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Saturday, January 16, 2016

ROPPONGI: Akafudaya Izakaya... filled with ALL salarymen... no ladies! Great budget menu.

The table charge includes a few pieces of pasta noodles.... 360yen!

The average prices were around 300yen... sizes were not so big but you can try many different things.

Maguro Tuna was a bit frozen.

Yakitori with Garlic.

I think if you want to go Izakaya hopping in Roppongi this is a good place to start.

Restaurant: Akafudaya Izakaya Roppongi Branch
Address J: 東京都港区六本木5-8-2 HEIBON六本木ビル
Address E: Tokyo, Minato-ku, Roppongi 5-8-2

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Monday, January 11, 2016

HARAJUKU: Tonkatsu Shotaro on Jan 4th! A tradition at my current firm to have tonkatsu and drink beer to start the new year!

My very first New Year at my current trading company (TSE Code 8001) and there is a tradition for our department to visit Tonkatsu Shotaro for lunch with beer and sake!

I got the 980yen Filet Katsu lunch set...  Filet Katsu is always the most tender selection versus the Rosu Katsu that has some meatiness to it.  Can't go wrong and very good.

Prior to this we went to the God of Victory Togo Shrine that borders Harajuku Cat Street... definitely should visit here if u are walking along the street. 

Overall you really can't go wrong with Tonkatsu in Japan... there are various price points but expect a price point of between 500yen to 2000yen.

Restaurant: Tonkatsu Shotaro
Address J: 東京都渋谷区神宮前1-6-12
Address E: Tokyo, Shibuya-ku, Jingumae 1-6-12

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NERIMA: Yuntaku tiny Okinawan restaurant filled with so many regulars... I got a bottle of Awamori as "bottle keep"

There is a very tiny Okinawan restaurant bar hidden in the side streets of Nerima away from the central restaurant area... Okinawan friend wanted to check it out so why not!

Cozy L shaped counter and only 2 tatami tables to the left.

The owner and chef... just 1 little old lady.

Portuguese sausage slices with cucumber... about 500yen.

This guy "Jimmy" chatted me up immediately after I sat down... another regular and he started playing the shamisen.

I will definitely be back to finish off my Awamori Zanpa sake. 

Restaurant: Yuntaku
Address J: 東京都練馬区豊玉北5-4-8
Address E: Tokyo, Nerima-ku, Toyotamakita 5-4-8

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

AZABU JUBAN: Bistro Awa standing bar izakaya... filled with lots of couples.

Always passed by this little standing bar and its always rather busy... so after dinner we decided to give it a try.

Half pint of Guinness is 600yen... draft 500yen.

Table charge is 300yen per person but you get this tiny appetizer.

Ordered the Wasabi Avocado Maguro... tuna was extremely mushy.  
Don't think it was very fresh at all.

Specialty hand soap in the shared restroom... 

Overall its a bit better than the usual salary man standing bars... lots of young couples and a few foreigners.  

Restaurant: Bistro Awa Standing Bar
Address J: 東京都港区麻布十番2-2-8 E高林ビル 1F
Address E: Tokyo, Minato-ku, Azabu Juban 2-2-8

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