Namdaemun Korean Restaurant - Shin-Okubo
Namdaemun Restaurant, named after Seoul's Great South Gate, is a great option for traditional Korean food in Shinjuku's Koreatown, called Shin-Okubo. We stopped here for a quick lunch, selecting dolsot bibimbap from the lunch menu. We got several traditional Korean sides including kimchi, soup, and bean sprouts, and the bibimbap was ready in less than 10 minutes. It was served hot and delicious, the rice sizzling in the bowl. Excellent Korean food!
Gokoku (五穀) Japanese Restaurant
Gokoku (五穀) is a traditional Japanese restaurant, whose name translates to "five grains." The specialty is steamed Koshihikari rice served in a hot pot, a style that is from Niigata Prefecture. The other dishes are pretty standard Japanese meals like sashimi, miso soup, grilled pork and fish, and tempura.
This small chain of restaurants can often be found in shopping malls and around train stations. I went to the one in MoriTown Mall in Akishima, and I've seen another in Kawasaki.
Yona Yona Beer Kitchen, Akasaka
Yona Yona Beer Kitchen, owned by the Yo-Ho Brewery, is a great restaurant with fantastic Western-style foods and great craft beers. We arrived on a weekday at lunch time, and the comfortable restaurant was at least three-quarters full. We sat far in the back, and we quickly decided from their short list of lunch specials--fried chicken and seared/roasted pork, both with salads, bread and rice.
For our beers, we both started with Tokyo Black Real Ale; we had both tried regular Tokyo Black, so we wanted to try their version of the beer with nitrogen carbonation. Later I also had the Getsumen-Gaho Belgian Ale. The food was great and reasonably priced; the beer was also excellent, but overpriced for the small servings.
Our only confusion came at the end of the meal. The beer menu advertised their American-style growlers that contained about 5.2 drinks for 3,200 Yen. In English, the menu said something about taking their beer home to enjoy with your own food, so we decided to get one. I ordered it, and it was filled with delicious Yona Yona beer. The waitress brought it back to the table uncapped and asked how many glasses I wanted. I told her it was to go and we needed a cap for the growler bottle. She informed us that growlers could not be taken out of the restaurant! I knew we couldn't drink it all at once, so they dumped the beer and took i off the bill. I have visited lots of American breweries, and I know the only purpose of a growler is for customers to take beer home with them; I'm not sure why they were so confused here, especially when the menu made it obvious the growlers were to go.
Ooedo Kaitensushi, Shinjuku
Ooedo Kaitensushi is a good, conveniently located sushi shop just east of Shinjuku Station. This tiny restaurant has only about 12 or 15 seats at the small sushi bar that is just big enough for two chefs to squeeze into. We enjoyed a variety of nigiri, including tuna, salmon, tomago, mackeral, eel, and more. Both times I visited, the fish has been very fresh and delicious, and the conveyor belt is always packed with sushi at this tiny establishment.
Ooedo Sushi is a small Tokyo chain with about 15 restaurants in the Tokyo area.
Dozeu Iidaya, Asakusa
On a recent visit to Asakusa, some Japanese friends took us to Dozeu Iidaya, a restaurant that was established in 1903. The name dozeu, or in modern spelling dojo, tells of their specialty, the dojo loach or pond loach. This freshwater fish is native to east Asia and it's long, slender body resembles the eel.
We ate in the second floor of the restaurant, where the tables all had Japanese-style seating on tatami mats. We tried several of their dishes including the unaju (eel over rice for about 3,000 Yen) and the maiko-don, or loach bowl (about 1,800 Yen). The maiko-don was served with a small salad, pickled radish, and a small bowl of four or five small loach over rice.
Bincho Ohgiya: A good place for grill
Asakusa area were lined up with restaurants and is hard to pick one. Our hotel is in the area on the main road where all the restaurants located. During our walk looking for restaurant we don't know which one to choose. We've seen some of restaurants has photos outside posted or a menu, we're scrolling to their menu and we found it so interested. They have in menus assortment grilled which contain meat and fish, this one of our order
It was almost 3 pm very late lunch, there wasn't much people inside maybe two table occupy and one man in the counter. They came with English menu and they have pretty good menus which is in photo and the name of dish. The waitress doesn't good in English so, it is better to show her the photo. While we're waited our order I look around inside, this place is apparently bar and restaurant.
