Saturday, February 24, 2018

Waraku Ramen

Location: Waraku Ramen


Rating: Very good
Meal: Lunch
Price: 780 yen
Payment: Cash only
Dishes: Tsukemen
English Menu: No - the ticket vending machine was out of order when I was there, so you have to just tell them what you want or point to the menu (no pictures)
Smoking:  No



I had a slow Saturday to myself today so I hopped on a bus in the direction of Kenritsudaigaku station and got off a little earlier than usual to see what might be open during the lunch hour.  I came across Waraku Ramen, a spot I've seen many times from my car as I drove past, but there is not good parking in the area, so you need to live here or be walking by to actually stop in.



The ticket vending machine was broken, but they had a little typed menu with their house ramen, tsukemen and variations.  I felt like some tsukemen and they whipped it up quite quickly.  The broth was nice and strong, a bit fishy, which I like, and the soy sauce egg was delicious.  The meat was good enough and when I was almost out of noodles I was given a small bowl of noodle broth which I wasn't sure what to do with, so I used it to dilute the remainder of my soup so it wasn't so salty to drink down.

Overall, pretty good and I'd be happy to come back and try more items on the menu if I ever happen to be walking by again.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Geodana Indian

Location: Geodana Indian

Rating: OK
Meal: Dinner
Price: 1600 yen
Payment: Credit cards accepted (8% charge included)
Dishes:  Garlic tandoori chicken, salad
English Menu: Yes
Smoking: No



Well, this is interesting...Geodana, which is a local group that owns several bars and restaurants, has opened an extension to it's South American restaurant next door where the Delicious indian restaurant used to be.  It is now an Indian and South American restaurant, and you can order off of either menu and the food will be cooked in one of two kitchens and brough to your table.


I decided to try the new indian place out last night.  I'm on a bit of a low carb kick, so I just got some garlic tandoori chicken, which turned out to be pretty huge, 4 pieces worth.  In addition I ordered a salad and ended up cutting the chicken up and mixing it into the salad, which was not bad really.


However, from what I can tell from the menu and otherwise, the quality of the indian food is pretty much on par for the area, which is to say, just ok.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Sital

Location: Sital


Rating: Not great
Meal: Lunch
Price: 1940 yen
Payment: Cash only
Dishes: Two curry set (chicken saag, keema), mutton curry set
English Menu: Yes
Smoking: Yes


After church this Sunday my wife and I wandered around the Kappabashi area looking for a restaurant.  Turns out the famous area that sells restaurant equipment is a bit light on actual restaurants, go figure!  So we wandered closer to Ueno station and found Sital.  I suspect it's meant to be Sitar, but r/l in Japanese are basically interchangeable, so it makes a kind of sense.

Salad

It's small, and the selection is pretty basic.  It's pretty much your typical Nepali-style Indian food filtered through Japanese tastes.  So, not great.  The curries were all quite thin and sweet.  The rice was particularly unpleasant and tasted like it had been sitting cool in the rice pot for quite some time.  

Two curry set

Definitely not a spot I'd willingly go back to.

Mutton curry with rice

Amiyakitei

Location: Amiyakitei
Forgot to take a picture, but this is from Yokosuka Food Corner

Rating: OK
Meal: Lunch for 2
Price: 5391 yen
Payment: Credit cards accepted
Dishes:  Yakiniku set, stewed intestines, kimchi set, bibimbap, salad bar
English Menu: Yes
Smoking: No



My wife and I finally ate at a yakiniku restaurant along 16 that we've driven by countless times.  It's got a handy parking lot, which makes it attractive if you're looking for something to eat while driving.  I hear it's pretty popular with the gaijin crowd, and they did seem quite prepared with an English menu and everything.  This place is a chain, and it's obviously been around a while as it's a bit dingy inside.


Stewed intestines and kimchi set

My wife wasn't feeling the meat, so she ordered a bibimbap and salad bar.  I was, so I ordered a more expensive than usual platter of meat that ended up being quite a bit.  Could have shared that for sure and I was quite full by the time we were done.  I also wanted some kimchi and I do love me some stewed intestines!


Salad from the bar

Overall it was just ok, though quite a bit easier to order at than some yakiniku restaurants.  Still, I think we've had better in town, so I gave it an Ok.


Soup and bibimbap
Most of the meat (there was more)


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Susan Indian Restaurant

Location: Susan Indian Restaurant

Rating: OK
Meal: Lunch
Price: 1600 yen
Payment: Credit cards accepted
Dishes:  Mutton masala, small rice, whiskey high ball
English Menu: Yes
Smoking: No


Another restaurant review near Kenritsudaigaku station.  This little Indian restaurant is pretty much par for the course for Nepalese-Indian restaurants in the area.  The mutton masala was tasty, but sweet and very creamy (actual cream...not really normal in Indian cuisine).



Monday, February 12, 2018

Mitouya

Location: Mitouya


Rating: OK
Meal: Lunch
Price: 1080 yen
Payment: Cash only
Dishes:  Ramen
English Menu: No
Smoking: No (didn't see any ashtrays)


After church on Sunday in Ueno, I was by myself, so I popped into a ramen shop nearby for some food.  The ramen was decent, the eggs were nice and runny, and the pork was very good, but overall it wasn't incredible.


Saturday, February 10, 2018

Marco

Location: Marco

Rating: OK
Meal: Lunch
Price: 1000 yen
Payment: Cash only
Dishes:  Carbonara lunch set
English Menu: No
Smoking: No


In an effort to salvage what remained of a lunch gone bad as I continue reviewing spots near Kenritsudaigaku station, I found Marco, an italian restaurant, relatively close by.  The lunch special is quite decent, with several choices for the main course, a nice pre-meal set of 3 tasty items, a salad, dessert and a hot or cold drink for 1000 yen.


I chose the carbonara pasta set, which was decent enough, though unremarkable.  The 3 little bites were nice looking, but lacking in great flavor.  Overall I wasn't super impressed, but it was good enough.  Probably wouldn't come back on purpose though.