Thursday, March 15, 2018


Location: Arashi

Rating: Very good
Meal: Dinner for two
Price: 5670 yen
Payment: Cash only
Dishes: Beef tongue with negi and garlic, karaage salt and yuzu flavor, chicken skin chips, salad, two small bottles of sake
English Menu: Yes, at least the main dishes
Smoking: Yes

Mandatory appetizer

My wife joined me for Wednesday night dinner last night and may be coming along more often in the future with her new schedule.  We were going to walk all the way to Kenritsudaigaku, but on the way we came across Arashi, a newish looking izakaya in a pretty skeezy area of town that features beef tongue and karaage as their specialties, so we decided to try it out.

After perusing the menu in Japanese and deciding on what we wanted we realized that on the back was a nice English translation of the main dishes.  There were also some specials and smaller dishes that are still only in Japanese.

Salad and beef tongue

I love beef tongue, but mainly of the boiled, Mexican style used in tacos.  I routinely make it at home and use it for lunches.  Beef tongue is also popular in Japan, but usually sliced thin and cooked on a grill.  This produces a much more rubbery texture than I like.  I was hopeful it would be different here, but no, the tongue was still pretty rubbery.  I'll  have to try the extra special tongue next time to see if there is any difference.

Salt karaage

My wife loves karaage, which is available at virtually all convenience stores here.  I like it too.  The problem is it is usually made with some combination of spice powders that renders capable of producing the most unpleasant (to others) potent burps, so it's a sometimes food for sure.  Getting the opportunity to eat at a place that specializes in karaage was a treat, and my wife ordered the salt and yuzu flavors.  These were quite good, lacking in the overly processed spice powderiness of the convenience stores, and still quite good.

Chicken skin chips

We also ordered a local veg mix salad and a plate of fried chicken skin chips, both of which were really delicious.   The overall price was bumped up by the two small bottles of sake that we shared (about 1400 yen could be shaved off without drinks) but there is an unstated pressure to order something to drink at any izakaya.

We really enjoyed the place and would like to return to try more things on the menu some day.

Saturday, March 3, 2018


Location: Torigen

Rating: OK
Meal: Lunch for 2
Price: 1760 yen
Payment: Credit cards accepted
Dishes:  Nabe teishoku, mushroom soba
English Menu: No
Smoking: No (maybe a smoking section)

I was in Chiba meeting a friend at Nishi-Funabashi station today for lunch and we eventually ended up at this nicer looking izakaya right outside the station.  They have pretty reasonably priced lunch specials and I ordered a nabe teishoku while he had a bowl of hot mushroom soba.  The food was ok, not the best, but the best part was the hefty portions of szechuan pepper to sprinkle on the food.  It's the numbing pepper and isn't super spicy, but it's does add some flavor.

Nabe teishoku

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


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.


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


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).