Friday, March 8, 2019

Salma Tikka and Biryani

Rating: Very good
Meal: Dinner
Price: ? yen
Payment: Credit cards accepted
English Menu:Yes
Smoking: No

I met some friends at this Indian restaurant near Shinagawa station the other week.  It's related somehow to the other Indian restaurant in Ueno that my wife and I tried a bit back and enjoyed.  The menu format looks identical as well.  The flavors here are definitely stronger than you usually get at a Nepalese run place.

Hot masala chai

It was a while back, so my memory is a bit fuzzy.  I'll just let the pictures speak for themselves. 

Tandoori chicken

Lamb rogan josh

Hase ya

Location: Hase ya

Rating: OK
Meal:  Dinner
Price: 2300 yen
Payment: Cash only
Dishes:  Gyusuji daikon, grilled fish
English Menu: No
Smoking: Yes (I think...not too sure now, but izakayas usually permit smoking)

Last night I braved the rainy weather and finally went in search of a new place to try.  I took the train down to the Keikyu Ohtsu station and wandered around.  I didn't find much.  Actually the only place I found was Hase ya, a small izakaya.  I was the only person there and there was only one person behind the counter.

Hot sake with mandatory appetizer (tofu and fishballz)

I deciphered the items on the wall available and ordered a gyusuji dish with daikon and some grilled fish.  I figured that even though everything would be slightly sweet (sugar is the devil), at least I would be getting some meat.  I also ordered some hot sake, as I was chilled to the bone.

Gyusuji with daikon

The food was tasty, as expected, actually better than expected given the remoteness and smallness of the place.  But pretty much your typical izakaya fare, nothing spectacular.

Grilled fish

Since this is the only place I could find near the station I'll be moving on to Maborikaigan station next.  Hopefully the weather will be nicer.

Monday, February 25, 2019


Location: Shuri

This photo of Nangoku Shokudo Shuri Yokohama is courtesy of TripAdvisor
because I forgot to take one

Rating: Very good
Meal: Lunch for 2
Price: 2900 yen
Payment: Goya champuru and gyusugi teishoku, rafute
English Menu: No
Smoking: No

My wife and I went to Yokohama on Saturday to look at some mattresses and while there decided to grab lunch.  We ended up at the More's City building where there are several restaurants on the top two floors.  We were going to eat at the Hungry Tiger but the line was insane, so we opted for the Okinawan Shuri.

Goya Champuru

The lunch menu was filled with the usual favorites and my wife wanted some goya champuru, while I liked the look of the gyusugi.  I also wanted to be sure I got my fill of fatty pork, so I ordered some rafute as well.  There was also an extensive list of awamori, complete with furigana for the names (making it much easier to tell what you are ordering) and age information.  I'd like to come back some time and try a few of their older vintages.


The food was decent and tasty, and quite cheap (lunch prices).  I'd definitely stop back in here if I had a hankering for some heavy Okinawan food, which happens quite often I'd say.


Saturday, February 9, 2019

Crystal Jade Kitchen

Location: Crystal Jade Kitchen

Rating: Very good
Meal: Dinner
Price: 520,000 VND
Payment: Pork belly, char siu, duck
English Menu: Yes
Smoking: No

Last restaurant in Vietnam as I was headed back in the airport.  There was a Chinese restaurant that had some nice meat options on the menu.  It was served up quick and was quite tasty.


Location: Cohibar

Rating: Very good
Meal: Dinner for 2
Price: 950,000 VND
Payment: Steak, stir fried noodles, and something else...
English Menu: Yes
Smoking: Yes

My brother and I spent a lot of time at the Cohibar, a cigar bar near where he lives.  Eventually we came back to eat a proper meal there.  I had a steak, while my brother had some stir fried noodles.  I was quite pleased with the steak, and the accompanying cream mushroom sauce was delicious.

Stir fried noodles

Steak with mushroom sauce


Location: Tucana

Rating: Very good
Meal: Lunch for 2
Price: 315,000 VND
Payment: Beef shortribs, pork stew dish with a boiled egg, oyster scrambled eggs, fresh coconut
English Menu: Yes
Smoking: Yes

For lunch my brother wanted to go to one of his favorite vietnamese restaurants called Tucana.  We ordered a few dishes and it was very good.  I especially liked the fatty pork stew and oyster scrambled eggs dish.

Beef shortribs

Pork stew with boiled egg

Oyster scrambled eggs

Pho Viet Kieu

Location: Pho Viet Kieu

Rating: Very good
Meal: Breakfast for 2
Price: 225,000 VND
Payment: Beef pho, meat/veg on rice
English Menu: Yes
Smoking: Not usually, but sometimes

My brother and I decided to eat pho for breakfast.  We wandered down to a street with lots of potential restaurants and most of them were closed for the holiday, but eventually we found one that was oddly run by several young foreigners.  They spoke vietnamese and there were vietnamese cooks in the back though.

Beef pho

I opted for the beef pho and my brother had a meat/veg dish on rice.  The pho was much better than the place the other day, so I was glad to be able to say I had some very good pho while in Vietnam.

Meat and veg on rice