Rating: Very good
Price: 3300 yen
Payment: Cash only
Dishes: Zaru Tofu, Stone bowl magurodon, sake
|The tuna section of the menu|
The place itself doesn't advertise its name, I had to ask. But there is a nice looking wood cutout with kanji that is lit up at night. It translates to "Hayama Beef/Misaki Tuna" references to local places where you can get local beef and tuna, respectively. I always appreciate efforts to be locally sourced.
|Zaru Tofu - most excellent|
The menu is a bit intimidating and only in Japanese, so hopefully you can figure it out. I found it less confusing than some however. I was surprised by the large tofu section, so I had to order something off of it. I ended up going with a tuna bowl (magurodon) in a hot stone dish for them main item. I also tried some sake, which no doubt inflates the price above, but I didn't get the precise breakdown. The sake was excellent, I hope to find the brand when I have the chance. The real standout though was the tofu. I ordered the "Zaru Tofu" which is apparently home-made tofu in a basket. It was so full of soy flavor and the texture was so rich, I was totally blown away! I really want to return and try all of the other options.
|Tuna bowl in stone dish|
Although it is a smoking establishment and the doors were closed for air conditioning, the ventilation was quite good and I never felt like I was choking.
Overall, this was a great find and I'm hopeful that in future visits I can bump the rating up to Excellent.