It's winter so hot noodles seem to hit the spot, this is niku udon with a semi boiled egg (onsen tamago) at Fujinoya-which advertises it self as a Nagasaki restaurant-in Ichigaya. I thought it hit the spot for ¥930.
I am going to visit Sri Lanka this winter vacation. There are several sources that were inspiration for this adventure-essays by Paul Bowles, descriptions from travel writer Paul Theroux, and a memoir about living there as a child by by Michael Ondaatje. Before I go I must sample the food (similar to neighboring India) and I found a lovely restaurant nearby in Nakano, Acharanata. This was a chicken curry, but several side dishes that were explained by the Japanese chef who had spent time in Sri Lanka. I'm looking forward to more great meals during my sojourn.
I started working at Kyoritsu University this year and the station that I use to get there is Takeshiba Tozai subways station, which is directly across from the Imperial Palace. While I have been to the Imperial Palace on several occasions I have not been to this side of the palace grounds which has access to the Imperial Palace East Gardens. I took advantage of a beautiful fall day to have a short stroll through the gardens, which offers free entrance.
It was a cold rainy Monday, so I wanted to eat ramen preferably near home. But the two standbys near my apartment were closed so I tried a new one. They feature an original take on miso ramen which is one of my favorite flavors, it was reasonably priced at ¥730. It was good, but to be honest, I like the other two places better, however, the gyoza looks good so I might be back to try that.
Taishu Shokudo is an old school Japanese style diner near Suidobashi station. I went with the chicken nanban (fried chicken with tartar sauce), gnerous portions served with rice and miso soup for ¥850.
The Kiriko cafe includes a take out area where people can admire the night view of Ginza. I wanted a cocktail so sat in the cafe and received a free Nescafe matcha and a Japanese sweet to go with my yuzu highball.
I recently discovered a new "Hamburg" restaurant, Yamamoto. Anyway, this place is on the shotengai (Pearl Center Shotengai) in Minami Asagaya and I ordered the gratin hamburg with rice and miso soup for ¥1500-excellent-I'll be back.
I sometimes work in Ichigaya and I had walked past an Italian ramen shop several times without entering, Due Italian, but I recently found out it was added to the Micheline Guide as a Gourmet Bib restaurant so I realized it was not just a fad shop (i.e. I refuse to eat pineapple ramen in Nishi Ogikubo for this reason). I had the Fromage Ramen for ¥980 and was great. I guess they are going for the female crowd with thin noodles in a chicken-based broth with creamy cheese and spring onions-I'll be back.
I won a free dinner for two with a group from The Weekender magazine at Itaemon Sushi Edo and got treated to some good food and drinks. Although I think it is geared more for a tourist experience than a fine dinning experience.
Part of the restaurant has counter service with fresh fish on display.