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SOYOICHI (Ningyocho or Suitengu)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 02.2011 Curry, Yoshoku, Steak & Teppanyaki 0 comments 0 trackback
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YOUSHOKU (Western inspired cuisine) was invented by chef's who trained abroad (mainly in France) in the 1910's. Since most of the French ingredients weren't available at that time, these chef's used ingredients available in Japan and created dishes inspired by what they cooked or ate in France and other western countries. Dishes like Curry Rice & Tonkatsu are one of the first yoshoku dishes invented by these chefs. SOYOICHI is also one of downtown Tokyo's finest yoshoku restaurants. It is fairly new, but the owner/chef worked for her father's famous youshoku restaurant, KIRAKU for many years. When her father passed away there were family issues and the owner changed. She and the people who worked at Kiraku left and opened Soyoichi just few blocks away from Kiraku. All the customers of Kiraku followed her as well since Kiraku no longer tasted like Kiraku and Soyoichi did.


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Soyoichi's menu is exactly the same as Kiraku's. BEEF KATSU (Beef Cutlet) is their signature dish. I have been eating it for 30 yrs now and many people including myself believe it is the best Beef Katsu in Tokyo. The beef is Wagyu (Japanese beef) and part used is Rump, which is not a common part used for Beef Katsu. The beef is aged which makes the beef extra tender, bread-crumb coating is very thin/extra crispy and when cooked it is medium rare inside. Pour some Worchester Sauce, which is on the table and you're probably agree that this is one of the finest you ever had.


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Their 2nd signature dish is PORK SAUTE (Sauteed Pork Loin). The pork loin is sauteed with butter and at the end a soy-sauce based sauce is added. If you are a party of 2 or more, I would recommend to order both dishes and share it.


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If you want to try something else they have other traditional yoshoku dishes like HANBAHGU (Hamburger Steak) 1,150 yen.


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and Hayashi Rice (Hashed Beef Rice) 1,400 yen.


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Except for the Hayashi Rice, all dishes come with rice, miso soup, and macaroni salad. Portions are rather small, but additional rice is provided for free, which is rare at yoshoku restaurants. The chef and other employees don't speak English, but they are very friendly and will try their best to make you feel comfortable. They only have counter seats with an open kitchen and restaurant is rather small. Its close to Tokyo City Air Terminal (also known as Hakozaki), which is the main bus terminal for going to Narita airport. If you're planning to take a bus to Narita airport from here, you might want to go to Soyoichi and have your last meal in Tokyo.


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SOYOICHI (in Japanese, そよいち)
Address: 1-9-6 Nihonbashi-Ningyocho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都中央区日本橋人形町1-9-6)
Nearest train station: Tokyo Metro Ningyocho (1 min walk) or Suitengu (2 min walk)
Tel: 03-3666-9993
Reservations: No
Website: http://sotokichi.web.fc2.com/ (only in Japanese)
English menu: No
Credit Card: No
Open: 11am-3pm, 5:30pm-8:15pm
Closed: Sunday, 1st Monday of the month

Prices: Beef Katsu (Beef Cutlet) 1,800 yen
Pork Saute (Sauted Pork Loin) 1.800 yen
Hanbahgu (Hamburger Steak) 1,150
Hayashi Rice (Hashed Beef Rice) 1,400 yen
Other dishes are between 900-1,700 yen




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GO GO CURRY (Shibuya)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 30.2011 Curry, Yoshoku, Steak & Teppanyaki 0 comments 0 trackback
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Next to ramen, CURRY RICE is probably the most popular daily food cooked at home and eaten outside as well. Most people have their favorite curry rice restaurant, but during the last couple of years GO GO CURRY from Kanazawa has become one of ours and also to many others. Go Go Curry has its background from Kanazawa Curry, which was invented by a curry restaurant called CHAMPION. Almost everyone in Kanazawa knows Champion, but no one in Tokyo did since they never had a restaurant here. Since there were many Champion locations in Kanazawa already, the owner of Go Go Curry decided to start his own Kanazawa curry restaurant in Tokyo. He was absolutly right, and now there are 12 restaurants in Tokyo alone and over 30 including New York, Los Angeles & Singapore.


