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Saturday, January 12, 2019

AKASAKA MITSUKE: Torikizoku Yakitori on January 2nd... when everything else is closed. Unfriendly manager...

Trying to find a restaurant thats open on January 2nd can be quite the challenge but luckily Toikizoku franchise is open year round.

My beer tasted like it had a hint of detergent... like they didn't thoroughly was so I asked the manager  about it.  He immediately said they don't use any soap detergent to wash the glasses, only water.  Then he walked away... this is the most unfriendly Torikizoku manager I have ever met. Ugh..


Visitors from Canada...  they were surprised everything on the menu was only 298 yen included the Mega Beers. 


WOW! This place takes reservations... all other spots are first come first serve.



Overall I would rather visit their friendly Azabu Juban or Roppongi branches rather then this one.  On any other day there are soooo many restaurant options in Akasaka so this is definitely a pass.

Restaurant: Torikozoku Akasaka Mitsuke Branch
Address J: 東京都港区赤坂4-2-2 赤坂鳳月堂本店ビル 3F
Address E: Tokyo, Minato-ku, Akasaka 4-2-2

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Friday, January 11, 2019

NISHI AZABU: Kill Bill Restaurant and President Bush was here! Gonpachi in Nishi Azabu!

Gonpachi never comes to mind when I think Izakaya or Yakitori but had some friends visiting from abroad and of course we had to visit the Kill Bill restaurant.




They were handing out free wine this night....







Everything pictured and in English also!


Sashimi boat!



Fish cheek... always a favorite.








Now lets see what George W. Bush had ordered.... was recently featured on TV.

Tempura...

Sirloin wagyu with wasabi on the side.

Yakitori!    Overall Gonpachi is definitely very touristy but you will rarely find such a spacious Izakaya in Tokyo.  Expect to pay 1.5 - 2x per skewer compared to other local spots.

Restaurant: Gonpachi Nishi Azabu
Address J: 東京都港区西麻布1-13-11
Address E:  Tokyo, Minato-ku, Nishiazabu 1-13-11

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

SHIBUYA: Chinkashisai Chinese Restaurant. 2018 Year End "Bonenkai" Team Dinner! Lots of items. (Sony RX100, Pentax K-01)

Closing out 2018 Team Dinner in Shibuya!

One last dinner to close out the year and we chose rather highly Tabelog ranked 3.51 Chinkashisai in Shibuya.  4,500 yen 11 course menu with nomihoudai.

First this... this was very flavorful. 





Probably the best item of the night. 





I was soooo looking forward to the Peking duck but there was so little!   If you love Peking Duck then Cafe 8 in Azabu Juban is a great budget value.
















Overall I can say there was soooo much food for 4,5000 yen and the drinks came out very quickly.  If you are looking for value and volume then you really can't go wrong here.  But as for flavor everything was consistently mediocre.

Restaurant: Chinkashisai Shibuya Branch
Address J: 東京都渋谷区神南1-16-3 ブルーヴァールビルB1
Address E: Tokyo, Shibuya-ku, Jinnan 1-16-3

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