LE PETIT BEDON (Daikanyama)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 28.2012 French, Italian & Other Europian 0 comments 0 trackback
ル・プティ・ブドン outside
One of the most popular classical French restaurants to the French community here and local foodies is LE PETIT BEDON at Daikanyama. You should try one of their course menus since you can choose what you want, just like ordering from the regular menu.

ル・プティ・ブドン フォアグラのポワレ 季節のフルーツと共に
Here are some of their popular dishes starting from hors d'oervres. FOIE GRAS NO POWARE KISETSU NO FRUITS TOH TOMONI (Pan fried foie gras with seasonal fruits),

ル・プティ・ブドン オマール海老の薄切り ナスのキャビア見立て添え バルサミコ風味
HOMARD EBI NO USUGIRI NASU TOH CAVIAR MITATEZOE BALSAMICO FUUMI (Thinly sliced lobster, eggplant & caviar with balsamico sauce),

ル・プティ・ブドン 鮮魚のカルパッチョ スパイス風味 花びらに見立てた生ズッキーニ ゲランド産塩と共に
SENGYO NO CARPACCIO (Fresh fish carpaccio),

ル・プティ・ブドン オマール海老のビスク
HOMARD EMI NO BISQUE (Lobster Bisque),

ル・プティ・ブドン 牛ホホ肉の赤ワイン煮
For your main dish, GYU HOHONIKU NO AKAWINE NI (Beef cheek red wine stew) is popular and my favorite,

ル・プティ・ブドン 骨付き子羊のグリエ

ル・プティ・ブドン オマール海老のリゾット
HOMARD EBI NO RISOTTO (Lobster risotto),

ル・プティ・ブドン 本日のお肉料理《リードヴォー赤ワインのリゾット添え》
and you can ask for HOJITSU NO ONIKU RYORI (Today's meat dish), which is usually very good as well.

ル・プティ・ブドン フロマージュワゴン
They do have a cheese wagon,

ル・プティ・ブドン フロマージュ
where you get to choose several cheeses.

ル・プティ・ブドン desert wagon
And also a desert wagon as well.

ル・プティ・ブドン inside
I've just listed some of their dishes, but you really can't go wrong whatever you order at Le Petit Bedon. Owner/chef is French and actually owns two other restaurants in near by. But Le Petit Bedon which is managed by his son, is probably the most popular among the three of them.

ル・プティ・ブドン kanban

LE PETIT BEDON (in Japanese, ル・プティ・ブドン)
Address: 13-13 Hachiyama-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo (Hillside West Basement Floor)
(in Japanese, 東京都渋谷区鉢山町13-13 ヒルサイドウエスト B1F)
Nearest train station: Tokyu Toyoko line Daikanyama (9 min walk)
Tel: 03-5457-0086
Reservations: Yes (must)
Website: http://www.pachon.co.jp/jpn/petit_bedon/index.html (in Japanese & French only)
English menu: Yes
Credit Card: Yes
Open: 11:30am-2:30pm, 6pm-10pm
Closed: None

Prices: Lunch Course 3,200, 4,000, or 4,600 yen
Dinner Course 5,300, 6,000, 8,000, 10,000 or 12,000 yen
Hors d'oervres from 1,800 yen
Soups from 800 yen
Main from 2,600 yen
Cheese 600 yen
Desert 1,500 yen

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KOHAKU (Kagurazaka)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 25.2012 Japanese (Kappo, Kaiseki) 0 comments 0 trackback
虎白 outside
Kagurazaka is known as a trendy area where in the old days was known for its kaiseki or kappo restaurants and being entertained by geisha's during dinner. Now there aren't many geisha's, but there are still many good kaiseki or kappo restaurants. One of the new in restaurants, which is great for dates or business dinner and still affordable is KOHAKU.

虎白 ふかひれフライ&すっぽん春巻き
Kohaku is actually owned by Ishikawa, a Michelin star restaurant. It only serves 3 course menu's for 13,000, 15,000, 17,000 yen. I would recommend 15,000 yen course. They serve kaiseki food, but some of their dishes use French or Chinese ingredients. For one night, it started out with FUKAHIRE FURAI TOH SUPPON HARUMAKI (Deep fried shark fin & spring roll filled with soft-shell turtle meat).