The interior is simple nothing fancy, I look up to the ceiling, the ceiling is made from straw. The distribution of the tables are so close to each other, the chair is a bit uncomfortable without railing. They have a lot of choices in the menu card and all are affordable price. But their main specialty is grilled. The waitress have said something to us which we didn't understand, of a sudden she came with a burner, we have no idea for what, but then she came with one of our vegetable order, put in sort of clay pan and she explained that we have to stir sometimes while it cooks
The rest of our order arrives in the table prepared such as the grilled and deep fried meat. All of this were very tasty and for the price great grilled meat which is enough for two of us . The service were pretty good the waitress and the chief cook came to our table and ask if it's everything okay in their poor English. So friendly people and what a service we have. The exterior of the restaurant is a bit messy, typical real Japanese decoration, but looks cute though
Favorite Dish: The pork and chicken grilled were specialty
The chop chuy fresh bake in our tableRelated to:
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Monja Osio Nogami Restaurant, Tsukishima Station
Tokyo's Tsukishima Station area is home to about 70 restaurants serving monjayaki, a meal of batter, meat vegetables that is fried at your table like a hearty pancake. After walking around the street for about 20 minutes, we settled on a restaurant called Monja Osio Nogami.
Monja Osio Nogami has about 20 tables, each with a small grill for making okonomiyaki or monjayaki. The menu has lots of meal options with a variety of seafood, meats, and vegetable dishes. We decided to order a seafood monja dish and a pork manja dish. Since we were new to monja, we let the server prepare the food for us, as she took the ingredients off the top of the bowl first, starting to cook and chop the vegetables and meats before adding the liquid batter. In less than 5 minutes the meal was ready to eat, as it continue to cook on the burner. We ate with small fork-sized metal spatulas.
We also had a few Tsukishima Roji Beers. This beer has a white and brown label with an overhead image of a traditional Japanese alley, and a cat on a roof overlooking the street. The label on the neck of the bottle shows a close up of the same cat. The beer pours a light golden color with little head, and looks like a standard pilsner, but the beer has a good, rich, bold flavor. Its light flavor pairs well with rich Japanese monja.
Here is a video I shot in the restaurant: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/vv/87ca/
Gyoza Stadium, Sunshine City, Ikebukuro
Gyoza Stadium is a "food amusement park" located in an indoor amusement park called Namja Town, which is in Ikebukuro's Sunshine City mall. To enter Namja Town will cost 500 Yen per adult, and this will allow you to wander throughout the post World War II-themed streets of the park, but not ride the rides or play games. You will get to visit both Gyoza Stadium, and the nearby dessert alley.
Gyoza Stadium has eight restaurants from around Japan, each serving their own special types of gyoza, or fried dumplings. We tried gyoza from four of the eight restaurants, including a sampler of three types of gyoza, a gyoza fried with cheese and garlic, some round gyoza, and a few very large fried potstickers. All of the gyoza was pretty good, but more expensive than expected at about 100 per piece at most of the restaurants. Also, the seating was inconvenient in the crowded area, as visitors had to buy their gyoza in the crowded restaurant area, then hope to find a seat in the maze-like streets around the restaurants.
A much better food amusement park is Yokohama's Ramen Museum, with a similar 1950s theme, but with actual sit down restaurants and wait staff.
Ganso Nakanoya Yakitori, Nakano Station
Ganso Nakanoya is a small yakitori shop located a few minutes from Nakano Station and only a block from Nakano Broadway. Three of us sat at the small table next to the street where we could watch the passersby and the cook inside making our meals through the open window.
We had a variety of dishes including fried chicken, squid, tomatoes wrapped in bacon, chicken meat balls and more. My only complaints was that a few of our dishes (the fried quail eggs) were never delivered to our table, but I'm pretty sure we paid for them.
They have an English menu, but some of it is hard to understand, such as an item called "changer," and another one called "place cream cheese with theft."
Home Cafe: Please visit a maid cafe!
The district of Akihabara in Tokyo is home to some maid cafes. Maid cafes are one of the most unique things in Japanese culture that you have to experience for yourself while in Tokyo!
The maid cafe is a place that is unlike anything you have set foot into. A whole batch of cute girls dressed as Japanese maids welcome you warmly to "your home". For you? You are "The Master" or "Mistress". It is the girls' duty to cater to you. By this, I don't mean like in a brothel kind of way or anything. It is an innocent home-like cafe where you are given a menu where you choose different "sets" of items. Such sets include a drink set and a dessert set. Buying a set entree is recommended! Because you get a performance and a photo taken with your maid of choice! While at this particular maid cafe, Home Cafe, we saw other things like the maids playing cards with other "masters".
