Monday, July 17, 2017

Karyu

Location: Karyu

Rating: Very good
Meal: Lunch for 3
Price:  6415 yen
Payment: Cash only
Dishes: All you can eat...lots of dishes
English Menu: Yes
Smoking:Yes


After church last Sunday my wife and son and I decided to drive over to Yokohama to find something to eat.  We ended up in the vicinity of Chinatown, so we decided to take a gamble and see what we could find.  Last time we ate at a "fancy" dimsum place that we were a bit disappointed with.  This time we found a cheap looking place with dimsum on the menu that offered a reasonable "all you can eat" special.


Basically you just order off of the menu whatever you wish, and they bring it.  Order more if you like.  Rinse and repeat until stuffed.

The food wasn't the best I've had, but it wasn't bad for Japanese Chinese food and certainly closer to what we are used to than what we usually encounter.  We all had plenty to eat and were overall quite pleased by the experience.  I think we'd gladly go back there if given the option. 

As usual with multi dish meals, here are the pictures in one list:










Sunday, July 2, 2017

Suehiro

Location: Suehiro
Rating: Not great
Meal:Lunch for 2
Price: 2800 yen
Payment: Cash only
Dishes: Two teishoku sets
English Menu: No
Smoking: Yes


Nothing much to write about here, just a typical Japanese Chinese restaurant my wife and I tried.  Not very good...not really looking to return.



Thursday, June 29, 2017

Nijyu Maru

Location: Nijyu Maru
Rating: OK
Meal: Dinner for 2
Price: 5165 yen
Payment: Credit cards accepted
Dishes: Several little dishes
English Menu:Yes
Smoking:Yes (smoking/non-smoking sections)


Another chain izakaya in Yokosuka, Nijyu Maru is typical for it's species.  With a clientele consisting mostly of business men having after work drinking parties, they are a slick operation ready with the drinks and little dishes.  Quality is not really a factor here.  It's located at the top floor of the big building opposite Chuo station which contains a pachinko parlor, arcade, some clothing shops, a 100 yen store, a "used stuff" store, and one of our preferred karaoke spots.  There is another similar izakaya called Hokkaido right next door.  They also have the electronic menu which we did not use as it wasn't working until about half way through the meal.

Mandatory appetizer

My son and I tried it out and they had cha-han on the menu for him, along with tamago.  I ordered the rest of the dishes and some sake to meet the drink quota.  For some reason they made the cha-han last, so he had to wait a long time for his main dish.  Of course by that time I forgot to take a picture of it, oh well.

Nihonshu (sake)

The rest of the dishes were just ok, nothing to get excited about.

Stewed intestines and tamagoyaki

Mega potato salad...actually quite tasty!

Little chewy gyoza, onigiriyaki

Garlic chicken with miso dip

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Zushiya

Location: Zushiya


Rating: OK
Meal: Lunch
Price: 1000 yen
Payment: Cash only
Dishes: Tsukemen with an egg
English Menu: No
Smoking: No


A new ramen joint in Yokosuka?  You bet!  A friend at work tipped me off to this place, which used to be an izakaya last time I went by, and we decided to try it out for lunch today.

My tsukemen

It's a tonkotsu ramen joint, with the typical options (regular, shio, miso, tsukemen, etc...).  Overall, it was an ok experience, nothing much to write about.

My friend's shio tonkotsu with quail eggs

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Priya

Location: Priya


Rating: Very good
Meal: Dinner for 2
Price:  6000 yen
Payment: Credit cards accepted
Dishes: Roti, paratha, one curry set (chicken khorma), lamb rojan josh, salt lassi
English Menu: Yes
Smoking: No


So we are back in Tokyo after our trip to Seoul and we decided to stay the night at the New Sanno as we have to go to church tomorrow in Ueno anyway, so why bother driving all the way home just to turn around and do it again?

Chicken khorma set

We bought my easy to please son a pizza from the place in the hotel and left him in the room with the TV (a treat as we've never had actual TV channels in our home).  We walked up to the restaurant area near Hiroo station and found an Indian restaurant named Priya to check out.

Lamb rogan josh and paratha/roti

We were asked if we had a reservation which we didn't, but they seated us anyway.  The menu was promising with more than just naan, and the large numbers of foreigners (this area is full of diplomatic outposts) indicated it might be better than the average nepalese-indian typical place.  I ordered the lamb rogan josh and my wife ordered a set with chicken khorma.  Her khorma was the best of the night for sure.  The tandoori chicken that came with it was ok, but not on par with Royal Parasol in Hayama.  My rogan josh was a bit disappointing, seeming over tomato-saucy and the meat was a bit tough to chew.  The naan was some of the best I've had in Japan yet, but the paratha and roti seemed made of the same basic stuff, just cooked slightly differently, and both were very heavy and thick, which seemed odd to us.  My salty lassi was excellent, full of spices and herbs.  And they didn't bat an eye when I ordered it even though it wasn't on the menu anywhere.