虎白 甘エビにフォアグラ入りソース
AMAEBI NO FOIE GRAS SAUCE (Boiled sweet shrimp with Foie Gras sauce),

虎白 菜の花の煮浸しと帆立
NANOHANO NO NIBITASHI TOH HOTATE (Field mustard with scallop cooked in dashi),

虎白 蒸した餅米に虎河豚の白子焼き
MUSHITA MOCHIGOME TO TORAFUGU NO SHIRAKO YAKI (Steamed sticky rice with grilled pufferfish soft roe),

虎白 湯葉豆腐 車海老 菊花あん
YUBA KURUMAEBI KITTKA AN (Fresh tofu skin and boiled prawns with chrysanthemum leaf sauce),

虎白 氷見のブリのお作り
HIMI NO BURI NO OTSUKURI (Sashimi of yellowtail from Himi),

虎白 胡麻豆腐 雲丹のソース
GOMATOFU NO UNI SAUCE (Sesame tofu with sea urchin sauce),

虎白 栃木牛のすき焼き風
TOCHIGI GYU NO SUKIYAKI FUU (Tochigi wagyu beef cooked Sukiyaki style),

虎白 トリュフ雑炊
my favorite, TORYUFU ZOUSUI (Rice porridge with sliced truffles),

虎白 椀
and OWAN (Miso soup).

虎白 黄粉とラム酒のソース掛け蕨餅、苺と大納言
Their original deserts to finish the meal are delicious as well.

虎白 inside 2
The difference between 13,000 and 15,000 yen is the rice dish. For 13,000 yen It will be rice cooked with vegetables and meat, not truffles. Also, Kohaku is much cheaper than Ishikawa, but half of the people I know who dine at both restaurants prefer Kohaku over Ishikawa, not only for their prices, but also for their food as well. If you want traditional kaiseki food, Kobahu is not for you and might wanna try Ishikawa. But if you are willing to check out a young creative chef, who isn't scared of using non traditional Japanese ingredients, try Kohaku.

虎白 inside

KOHAKU (in Japanese, 虎白)
Address: 3-4 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都新宿区神楽坂3-4)
Nearest train station: JR or Tokyo Metro Iidabashi (3 min walk)
Tel: 03-5225-0807
Reservations: Yes (must and at least a month in advance)
Website: None
English menu: None
Credit Card: Yes
Open: Monday-Saturday 5:30pm-10:30pm
Closed: Sunday & Holiday, End of August, Year End and New Year

Prices: Course Menu only 13,000 15,000 or 17,000 yen

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HATTENDO (Shinagawa & 2 other locations)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 22.2012 Sweets, Bakery & Cafe 0 comments 0 trackback
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A small bakery shop from Hiroshima, which was close to going bankrupt decided to take one last chance selling their one of a kind CREAM PAN (Custard cream bun) at a train station in Tokyo. Just by word of month, it became one of the top omiyage's for people to buy when visiting others. This bakery is HATTENDO at JR Shinagawa.

Cream Pan has been one of the most commonly eaten pastries for decades, but Hattendo's is one of a kind. First of all, the bun is extra soft. You also need to put it in the refrigerator and eat it cold, not at room temperature like most pastries. Its also cheap, just 200 yen.

The custard cream is extra soft and smooth as well and once you put the Cream Pan into your mouth, it just melts. Its almost like eating a thin layer of soft bread with custard cream. It is smaller than your fist and most people can eat 2 or 3 at once.

5 flavors
They have other flavors besides custard cream, which are MATCHA (Green tea cream), OGURA (Red bean cream), CHOCOLATE, and NAMA CREAM (Mix of whip & custard cream). But by far, the most popular one is the regular Cream Pan.

Even though they are open until 10pm, they are usually sold out around rush hour, which is around 6pm. If you are taking the Shinkansen from Shinagawa or Tokyo station, just grab a couple and it will be a great snack to eat while you are on the Shinkansen. All my friends, who have visited Japan and tried one have all fallen in love with Hattendo's Cream Pan and wanting to bring it back to their country. But since they don't use any preservatives it only lasts 2 days in the refrigerator. They have 2 other stores at Tokyo and Akihabara station.

