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Friday, September 30, 2016

ROPPONGI: Gatten Sushi... this night with my good friend and a special guest. His Tinder Date! Oh my...

September 31st is one of my good friends B-day and since he didn't have a plan for sure I was going to have some bday drinks with him.  We decided on Gatten Sushi... but he mentioned someone may join us. 

We got a very cozy booth on the far right.  Definitely recommend this spot as its very private and away from the smokers seating on the opposite wall table area.

The automatic appetizer if you order alcohol.

And so this girl arrives.. I start speaking Japanese but she had a blank face. Oh, she is from Hong Kong and currently working in Tokyo.  This was my friends mystery Tinder date.

Of course I am all in for the 130yen Tuna... the front row is all me.

This girl was very interesting... she didn't blink an eye when ordering the 500yen a piece uni.  She mentioned that she just orders what she wants and never looks at the price.  This is nice if you offer to chip in a little but there was no offer from this gal.

Lots of fun rolls.

For the first time ever I tried the fatty tuna rolls.  Had a very nice texture and a bit oily almost... if you squeezed this I'm sure it would drip a bit of fatty tuna oil.

Unfortunately my second order of Maguro was a bit wet and looked like it was defrosted incorrectly.

There was quite a bit of watery blood on the plate... hmm... first time ever to see this at Gatten Sushi.

We mentioned the bloody tuna to the chef and he apologized and brought out 3 free tuna's.
The service here is spot on great.

You have to try the little fried fish... that was good with beer.

Anyways this was a very interesting evening.  I had no idea this was a Tinder girl until I realized that my friend was asking some very basic questions... I had assumed it was just his friend who was free for dinner.  I haven't use the app before but it sure is a fun way to meet new people.

Restaurant: Edomae Gatten Sushi Roppongi Branch
Address J: 東京都港区六本木6-1-3 六門ビル 1F
Address E: Tokyo, Minato-ku, Roppongi 6-1-3

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

OOSAKI: Yakiniku Koyo... highly ranked old skool Yakiniku with the grandma's original oil painting on all the walls.

Company dinner! Yeah! A very very popular Yakiniku spot that has been around for years... Reservations are possible except for Fridays. 

Lots of oil paintings by the old lady owner.

We arrived at 6pm and there was only 1 couple here.

This place is so busy that the meat is brought in fresh daily and the owner mentioned there was no need to hit up the expensive meats as the regular ones are just as good.

Cow Tongue fairly tender

My absolute favorite was this Harami Beef.  Very thick pieces but so super tender... kinda reminded me of beef tenderloin.   Next time I will only order this one!
(Regular Harami 1,700 yen Special Harami 2,200 yen)


Stamina Plate... filled with liver and stomach parts!  
I am not a fan of super chewy offal that takes forever to bite apart.

Regular draft beers and large bottled beers 650yen.

Those stomach offal parts were so fatty the grill started flaming!

Sweet tomato 400 yen and a dish of squid.

Korean pancake chijimi... hmm... ho hum... 800yen. A pass.

Stained glass over the kitchen entrance.

Now for all the oil paintings.  The elderly mama-san now puts in a 12 hour shift and has no time to paint anymore. Osaki Station area has developed tremendously with so many new office buildings so there is a steady stream of diners every night. 

Unfortunately dessert menu was so sad... just 3 choices and one was vanilla ice cream.

I would like to say I'll be back but you sure do pay for the quality they serve up here.
Will be back again for a business dinner but highly unlikely to go out of my way to Osaki just for this... Mata ne!

Restaurant: Yakiniku Koyo
Address J: 東京都品川区大崎3-6-7
Address E: Tokyo, Shinagawa-ku, Osaki 3-6-7

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