioned coffee shop with a wide variety of food and drinks. In the old days, Yurakucho was the place to go see movies and many couples would often meet at Benishika before going to the movies.

紅鹿舎 pizzatoast
This is the original Pizza Toast for 800 yen. Nothing special about it with so many pizza shops all over Tokyo now, but its very nostalgic to many and reminds you of the old days in Japan. People didn't eat much cheese until Pizza Toast was invented and to many it was their first experience of having melting cheese.

紅鹿舎 hotcake
Other notable dishes are HOTCAKE for 800 yen, its the simple standard Hotcake that all Japanese people love,

紅鹿舎 waffle
STRAWBERRY WAFFLE for 1,000 yen, which comes with fresh strawberries, strawberry ice cream & sauce,

紅鹿舎 blueberry pie
BLUEBERRY PIE for 1,000 yen and the pie it baked once an order is placed,

紅鹿舎 strawberry paffet

紅鹿舎 カフェベネチア
and their original CAFE VENETIAN for 800 yen, which you pour espresso type coffee over ice cream.

紅鹿舎 lunch
They also serve various lunch sets during lunch time between 800-1,500 yen, which is popular to people working near by.

紅鹿舎 inside
Many of the famous Yurakucho shops from the 60's & 70's are gone, but Benishika is one of the few still around. If you want to experience what coffee shops were like in the 60's & 70's check out Benishika. Nothing fancy about the place, but everything is simply good.

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BENISHIKA (in Japanese, 紅鹿舎)
Address: 1-6-8 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都千代田区有楽町1-6-8)
Nearest train station: JR Yurakucho or Tokyo Metro Hibiya (3 min walk)
Tel: 03-3502-0848
Reservations: No
Website: None
English menu: None (but pictures)
Credit Card: No
Open: 9:30am-11:30pm
Closed: None

Prices: Pizza Toast 800 yen
Hotcake 800 yen
Strawberry Waffle 1,000 yen
Blueberry Pie 1,000 yen
Strawberry Paffet 800 yen
Lunch Set from 780-940 yen
Napolitan Spaghetti Set 1,300 yen
Cafe Venetian 800 yen
Others from 600-1,700 yen

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IPPUDO (Ebisu)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 09.2011 Ramen 0 comments 0 trackback
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At Fukuoka, people only eat Tonkotsu (Pork bone soup) Ramen. 25 years ago, you had to go to Fukuoka to have some, but now its available all over Tokyo and the most famous Tonkotsu ramen shop in all of Japan is IPPUDO which has multiple locations in Tokyo. Ippudo became famous because it won the grand prize at a ramen competition TV program about 15 years ago. They originally had only one shop in Fukuioka, but now they have over 50 shops through out Japan and also in Singapore, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, New York.

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Compared to other Tonkotsu ramen shops, Ippudo uses original names for their ramens and they are also a little different from others. The basic ramen at Ippudo is called Shiromaru Motoaji (Original Simple Ramen) for 750 yen. Unlike other Tonkotsu ramen's its not as oily and the smell of pork is limited.

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My favorite is AKAMARU KASANEAJI (Rich Flavor Ramen) for 850 yen. It has Mayu (fried garlic oil) & red pepper paste in it, but its not spicy at all.

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Other ramens are KARAKA MEN (Spicy ramen) for 850 yen,

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HONTEN KASANEAJI (Mildly flavored ramen) for 850 yen,

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and also TSUKEMEN for 880 yen.

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They have GYOZA for 420 yen (Fukuoka gyoza's are 1/3 of the size of regular gyoza's),

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and also METAIKO GOHAN (Rice with Season Cod Roe) for 280 yen, which you can only find at Fukuoka style Tonkotsu ramen shops.

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The portion of noodles are about half the size of normal ramen. Because of this people order extra noodle, which is called KAEDAMA for 100 yen. You can also choose how hard/soft you want your noodles cooked. Ippudo is family friendly, young staff, great service, clean, modern and taste good for almost everyone. So if you wanna try Tonkotsu ramen for the first time, I highly recommend to try out Ippudo and then try other shops. It has kind of become the standard of Hakata style Tonkotsu ramen for most people in Japan.

IPPUDO (in Japanese, 一風堂)
Address: 1-3-13 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都渋谷区広尾1-3-13)
Nearest train station: JR & Tokyo Metro Ebisu (5 min walk)
Tel: 03-5420-2225
Reservations: No
Website: http://www.ippudo.com/ (in Japanese only)
English menu: Yes
Credit Card: No
Open: Monday-Saturday 11am-4am, Sunday & Holidays 11am-2am
Closed: None

Prices: Akamaru Kasaneaji (Rich Flavor Ramen) 850 yen
Shiromaru Motoaji (Original Simple Ramen) 750 yen
Ippudo Karakamen (Spicy Ramen) 850 yen
Honten Kasaneaji (Mildly Flavor Ramen) 850 yen
Tsukemen 880 yen
Kaedama (Extra Noodle) 150 yen
Gyoza 420 yen
Mentaiko Gohan (Rice with Season Cod Roe) 280 yen

Toppings: Zenbunose (Everything) 300 yen
Chashu (Roast Pork) 200 yen
Negi (Green Onions) 100 yen
Tamago (Half Boiled Egg) 100 yen
Nori (Dried Seaweed) 100 yen
Mentaiko (Season Cod Roe) 200 yen

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