5 papers

HATTENDO (in Japanese, 八天堂)
Address: ecute Shinagawa south 1F, which is located inside JR Shinagawa station
(in Japanese, JR 品川駅 エキュート品川サウス1階)
Nearest train station: JR Shinagawa (1 min walk)
Tel: 03-5421-8026
Reservations: No
Website: http://www.hattendo.jp/ (in Japanese only)
English menu: None
Credit Card: No
Open: 8am-10pm (will closed when sold out)
Closed: None

Prices: Cream pan (Custard cream bun) 200 yen

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BUDOHYA (Shinbashi)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 19.2012 Japanese (Kappo, Kaiseki) 3 comments 0 trackback
ぶどう家 outside 1
Shinbashi has many great lunch places since the area is surrounded by many small to big companies, but there is a Japanese restaurant which is probably the hardest lunch restaurant to get a seat, serving only 10 meals, opens only on Wednesday, great value and delicious is BUDOHYA.

ぶどう家 まかない
Budohya serves one lunch plate only for 1,000 yen called MAKANAI TEISHOKO (Lunch plate). It has all you want in a Japanese lunch plate. Sashimi, Dashimaki Tamago (Egg omelette), various Nimono (boiled vegetables), Yakimono (Broiled fish), and Agemono (Deep fried vegetables or fish).

ぶどう家 まかない1
What's in the plate changes every week, but what makes this lunch plate special is the quality of each item. Each item is as good as any top restaurants dinner menu. (In this picture, instead of yakimono its shrimp and vegetable tempura)

ぶどう家 chasoba
It could also be some kind of noodle at times like the above picture, which is CHASOBA (Cold green tea soba).

ぶどう家 rice
Of course, it comes with a bowl of rice, where the rice is from Uonuma, Nigata, one the top rice areas of Japan and most expensive. You can have extra rice, but you will have to pay an extra couple of hundred yen.

ぶどう家 miso soup
The soup is usually a MISO SOUP,

ぶどう家 suimono
but it could be a SUIMONO (Clear soup) depending on the chef's mood.

ぶどう家 outside
If you want to dine here, you better get here at least around 11:40 am and wait online. Also, they will only take singles or a party of 2. If you go there with more than 3 people and even if you don't talk to each other or split waiting online, if they think you know each other, they ask you to leave even if you get in here once. I have no idea why they have such a rule, so if you don't agree with their policy don't even think of eating here. But their lunch plate is one of the best in Tokyo and no matter how long you waited online, if there are 10 people in front of you, you won't get it. Also, it use to be opened on other days and had another dish for lunch, but its now only Wednesday with one lunch plate only. Therefore, they won't even take your order once you get in.

ぶどう家 menu

BUDOHYA (in Japanese, ぶどう家)
Address: 3-10-7 Shinbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都港区新橋3-10-7)
Nearest train station: JR or Tokyo Metro Shinbashi (3 min walk)
Tel: 03-3433-1616
Reservations: No
Website: None
English menu: None
Credit Card: No
Open: Wednesday 12pm
Closed: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday-Sunday

Prices: Makanai Teishoku (Lunch plate) 1,000 yen

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MONJIRO (Roppongi)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 16.2012 Izakaya & Nabe 1 comments 0 trackback
門次郎 outside e
MONJIRO at Roppongi became known after a famous Korean actor dined here whenever he visited Tokyo. But to foodies, Monjiro has always been one of the reasonable restaurants to dine in Roppongi.

門次郎 冷し豆腐
To start your meal, you want to order HIYASHI TOFU (Cold tofu),

門次郎 iburigatko e
IBURIGAKKO (Pickled and smoked Japanese radish),which is a dish from the north of Japan and hard to find in Tokyo

門次郎 anago e
ANAGO SHIRAYAKI (Broiled Sea eel with wasabi),

門次郎 ankimo
ANKIMO (Steamed monkfish liver), which is a seafood version of foie gras, extra rich and creamy

門次郎 yakitori e
Like most izakaya kind of restaurants, they have various YAKITORI

門次郎 刺身盛り合わせ
and SASHIMI, which are way better than most izakaya's.

