My second meal, #05 Yebisu Beer X Ebisu Food was at Fuca and I ate a nice pork tenderized with nihonshu. The staff was very friendly, but the seating fee was ¥900, which is alright if you're putting in time for a night a bit steep for this meal.
There's an Yebisu Beer campaign, "Yebisu Beer X Ebisu Food," going where various local restaurants are pairing food with Yebisu beer for ¥1000. I was inspired by a local friend who was posting about places on FB. I started at Hayari, number one in the book of 20 restaurants, a place near Shirogadane that specializes in sausages from all over the world. This set included a spicy green Mexican sausage. Tasty, I'd definitely go back to try some of the other varieties-however, there is a table charge around ¥500.
Kimukatsu is a solid tonkatsu (fried pork cutlet) option in Ebisu. It is made with 25 layers of pork deep fried. This time I got the cheese lunch set with cabbage salad, rice, miso soup and pickles for ¥1980. It's not a traditional style of tonkatsu, but tasty all the same.
Porco Rosso is yakitori restaurant down the street from my apartment that I've been meaning to visit for a while since it is fairly new. Ironically, the shop name is taken from a Hayato Miyazaki animation of the same name. The cartoon is about a bounty hunter who was turned into a pig, so you'd think their specialty would be pork rather than chicken, however I had the pork tempura with ponzu and grated radish for my lunch. It comes with three salads (green, bean sprout, hijiki) and miso soup for the reasonable price of ¥880, tasty and healthy. I'll be back to try some of the other lunch specials and perhaps at night to try their yakitori. It also seems to be the right time to see the animated film as well.
Log Road Daikanyama is a new area that is now where the Toyoko line used to run through Daikanyama-it is now below ground. It is a lovely space that has been landscaped with care and houses a craft beer restaurant, Spring Valley Brewery, Fred Segal clothing stores that also have a coffee shop, as well as a food truck with soft drinks, booze, and food. The last space has been decided.
Garden House Craft is the new tenant and it has a great terrace-it is a cool place to hang out and drink coffee, read, surf the internet, etc.
It is also a deli and I had the really delicious Reuben sandwich, which was great-gourmet bread, cheese, meat, sauerkraut, etc..., but not cheap at ¥1700.
I first heard of Masakichi via this article from Lucky Peach (the other soba recommendation Okina is in Ebisu and I recently went there). It seems that this local shop, it is located at Musashi Koyama on the Meguro line in Meguro-ku, has been awarded the 2015 Micheline Bib Gourmet award for Tokyo (A Bib Gourmand recognizes those establishments offering quality food at affordable price and for this edition the limit is ¥5,000 or less. The Bib Gourmand awards also reflect the continuing trend for competitively priced, less structured and more flexible dining).
It is a small shop with about 20 seats so a reservation is required most evenings. It has a nice retro feel with the decor.
I started with a daily special: sashimi chicken avocado wasabi for ¥680-it was excellent. I can tell they are using high quality chicken in the dishes.
Next I got some usual yakitori staples such as the wasabi sasami pictured above. Perfectly cooked.
I also got the ume shiso (plum and perilla) sasami (the sasami was ¥290 each) as well as tsukune (minced chicken), negima (chicken and leek), and shishito (Japanese green peppers)-all of these were ¥250.
I decided to get some nihonshu, and the recommendation was Kaze no Mori ¥780.
The ramen came highly recommended, it had a light chicken broth with a hardboiled egg and some cooked chicken, note the dab of yuzu on the rim as well, for just ¥880. It is similar to the ramen at Afrui.
I've read and heard from many people that Union Square Tokyo has the best burgers in Tokyo. So I felt the need to test this theory out, so today I stopped by and got the UST 230 gram burger with bacon, cheddar cheese, and red onions for ¥2700. Although it is not cheap, it is certainly one of the best burgers in town, but I don't think it quite beats out Beacon bacon cheeseburger because they serve more bacon and cheese on it. Photo from an earlier visit in 2012 for comparision.
I was in Roppongi today since the Shibuya Tipness was closed and decided to try one of the 28 2015 Roppongi Hills Gourmet Burger grand Prix choices. Where to start? I see that Rigoletto won a prize last year, and although I have often eaten and drank there, I have never had a burger there. In addition the special limited menu option looked good the Smoky Burger with smoked bacon and smoked Gouda cheese with an egg on top with drink for ¥1720. I think the egg was protein overkill but didn't detract from the smoky flavor. I can say that Rigoletto makes an elite burger