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Monday, September 2, 2019

NERIMAKASUGACHO: Soup Curry Taki for their Saturday bar night... cozy and clean. (SONY RX100)

Back in the day this was the location of Hawaiian Bar Ohana but the owner got too busy with his main career and his son took over reinventing the place as a lunch only Soup Curry restaurant.

Bar just started opening only on Saturdays... some appetizers.  There is really no food in the evenings.

Draft beer 600 yen.

Cozy booth but there is also a long L shaped counter.





Overall its cozy.... the staff was chatty and loud as balls and was quite hard to talk to my accountant friend about inheritance taxes in Japan.  I think maybe they were excited to be opening at night...  But I spoke to the curry chef and seems spice is the main lure for lunch goers.

Restaurant: Soup Curry Taki
Address J: 東京都練馬区春日町3-34-21 エステートピア鹿嶋 1F
Address E: Tokyo, Nerima-ku, Kasugacho 3-34-21

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

SHINJUKU: Kimuraya Indoor BBQ and self serve nomihoudai for only 2,990 yen! Another fantastic GROUPON Deal! (Canon S120)

Out with 2 heavy drinkers and 2 Japanese guys that just graduated University... the only way to go is all you can plus all you can drink!  Got lucky on the timing and Groupon to the rescue!

Our course included 2 hours of all you can eat and 3 of all you can drink.  The menu items were VERY generous... all kinds of items.

This was the scene at 6:30pm... by 8pm it would be a full house.


Everyone gets a very sturdy paper cup that unusually didn't get soggy.

Lots of beer options!  All self serve.

The initial tray of BBQ meats comes out automatically.  Then you can reorder your favorites or other items like chicken on the menu.

Think this was pork ear.

Lamb, Kalbi... Veggies.





My Favorite!  Premium Malts Ale... a light creamy beer.




Self serve sake hard alcohol area.


I've never seen kegs this small... looked like gas canisters.




Friendly staff taking our photo.



 
Overall for 3,000 yen this Groupon course was amazing...  One of the college guys had 10 beers and at any regular izakaya that alone would be around 5,000 yen.   But even without Groupon the all you can eat and drink courses start at 3,000 yen: 

Restaurant: Kimuraya 
Address J: 東京都新宿区新宿3-21-7 東新ビル3F
Address E: Tokyo, Shinjuku-ku, Shinjuku 3-21-7, 3F
MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/aucjeNHEyu8hpunF9

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

SHINJUKU: Okinawa Paradise was a karaoke disaster on a Tuesday night... Master was off. (Canon S120)

It had been years since I had drinks with my former Japanese manager who helped managed the firms JREIT during my hedge fund days.... so this night had to take him and his colleague to one of my FAV restaurants in Tokyo!  Okinawa Paradise with Live Music time!

We sat just next to the main stage / tatami area.

Our Mensoleh 3,700 yen course included 150 minutes of nomihoudai (all you can drink) plus 12 different food items!  Nicely balanced.


They left this monster Awamori Okinawa Sake jug on our table... such a generous course dinner.

Orion Bottle Beers!  Normally you can only find draft in Tokyo... 

First dish included super fresh Umi-Budou (Ocean Grapes)... has a texture like tobiko.

Goya tuna salad

Goya champuru with spam

Unfortunately Tuesdays and Thursdays the amazing Owner (in Japan proprietors are called Master) was off and a really off key terrible musician performed but he keeps asking customers to stand up and sing... most of them were so bad.  This live music was a total disaster... OMG!

Tuesday Thursday Guy

Versus the Owners performance! (From my visit in 2015)

Somen noodle dish.

Of course stewed pork chunks... Pork Kakuni 



The live music started by 9pm and it was a full house... Unusual too see so many foreigners this night.  Must be my blog :) 



When in Shinjuku just a few steps from Golden Gai you gotta visit Okinawa Paradise! Just try to avoid Tuesdays and Thursdays.  

Restaurant: Okinawa Paradise
Address J: 東京都新宿区歌舞伎町1-2-16 第一オスカービル 3F
Address E: Tokyo, Shinjuku-ku, Kabukucho 1-2-16, 3F

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