門次郎 steak
Also, YONEZAWA GYU BOKUJYO SHIMOFURI NIKU (Broiled Yonezawa prime sirloin beef) for 4,800 yen is also delicious. Its basically a steak, but not your average steak.

門次郎 butashabu
KUROBUTA SHABU SHABU (Black pork shabu shabu) for 2,600 yen is popular and many customers order it. The pork is extra tender and the sesame dipping sauce is rich and thick compared to other sesame shabu shabu sauces. Add some rahyu (Chinese chili oil) and your chopsticks won't stop. Its one of the best sesame sauce I ever had.

門次郎 burishabu
If you just happen to be dining her during the winter, try their BURI SHABU SHABU (Yellowtail Shabu Shabu), which is one of the best you can have in Tokyo.

門次郎 burishabu 2
It comes with various vegetables just like Kurobuta Shabu Shabu.

門次郎 inside e
Their menu changes by season and also what was available at the market that day. Ask for specials and the chef's wife, who is the waitress will give you recommendations. Depending on what you order and drink, your bill can be reasonable to a little expensive, but value wise its one the best places to eat at Roppongi. Make sure you make a reservation at least a few days in advance.

門次郎 inside 1

MONJIRO (in Japanese, 門次郎)
Address: 4-11-9 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo (Mikado Bldg 2nd floor)
(in Japanese, 東京都港区六本木4-11-9 ミカドビル 2F)
Nearest train station: Tokyo Metro or Toei Subway Roppongi (1 min walk)
Tel: 03-3475-1555
Reservations: Yes
Website: None
English menu: None
Credit Card: Yes
Open: Monday-Wednesday 5pm-1am Thursday-Friday 5pm-5am Saturday 5pm-11pm
Closed: Sunday & Holiday

Prices: Kurobuta Shabu Shabu (Black pork shabu shabu) 2,600 yen
Anago Shirayaki (Broiled Sea eel with wasabi) 1,200 yen
Yonezawa Gyu Gokujyo Shimofuri Niku (Broiled Yonezawa sirloin beef) 4,800 yen
Yakitori 500 yen
Other dishes from 300-4,000 yen

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CITABRIA BAR (Omotesando/Nishi Azabu)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 12.2012 Clubs, Pubs & Bars 1 comments 0 trackback
サイタブリア バー outside e and edit
Tokyo is a bar heaven for people who enjoy drinking. There are tons of cool bars, but the real in places aren't usually introduced on magazines or internet. If you see too many foreigners at a bar, its either a losers joint or meat market from the hip local crowd of Tokyo. One of the relaxing bars with a private atmosphere is CITABRIA BAR, where many people from the fashion, entertainment, and media industry go to.

サイタブリア バー outside e and edit 2
The doors at Citabria Bar aren't open. You will need to enter a four digit number to open it. Therefore, you need to make a reservation in advance and ask for the four digit number of that night. The number changes every night, so whether you are a regular or not, you will need to called them to get it in.

サイタブリア バー inside 1 e
Here are some of pictures of what it looks like inside. 1st floor

サイタブリア バー inside 2
1st floor

サイタブリア バー inside 6
2nd floor

サイタブリア バー inside 3 e
2nd floor

サイタブリア バー inside 5
Roof top.

サイタブリア バー food
They do have a good food menu as well whether you want to have a full dinner or just some light appetizers with your drinks.

サイタブリア バー inside 8
They also have a 3rd floor with private rooms, but if its your first time here I would suggest to get a table on the 1st floor. Its not a bar to go wild or crazy, but for mature adults to enjoy chatting with your friends or partner. There is a cover charge of 1,000 yen per person and most drinks are around 1,500 yen. This may seem expensive, but its actually reasonable for such a top quality private bar.

