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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

NERIMA: Chikuzenya Izakaya to check out their Shibuya Kaithong collab Khao Man Gai! Had seconds! (Sony RX100)


For a limited time they are serving Shibuya Kaithongs khao man gai!  This was the only reason I stopped by Chikuzenya Izakaya. 

Bottled Asahi Beer 580 yen... same price as the Khao Man Gai!

Khao Man Gai #1.... I couldn`t just stop at one order.

Special spicy sauce.

Khai Man Gai #2... yup I ordered a second round.  Its just so rare to find this dish in Tokyo. But! If you are in the Shibuya Ebisu area you gotta check out ---> 

Lots of Japanese oldies on the BGM.

Interesting... they didn`t serve an otoshi fee (automatic appetizer you get charged for).  Thats always a great thing as its usually a small plate of seasoned bean sprouts. 

Overall the Khao Man Gai was a bit on the dry side but I still enjoyed both plates!  Its just for a limited time so if in Nerima check it out.  Plus they have alot of Yakitori and Japanese soul food items.

Restaurant: Chikuzenya Nerima Branch
Address J: 東京都練馬区豊玉北5-15-11
Address E: Tokyo, Nerima, Toyotamakita 5-15-11

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Monday, November 22, 2021

GINZA: Akakara Ginza 5-Chome Branch flavorful spicy HOTPOT! Its nearing winter and Japanese love their nabe! (Sony RX100)

My image of posh Ginza with their incredibly high property prices gives me visions of 30,000 yen Omakase Sushi sets but they do have some very reasonably priced franchise restaurants. Aka-kara 5 Chome branch is located in the shadows of the mega shopping complex Ginza Six

Tonight we are a party of 8 and ordered 2 Akakara hotpots... you can select between 1 - 10 spicy levels.

There are two 90 minute nomihoudai (all you can drink) options. 1,500 yen or 1,800 yen that has a higher grade of whisky.

Counter seating at the entrance with private booths for 4 nearby. 

The automatic otoshi... bean sprouts.

The nabe. It does contain motsu (pork falafel) that was absolutely impossible to bit into.  Like chomping on a little rubber ball.  

Stir-fry veggies...

Gyoza had a nice garlic kick.. liked this. 

Extra toppings. 

Unfortunately this place didn`t have one long table for 8 so we took up 2 tables that were a bit apart.

Extra spicy soup.

Now time for the closing dish. Can either select ramen or flat udon type noodles to mix into the remaining nabe soup.


Overall it ran about 3,500 yen each but that`s not too bad for Ginza.  The Akakara franchise can be found all around Tokyo and its cigarette free family friendly. 

Restaurant: Akakara Ginza 5 Chome Branch
Address J: 東京都中央区銀座5-9-11 銀座ファゼンダビルB1
Address E: Tokyo, Chuo-ku, Ginza 5-9-11, B1
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