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Friday, June 24, 2016

GAIENMAE: Organic Table by Lapaz... dinner with my vegetarian friend! Cheese please...

It was a very first for me... a request have vegetarian food!
Hmm...  I'll order the cheese!

It was quite empty on a Saturday evening at 7pm... somewhat out of the way but if you enjoy privacy this is a great place to go.  Big windows and friendly staff.

Restaurant: Organic Table by Lapaz
Address J: 東京都渋谷区神宮前3-38-11 原宿ニューロイヤルビル 1F
Address E: Tokyo, Shibuya-ku, Jingumae 3-38-11

ラパス, 外苑前, オーガニック, Japan, Japanese, organic, foodie, canon s110, tokyo, dinner, veggies, craft beer,

Monday, June 20, 2016

KOENJI: Kiyoka Okinawan Bar Restaurant... the coziest place ever and a friendly mama-san chef.

Had about 30 minutes to kill and found this tiny cozy Okinawan restaurant in the tiny alleys of Koenji... about 1-2 minute walk from the station.

Free otoshi... well inclusive in the 432 yen table charge.

Draft beer 680yen

L shaped counter seating.

Recommended items... I went for the 810 yen Taco Rice of course!

Dessert Menu

Thats the Mama-san chef in the back there.

My Taco Rice... lots of tomatoes!

Tiny table seating near the entrance.

Its such a nice cozy spot and most of the customers were in their 20's early 30's with a few young couples.  

Restaurant: Kiyoka Okinawan Restaurant
Address J: 東京都杉並区高円寺北3-22-2
Address E: Tokyo, Suginami-ku, Koenji Kita 3-22-2

きよ香, きよか, 沖縄料理, 高円寺, Japan, Japanese, Okinawa, nakano, canon s120, foodie, tokyobelly, Tokyo, orion beer, draft, bar, tokyobelly,

KOENJI: Sushi Zanmai... this franchise is always open and always super reasonable!

If you are not in the mood for kaitensushi (train sushi) then definitely hit up the nearest Sushi Zanmai! Its a step above kaitensushi and every piece is made to order.

Restaurant: Sushizanmai Koenji Branch
Address J: 東京都杉並区高円寺南4-26-15 富士建設ビル1F
Address E: Tokyo, Suginami-ku, Koenji Minami 4-26-15

すしざんまい,高円寺店, 寿司, 魚介料理, 海鮮料理, 海鮮丼, 高円寺, Japan, Japanese, sashimi, beer, sake, cheap, lunch, dinner, canon s120, foodie, tokyobelly, Tokyo, nakano,

Friday, June 17, 2016

SANGENJAYA: Stamina Dojo Yakiniku... very very old school Yakiniku (Korean BBQ) spot run by an elderly couple.

So many of my co-workers live in Sangenjaya and there are soooo many tiny restaurants that are privately owned (non-franchise).  This night we hit up Stamina Dojo Yakiniku run by an elderly couple... the husband is the waiter and the wife prepares the meat.

This photo was when we were leaving at 9:30pm but it was pretty full when we arrived at 7pm.
When its crowded its a royal smoky mess!  Don't wear your nice clothes here... even with a table of smokers I still smelled of BBQ Smoke.

Draft and Bottle beers 520yen.

Automatic Appetizer

Cow tongue...

This I didn't eat... not too much of a fan offal.

Over the years the color of the walls have turned a dirty bronze color.

Ro-su beef... this was so chewy... not very tender.

Harami very very good!  Tasty and soft too.

Kalbi was another great selection.

They server raw yukke meat but the pieces were big and very chewy like the Rosu beef... not so good for me.

Overall its a very nice cozy place run by 2 friendly elderly folks.  Due to the immense smoke and little ventilation I don't think I will be back anytime soon... 

Restaurant: Stamina Dojo Yakiniku
Address J: 東京都世田谷区三軒茶屋2-16-5
Address E: Tokyo, Setagaya-ku, Sangenjaya 2-16-5

スタミナ道場, 焼肉, 西太子堂, 西太子堂, Japan, Japanese, bbq, meat, beer, sake, canon s120, foodie, tokyobelly, Tokyo, kimchee, korean, korea,