サイタブリア バー outside e

CITABRIA BAR (in Japanese, サイタブリア バー)
Address: 2-26-4 Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都港区西麻布2-26-4)
Nearest train station: Tokyo Metro Omotesando (15 min walk)
Tel: 03-5469-5777
Reservations: Yes (must)
Website: http://www.citabria.co.jp/citabriabar/citabriabar.html
English menu: No
Credit Card: Yes
Open: 8pm-4am
Closed: Saturday, Sunday

Prices: Glass of wine from 1,100 yen
Glass of Champagne from 1,600 yen
Cocktails from 1,000 yen
Food from 800 yen
Cover charge 1,000 yen per person

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Posted by Tokyo Joe on 09.2012 French, Italian & Other Europian 0 comments 0 trackback
Piccolo Outside
For some reason, there are many Italian restaurants in Azabu Juban area. Most of them are expensive and for special use, but one of the reasonable and probably the most popular Italian restaurant in Azabu Juban is PICCOLO GRANDE.

Piccolo バーニャカウダ 1
Piccolo Grande doesn't specialize in a specific state or area of Italian food like most other newly opened restaurants. They serve dishes which are known to most of us、but some of them with a original twist. One of their most popular antipasto is BAGNA CAUDA for 2,800 yen

Piccolo バーニャカウダ
Normally with Bagna Cauda, you dip vegetables in the sauce, but at Piccolo Grande, vegetables are cooked in the sauce. I've never seen this at any other restaurant, but its delicious.

Piccolo マグロ中おちのタルタル ガーリックトースト添え 1,700
Another popular antipasto is MAGURO NAKAOCHI NO TARUTARU GARLIC TOAST ZOE (Tartar tuna with garlic toast) for 1,700 yen.

Piccolo 前菜の盛り合わせ
Or if you want to try various antipastos, there is ZENSAI NO MORIAWASE (Assorted antipasto) for 1,900 yen.

Piccolo ホワイトアスパラのパルメザンチーズ焼き生ハムのせ
And if you happen to be visiting in the spring, one of my favorites is WHITE ASPARAGUS NO PARMESAN CHEESE YAKI NAMA HAMU NOSE (Baked white asparagus and Parmesan cheese with Prosciutto).

Piccolo 鶏白レバーの温かいサラダ マルサラワインソース フライドエッグ添え
If you want a salad instead of a normal chef's salad, you might wanna try TORI SHIRO LIVER NO ATTAKAI SALAD MARSALA WINE SAUCE FRIED EGG ZOE (Warm white chicken liver salad with fried egg and Marsala wine sauce) for 1,900 yen.

Piccolo アラビアータ
Now for pasta, some people say their SPAGHETTI ARRABBIATA for 1,500 yen is the best in Tokyo.

Piccolo イタリア産4種類のチーズとクリームソースのペンネ 1,800
If you want to have some creamy pasta, ITALIA SAN YON SHURUI NO CHEESE TOH CREAM SAUCE NO PENNE (Penne with 4 cheeses from Italy in a cream sauce) for 1,800 yen. If you like pasta with Gorgonzola cheese cream sauce, you will enjoy this maybe even more.

Piccolo 春野菜のボロネーゼ、手打ちのタリアテッレ
They do have pasta of day which is HONOJITSU NO PASTA and it changes by what was available at the market. The above is Tagliatelle Bolognese with spring vegetables.

Piccolo 冷製カラスミパスタ
They also have cold pastas as well like REISEI KARASUMI NO SPAGHETTI (Cold spaghetti Bottarga) for 2,000 yen.

Piccolo 真鯛のアクアッツア 2,500
For you main dish, there is AQUAPAZZA,

Piccolo カジキマグロのグリル
KAJIKI MAGURO NO GRILL (Grilled swordfish) for 2,000 yen,

Piccolo 香鶏の石窯焼 にんにくとジャガイモのロースト添え
TORI NO ISHIGAMA YAKI NINNIKU TOH JYAGAIMO NO ROAST ZOE (Chicken roasted in a brick oven with roasted garlic and potatoes) for 2,800 yen,

Piccolo 東京ポークのカツレツ ミラノ風
TOKYO PORK NO KATSURETU MIRANO FUU (Tokyo pork cutlet Milan style) for 2,600 yen,

Piccolo 子羊のソテーWineソース
and my favorite, KOHITSUJI NO GRILL WINE SAUCE (Grilled lamb chop with wine sauce) for 2,800 yen.

