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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

AMAZING Sushi at one of Tokyo's finest Sushi bars!   料理: 寿司 店名: すし家一柳

久々に良い魚を食べた!!
It's been a long time since I ate GOOD fish!!

 鯛の卵
Sea Bream Eggs

鯛の卵は良いスタートであった。暖かくて美味しかった。
The Sea Bream Eggs were a good start. They were warm and tasty.

 イカ
Squid

イカも良かったですけど、特別ではなかった。
The Squid was nice too, but not special.

 覚えていない
I don't remember

名前も味も覚えていない。
I neither remember the name nor the taste.

 鯛と思う
I think this is Sea Bream

この刺身はちょっと硬くてまあまあであった。
This Sashimi was a little tough and so-so.

 初鰹
The first Bonito of the Season!!!

初鰹!!!とっても清新で美味しかった!
The first Bonito of the Season!!! VERY fresh and delicious!
 鳥貝
Egg Cockle

食べた鳥貝の間にこれが最高である。
This is the best Egg Cockle I've ever had.

 蛸
 Octopus

詳しくどうやってこの蛸を作ったか知らないけど、とても美味しかった!使ったソースは美味しくて、舌触りも良かった。
Exactly how they prepared this octopus I don't know, but it was really good! The sauce they used was very nice and the texture was great too.
 しゃこ
Mantis Shrimp

久々にしゃこを食べた。すきやばし次郎のしゃこの方が美味しかったが。
It's been a while since I last had Mantis Shrimp. Sukiyabashi Jiro's was better.
 
 さば
Mackerel 

さばは結構普通であった。
The Mackerel was fairly standard.

 あわび
Abalone

このあわびは特に美味しかった。うかい帝横浜ほど美味しい訳ではないんだけど、大変美味しかった! 
This Abalone was especially tasty. I don't mean to say it was as tasty as the one at Yokohama Ukai Tei, but it was really tasty nonetheless.

 あわび
Abalone

俺はわかめが好きだから、わかめに包まれたあわびもかなり美味しかった。
Because I like seaweed, the Abalone wrapped in seaweed was also really good.

 金目鯛
Splendid Alfonsino??

つまみの一番美味しいやつは最後に出された。金目鯛だけは非常に美味しかったけど、大根と合わせたら、もっと美味く成った!暖かい金目鯛と冷たい大根のミックスは凄かった!!
The best part of the Sashimi was saved for last. The Kinmedai(Splendid Alfonsino in English??) was amazing on it's own, but mixed with the radish it became even better! The mix of warm fish and cold radish was heavenly!!

 準備
Preparations
 もうちょっと。。。
A little more...
 よし!
Ready!

 覚えていない
I don't remember
  覚えていない
I don't remember 

この二巻の名前は覚えてないけど、味を覚えている。美味しかったけど、ちょっと普通であった。
I don't remember the name of these 2 pieces, but I remember the taste. They were nice, but not really special.

赤身
Tuna

では、これから凄く成って行った!この赤身は超美味かった!!!すきやばし次郎の赤味より美味かった!!
From here on out the fireworks truly started!!! This piece of Akami was better than the one I had at Sukiyabashi Jiro!!

 中トロ
Middle Fatty Tuna

中トロはすきやばし次郎の中トロと同じ位美味しかった!非常に美味しい訳である!
The Middle Fatty Tuna was about as good as the one I had at Sukiyabashi Jiro, which means it was pretty freaking amazing!

 大トロ
Fatty Tuna

すきやばし次郎では大トロを食べなかったけど、次郎の中トロよりすし屋一柳の大トロの方が美味しかった。このピースを食べた後には数分で笑顔し止められなくて、寿司バーの中で踊ったり歌ったりしない用にするのは圧倒的に難しかった!!!
感激!
At Sukiyabashi Jiro I didn't get to eat Fatty Tuna, but Ichiyanagi's piece of Fatty Tuna beat the hell out of Sukiyabashi Jiro's Middle Fatty Tuna. After eating this piece I couldn't stop smiling for a few minutes and it was overwhelmingly hard not to start dancing and singing in the middle of the sushi bar!!!
ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!

