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Thursday, June 29, 2017

OOIMACHI: Ren Dai what a perfect little Yakitori izakaya im a town 1 stop from Shinagawa... Plus! Aventador S!

Was at Tokyo Big Sight for the Contents Tokyo Tradeshow (Aventador S to follow) and my boss asked if I wanted to join him for some Yakitori... hmm... sure.

Minimum number of Yakitori choices but everything was rather good!

Chilled cucumbers with miso dip... Japanese just love cucumbers. You can even get cucumbers on a stick at major league baseball games here.

Edamame... perfectly seasoned.

Motsu nikomi... tender.

Fried garlic with special miso dip.  Super mushy... yum.

The great thing about this izakaya is that they will place all the yakitori on a hot metal plate so you can take your time and enjoy it hot anytime.

Imo Shochu

Free cherries to close the evening.  The food was fantastic but what I will remember the most was the very attentive friendly staff... just on another level.

And so I spot this Aventador S Licensing Japan tradeshow... I guess companies can license the Lamborghini brand and create your own items to sell.

Restaurant: Ren Dai Oimachi Branch
Address J: 東京都品川区東大井5-17-1 北橋ビル
Address E: Tokyo,Shinagawa-ku, HIgashioi 5-17-1

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

EBISU: Vin Vino cozy little cash bar... 500 yen Happy Hour til 8pm.

Just a quick stop by this little bar thats been around for years... the owner is rather quirky and in the past I've spotted enjoying a few drinks.  Beer glass is rather tiny so I probably recommend the wine.

They can make lots of different drinks.

Standing counter area and a few seats here and there.

Nice to see an old skool TV.

Randomly went to What The Dickens British pub after the vine bar and the singer this night was amazing... you don't normally see this level here.  I'm a fan of LORIS now!

Restaurant: Vin Vino
Address J: 東京都渋谷区恵比寿西1-10-10 プランドール恵比寿ビル
Address E: Tokyo, SHibuya-ku, Ebisu Nishi 1-10-10
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Friday, June 23, 2017

TOSHIMAEN: The Giant Step hamburger restaurant... caramelized onions yum!

Brand new burger joint in my town!  Of course I had to check it out.

Now the system.  Select a burger of your choice (prices vary with toppings), then select one of 3 styles (broccoli topping, lettuce or no veggies at all) and finally if you want order a drink & fries for an additional 390yen (or 590 with Heartland beer)..

Small selection of craft beers... Brew Dog IPA!

I went for the chili cheese burger!  The beef patty almost reminded me of a great burger spot in Nerima Viva La Burger due to the mix of beef chunks and ground beef.

What I most liked was the sweet caramelized onions... I'm a huge fan of that and Hungry Heaven in Meguro almost has it but not as flavorful as here.

Country music on the BGM... made me feel a bit homesick.

My suggestion! Just go for the basic hamburger 790yen or the cheese burger 890yen and skip out on the drink and fries (fries were rather average)... The meat patty here is rather good.  Overall the staff was super friendly (even the cook said goodbye with a smile) and the interior is so nice with wood walls on one side and white painted concrete walls on the other.  If in Toshimaen you gotta go!

Restaurant: The Giant Step
Address J: 東京都練馬区練馬4-12-17 メゾンハナブサ 102
Address E: Tokyo, Nerima-ku, Nerima 4-12-17

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