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Tokyo Trip Report

chri1720 | Mar 8, 201508:27 PM

Just would like to thank all on the board for providing wonderful suggestions and also thanks to all those old posts who gave us wonderful idea on where to eat.

Sushi Iwa- Good valued lunch, everything was good but nothing that was truly outstanding. For 5k lunch, it's a real steal.

Sushi Tokami- Wonderful lunch, the chef was very chatty in English. I know most like his tuna, but we thought his other nigiri was excellent as well. Not all will like his vinegrated rice but we love it. Tuna roll was to die for but so was the Spanish Mackerel. This was better than Iwa IMO.
Definitely would come back again in future to try his dinner.

Fukamachi- Our 1st tempura in Japan and it has opened our eyes to tempura eating. It's hard to imagine salt and fresh fried seafood/vege can taste so good. Once again, very good value for their lunch deal.

Narikura- Amazing Tonkatsu, go if you have not done so, so tender and no hint of oilness despite the meat is 1/3 with fat. Be early or you'll have to wait in the cold, we were there at 5:15 pm for the 5:30 pm dinner and was only 3rd in the line. By the time we finished, the line was really long.

Fuunji +rokurinsha- Tsukemen heaven. Both are extremely good, we really could not decide who was better. Fishy/Porky but it really works, love the springy/thick noodles.

Ikaruga- Nice tonkotsu ramen, lighter taste but it works for this bowl of ramen as well.

Kikanbo- spicy ramen, good numbness, very satisfying bowl of ramen during the winter, I doubt it'll be good for summer but boy did it felt good during the cold, rainy evening when we came.

Kaikaya- Lovely nice seafood izakaya, enjoyed it immensely, love the tuna spareribs and also the bonito carpacio, good value joint that speaks English.

35 steps bistro- good atmosphere, love the seared Mackerel and the creme brule, lots of Japanese being here and only saw 1 foreigner like us.

Fuku- Wonderful yakitori place, everything was grilled to perfection. If tempura is fried food with little seasoning but salt/paper, this is the equivalent of grilled food. amazing joint and decent value, definitely would come back! Highlight to us was those Tsukune/Mushrooms wrapped with bacon and ginko nuts!

All the things in depachika were amazing, pastries amazing. We tried Hidemi sugino/pierre herme/henri charpentier/sadaharu aoki and while we have preferences, they were all of high quality.

We are already thinking of saving for another trip, and will include Osaka/Kyoto in it, but truly impressed with all the delicious food in Japan. Even the simplest of curry rice had us hooked!

If food is your main priority in travel, look no further than Japan where good food is almost anywhere!

Apologies for the long post and truly many thanks to all who gave good suggestions, will be needing your help for Kyoto and Osaka soon!

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