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Saturday, April 21, 2018

IKEBUKURO: Oosu Nichome Sakaba... 880 yen 2 hours nomihoudai is still alive and kickin! The cheapest drinks ever?

And we are back!  If you like to drink budget Japanese Nihonshu or Shochu then this all you can drink self serve spot is just right for you... 


The automatic appetizer... hmm.. 

The all you can drink menu... After the 1st beer I totally forgot about ordering from here. Was just totally immersed in this small hallway of huge sake bottles.

Self service area.

Later this night this entire section would be occupied by St. Paul Rikkyo University students.

Garlic butter edamame... tasty.

Gyoza very uneventful as it was mostly cabbage.

Hokke Fish is HUGE... a must order.

Now the rule to the 880 yen 2 hour all you can drink nomihoudai is that each person must order at least 2 dishes... gotta be careful on this as the final price for dinner can be higher then you planned.



Of all the bottles my friend said this was the most premium shochu... stuck with this.

Fried octopus... a bit soggy.

Buta Pork Kimchee stir fry... tasty.



And the university students arrive.... must have been a good 50-60 of them.

In total came out to about 2,300 per person... thats around what we could score for a great Groupon dinner.  

Overall if your main motive is to drink then 880yen with careful selection of cheaper appetizers can probably get you out the door for only 1,500 yen.   


Restaurant: Oosu Nichome Sakaba Ikebukuro Branch
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Address J: 東京都豊島区池袋2-14-1 岸野ビル B1F
Address E: Tokyo, Toshima-ku, Ikebukuro 2-14-1

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Friday, April 20, 2018

KICHIJOJI: When craving Taco Rice the only place to goto in Tokyo is Hamonica Quina!

In Kichijoji and wanted something quick and easy... I'm a huge fan of Okinawan Taco Rice but its such a rarity here in Tokyo.  Quina specializes in only Taco Rice... been here forever.


Should have gotten this... Drink and food for 1,000 yen.  




Of course! Orion Beer!


The lettuce topping was soooo crispy fresh.   Its just simple taco meat on a bed of rice with some cheddar cheese.   Not too bad.


Two university girls were next to me and had a light chat... Tokyo is always friendly.

Restaurant: Hamonica Quina
Homepage: http://quina.jp/
Address J:  東京都武蔵野市吉祥寺本町1-1-8
Address E:  Tokyo, Musashino, Kichijoji Honcho 1-1-8
MAP:  https://goo.gl/maps/mPJLimvvxCq

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IKEBUKURO: Koike Budget Izakaya... the beers have stabilized at a daily 180 rate! But hi-balls are 130 yen!

Finally back to Ikebukuro's most budget alcohol izakaya with my friend visiting from Niigata.


Back in the day the beers were 100 yen from Mon-Thurs but now its a fixed 180 yen.

No more paper menus.. everything is via this tablet and there are no English language options.

Automatic 300 yen appetizer aka table charge... a few pieces of macaroni with mayo.


Extra wasabi is free!

My favorite here... Avocado tuna salad.

Ok... here is the menu screen.  The top button that says お飲み物 is the drink menu and the bottom お料理 is the food menu.  Everything is pictured so just push the photo and select the # of items you want.

Friend ordered this sushi platter for about 1,300 yen.  I am very fearful of fresh sushi here as this place is really not known for quality... just tried a few pieces of Maguro.  If in search of sushi just goto a sushi spot like Sushi Zanmai.

Hi-Balls are 130 yen or you can get a double for 180 yen.


Overall the food is rather expensive so use this place to just drink then move onto another spot for nijikai... the building has multiple floors so in reservation recommended Tokyo its an easy in and out.

Restaurant: Sushi Izakaya Koike
Address J: 東京都豊島区東池袋1-20-18
Address E: Tokyo, Toshima-ku, Higashi Ikebukuro 1-20-18

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