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Tokyo Eateries, Part 3

Almost there, final part of Tokyo eateries…

4. Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo

A must-do when you are in Tokyo – Tsukiji fish market is the world’s biggest fish and seafood wholesale market. Tsukiji handles nearly two tons of marine product per day and I have never ever seen anything quite like it.

‘The Mother’ and I rocked up just after 7am, we did try waking up at 4.30am so we could be there by 5am but no chance! We walked around the fish market and were in awe. Tourists flock here all year round, to see and to visit the sushi restaurants which have long queues. I was told that it is one of the top places to have sushi and sashimi. Some have even queued for two to three hours for a meal!

Two famous restaurant at Tsukiji – Daiwa Sushi and Sushi Dai. The queue for Sushi Dai was absolutely ridiculous so we opted for Daiwa Sushi. Apparently it is a larger restaurant out of the two so the queue moves faster.

After about 30 mins, we were finally in! We both opted for the Omasake meal (3900 yen) and our meal started with the fatty tuna – and WOW! The texture of the fatty tuna was just incredible, creamy and perfectly marbled, glistened with moisture! The squid was a little chewy but still tasty.

The miso soup, thick and full of flavour with a heap of clams nestling was just lovely. Probably one of the tastiest miso soup I have ever had.

Sweet raw shrimp and chutoro (belly area of the tuna along the side of the fish). I was not a fan of the raw shrimp so traded that with ‘The Mother’s’ sea urchin. The chutoro was divine, so fresh and deliciously fatty but not as fatty as the tuna previously.

Next, the sea urchin and tamagoyaki. It was a tad early to eat sea urchin! It was cold and slimy but incredibly fresh! Two servings of it – yup – way too early! The delicious block of tamagoyaki was to die for! The sweetness, the texture, the fluffiness, I could have easily eaten two on my own.

The hamchi sashimi was deliciously thin and fresh. And the tuna and salmon sushi roll was just delightful.

Last but not least, the eel, it was the most tender I have ever eaten.

The sauce enjoyably sweet and I enjoyed it SO MUCH that I had to get another at (1000 yen extra!) and was SO worth it! Heavenly, even at 8am in the morning!

It was one of the most expensive breakfast we have ever had – 9000 yen for breakfast, AUD 110. The fish was marvelous, the rice fabulous. It was a tad early for sushi, that much rice in the morning was a challenge but I have to admit, it was worth it and I am glad I went!

GA’s ratings: 8.5 / 10

‘The Mother’s’ ratings: 8 / 10

Building 6, 3rd alley,
If you can’t find it, look for 2 restaurants right next to each other with massive queues of people.

3. Best Ramen I have ever tasted, Kyushu Jangara, Harajuku

A dear friend of ours is a regular visitor to Tokyo. He goes there at least twice or three times a year and when I asked him for some food recommendations, Kyushu Jangara was on top of his list. I had to promise him that I would go and have one of the best ramen he has ever tasted and how can I break that promise?

Kyushu Jangara specializes in Hakata style ramen – thin noodles in a pork broth. They serve tonkotsu-style ramen with a broth richly flavoured by slow-simmered pork belly with the bones still attached (MY KIND of broth!).

I opted for the Kyushu Jangara with the lot – flavoured boiled egg, chunks of marinated pork, and seasoned cod roe. You can also order it plain but I wanted the lot! The meltingly tender pork belly was just to die for, the pork shoulder succulent, flavoured boiled egg was cooked to perfection and seasoned cod roe is like icing on a cupcake! It was simply divine. I wanted to order an extra serving of marinated pork, but thought that would be an overkill.

The noodles are thin, angel hair pasta and properly al dente. You can order more noodles for an extra 150 yen. The broth was one of the best I’ve ever tasted. It’s rich and complex, I kept wanting more and more. I still can taste the delicious stock and yummy ramen until now.

‘The Mother’ had everything minus the seasoned cod roe and for him to say that it is the best ramen he has ever had is a big call! He is not usually a fan of ramen but the broth is also one of the best he has ever had. He still raves about it now to his friends and family. It was THAT good!

Kyushu Jangara is located just one minute walk from Harajuku station and it’s a must visit if you have not been. I have been to a couple of ramen places in Sydney, and Kyushu Jangara by far is the best! They have English menu so ordering will be easy for first timers. This place is BUSY but turnover is quite quick. Come early to avoid the queues or a little later.

A bowl of delicious goodness – the BEST bowl of ramen I have ever had!

GA’s ratings: 8.5 / 10

The Mother’s ratings: 8.5 / 10

Kyushu Jangara – Harajuku

Shanzeru Harajuku II 1-2F, 1-13-21 Jingumae,

Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Ph: +81 3 3404 5572

2. Kaikaya by the Sea, Shibuya

H and S invited ‘The Mother’ and I to dinner that evening with a couple of their Australian friends who were visiting. They were all going skiing or snowboarding the next day for a whole week in Niseko and judging from their facebook posts, I think they had a wonderful time!

One of their friends, K, is also a foodie and he recommended this place, Kaikaya by the Sea. As we had a large group, thirteen of us, we had to get the set menu and I have to say, it was one fantastic meal! Kaikaya is reasonably small restaurant.

