Month: October 2015

Kamakura Matsubara-an Keyaki

Tucked away on the 4th floor (I think) in Harajuku, we found an amazing soba restaurant.  After having walked around a lot that day we were up for a decent feed and came across this restaurant on Trip Advisor.

We were seated overlooking the street below and were offered our menus. I ordered the tempura soba and my boyfriend ordered the cold soba with a duck broth.

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This was my dish and I absolutely adored it. The tempura was lovely and light and very crunchy. Also barely oily at all! The soba was served in a rich broth. I loved this dish.  So simple but so tasty!

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This was my boyfriends cold soba dish. I tried a bit of his duck broth and it was amazingly rich and full of flavour!

When we finished our meal we had a bit of broth left over and one of the waitresses came by to our table and handed us a teapot of boiling water.  My boyfriend and I just looked at each other and were a bit confused. What were we supposed to do with this and what was it for? Luckily the waitress came back and told us! As we had an extra small bowl each with nothing in it,  you were supposed to take a few spoonfuls of the broth,  put it in the bowl and then add the water to make a soup! Genius! Why didn’t we think of that?! Haha

All in all I really enjoyed this restaurant.  After a long day of walking all you want to do is sit down and have a nice bowl of delicious food!

Happy pudding

We stumbled upon Happy pudding whilst trying to find another restaurant and boy was it a good find!

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Situated behind a restaurant, this cute place has a fridge full of puddings for you to try! When I say puddings, its more like a creme caramel but close enough. The packaging of these puddings are so cute with different coloured tops.

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We decided on an original flavour and a lemon and honey (I think it was honey)

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The original one did taste like a creme caramel but it was pretty good none the less. The lemon and honey was to die for! I didn’t realise the lemon flavour would go so well but it did and it was amazing!

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There were a few chairs just outside the place so we took a seat and enjoyed ourselves! Definitely a good find!

35 steps

We wanted to find an izakaya place close to Shibuya so onto Tripadvisor we went. There seemed to be good reviews on a place called 35 steps so we figured we’d give it a go!

Nestled down exactly 35 steps, this place is quite hidden away. It looked like we were heading down some dark and dingy basement however at when we arrived the place was filled with people sitting around enjoying good food!

As we did not have a reservation, we were tucked away into a room, which was fine.. at least we got a seat! the waiter gave us an english menu and we got to ordering!

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This was a flamed grilled mackerel that was flame grilled right in front of us! The fish was delicious and perfectly cooked! This is one of their popular dishes.

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Next were some deep fried prawns with a special sauce. I though this dish was nice but not amazing. My boyfriend really liked the sauce to this dish. We think it was like a sweet chilli mayo.

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Next we had some garlic bread with a tuna and avacado ceviche (I think). Although this dish seemed basic, the flavours went so well with each other!

As we weren’t super hungry when we arrived we only ordered these three dishes. (I forgot to mention, they also give you a complementary salad at the beginning!)

Last but not least, dessert!

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This might seem strange to some. Bread with tofu and honey. The description of this was very weird to me. How do those three things taste good altogether?? I tried some and boy was I surprised. The tofu used here was quite hard to what I’m used to. It also seemed a bit sweet but not sure if that was from the honey or not. The dish was AMAZING to say the least. We put some tofu and honey on a piece of bread and added a strawberry. It sort of tasted like a honey cheesecake with strawberries! I couldn’t get over how good it was as I was really skeptical at first.

If you do happen to try this place, definitely get the mackerel and the tofu dessert. Also we got a cold sake that came in a bamboo!

Loved this place!  Not sure if it was exactly an izakaya but would definitely come back!

Mentsu-Dan

On a rainy day, all you want is a nice bowl of soup… and noodles! In this case udon noodles!

Came across Metsu-Dan in Shinjuku. A quaint restaurant with practically no one in it! Probably because it was 3pm in the afternoon on a weekday!

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You get to choose what kind of udon you want, then you can choose what you want in your noodles.. e.g prawns, fish, vegetables etc. Then you pay. After paying there’s a dispenser (sort of like a water dispenser) that you put your bowl under and hot soup comes out! You can also refill your soup if you want!

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I ended up just getting a plain kim chi flavoured udon and my boyfriend added prawns to his.

On a cold rainy day, this is just what we needed to pick us back up and keep going!

Torafugu-Tei

Being in Japan and all we figured we needed to try some fugu! For those of you that don’t know, fugu is blowfish. Not sure if you’ve all seen that episode from the simpsons where Homer eats fugu and almost dies?!? Yes, that is what we are going to try!

We looked up some places that specialised in fugu and found Torafugu-Tei. We were seated in our own room and given a menu to choose what we wanted. We both chose one of the lunch specials which was kind of like a set. One was with fugu sashimi and the other with fried fugu.

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This is the fried fugu set. It came with the fried fugu, miso soup,  pickles and rice with what I think was fugu on top and an egg.

The fried fugu was delicious although it did come with a massive bone inside. The rice on the other hand was a little strange for my liking.  I assume you were supposed to mix it altogether which is what I did but the texture of something that was in the rice put me off. Not sure if it was the egg or the sauce the fugu was in but it had a slimey texture to it. I did eat it though and even tho the texture wasnt to my liking the flavour was still pleasant.

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This is the fugu sashimi set. All the same dishes except swap the fried fugu with sashimi. We tried a few pieces each and I’ve got to say.. its actually pretty good.  The texture is a little harder than the usual salmon and tuna but it was still nice! 

If you have never given fugu a go.. give it a try! If you go to a place that specialises in fugu I’m sure you won’t b disappointed!

By the sea

This was a bit of a random find. We were looking for a good sashimi place and came across ‘By the sea’ on trip advisor.

The place is a bit random and funky looking and the staff are pretty nice. We were given an english menu with pictures n all! Haha we ended up ordering a sashimi platter, prawns, some sort of crab dish and we ordered dessert too!

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This was the sashimi platter. It was presented beautifully and it was surprisingly quite big (and cheap)! The fish was lovely and fresh although there were raw prawns on the dish which i hadn’t tried before. I thought it was strange.. sort of creamy texture that turns a bit pastey in your mouth. Wasnt really to my liking but was good to try!

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Next we got the crab dish. It was served in a crab shell with some rice crackers on the side. In the crab shell was crab mixed with onions and some sort of sauce. We ate this with the crackers.. which is what I think was meant to be done. It was delicious.

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Now this prawn dish was interesting. The waiter came out to us with a clear bowl with the prawns in it with wine. My boyfriend and I gave each other weird looks as the waiter swished the prawns around the bowl technically killing our meal in front of us.. o.O when he left we were actually worried he was going to just serve us raw prawns that we would need to peel ourselves. Luckily out came lovely cooked prawns with a dipping sauce. I guess in a way, thats the freshest prawns you could possibly get!

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We had an amazing meal here and would recommend anyone to try it if you’re in the area! Delicious fresh seafood and very polite service!