I've been meaning to check out the new Australian Greek restaurant import, The Apollo in Ginza. There is a dearth of Greek restaurants in Tokyo these days. I started off with a Greek martini.
Followed by deep fried shrimp. The Greek salad was not photographed (after all it's only cucumbers, tomatoes, feta cheese and olives, but still was ¥1700).
This lamb shoulder with a yougurt sauce was quite tasty, but not such a value at ¥3400.
With Greek doughnuts for dessert. All in all, I was disappointed-I was hoping for a simpler, family style Greek restaurant that was more traditional. I'll try to get some family style Greek food while back in the states next week. I don't think this restaurant performed well in the cost-value index either. I won't be back soon.
I felt like trying the sister shop to Chopsticks, Binh Minh in Koenji. I think it's really the same place. Binh Minh does BBQ and ban mi sandwiches and the other seems to make pho and other dishes. This time I got pho bu (beef) and fried spring rolls and 333 (ba-ba-ba ) beer.
There's a tonkotsu ramen shop nearby that I've been eyeing, Manpuku Honpo, but I went with negi tan tan men (spicy noodles with spring onions) for ¥850-lighter than most with thin noodles-I'll have to come back for the tonkotsu some time. The y also do Nagasaki style ramen-chanpon.
Not long ago I saw a post on Tokyo's best tonkatsu restaurants and a poster mentioned several that I hadn't heard of before: Narikura, Tonta, Maruichi, and Agetsuki. So I added them to my list to visit, then Robbie Swinnerton (The Japan Times) did a review of Narikura recently. So that inspired me to check it out. Several of the larger cuts of Hirata Bokujyo Kinkaton was sold out so I went with the 120g roast for ¥2060. It was amazing-tender pork in a crispy batter. There was something of a wait, but it was worth it-this tonkatsu belongs in the elite company of Maisen, Butagumi, and Tonki for sure.
Stopped by the Mitama Matsuri at Yasukuni shrine in central Tokyo last night. There are fewer food stalls and a larger police presence given the fact there was an aborted terrorist incident here by Korean national last November.