 イカ
Squid

こんあに凄い歯触りがあるイカを食べるのは初めてであった。完璧かも知れない!
It was my first time eating Squid with this awesome of a texture. It may have been perfect!

 こはだ
 Gizzard Shad

こはだもめちゃくちゃ美味かった!こんなに美味しいこはだを食べるのも初めてであった!
The Gizzard Shad was also riduclously delicious! Best Gizzard Shad I've ever had!

 鯵
Horse Mackerel

鯵はこはだほど美味しいではなかったけど、非常に美味しくて、食べた鯵の間に一番である可能性がある。
The Horse Mackerel wasn't as delicious as the Gizzard Shad, but it was still extremely good, and there's a chance this was the best Horse Mackerel I've ever had.
 休憩。何であるか覚えていない
A short break from the Sushi. I don't remember what it is.
 
 雲丹
Sea Urchin

残念な事に、雲丹季節にも関わらずまあまあだった。
Unfortunately enough in spite of it being Sea Urchin season, the Sea Urchin wasn't great.

 車海老
 Tiger Prawn

板前は俺に話していたから、ちゃんと味わえなかった。 (T_T)
車海老が大好きだから、本当に残念である。
Because the chef was talking to me, I wasn't able to properly taste this. :'(
I really love good Tiger Prawn, so it's truly unfortunate.

 みる貝
Tresus Keenae??

普通にはみる貝は余り好きじゃないけど、一柳のみる貝は超美味しかった!
Usually I don't like Mirugai all that much, but Ichiyanagi's Mirugai was fantastic!

 穴子
Eel

一番美味しい食べた穴子の一つである!非常に柔らかくて、暖かかった!
This is one of the best pieces of Eel I've ever had! EXTREMELY soft and warm!

 トロ切り巻き
Tuna Roll

食べた巻き寿司の間にこれが一番美味しかったと思う!
Out of all the Sushi roll's I've ever had, I believe this one was the most delicious!

 味噌汁
Miso Soup

美味しいけど、特別ではなかった。
Nice, but not anything to write home about.
 卵
Omelette

卵は人によってとっても違うと思う。色々なスタールがあるから。この卵はまあまあであったと思う。
Whether someone likes a tamago, differs a lot from person to person in my opinion, because there are so many different styles. I think this one was rather mediocre.

はまぐり
Orient Clam

お任せに入ってなかったけど、はまぐりが好きだし、はまぐり季節であるし、はまぐりも注文した。美味しかったけど、すきやばし次郎のはまぐりの方がとっても美味しかった。
It wasn't included in the dinner omakase, but because I like Orient Clam and because it's Orient Clam season, I decided to order it. It was good, but it wasn't nearly as good as the one I had at Sukiyabashi Jiro.



つまり、すし屋一柳はめちゃくちゃ美味い寿司バーである。俺は絶対にすきやばし次郎のお任せ経験を好むが、すし屋一柳も世界一美味しい寿司屋の一つであると思って、機会があったら、是非また行く!
To sum it up, Sushi Restaurant Ichiyanagi is ridiculously delicious. I personally definitely prefer Sukiyabashi Jiro's Omakase experience, but I think Sushi Restaurant Ichiyanagi is also one of the world's best Sushi Restaurants and if I get the chance, I'll definitely go again!

Rating: 5+/5
最悪のピース: 雲丹
非常に凄いピース: 赤味、中トロ、こはだ、鯵、穴子。
最高のピース: 大トロ
Worst Piece: Uni
Extremely Awesome Pieces: Tuna, Middle Fatty Tuna, Gizzard Shad, Eel.
Best Piece: Fatty Tuna

Price: 
つまみとお寿司お任せは2万円だけど、お寿司だけ食べたら、1万円とちょっと。
The Sashimi and Sushi course is 20.000 JPY, but if you only eat Sushi it's only a little over 10.000 JPY.

Tabelog: http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1301/A130101/13156961/

High-end Italian food in Ebisu 料理: イタリアン 店名: 天丼ふじ


 サラダ
Salad
 いか
Squid
 うにオムレツ
Sea Urchin Omelette
うにといくらのパスタ
Sea Urchin and Salmon Roe Pasta

店内の雰囲気は結構良いですけど、食べ物は余り美味しくないです。うにといくらのパスタは美味しそううですけど、実際に全く美味しくないです。

The restaurant's atmosphere is rather nice, but the food is not very good. Sea Urchin and Salmon Roe Pasta sounds good, but in reality it is very disappointing.

