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Tokyo Eateries Part 1

‘The Mother’ and I had such a great time in Tokyo that we didn’t want to leave! It wasn’t our first trip to Tokyo, it was our first time together to Tokyo and it was absolutey fantastic! The food, the shopping, the sight seeing, Japan is truly a magical city and a must visit, at least once!

We caught up with some friends, ate some deliciously good food and indulged in all sorts of snacks and ice cream, especially green tea ice cream – how can you say no to that? We certainly ate well, we tried as many different types of Japanese cuisines as we can and thought I would share it with all of you in the next couple of posts. Food we ate and enjoyed in Tokyo.

10. Tempura: Tsunahachi Restaurant, Shinjuku

Also recommended by the lonely planet, this is the main branch out of eight restaurants in Japan. ‘The Mother’ and I love tempura and this is definitely the place for it. We had the pleasure of sitting by the counter and watched the chefs fry each course and place it on our plate. Located in Shijuku, you can find this delicious fried goodness restaurant near Mitsukoshi department store.

‘The Mother’ and I both had the tempura set, the smallest and cheapest (1999 yen, about AUD25) – two prawns, seasonal vegetables, season fish, congeal eel, shrimps ball, miso soup / rice / pickles.

We started with the traditional two prawns, and wow – excellent. The batter was thin and crispy and the prawn fresh and absolutely delicious.

The seasonal vegetables consisted of only mushroom, which was good, but I expected more, like eggplant and pumpkin, alas, just mushroom. The fish was incredibly tender, again the batter was crispy and excellent.

The congeal eel was a larger serving and cut into two. The fish was firm and delicious.

Last but not least, the shrimps ball which I loved, and by now I was getting a little sick with all the fried goodness.

I am glad we got the smallest set, everything was freshly made and the batter was scrumptiously crunchy and light. If you don’t have a reservation opt to see at the bar – you get to see the chefs in action!

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

3-31-8     Shinjuku, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan

Ph: +81 3 3352 1012

9. Shabu shabu: Kurumaya, Shinjuku

We were originally looking for a different shabu shabu place, but couldn’t find it and found this instead. Kurumaya is also a yakitori place but ‘The Mother’ and I were cold and wanted something warm. Shabu shabu is a type of Japance hot pot. It is similar to that of sukiyaki, in that they both use thinly sliced meat and vegetables but shabu shabu is more savoury and less sweet.

Our pot on top of a bunsen burner where we steamed (or cooked) our food.

The dipping sauces.

The beef – we opted for wagyu beef and WOW, it was delectably tender and just melted in your mouth! We ordered two servings of this, and I could have easily eaten a third serving. To think that I didn’t eat beef for a good ten years!

The pork was good, but the wagyu beef was a definite winner!

Here is how we cooked the wonderful dish.

Last, the noodles, cooked in the broth and eaten with the broth.

‘The Mother’ loved it, I do prefer shabu shabu over sukiyaki – it tends to be too sweet for my liking. They do have English menu, service was good and total bill was about 4800 yen, which is about AUD59.

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

‘The Mother’s’ ratings: 7.5 / 10

2-37-1 Kabukicho,Shinjuku,

Tokyo Prefecture 160-0021, Japan

Ph: +81 3-3232-0301

8. Sushi and Sashimi: Tama Sushi, Ginza

You can’t go to Japan and not eat sushi and sashimi. ‘The Mother’ and I were shopping at Ginza, which is apparently Tokyo’s answer to NYC’s Fifth Avenue.

Tama Sushi is located just a short walk away from the glamorous Ginza shopping district. I didn’t know at the time, but apparently this restaurant has all you can eat sushi which is a good deal for a pair of people. Apparently two women dining will costs 6,300 yen (AUD 77), two men dining will costs 8,400 yen (AUD102) and a couple 7,350 yen (AUD 90). Unfortunately, ‘The Mother’ and I didn’t realise that and besides I don’t think we could eat all you can eat sushi.

The sushi and sashimi here is fresh. Apparently the chef can make whatever it is that you want. I opted for Tsukiji Nigiri (2,625 yen, AUD 32) – variety of sushi with miso soup and dessert. I love the different types of sushi, king fish, tuna, prawn, scallops and many more. They were all fresh and absolutely fantastic, especially the tamagoyaki, it was sweet and not sickening, and scrumptiously good.

It was SO good that I did have order another serve of the tamagoyaki sushi and it was divine.

With my set, it came with eel and the eel was magnificent. Sweet and my goodness, it was a small piece but one of the best I have ever eaten.

‘The Mother’ opted for the edo chirashi different types of sashimi served on a bed of rice and also served with miso soup, rice and dessert. The sashimi was fresh and superb. ‘The Mother’ certainly enjoyed it.

The green tea ice cream with red bean was a little frosty at first but it was deliciously creamy and deliciously sweet – I wanted a second serve of this but it was one of those occassions where my eyes were bigger than my stomach!

We stumbled across this restaurant and it was definitely a great find. The sashimi and sushi were fresh, tasty and absolutely magnificent. Service was excellent, its a tiny restaurant, so come early or be prepared to wait.

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

‘The Mother’s’ ratings: 8 / 10

Ginza Core Building

B2F, 5-8-20 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Ph: +81 3 3573 0057

Till next time, Part two of Tokyo Eateries….

  1. February 7, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Aloha GA, how wonderful crisp and light tempura is. Shame about the green tea ice cream being a little frosty. I learnt recently to add guar gum + glucose syrup to my ice cream mix and it seems to sort out those obstinant ice crystals. Thank you for sharing your culinary adventure in Tokyo with us. Cheerio! 🙂

    • February 7, 2011 at 9:48 am

      Thanks for dropping by Skye and for your kind words! just had a look at wildsugar… LOVE!!!! will definitely try some of the recipes 🙂

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