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Thursday, December 22, 2016

SHINJUKU: Yamachans Famous Nagoya Style chicken wings! Teams year end Bonenkai dinner... all you can drink :)

Where do you go with 10 guys who like to drink a bit too much?
Of course one you need a nomihoudai course and two some tasty izakaya foods.

Yamachan's is a famouse chicken wing spot that seasons their wings Nagoya style... which is simply salt and pepper wings.

The wing!  Break it in two, place the whole wing in your mouth and slide it out... if you are good all the chicken meat will come right off with the first try

Our course dinner had some very simple dishes... boiled bean sprouts (perhaps 30 yen at the supermarket).

Sashimi was supermarket grade... nothing special.

First time ever to try Miso Flavored Beer!  It was quite tasty like a craft beer.

I simply love the grapefruit sours with a fresh grapefruit rather than liquid flavoring!
Must of had 5 of these....

Miso flavored shrimp tempura.

The drink menu was VAST!  You can order anything on this for the 5,000yen course plus nomihoudai (all you can drink). We had nearly 3 hours for free flow drinkin!

And the team... 

The senior guys payed 7,000 yen, the next level 6,000 yen and the junior guys 3,500 yen.  In Japan the bill is split by seniority in the company.

This is located on the B2 level but the restaurant was massive and very full on a Weds night.

I'm sure to be back someday soon!

Restaurant: Yamachan Shinjuku Yasukuni Dori Branch
Yamachan Homepage:
Address J: 東京都新宿区新宿5-17-11 新宿白鳳ビル
Address E: Tokyo, Shinjuku-ku, Shinjuku 5-17-11

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IKEJIRI OHASHI: Golden Brown Burgers... a bit dry and quite average.

Had a meeting right next door and had to give Golden Brown a try!

Very reasonably priced!  My plain burger and fries came out to 940yen.

Its a very pretty burger.

But the patty was too thin and no juiciness... Think I enjoyed the bread the most.
Quite normal... hmm... won't be craving to return to this spot. Oh! The interior of this restaurant had a very nice old school flair,

Restaurant: Golden Brown Ikejiri Ohashi Branch
Address J: 東京都目黒区東山2-3-1 青木ビル
Address E: Tokyo, Meguro-ku, Higashiyama 2-3-1

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Monday, December 19, 2016

ROPPONGI: Gottsui Izakaya... extremely pushy waiter to order expensive items... mediocre food. Dont go.

Gathering of a few workers for one last dinner to close out the year and my former colleague reserved Gottsui in Roppongi. It was a first for all of us.

Automatic appetizer was a ball of potato salad.

Fun ordering system.... you squeeze this chicken and it starts making strange noises,

Seafood on tin foil.

Tuna cheek on tin foil.

Now this was our waiter... he kept pushing us to order the expensive small steak 100 grams for 1,100 yen and said we should have 300 grams.  Then started pushing the recommended items on the menu that were the most expensive items.  So incredibly and uncomfortable persistent.

Food was so poor to mediocre at best and for 2 hours we were somehow charged 20,000 yen for pretty much junk food.  Margins here must be incredibly high...  I will never recommend nor return to this place.

Restaurant: Gottsui Roppongi Branch
Address J: 東京都港区六本木5-9-16 GHビル1F
Address E: Tokyo, Minato-ku, Roppongi 5-9-16

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