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Sunday, February 19, 2017

SAPPORO: Izayoi Yumekura Seafood Izakaya for some fabulous fresh Oysters!

Went with my friends family to Sapporo and the father-in-law took us to one of his favorite Izakaya's for the freshest oysters in Japan.  

1st floor is all counter seating

Then in the basement there is a counter area for couples.

And we were seated here... looks abit darker than it actually was because my SONY RX100 lens wasn't as bright as the recently dropped Canon s120.

There was a mini kitchen in B1.

The walls are lined with 800 bottles of Japanese sake... and 800 varieties! WOW.

The oysters are labeled by region.... my friend who is a huge oyster fan and travels globally said this was hands down the best he has ever had.

Hokkaido Hokke Fish... always a favorite

Hairy Crab Cream Corokke

Had to share this with 4 people so wasnt able to try my favorite Tuna Maguro.

Closed with seasoned ikura.

One shoyu is for the Sushi and the other for something else... Wish I could have tried more Sushi but we were saving a little room for Sapporo Ramen!

And I leave you with PPAP from the Winter Festival.

Restaurant: Izayoi Yumekura
Address J: 北海道札幌市中央区南6条西4 ファニービル
Address E: Hokkaido, Sapporo-shi, Chuo-ku, Jonishi 4-6

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Friday, February 17, 2017

KOKURITSUKYOGIJO: Hope-Ken Ramen... fatty oily broth super popular with Taxi Drivers!

I pass by this Hope-Ken ramen frequently but can never be lured in while sober... I usually save these super fatty oily broth ramens for after a long night of drinks.

1st floor is all standing counter seating... popular with Taxi cab drivers who park just outside and run in for a quick bowl of ramen.

Rule for ramen... its not always about the toppings so push the top left corner button for the standard selection.  750yen is all mine.

2nd floor has alot of counter seats and one booth in the far end.
Mix of construction workers (2020 Tokyo Olympic Stadium is being built across the street), elderly lady, mother n daugher and a few elderly guys.

Free Negi (Japanese onion) toppings.

Garlic if u like

The ramen is brought up in a small elevator shaft from the 1st floor.

Char Siu pork all rolled up.

On the 2nd floor there are 2 elderly employees. One guy seemed new... guess we gotta do what we gotta do to make a living.  

Here we go! Its topped with a thick layer of fatty oil.  This oil helps maintain the temperature of the soup... was mostly used for delivery ramen so the customer can enjoy a hot bowl at home.

Lots of fatty chunks...

This is similar to Ramen Jiro or Ramen Dai but the flavor of the soup was quite light... not a heavy thick flavor.  Don't think I will be craving this anytime soon.

Overall its a nice clean ramen spot but once is enough for me.

Restaurant: Hopeken (Hopuken) Ramen.
Address J: 東京都渋谷区千駄ヶ谷2-33-9
Address E: Tokyo, Shibuya-ku, Sendagaya 2-33-9

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