Piccolo バナナのミルクレープ
At last they do offer several desserts like BANANA NO MILLE CREPE (Banana mille crepe).

Piccolo Inside
Piccolo Grande has been around since the 80's and is a casual, friendly type Italian restaurant. You probably won't get a table without a reservation, so make sure you do before you go.

PICCOLO GRANDE(in Japanese, ピッコロ・グランデ)
Address: 3-7-2 Azabu Juban, Minato-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都港区麻布十番3-7-2)
Nearest train station: Tokyo Metro Azabu Juban (3 min walk)
Tel: 03-3457-0665
Reservations: Yes (must)
Website: http://www.piccolo-grande.co.jp/index.html (in Japanese only)
English menu: No, but in Italian
Credit Card: Yes
Open: 11:30am-2pm, 6pm-10:30pm
Closed: Tuesday
If Tuesday is a holiday, will be closed on Wednesday instead

Prices: Antipasto from 800-2,500 yen
Pizza from 2,000-3,000 yen
Pasta from 1,600-2,000 yen
Seafood from 2,000-3,500 yen
Meat from 2,600-5,000 yen
Lunch 3 course menus only from 2,800-3,800 yen

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Posted by Tokyo Joe on 06.2012 Daily Local Food & Others 1 comments 0 trackback
Sendai is known for beef tongue and the most famous dish is TANYAKI (Broiled tongue), now there are many Sendai-style beef tongue restaurants, but 10 yrs ago there were only a handful. TANYA SHINOBU at Yotsuya was one of the 1st restaurants to specialize in beef tongue and is still the most popular.

There are three must eats here. Of course, you want to order TANYAKI (Broiled tongue) for 1,100 yen. The sprinkle salt and pepper several hours before they broil it. It is different from beef tongue you have at Korean BBQ. Much tastier and meatier.

YOUDE TAN (Boiled tongue) for 980 yen. It is boiled in a clear beef and vegetable soup for several hours. Add some wasabi on top and it is just super tender. My favorite dish by far here.

Then TAN STEW (Tongue stew) for 1,100 yen, which is also extra tender cooked in a demi-glace sauce.

Other beef tongue dishes they have are MISOZUKE TAN (Tongue marinated in miso) for 1,100 yen,

TAN NO DOTENI (Tongue miso stew) for 680 yen,

TAN NO SHOGANI (Tongue ginger stew) for 680 yen,

and at the end of your meal, you want to order TAN ZOUSUI (Rice porridge with tongue),

There are many other dishes besides the above beef tongue dishes like OHITASHI (Boiled vegetables in season) for 420 yen,

YAMAIMO PONZUZUKE (Ponzu sauce pickled mountain potato) for 560 yen,

and KYURI NO NINNIKU SHOYU ZUKE (Cucumbers pickled with garlic soy sauce) for 600 yen.

Make sure you make a reservation before dining here and even if you do, they will make you wait outside for a couple of minutes. And if you don't, you can be waiting for a couple of hours. This place is more like an izakaya and its not a fancy restaurant at all. Tables are right next to each other and service isn't the best, but if you enjoy beef tongue, I'm sure you will enjoy their food.

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TANYAKI SHINOBU (in Japanese, たん焼 忍)
Address: 16 Saneicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都新宿区三栄町16)
Nearest train station: JR Yotsuya (7 min walk) or Tokyo Metro Yotsuya-Sanchome (7 min walk)
Tel: 03-3355-6338
Reservations: Yes (must)
Website: http://www.tanyaki-shinobu.com (in Japanese only)
English menu: No
Credit Card: No
Open: Monday-Friday 5pm-11:20pm Saturday 5pm-10pm
Closed: Sunday & Holiday

Prices: Yudetan (Boiled tongue) 980 yen
Tan Stew (Tongue stew) 1,100 yen
Tanyaki (Broiled tongue) 1,100 yen
Misozuke Tan (Tongue marinated in miso) 1,100 yen
Doteni (Tongue miso stew) 680 yen
Tan Shogani (Tongue ginger stew) 680 yen
Ohitashi (Boiled vegetables in season) 420 yen
Yamaimo Ponzuzuke (Ponzu sauce pickled mountain potato) 560 yen
Other dishes from 420-980 yen

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MUTEPPOU (Numabukuro)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 03.2012 Ramen 0 comments 0 trackback
無鉄砲 outside
When you think of food from Kyoto, most Japanese people think that its light and not salty, but when it comes to ramen its totally the opposite. Its heavy, oily and tasty. A ramen shop from Kyoto opened in Tokyo a couple of years ago and it has gotten many people addicted. This ramen shop is MUTEPPOU at Numabukuro.