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Go Go Curry (or Kanazawa Curry) is completely different from other curry rice's since all the meat and vegetables are cooked until it melts, which thickens the curry. Curry's color is almost black when others are brown and shredded cabbage is added on the side.


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Also, most people order it with a Tokatsu (pork cutlet) on top, which is called ROHSU KATSU CURRY and very popular at other curry restaurants as well, but with Kanazawa curry and Go Go Curry add some Okonomiyaki sauce (a sweet brown sauce made out of vegetables and fruits) on it.


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They also have CHICKEN KATSU CURRY (Curry Rice with Chicken Cutlet), UINNAR CURRY (Curry Rice with Grilled Sausage), EBI FRY CURRY (Curry Rice with Deep Fried Prawn), but if you are really hungry try MAJOR CLASS CURRY (Extra Large Rice & Curry with Pork Cutlet, Chicken Cutlet, Grilled Sausage, Deep Fried Prawn, Boiled Egg) 1000 yen. I've tried Major Class Curry in the past many of times, when I was really hungry and did barely manage to finish it.


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If you need extra shredded cabbage you can order as much as you want because it is free. Just say KYABETSU ONEGAI-SHIMASU (which is "can I have some cabbage please") and they bring you the above.


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You will have to purchase your order through a ticket machine, which is only in Japanese. The people at Go Go Curry probably won't speak much English, but just point at picture or tell them what you want to eat and they should push the correct button for you to purchase the ticket. You can add various toppings, which will be shown in picture at the very bottom of the ticket machine including additional curry sauce as well. Also, amount of rice comes in various portions and larger the portion more expensive it becomes. From small to large the names are HEALTHY CLASS, ECONOMY CLASS, BUSINESS CLASS, FIRST CLASS. Most women order ECONOMY CLASS and most men order BUSINESS CLASS, but the standard amount of rice would be ECONOMY CLASS. Also, note that just like ramen shops, curry shops are eat and leave kind of restaurant. You leave as soon as you finish eating, so its not a place for dates or to talk business over.


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GO GO CURRY (in Japanese, ゴーゴーカレー)
Address: 12-12 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo (located at the basement floor of the bldg)
(in Japanese, 東京都渋谷区宇田川町12-12 B1)
Nearest train station: JR & Tokyo Metro Shibuya (10 min walk)
Tel: 03-6231-5534
Reservations: No
Website: http://www.gogocurry.com/ (only in Japanese)
English menu: No
Credit Card: Yes
Open: 10:55am-10:55pm
Closed: None

Prices: Go Go Curry (Plain Curry Rice) ECONOMY CLASS 550 yen, BUSINESS CLASS 650 yen
Roshu Katsu Curry (Curry Rice with Pork Cutlet) ECONOMY CLASS 750 yen, BUSINESS CLASS 850 yen
Chicken Katsu Curry (Curry Rice with Chicken Cutlet) ECONOMY CLASS 750 yen, BUSINESS CLASS 850 yen
Uinnar Curry (Curry Rice with Grilled Sausage) ECONOMY CLASS 750 yen, BUSINESS CLASS 850 yen
Ebi Fry Curry (Curry Rice with Deep Fried Prawn) ECONOMY CLASS 750 yen, BUSINESS CLASS 850 yen
Major Class Curry (Extra Large Rice & Curry with Pork Cutlet, Chicken Cutlet, Grilled Sausage, Deep Fried Prawn, Boiled Egg) 1,000 yen

Additional Toppings: Extra Curry Sauce, Pork Cutlet, Chicken Cutlet, Grilled Sausage, Deep Fried Prawn, Cheese, Nattoh, ....200 yen each
Boilled Egg 100 yen, Raw Egg 50 yen, Rakkyo (Pickled Shallots) 50 yen




This is not the SHIBUYA shop, its the TAKADANOBABA shop.



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