Over all it was definitely a cut above 90% of the Indian restaurants we've tried in Japan so far, but still not as good as Royal Parasol, which we are grateful to have relatively close to us.  We spied another Indian/Thai (strange combo) restaurant in the area that we may try the next time we are spending the night at the New Sanno.

Chadol House

Location: Chadol House


Rating: Very good
Meal: Dinner for 3
Price:  96000 won
Payment: Credit cards accepted
Dishes: 1 thinly sliced beef platter, 1 korean beef sirloin cut up, 1 korean beef sirloin large portion, spicy cold noodles, hot miso soup with beef
English Menu: Yes
Smoking: No



After our less than satisfying recent yakiniku experience in Japan (a common trend) we decided to have our last meal in Seoul at a nearby Korean BBQ (yakiniku) restaurant called Chadol House.  It is literally the closest BBQ spot to the base while walking towards Itaewon, and very easy to get to.  It had pretty high reviews online and seemed a good place to try the "real thing".


Real charcoal grill

It was quite nice, sort of "date spot" feeling if you will.  The area is super trendy with lots of fancy bars and restaurants going up everywhere...a little too hip for us typically.  But the restaurant was welcoming, and the menu nice and simple.  There were about 5 different meat choices, all beef, and we opted for some thinly sliced beef, and two cuts of thick Korean beef sirloin.  It was our last meal and we had cash to burn, so we ordered more expensively and extensively than we typically would.  I had to try some of the soups too, so I got a cold and hot option.  At one point I contemplated getting us some rice too, but the waiter suggested we wait and see what with all the soups coming.  I did order one rice for my son though.


Thin sliced beef and banchan

The thin sliced beef was my son's favorite, and it came frozen in little curled up tubes so you could set it easily on the charcoal grill pot and then it would naturally unfreeze and lay down flat.  Of course we didn't realize this exactly at first and by the time we did the rest had all started to thaw and they were a pain to cook after that.  But being thin, they cook fast, and if you want some extra crisp you can leave it on a little longer.


Thick cut beef, banchan and hot soup

The sirloin cuts were deliciously fatty.  The precut versions were our favorite, because if you get the uncut bigger version you have to use some scissors to cut it up before or after and that's kind of a pain.

But the meat was really just part of the show...the main event was everything else in my opinion.  There were 3 or four different banchan dishes, several types of kimchi, some bean sprouts, lettuce leaves, etc... and when we finished one of the kimchi dishes they immediately refilled it and kept topping everything up.  The soups were both very tasty, with the noodle dish being that very thin, long noodle type that some people choke on, so they cut it up using scissors before we ate it, which I was grateful for.  It was pretty spicy, but not overly so.  The hot soup was delicious as well.

Overall we were all in agreement that it was a night and day difference in comparison to yakiniku in Japan.  Korea does it best, hands down!

Leegimbap

Location: Leegimbap

Rating: OK
Meal: Lunch for 3
Price: 13500 won
Payment: Cash only (pretty sure)
Dishes: 3 different kimbap rolls
English Menu: Yes
Smoking: No


One of our favorite Korean dishes is kimbap, basically Korean sushi rolls, usually without the raw fish, but with more veggies and other ingredients than are typically in Japanese rolls.  I first fell in love with them in elementary school when my Korean classmate would come to school with kimbap for lunch, while all I would get was some crummy P&B sandwich.  We would swap lunches often, and this even led to me being invited over to his house to stay where I got to eat more kimbap, much to my classmate's mother's delight.  Fast forward 30 odd years and turns out my son also loves the stuff.  He is a dorm student at the same school I went to in the Philippines, and these days most of the student body is composed of Koreans.  So naturally at his dorm, where he is the only un-mixed caucasian, there is plenty of Korean food, but especially kimbap.  On our recent trip to Korea, he really wanted to try some there and of course we were eager to as well.


One day after a long morning of touring the big palace grounds we got dropped off near Seoul station and decided to wander amid the office buildings looking for kimbap to eat.  As luck would have it, we stumbled across Leegimbap which purports to have "premium rolls".  We went in and were told to pick something from the glass case of pre-made rolls, which we did.  Only after we started eating did we realize we could have ordered off the menu which had some awesome looking rolls available.  As it was we were not terribly impressed with what we ordered.  They were ok, and the added potato kimchi and broth were delicious, but I think I may have rated it a bit higher had we tried the good stuff.