Rating: 1.5/5

Price: 
飲み物を含まずに一品当たり2500円位。
About 2500JPY per course excluding drinks.

Tabelog: http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1303/A130302/13005117/

Awesome Tempura Donburi in Ikebukuro 料理: 天丼 店名: 天丼ふじ


天ぷらが多くて、安くて、美味しいです!世界一良い天丼の一つであるかも知れません。

Lots of Tempura, cheap AND delicious! Perhaps one of the world's best Tempura Donburi's.

Rating: 4/5

Price: About 900 JPY.

Tabelog: http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1305/A130501/13026100/

Monday, 31 March 2014

料理: イタリア 店名: BIANCA  Finally a good lunch option in Omotesando!


 サラダ
Salad
 パスタ
Pasta

I find it hard to find good food in Omotesando. I know an okay Sushi place and a very good Soba restaurant, but the Soba restaurant is a bit of a walk and often busy and the Sushi place serves lunch only until about 1:30PM.

Recently I ran into this Italian place which has great lunch deals. A salad, pasta and coffee/tea combo for 1300 JPY and for just 600 JPY more, you can have a full 3 course meal with starter, main and dessert! Because I was short on time, I opted for the simple 1300 JPY option and was not disappointed with the quality at all. So far the Italian food I've had in Japan has been some of the worst I've had in my entire life, but this was actually very good. Next time I'm in Omotesando looking for a place to eat lunch, I'll definitely be back to check out their 3 course option!

Rating: 3.5/5

Price:
1300 or 1900 JPY for lunch.

Tabelog: http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1306/A130601/13152919/

料理: うなぎ 店名: 鰻家  The softest Unagi ever, but not the best


生きている鰻!
 Living Eel!!!
 Eel bones
 味噌汁とお新香
Miso Soup and Pickles
 うな重
Unagi on Rice
 お土産
Chocolates as a parting gift

Very cool little restaurant. The hostess was very kind and I talked a lot to her. She even showed me and allowed me to touch living eel!!! Quite an experience! She also gave me chocolates and Unagi bones as a free bonus!

A couple of things she talked about were how the man who started the auto company called Honda used to come to their restaurant before he passed away and how the 2nd in command in the current Japanese government visits every now and then. She also told me how a while ago 2 man came to the restaurant and were acting a little strange. Afterwards the men told her they worked for the Michelin Guide and that they would hear the result later that year.

I'm not sure they're quite worth a michelin star, but they're definitely very close. The Unagi was hands down the softest I've ever eaten! SUPER smooth! It was not the best tasting Unagi ever though and the pickles were very disappointing compared to the amazing pickles I usually get at Unagi restaurants.

Overall a great place to eat Unagi, but not the best. For now Ichinoya in Shibuya still stands as king. I expect this to change this summer though, because I plan to check out the absolute best of the best when it comes to Unagi. I'll just have to wait a few more months, because summer is when Unagi is the fattest and thus generally the best. I definitely can't wait for Unagi season!

Rating: 4/5

Price:
The price for their Unagi starts at about 2500 JPY for the smallest size, but you can spend well upwards of 5000JPY if you order a big portion and many side dishes.

Tabelog: http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1321/A132101/13012445/

Monday, 17 March 2014

料理: 付け面 店名: めん徳 二代目 つじ田 飯田橋店 Very good Tsukemen thanks to a royal portion of great quality pork


チャーシューが非常に美味しくて、特に良い付け面屋である。

The pork is extremely good, this Tsukemen shop is definitely worth a visit.


Rating: 4/5

Price: 1000 JPY.

Tabelog: http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1309/A130905/13058429/

料理: うなぎ 店名: まんまる  Good value for money Unagi, but only if you're okay with second hand smoking





かなり良いんだが、禁煙席がないので、帰らない。

It's quite good, especailly for the price, but because they don't have any non-smoking seats, I won't be back.

Rating: 4-/5

Price:
About 2000-3000 JPY.

Tabelog: http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1305/A130501/13003891/