Don't pull the obnoxious card and expect this to be a strip club or a fetish club, because this is not the place for it. The rules for the cafe state you must treat these girls with respect and dignity. Photos inside are frowned upon, unless you get a photo with a maid. You also cannot pay seperately, it has to be on one bill.
You will be delighted by the maids and fall in love with them, I know I did! Please exercise respect in a maid cafe and let the girls wow you with their hospitality and charm! There are many maid cafes to choose from here in Akihabara, but this cafe, Home Cafe, was amazing and with great service and friendly faces!
Favorite Dish: I liked the drink set at the Home Cafe. The maids make you a special drink of your very own. If you get the latte or coffee ones, they even draw a picture of your favorite animal on the foam for you!Related to:
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Gyoza no Sato Kandaten
Gyoza no Sato Kandaten ( 餃子の郷 神田店) or possibly "township dumplings Kanda store," is a big Chinese Sichuan restaurant just down the street from Kanda Station. Despite the large store and the great location, the restaurant was empty on this weekday at lunchtime. They have a number of lunch set meals for under 800 Yen, including several soups, fried rice, gyoza, and other dishes.
Our group ordered several items from the lunch menu including the fried rice, a ramen-like soup, and gyoza. The food was surprisingly good, and the ramen tasted more Japanese than Chinese, which I was very happy with. A good, inexpensive meal in the lively Kanda area of central Tokyo.
Ramen King - Sayama, Saitama
The Ramen King is a new ramen restaurant in Sayama, Saitama Prefecture that occupies a building that, until recently, was a Steak-Ken family restaurant. Ramen King is a big step up from a Steak-Ken, and I'm glad we stopped here for some great noodles in a clean, comfortable, modern environment. They offer about five basic types of ramen, and you can select from five different broth types. They also have a number of sides and set meals including ramen with gyoza and ramen with fried chicken. A standard bowl of noodles in around 800 to 900 Yen, and it is a big bowl!
Penta Merone, Tachikawa
Penta Merone (ーペンタメローネー) is a nice, new coffee shop on the south side of Tachikawa Station. The cafe sits just a few blocks from the station and is easily recognized by its big green sign with the name in cartoonish back letters.
You order at the counter, then the friendly and helpful staff prepares the food and drinks and brings your order to you table. We just had a simple order of coffee and Heartland beer, but the service was great. I was most impressed by how well the waitress spoke English with hardly any accent.
Gifuya Ramen - P!ss Alley, Shinjuku
Gifuya (岐阜屋) is a cheap, quick ramen stop in Shinjuku's Shoben-yokochō (P!ss Alley) or Omoide Yokocho (Memory Alley). This is one of the larger establishments in the alley, as it's huge counter runs through the first floor of the building and out to the alley on the other side, seating at least 50 customers.
Their menu is simple: mostly beer and ramen, with a few odds and ends like fried rice and yakisoba. Our choice was simple, yakisoba and ramen, both for about 700 Yen. The food was ready quickly, and we really enjoyed the flavors. A perfect late night snack stop, except for the cockroaches.
Shoben-yokochō (P!ss Alley) or Omoide Yokocho (Memory Alley) offers some of the best street food in Tokyo. Though covering a very small area, they somehow packed about 40 restaurants into this alley, plus another 10 or so on the parallel alley to the east.
This alley earned its name appropriately, as it was originally a narrow alley with numerous restaurants, but no restrooms, so people had to do their business where they could. The area was established following World War II, and soon earned a reputation for its street food. Unfortunately, the original alley burned to the ground in 1999, and the city rebuilt the small alley of restaurants, coining it with a new moniker, Memory Lane. The look and feel of the place is similar to the original, but now it is cleaner, and it has public restrooms, so the urine smell is gone.
The restaurants are so tiny here, you may have trouble squeezing by other patrons to get to a stool at the bar. There is a variety of food, but the common theme is fast and relatively cheap. You can find anything from standard yakitori, to stews, and even oddities like pig testicles and horse ***.
Haikara-tei is a simple, family oriented yakiniku restaurant with good, reasonable priced food and fast service. Twice I have been here with a young baby in tow, and they were happy to see the child, and we were in and out so fast the child didn't cause a fuss.
They have a good variety of meats including, according to the menu "chicken things." They have about 15 kinds of meat, vegetables, kimchis and sauces that are all good and simple.
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