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TAMAKATSU (Iriya)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 12.2011 Izakaya & Nabe 0 comments 0 trackback
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Chanko Nabe (Hot Pot which Sumo Wrestlers eat daily) is something not you eat often. Actually, any type of nabe (hot pot) which sumo wrestlers eat is called chanko. TAMAKATSU only serves one course menu nothing else. Its called Chanko Nabe Course for 6,500 yen. Even their beverage list is limited. Just beer, sake, coke and uron tea.


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The course starts out with Mozukusu(Seasoned Seaweed). Nothing special about this.


玉勝renkon
Next is Renkon-No Hasami Age (Deep fried lotus root stuffed with minced chicken). Expecting more appetizers? No this is all.


玉勝nabe
Now comes Chanko Nabe....full of vegetables & chicken. Vegetables are Spinach, Leeks, Chinese Cabbage, Burdock, Carrots. Also , some tofu is there as well. The waitress (who are ladies in their 70's) will tell you not to touch any of it until she says so. Yes, she is the ruler of this nabe. It may look like a lot, but this eventually all shrinks.


玉勝tare
In the mean time, a dipping sauce will be given out. Ingredients are soy sauce based sauce with chopped seaweed, white scallion, chili pepper, and raw egg. You wanna mix this all up with your chopsticks while you are waiting for the chanko nabe to be ready. In my opinion, its this dipping sauce what makes Tamakatsu unique and have people returning over and over again.


玉勝nabe0
When vegetables are ready, waitress will tell you to just eat vegetables, not chicken or tofu. Once the vegetables are gone, she will add more vegetables. By this time, you might only have little dipping sauce left. If so, ask for a new one because most customers at least have 2 extras by the time they finish the course.


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Of course, after vegetables its chicken & tofu.


玉勝mochi
Next, Udon (noodles) and Mochi (rice cake) will be added to the nabe.


玉勝soup
Usually, most people will be full after finishing this, but waitress will make a soup with the remaining broth adding eggs and other ingredients


The above pictures doesn't help this chanko nabe to look all that good, but it tastes a lot better than how it looks. Most people agree that it is a great meal, but even some of them think that 6,500 yen for this is too expensive. If you like nabe and vegetables, you will enjoy this meal, but if you really don't, you might think that its a bit over priced. My opinion? It could be a little cheaper, but no other nabe restaurant has a dipping sauce like Tamakatsu's and that's why I'm be eating here for over the last 20 years.


TAMAKATSU (in Japanese, 玉勝)
Address: 3-2-12 Negishi, Taito-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都台東区根岸3-2-12)
Nearest train station: Tokyo Metro Iriya (3 min walk)
Tel: 03-3872-8712
Reservations: Yes, without one you won't get a table
Website: None
English menu: No
Credit Card: No
Open: 6pm-9pm
Closed: Sunday & Holidays

Prices: Chanko Nabe Course (Chiceken & Vegetable Hot Pot Course) 6,500 yen




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