Good Meals Shop is a new cafe-restaurnat located inbetween Shibuya and Ebisu that specializes in craft beer and small batch gins. There are seven beers on tap and arefrigerator ful of crraft beers in the cafe onthe second floor. There are more than 20 small batch gins from America and Europe tha tare avialiable for sample. It also features some homemade products like jerky. Iti s run by Tokyo Family Restaurant.
I went out for teppanyaki a few weeks back and forgot to post about this great restaurant, Ahill in the back streets of Azabu (there's a Ginza branch as well), not far from my apartment. It had a great stylish atmosphere and excellent grilled food. I went with the A menu that included a starter, soup, a main (I choose sirloin steak), grilled curry rice, and a dessert for just ¥5000. I think I need to go to teppanyaki more often.
Last night I attended a shochu (an increasingly popular Japanese liqour) tasting at Koan Tokyo in Shinjuku hosted by Christopher Pellegrini. I contributed to his Kickstarter project for his English language book, The Shochu Handbook, which I received a free copy of for my support of his project. (I have started reading it and have gotten four chapters into it-there are 10-and have found it to be very informative). I have had an interest in shochu for several years and enjoy visiting Kyushu, which is the main region for production of shochu. Christopher started by having us do a blind tasting of two types of shochu and take notes. He then did a reveal and talked about the two types of shochu: A:Tomi no houzan (imo [sweet potato]) and B: Hakuten houzan (a different variety of imo shochu from the same company). After that there was a trivia contest where he gave out some prizes for answering shochu-related questions.
I have heard good things about Tonki, a tonkatsu (deep fried pork cutlet) restaurant in Meguro. I guess I thought I had seen it all living near another legendary tonkatsu shop, Maisen, when I lived in Harajuku. But I decided to check it out since it is at the next station over from Ebisu, Meguro, and it was sublime. They only do two types of tonkatsu: rōsu (fatty pork) or hire (lean).
I went with the hire (lean) teishokua (dinner set with oshinko (pickles), miso soup, and rice. recommended.
My first visit to the newest addition to the Mercer cafe empire, M House, located on the hillside down from Garden Place. Eggs benedict and steak and eggs. There are two eggs benedict optiosn that are two pairings of different toppings. A new luxury brunch choice.
Jin Din Rou has a new shop on the East side near Burger Mania. The lunch special was udon mabo (dofu) with a choice of shumai or sholonpro (soup dumplings) for ¥1000. Not spicy enough and didn't warm up the noodles enough. Good shumai though.