Monday, September 24, 2018

Takemotoya

Location: Takemotoya

Rating: OK
Meal:  Dinner for 2
Price:  4960 yen
Payment: Credit cards accepted
Dishes:  5 types of offal, extra chicken hearts, duck skin, bibimbap, cold sake, coke, 3 types of namul
English Menu: Yes
Smoking: Yes


My son and I were out looking for dinner the other night and came across a spot I've long meant to go to, but hadn't had the chance yet.  It's a Yakiniku restaurant specializing in horumon (offal) cuts.  Who knew there were so many different kinds of intestines!


They are a cut above in that they use actual charcoal instead of gas, and of course the selection is pretty unique.  They have an English menu, digital and analogue, and they weren't freaked out by gaijin coming in.

Namul

My son is not so adventurous, so he got a bibimbap, but he did try the hearts and duck skin I ordered and quite liked those.  Not knowing much about offal (even in English), I went for the 5 types selection, along with extra hearts and duck skin.  I was surprised by a couple of the meats (pork small intestine and abomasum - the 4th cow stomach) which were deliciously soft and fatty, while some of the others were what I've come to expect:  chewy as all get out.  The hearts were delicious, as was the duck skin.

5 types of offal

Overall, it made for a nice change of yakiniku pace, and honestly I wouldn't mind returning to try out some of the other interesting things on the menu.  Also, the price wasn't bad at all for yakiniku.  Still, I just don't enjoy the process of sitting there cooking my own food, so I can't give it much beyond an Ok.  And the chances of getting to come back are slim as no on else in my family is likely to appreciate it.

Bibimbap and duck skin


Monday, September 17, 2018

Koufuku Gyouza Sakaba

Location: Koufuku Gyouza Sakaba


Rating: Very good
Meal: Lunch for 3
Price: 4060 yen
Payment: Credit cards accepted
Dishes: Lamb sticks, Fried rice set, Boiled dumpling set, several additional dumpling orders, green beans
English Menu: Yes
Smoking: Yes

Lamb sticks

Our church rents a dance studio room and the dance studio moved locations recently.  It's not far from the previous spot, but it feels like a completely different section of town with a whole new set of restaurants to check out.  This was the first Sunday after church where we didn't have other plans, so we took advantage and found a restaurant to eat at before heading home.

Green beans

We spotted a Chinese restaurant with signs advertising gyoza specials and popped in.  It was quite smoky, so if you can't take that, this place probably won't work.  However, everything we ate was quite tasty, more so than usual for a Chinese restaurant in Japan.  The language coming out of the kitchen was Chinese, so that was a good sign, and they had several pages of different types of gyoza, from typical fried types to boiled dumplings, to soup dumplings, to a baked/soup dumpling combo.  They even had an all you can eat Gyoza menu item where you get a couple of standard items plus as much gyoza as you can eat from all the types they serve.

Fried rice set

Anyway, I was quite impressed with the gyoza I had.  It was absolutely delicious, bursting with flavor.  And I think we only had about 4 different kinds, there were more available.  Even the mabotofu that came with my wife and son's sets was tasty, and I usually don't like it.  I'm definitely please to find a good Chinese spot as that is quite rare.

Soup dumplings

Boiled dumplings set

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Ryuushouhanten

Location: Ryuushouhanten


Rating: OK
Meal:  Dinner
Price:  2060 yen
Payment: Cash only
Dishes:  Cashew chicken, small rice, dimsum, sake
English Menu: No
Smoking: Yes


The weather is finally cooling down and becoming less humid, so I finally ventured forth to locate a new restaurant to review.  I took the train down to Horinouchi station, which is just past Kenritsudaigaku to the south of Yokosuka.  The Red/Green lines go there direct without stopping.  I was thinking Horinouchi would have more restaurants in the area than Kenritsudaigaku, seeing as it's  more of a major stop, but I was wrong.


Just around the corner from the station is a Chinese restaurant I've always meant to eat at.  I stopped by and sat at the counter.  The other seating is all tatami mat, so no thanks.  The place is pretty typical Japanese Chinese food, so I ordered a cashew chicken dish, a small rice, some dimsum and cold sake.  All of it was just ok, nothing special.


Afterwards I walked around the area to canvass for future restaurant reviews.  There is really very little, and I had to walk all the way to 16, the main drag, to find more candidates.  There is another Chinese restaurant, a Korean restaurant, and a Ramen restaurant.  After that, I'll head further down the line towards Uraga.


Friday, August 31, 2018

Danke

Location: Danke

Rating: Not great
Meal: Dinner
Price: 4286 yen
Payment: Credit cards accepted
Dishes: Steak and some drinks
English Menu: No
Smoking: No



At last I'm caught up with my backlog!  Last night I was in Yokohama again to meet a friend and afterwards ate at what I think is the last restaurant in this particular underground area of Isetan.  Danke is a german themed izakaya, but they seem at pains to scare away foreigners, from the greeting (In Japanese:  "Can you read Japanese?") to the completely Japanese menus (except for drinks!).



I went for a good looking steak that was quite disappointing when it showed up...it was much smaller than expected for the price.  Anywhoo, I ate it, quaffed some whiskey and got outta there.

RRainbow

Location: RRainbow
Rating: OK
Meal:  Dinner
Price:  4500 yen
Payment:  Credit cards accepted
Dishes:  L-bone steak
English Menu: Yes
Smoking:  No


Another meeting in Yokohama, another underground restaurant.  I was sucked in by the big pictures of a "meat festival" at RRainbow (I am not messing with the ampersand in the name), a Hawaiian themed restaurant.  The steak wasn't very good and was quite chewy.  It was also quite expensive.  Oh well...should have stuck with the Hawaiian dishes!

Quite rare..I wasn't asked

Kinboshi

Location: Kinboshi

Rating: OK
Meal:  Lunch for 2
Price:  3240 yen
Payment:  Cash only
Dishes:  Two nigiri lunch sets
English Menu: No
Smoking: Yes


My wife and I were in Oppama and decided to find somewhere to eat.  After looking around in the scorching heat, we quickly settled on Kinboshi, a cool and slightly refreshing retreat, except for the occasional cigarette smoke from customers.  It's a sushi joint, and everything is hardcore Japanese.  Luckily we read and speak enough to order the "better than average" sushi lunch set.


The sushi came out and was ok, if not amazing.  It was a good amount of food for lunch and the price wasn't bad either.

Kikuya

Location: Kikuya


Rating: Very good
Meal: Dinner for3
Price: $134
Payment: Credit cards accepted
Dishes: Steak and salmon
English Menu: Yes
Smoking: No


Kikuya is a teppanyaki style restaurant located inside of the New Sanno Hotel, which is a military owned and operated hotel in downtown Tokyo.  We were staying there with my mother and thought it was time to try it out.

California roll!

The menu is fairly simple, so choosing isn't hard.  It was a very good meal, but some of the ingredients quality (particularly the rice) was sub-par and obviously not sourced from Japan.  That drops it down from a potential low Excellent to a high Very Good.

The chicken tempura was surprisingly good

Our chef

My steak cooking

My wife's salmon cooking

My steak cooked

My wife's salmon cooked

My mom's steak

Creme brulee

The cheese cake was exceptionally good