I ate at the main branch of Kumari, a Nepali restaurant that has two branches in Asagaya. I was told that it was better than the one near me, on the south side. I had today's curry-keema eggplant curry with nan for ¥780. I couldn't tell the difference between the two.
I'm going to be writing for an online website, Truly Tokyo, and my first piece will be a restaurant review of Shinjuku Kappo Nakajima, a Michlin one star kaiseki (traditional small dishes) restaurant. The 10 course dinner set includes one drink and is ¥15,000 per person.
The first dish was asari short necked clams steamed in nihonshu.
The second dish had a variety: squid, octopus, zuiki (taro stem), and scallops wrapped in cabbage.
The third course was sea bream soup with minced kabura (turnip) from Kyoto.
The fourth course was sashimi and sushi: tuna, hirame (flatfish), uni (sea urchin), and squid.
The fifth course was New Zealand King Salmon sakioyaki (marinated in white miso).
The sixth course was tempura shrimp balls and sansai (mountain vegetables).
The seventh course was crab and spinach ohitashi (cooked with soy sauce).
Jin nihonshu at ¥1620.
The eight dish was yubamushi (steamed soybean skin) with foxtail millet and sea bream topped with wasabi.
The ninth dish was Ochazuke: bonito (mackerel) and konbu (kelp) broth Kansai style over rice with hirame (flatfish) with shaved oboro kobu (dried kelp).
The tenth course was green tea with chestnut ice cream. It was one of the best dining experiences of the year so far-every course was inventive and delicious.
There's a a great gyoza (dumpling) restaurant near Minami Asagaya, Nakayoshi, which does Hakata tetsunabe gyoza. Basically this is a style of gyoza in Fukuoka that cooks dumplings in a metal pan (see above). It is also unusual in that the fillings are mostly nira (leek), garlic, and trace amounts of pork I think. It was very popular with a high turnover on a Sunday. It seems this is the only branch outside of Fukuoka. It's just down the street, so I'm sure I'll be back.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Museum in Meguro is the former residence of Prince Asaka and was built in an impressive art deco style. it is reminiscent of the Hara Museum in Shinagawa, which is also housed in an old mansion. The exhibition was Yasuyuki Namikawa and Japanese Closionne (art on ceramics). It was something I didn't know much about but the craftsmanship of the designs on the pieces was impressive and intricate.
Inside the entry way of the museum.
Unfortunately no photos were allowed in the exhibition, but there was also a pleasant Japanese garden on the premises.
I like a good brunch or breakfast and my first full-day off I got up early enough to try out a spot in Roppongi, Eggcellent that has all-day egg dishes available. I decided to go with the Eggcellent Tostada at ¥1600 with a smoothie for ¥500. It satisfied my craving, but price seems a bit dear for what you get. I like a good breakfast and there are other menu items I want to try, so I can see myself going back.
Harukiya is an old school ramen shop in Ogikubo that specializes in the chuka soba Tokyo style of ramen. In fact it is said to be one of the oldest and was frequented by Akira Kurosawa's mentor Kajiro Yamamoto. I usually try to eat the standard ramen style of the venue when I try a new shop, but I got inspired by the colorful miso ramen above with red peppers and green leaks at ¥1050. The noodles were the thin style used in the chuka soba and the broth wasn't as powerful as usual miso ramens-it was a milder approach.
TimeOut Tokyo profiled an interesting sounding curry shop in next door Koenji, Negura. It is an original style curry shop-not authentically Indian. It seems they offer two styles with pickled vegetables for ¥1000. They also offered the addition of tandoori chicken or a mildly spicy paste to mix in with the two curries for ¥200.