We started with the red snapper carpaccio, fresh raw sashimi drizzled in balsamic vinegar, olive oil and crunchy fried garlic bits. This was absolutely wonderful and a great start to what was to come!

The deep friend shrimp salad in delectable cream sauce was fantastic! The basket was crunchy and crispy and tasty!

Next the sashimi platter – I wouldn’t be able to name all the different types of sashimi but they were deliciously fresh and sensational.

The crab spring roll was light, crispy with big chunks of crab ad vegetables. The lemon gave it that extra zest.

I can’t remember what this dish was but it was creamy and snail like – it probably was snail!

The next dish is the house special dish, tuna collar which tastes like pork spare ribs. Apparently it is supposed to imitate the pork spare ribs but it is actually tuna collar. Huge chunks of meat which was incredibly succulent and incredibly tender and served in some sort of red-wine sauce. It was EPIC!

The sizzling garlic steak served with a touch of freshly ground wasabi root was divine! The steak just melted in your mouth, I couldn’t help but want more.

Next the tuna jaw – wow – big chunks of tender meat, a little bone-y but delicious!

The raw beef sushi tasted a little like tuna. It was delicious and just melted in my mouth. AMAZING!

The miso soup with large chunks of fish was full of flavour and would have to be one of the best miso soup I have ever had.

To end, the matcha cheesecake was deliciously light and fluffy with strong matcha flavour. It was incredible – a perfect way to end this epic meal with friends.

The restaurant was cozy but buzzing. It was fun and had a rowdy environment. Kaikaya is a real gem and thanks K for taking us to this wonderful restaurant!

GA’s ratings: 8.5 / 10

‘The Mother’s ratings: 8.5 / 10

Kaikaya By the Sea

23-7 Maruyama-cho

Shibuya-ku, Shibuya, Tokyo

Ph: +81 3 3770 0878

Last but not least, the best meal for me in Tokyo Coucagno, French Restaurant in Shibuya.

I had originally wanted to go to La Rochelle, Chef Sakai from Iron Chef’s restaurant but due to me leaving everything to the last minute, it was fully booked! I had booked two weeks in advance, and even then that was not enough, seems like everyone wanted to try the restaurant.

Disappointed, I searched the internet and read the lonely planet in search for a restaurant for our last meal in Tokyo. We were catching the red eye back home and thought we would go somewhere nice for lunch. I had left everything so late, I was afraid nothing was available!

Coucagno, a restaurant on the 40th floor in the Cerulean Tower in Tokyo. The view was amazing, similar to that of New York bar and Grill at the Park Hyatt but in day light.

‘The Mother’ and I rocked up to Coucagno in Shibuy as we (I shoud say I) were shopping there. We were seated immediately, the restaurant was three quarters full, and we got a table by the window to admire the view.

‘The Mother’ wasn’t feeling well so opted for a main only, whereas I was ravenous and opted for menu a prix fixe (4,100 yen) which consists of appetizer, soup, either a fish or meat dish, dessert and coffee or tea.

We were offered with a selection of bread, sour dough, brioche, baguette and many more. The bread was warm with crunchy exterior but soft and fluffy on the inside.

I started with the baked beaufort-cheese with confit of duck and potato terrine with green mustard sauce. This was beautifully coked, big cuts of duck meat which were succulent mixed with potatoes. The green mustard was wonderful, I wanted to lick the remaining of the mustard off the plate – classy!

The hot soup of the day was mushroom, it was creamy, thick with strong  flavour which I loved.

For mains, I opted for the caramelised suckling-pork with capellini and celeriac salad – surprise surprise. The suckling pork was delectably succulent and sweet, it was simple but superb. It was a relatively small serving, but probably a good thing! Too much of this would have made me sick.

‘The Mother’ opted for the sauteed sea bream, with grilled provence vegetables, herbs and vinegar sauce. It was beautifully plated on the table. I had a small mouthful of this, the sea bream was firm but yet tender, and the herbs and vinegar sauce was a great complement.

For dessert, I opted for the pineapple dessert – thinly cut pineapple, paper thin, served with fresh strawberries and kiwi fruit cut into bite size pieces and mango sorbet. It was fantasticly light and refreshing and the perfect way to end a wonderful meal at Coucagno. It was o u t s t a n d i n g.

We also had petite fours – as full as I was, I couldn’t help but eat the pistachio nougat. ‘The Mother’ ate the dark chocolate and macaroon and he thought it was great.

The service attentive, glasses constantly filled, and bread unlimited. The menu is modern french with a touch of a Japanese. My meal was delicate, wonderfully presented and delicious. I certainly enjoyed my meal, it a wonderful way to end a brilliant trip.

GA’s ratings: 8. 5 / 10

‘The Mother’s’ ratings: 8 / 10

Coucagno

26-1 Sakuragaokachō Shibuya-ku 40th fl, Cerulean Tower

Shibuya, Tokyo

Ph: +81 3 3476 3000

It was an amazing trip, caught up with some wonderful friends, shopped and most importantly ate some delicious and outstanding food!

Hope you have all enjoyed reading it as much as I have written it. Definitely miss Tokyo and can’t wait to go back again.

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  1. February 13, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Great write up and pics. I see that the Mother is a tough judge!

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