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Thursday, January 31, 2019

OSAKA NISHI OHASHI: Hanzo Yakiniku... stunning cuts of beef and wine in a cozy little restaurant.

Again my favorite client took us out to dinner... and again it was pretty amazing.  There are only 4 tables and when we entered we noticed an elderly underworld looking gentlemen with 2 beautiful young ladies dressed in kimonos... 

On Tabelog the average per person price here is JPY 10,000 - 15,000.  We some how managed to exceed this by the end of the night. 

I've been to many different Yakiniku BBQ restaurants in Tokyo but never have I seen pieces as big as a steak... wow.  This is a specific kind of beef called Iga Beef 

Everyone got a pretty big size salad bowl. 

Each piece is dipped in a special yakitori sauce then placed on the coal grill.

No knives in sight... I was able to tear apart little pieces with my little wooden chopsticks!  This thing was soooooooooooooooOOooooo tender!  Wow... melty soft.

Cuvee du Pape Jean Paul II Morey Saint Denis 1er Cru 2014
Between the 5 of us (1 non drinker) we enjoyed 3 bottles of this... it was so incredibly smooth and went well with the beef.

Another cut of tender meat....

The meat was sitting out at our table for about 1 hour and the fat slowly melted away... 

TENDER... oh my goodness.

We close with pickled vegetables and a bowl of white rice.

If you every goto Osaka and have a budget of about 20,000 yen per person this is a great choice over a sushi course that can run you the same amount.  3 bottles of wine and amazing cuts of beef was... was... a whopping JPY 140,000 yen for 6 people.   If your budget can handle it you gotta give it a try.

Spotted a new 2019 G-Wagon for sale nearby!  

Restaurant: Hanzo Yakiniku
Address J: 大阪府大阪市西区新町2-17-3
Address E: Osaka, Nishi-ku, Shinmachi 2-17-3

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Monday, January 28, 2019

SHIBUYA: Kaithong Tokyo! Thai restaurant with just 1 dish! Khao man gai aka Hainanese chicken rice?

Wandering between Shibuya and Daikanyama for spot to eat lunch.  Its just so hard to pick something on a street lined with restaurants until I saw all these chicken hanging in front of Gaiton!

They only had 1 item on the menu!  Khao Man Gai chicken! Plus 50 yen for extra rice and another plus 50 yen to upgrade the chicken soup to chicken bone soup.

All you can eat Pakchee...

Chicken bone soup! This bowl was massive and still lots of chicken still on the bones. 

All this for only 900 yen!  Such a great value here and totally satisfied.

Tried to take a candid photo of the chef with his back turned but as soon hit the shutter he turned around... oops.  Anyways this place was just so worth 900 yen!  The interior is very cozy and at noon a full house with majority lady lunch goers.

Restaurant: Kaithong TOKYO
Address J: 東京都渋谷区渋谷3-15-2
Address E: Tokyo, Shibuya-ku, Shibuya 3-15-2

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Saturday, January 26, 2019

EKODA: Meat Veggies and Natural Wine Restaurant Sato.. Rare burger lunch caught my eye!

First item on the menu is a half rare hamburger for 900 yen.  I have never had a rare burger before and had to give it a try!

The 100 gram burger set is 900 yen but went for the 150 grams thats 1200 yen.

Look at all these boiled veggies!  Wow never saw a side so generous.

Dressing tasted like bagna cauda... tasty!

Nope not rare... I think because a group of 7 showed up as I entered the restaurant the chef/owner (?) was so overwhelmed that my burger was left on the grill too long and came out well done.  The texture and flavor was great but there really was no juiciness to this burger.  A little disappointed. BUT this place seems to have quite a few regulars and the chef seemed very friendly.

Restaurant: Satou
Address J: 東京都練馬区栄町40-12
Address E: Tokyo, Nerima-ku, Sakaecho 40-12

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