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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.


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


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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.


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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.


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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.


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


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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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KANEMASU (Kachidoki)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 09.2011 Izakaya & Nabe 0 comments 0 trackback
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Many businessmen or salaryman in Japan have their favorite IZAKAYA (Japanese-style bar & restaurant combined) they go to weekly or even daily. I was watching a TV program regarding one of the world's greatest chef, Ferran Adria's (restaurant El Bulli near Barcelona, Spain) visit to Japan. He was here for a food summit, but during his free time he was visiting restaurants all over Japan. Majority of the restaurants he visited are ones that any food lover would know, but there were two restaurants which I never heard of and one of them was really close to the company I was working for at that time. It was an izakaya with no seats, all standing, but the food served was no izakaya food. Some of the dishes were like KAISEKI RYORI (Artistic Japanese Cuisine). Ferran was in shock after tasting the 1st dish that a local izakaya can produce such food. A couple of weeks later, I was there and for the next 3 yrs, KANEMASU was my weekly izakaya.


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Kanemasu's menu changes by what was available at the market that morning and by season, but some dishes are always on their menu.


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NAMAUNI-NO GYUNIKU-MAKI (Sea Urchin rapped with Raw Beef) is one of these dishes and almost every customer orders it. The marble in the beef shows how good the quality is and with the sea urchin it all melts in your month. Such a simple dish, but you will be knocked out when you have it.


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The sashimi at Kanemasu is as good as any sushi restaurant in Tokyo. All the fishes are great, but if you just happen to eat here during the winter, you might be able to order the best OH-TORO (Fatty Tuna) from Ohma in Aomori prefecture. Tuna caught in Ohma is a special brand of Tuna, just like Kobe Beef is for beef.


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If its summer time, dishes like HAMO NO BAINIKUAE (Pike Sea Eel with Sour Plum Sauce) is a dish you would only find at kappo's or kaiseki ryori restaurants.


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Another dish that they usually have is KABURA MUSHI (Steamed Turnip and Seafood in Amber Sauce) which you would also never find at an izakaya. The amber sauce was what surprised Ferran since it was the same quality as the top kaiseki ryori restaurants he just ate at in Kyoto.


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NAMA YUBA (Fresh Skin of Soy Milk) is dish that you would find at other izakaya's by time to time, but this isn't izakaya quality as well. I've only had better Yuba than Kanemasu's at famous Tofu shops in Kyoto.


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KANI SALAD (Crab Salad) is simple as it could be, but just delicious.


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NASU DENGAKU (Eggplant with Citrus Miso Sauce) is a favorite for regulars and one of the few sweet dishes available.


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And if you are really lucky and visit Kanemasu on the right day, you might be able to order FUGU-NO SHIRAKO-TO FUKAHIRE-NO MUSHIMONO (Steamed Soft Roe of Blowfish and Shark's Fin in Clear Broth).


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Kanemasu is located in downtown Tokyo, not too far from Tsukiji Fish Market by metro or taxi. It looks like any other izakaya nothing fancy and their hours are really short. Opened between 4pm-8pm and they will close a little after 7pm because the food is all sold out by then. Try to get their as early as possible because of the wait. Also note that popular dishes will be sold out by 6pm. Yes, its early for dinner, but think of it as if you were going to a pub with some excellent appetizers. Its not as cheap as other izakaya's (average bill per person is about 6,000-7000 yen including drinks), but its one of Tokyo's hidden gems.


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KANEMASU (in Japanese, かねます)
Address: 1-8-1 Kachidoki, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都中央区勝どき1-8-1 勝どきビュータワー1F)
Nearest train station: Toei Oedo Kachidoki (2 min walk)
Tel: 03-3531-8611
Reservations: No
Website: None
English menu: No
Credit Card: No
Open: 4pm-8pm (will close early when sold out)
Closed: Sunday & Holidays

Prices: All dishes are under 2,000 yen (average bill 7,000 yen per person)
Prices vary everyday for most dishes.




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SHABU ZEN (Roppongi)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 05.2011 Izakaya & Nabe 0 comments 0 trackback
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There are many fine restaurants which offer SHABU SHABU, but most of them are on the high end. For value, quality, and quantity, SHABU ZEN is one of the top Shabu Shabu restaurants in Tokyo. There are various locations all over Japan, but Roppongi location stands out since many foreign celebrates have ate here including Lady GaGa, who was here 3 nights out of the 5 nights she was in Tokyo in 2011.


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Shabu Zen is one of the few Shabu Shabu restaurants which offer an all-you-can-eat menu with top quality BLACK HAIR WAGYU BEEF. Majority of the other restaurants use other Japanese beef to keep the prices reasonable. Of course, Shabu Zen's black hair wagyu beef isn't the best of best, but considering their prices which is between 6,800-8,800 yen, no other restaurant comes close to Shabu Zen.


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Most expensive is SIRLOIN, which is the above. Next RIB EYE and then CHUCK EYE ROLL.


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VEGETABLES, TOFU, NOODLES, and MOCHI (Rice Cake) are included in all courses.


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They also make SESAME SAUCE daily at each location, so there is a strong aroma of sesame when customers dip beef into it. Its always better to have fresh Sesame Sauce since its as important as the quality of beef, but most restaurants don't make it daily.


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If you are hungry for beef and don't want to pay top yen, Shabu Zen should be considered when you are in Tokyo. They offer many other courses besides all-you-can-eat and black hair wagyu beef. Other locations in Tokyo are AKASAKA, SHIBUYA, KAGURAZAKA, YOTSUYA.


