Arashikawa Ramen Ueda is named after a town in Hokkaido, which is famous for miso ramen. This variety was a monthly special with yuzu in the broth, which was overwhelmed by the miso, which I like so no problem really. If I want yuzu flavor I can go to Afrui in Ebisu easily.
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.