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Friday, September 19, 2014

NERIMA: La Cigogne French Wine bar hidden in residential area... quirky owner chef but very nice European interior.

Once again I follow friends to their favorite spots... this night to a French restaurant with only 1 employee... the Owner Chef.

He just started the no-smoking policy. 

Our wines this evening ranged from 7,000 - 9,000yen per bottle.  A bit on the high end but both bottles were very nice.

And of course we shared the bottle with the Chef.

Nice texture to the ham.

5 different cheese plate 1,500yen.

Warm hand cloth.

My friend generously took care of the bill but I'm not too sure if I'd return just to drink wine.  We missed the last food order by minutes so could only have a bit of cheese and ham.  But the interior seemed so European to me and very relaxing with the dimly lit lights.

Restaurant: La Cigogne
Address J: 東京都練馬区豊玉北5-6-9
Address E: Tokyo, Nerima-ku, Toyotamakita 5-6-9

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NERIMA KASUGACHO: Torigaya Yakitori... bunch of friendly folks and the owners just too nice.

Friend of mine ranks this in his top 2 favorite Yakitori spots in Japan... so when I got the invite I had to join him for some dinner.

Drink Menu... they have Chile and New Zealand red wines.

Yakitori sticks are price at around 250yen each but the portions are much bigger than other restaurants.

The automatic Otooshi... Tofu topped with spicy Chinese hot chili oil "Raiyu."

I'm absolutely not a fan of hard nankotsu-cartillage but this one was rather tender with nice little pieces of chicken meat on each one... deep fried and yummy.

Liver tender as ever and no distinct iron flavor... yum

The super friendly owner chef... he runs it with his wife. All smiles and just too friendly.

Counter seating and 1 tiny table on the 1st floor... 2nd floor had tatami room seating.

This is "MAKANAI"... food served to the part time staff.  One of the girls joined us for a few drinks after her shift was over.

Oh boy this was my favorite.... can't recall what it was but so tender and you can squirt the lemon and dip the spicy paste.

Bathroom is shared for men and women but very clean.

2nd floor.

Japanese Money~

The different kinds of Sake.

And you can keep a bottle here... This place just had the perfect balance.  Cozy size interior, very clean, super friendly staff, crazy friendly customers, food made from the heart and it was just so welcoming.  I'm sure I'll be back very very soon.

Restaurant: Torigaya
Address J: 東京都練馬区春日町6-2-1
Address E: Tokyo, Nerima-ku, Kasugacho 6-2-1

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

EKODA: Shamaim all you can eat Israeli Dinner Buffet! Happy B.Day to me~

I don't know when Shamaim stopped service lunch but I was a huuuuuge fan of their lunch sets.

But this day it was my Birthday and a few friends invited me out for some all you can eat Israeli dinner.  First came the vegetable soup.

Next up Pita bread and all kinds of stuffing.

Chicken cutlet and falafel.

And of course HUMMUS!  

Nice balance beer menu... Samuel Adams and Maccabee beer from Israel.

The 3rd and final dish that in the course was tender seasoned chicken and lamb on a bed of seasoned yellow rice.  After this arrives you can order reorder anything you want... So we ordered some more hummus and pita bread.

Large screen TV with a little Tom and Jerry playing for the kids.

There is one HUGE table that can easily accommodate a group of 10-15 people... restaurant was very family friendly.  The 2,400yen dinner buffet was great, service friendly and attentive... but who doesn't love hummus eh? If in the area check it out but if you are lucky there's a belly dance show once in a while.

Restaurant: Shamaim Israeli Restaurant
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Address J: 東京都練馬区栄町4-11 アートビル 2F
Address E: Tokyo, Nerima-ku, Sakaecho 4-11

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