SHABU ZEN (in Japanese, しゃぶ禅)
Address: 3-16-3 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo (located at basement floor)
(in Japanese, 東京都港区六本木3-16-33 青葉六本木ビルB1)
Nearest train station: Tokyo Metro Roppongi (5 min walk)
Tel: 03-3585-5600
Reservations: Yes
Website: http://roppongi.shabuzen.jp/
English menu: Yes
Credit Card: Yes
Open: Monday-Saturday 4pm-11:30pm, Sunday & Holidays 4pm-11pm
Closed: None

Prices: Kuroge Wagyu Sirloin Niku Shabu Tabehodai (Black Hair Wagyu Sirloin All-You-Can-Eat) 8,800 yen
Kuroge Wagyu Rib Roast Niku Shabu Tabehodai (Black Hair Wagyu Rib Eye All-You-Can-Eat) 7,800 yen
Kuroge Wagyu Kata Roast Niku Shabu Tabehodai (Black Hair Wagyu Chuck Eye Roll All-You-Can-Eat) 6,800 yen
Other courses are available




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ARITSUKI (Ebisu)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 29.2011 Izakaya & Nabe 0 comments 0 trackback
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Motsunabe (Beef Intestines Hot Pot) may not be for all of you, if you aren't even willing to try, but its one of the most popular dish/nabe to come out from Fukuoka. My American/Europian friends who have tried it all of love it, even when they really didn't want to try it at the begin. The story is that Motsunabe was invented in the late 40's by a woman who saw her Korean neighbors eating a spicy beef intestines hot pot. Until then Japan was one of the few countries in Asia which didn't eat beef intestines, but since it was right after World War II, beef wasn't available to the average citizen and also beef intestines were thrown away. But in other parts of Asia it was a normal to eat intestines and Koreans who lived in Japan did so, too. Motsunabe was only available around Fukuoka until the late 70's, but now it is one of the most popular nabes in Japan.


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ARITSUKI is probably the most popular Motsunabe restaurant in Tokyo and also the most difficult to get a table as well. There is one in Ebisu and one in Daikanyama. They have 5 types of Motsunabe. Difference is flavor of the soup (miso, soy-sauce, and etc) but almost everyone orders SHIRO-NO MOTSUNABE (Beef Intestines in White Miso Hot Pot) 1,302 yen. I've tried all others, but Shiro-No Motsunabe is by far the best. The soup is a rich white miso soup with a lot of grated garlic in it, so you will smell garlicky when you leave Aritsuki.


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Whats in the Motsunabe is pretty simple and all Motsunabe restaurants use the same ingredients. Beef intestines, Tofu, Cabbage, Goboh (Burdock), Garlic, and Leeks. Until Aritsuki, I only had soy-sauce soup based Motsunabe and loved it, but now white miso rules and no one makes it better than Aritsuki. When you order Motsunabe, you should order for the number of people you are with. For example, if you are a party of 2, just double the order.


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After you're done eating whats in the nabe, you want to end it by adding Chanpon (thick Chinese noodles) 400 yen or rice into the soup. I would recommend to have the Chanpon instead of the rice since Chanpon is not used for other nabes, only for Motsunabe and its the perfect match. If you don't have any soup left in the nabe, no worries. They will add white miso soup to it when you order Chanpon.


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Before the Motsunabe arrives, you want to order some starters. I recommend TAPPURI NEGI-TOH MENTAI-NO TAMOGO-YAKI (Egg Omelet with Scallion & Seasoned Cod Roe) 683 yen. Many izakaya's have tamogo-yaki (egg omelet) on their menu, but not many have Mentaiko (seasoned cod roe) in it since mentaiko comes from Fukuoka as well. Also, Aritsuki's tamago-yaki is fluffy and light, which is different from an izakaya's tamago-yaki.


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The other starter, I would recommend is SUMOTSU (Boiled Beef Intestines Marinated with Ponzu Sauce) 630 yen. You might wonder why order Motsu (beef intestines) when you are already having Motsunabe, but Aritsuki's Sumotsu is just amazing and everyone orders it. My wife, who didn't eat any motsu at all until I took her to Aritsuki, now orders two Sumotsu and is her favorite dish there including Shiro-No Motsunabe. There are many other starters, but most customers usually stick with these two unless they are with a big party.


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Reservation phones open at 3:30pm and you can book a table 2 weeks in advance, but the lines are always busy and if you don't get through by 4pm, you probably won't get a table. But if you are willing to go after 10pm, you can leave your name & number when you get through (you must call on the same day you want to go) and they will call you back when a table is available. They will hold your table for about a hour after they call you, so make sure you get their within. This is how I usually get a table since I only got a table twice before 10pm. If you are staying at a hotel have your concierge do all this for you including advance reservations. Good luck!!


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ARITSUKI (in Japanese, 蟻月)
Address: 2-9-5 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo (in Japanese, 東京都渋谷区恵比寿2-9-5)
Nearest train station: JR & Tokyo Metro Ebisu (10 min walk)
Tel: 03-5424-0656
Reservations: Yes. (won't get a table without one. call after 3:30pm)
Website: http://www.arizuki.com/ (only in Japanese)
English menu: No
Credit Card: Yes
Open: Monday-Friday 6pm-1am, Saturaday 5pm-1am, Sunday & Holidays 5pm-12am
Closed: Irregularly

Prices: Shiro-No Motsunabe (Beef Intestines in White Miso Hot Pot) 1,302 yen
Tappuri Negi-Toh Mentai-No Tamagoyaki (Egg Omelet with Scallion & Seasoned Cod Roe) 683 yen
Sumotsu (Boiled Beef Intestines Marinated with Ponzu Sauce) 630 yen
All other dishes under 1,000 yen







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