Tokyo-Osaka 2016 winding down. So here are a few random foodie shots from the last couple weeks.
Sashimi platter in some Shinjuku place. Street hawker nabbed us.
Yakimono, which we could get back home I suppose. But not the basashi in the upper left. No horsey unless we come here!
Salad for breakfast? Yep, on the Everest Principle. Keio Plaza Hotel.
Tenzaru at a restaurant in the Keio Department Store. They didn't give you that hot broth stuff at the end of the meal so you can drink the dipping sauce. Or maybe they did: I just didn't know what to ask for.
Combo at Asahizushi, some chain place located in the Sumitomo building nearby Keio Plaza. Solid stuff, as expected. Not hoidy-toidy but there was this LOUD bunch of dudes in the corner having a good ol' time. Don't wanna say they were gangsta types but nobody in the place was gonna tell 'em to pipe it down either!
Walking around Ginza for a quick bite, we found this Okinawan place. This is goya champuru, which is Okinawan Cuisine 101 but, like, NEVER have back home.
Wanted to eat light for lunch because an old high-school classmate was taking us to an in-demand izakaya in Shinbashi in the late afternoon. And what a place it was. This sashimi platter was tremendous.
He's also a legit sake sommelier so he ordered all these ginjo and dai-ginjo and by the end of the night I was all pooped out. We got a cab back to Shinjuku instead of hacking JR after 10:00 PM.
Hiroshima-style okonomi in Koenji! Just another teppan place in some ol' neighborhood off the beaten path. It's the kind of place we come to Japan for, seriously! And thanks for taking us there, @sunmon!
Japanese breakfast, set meal. Not like we woulda gone for seconds anyway -- this was A LOT OF FOOD!
An old coworker took us to one of his favorite haunts in Ebisu. Fish was good but this maguro kama was reminiscent of an episode of "The Flintstones" if, yanno, Fred & Barney visited Japan in one episode. Delicious!
First lunch in Osaka: UNAGI! Just a place in a department store that wasn't crowded at all. Not the season? BTW this was the inbetween size.
We hit Kani Doraku in Dotonbori for dinner later that night. I think the place was mostly Chinese tourists. In fact, we were given Chinese menus sometimes although I can't even count from one to... one!
I got this combo that included this kani nabe. Rainy weather most of the time in Osaka so this hit da spot!
The office buildings near the hotel have all sorts of small izakaya, hidden in their catacombs. Another old coworker took us to one of them. Real simple place but inexpensive and charming. This is the sashimi combo.
Met someone in Kyoto for dinner, along with some new cool peeps. Had a lot of the usual but this cabbage dish was really tasty. And there's no way I could have picked it out of the menu cuz it was handwritten and forget that!
Yanno, I've been to Osaka all these years and NEVER had kushikatsu. This place in Nanba was empty but had this cheep set: only Y980!
Monday night: sushi. We go home on Tuesday. See you latah!