無鉄砲 soup mix
Muteppou's broth is made of pork bones and water only. It is boiled until the bones are completely crushed and the chef is constantly mixing the bones or broth using a huge stainless steel stick.

無鉄砲 とんこつラーメン
The regular ramen and most popular one is TONKOTSU RAMEN (Pork bone broth ramen) for 750 yen. It has couple of slices of chashu (boiled pork) and large portion of Kujyonegi (Spring onions of Kujyo, Kyoto) on top. The broth is extra thick and rich and different from Hakata-style Tonkotsu ramen.

無鉄砲 ノーマルの中太麺
Noodles are medium thick and wavy, and just like Hakata-style tonkotsu ramen,

無鉄砲 替え玉の細麺
you can have KAEDAMA (Extra noodles) for 100 yen, but this time the noodles are thin like Hakata-style tonokotsu ramen

無鉄砲 あっさり魚スープ
When you are done eating your noodles, you can add either ASSARI SAKANA SOUP (clear fish soup) which makes the broth milder

無鉄砲 追いスープ とんこつ
or more TONKOTSU SOUP (Pork bone broth) to your broth. This additional broth is an original of Mutteppou.

無鉄砲 ライス
Some people add rice to the broth and make rice gruel to enjoy all of the soup.

無鉄砲 ごま、紅しょうが、辛し高菜、しょうゆにんにく
Just like Hakata-style tonokotsu ramen, you can add roasted sesame, benishoga (pickled ginger), karashi takana(spicy takana pickles) and soy sauce, if you like to your ramen

無鉄砲 ネギもおかわり
You can also order addtional Kujyonegi (Spring onions of Kujyo, Kyoto) for 200 yen. Kujyonegi is sweeter than regular spring onions, which makes the broth mild as well.

無鉄砲 魚正油ラーメン
If Tonkotsu ramen is too heavy for you, they also have lighter ramen, SAKANA SHOYU RAMEN (Pork bone & fish broth ramen) for 750 yen. The broth is a mix of pork and clear fish broth.

無鉄砲 ギョーザ
If you want to order any side dishes, their GYOZA for 400 yen are pretty good as well.

無鉄砲 inside
Muteppou is located at Numabukuro, which you take the Seibu Shinjuku line from Shinjuku and once getting off the train its still a good 8 minute walk from the station. When famous ramen shops outside of Tokyo open a shop in Tokyo, they usually open one at or near a big train station. But Muteppou decided to open it in a middle class residential area far away from the nearest train station, and even without any publicity it still became one of the busiest ramen shops in Tokyo. Since its heavy and oily this ramen is not for everyone, but if you wanna try something different, check Muteppou out.

無鉄砲 壁

MUTEPPOU (in Japanese, 無鉄砲)
Address: 4-5-1 Ekoda, Nakano-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都中野区江古田4-5-1)
Nearest train station: Seibu Shinjuku Line Numabukuro (8 min walk)
Tel: 03-5380-6886
Reservations: No
Website: http://www.muteppou.com/ (in Japanese only)
English menu: No
Credit Card: No
Open: 11am-3pm, 6pm-11pm (will closed early when sold out)
Closed: Monday

Prices: Tonkotsu Ramen (Pork bone broth ramen) 750 yen
Sakana Shoyu Ramen (Pork bone & fish broth ramen) 750 yen
Tonkotsu Chashumen (Pork Bone Broth Ramen with extra chashu) 1,000 yen
Gyoza 400 yen
Other Ramens & Tsukemens from 680 yen
Ohmori (Large noodele) 100 yen
Kaedama (Extra noodle) 100 yen
Rice 250 yen
Rice Chu (Medium size rice) 100 yen

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