Monday, July 25, 2016


Location: Aoyuzu

Rating: OK
Meal: Lunch for 3
Price: 3650 yen
Payment: Credit cards accepted
Dishes:Sashimi don, tempura/fried fish teishoku, red snapper sashimi teishoku
English Menu:No

Aoyuzu is a Japanese restaurant located in one of the buildings near Lalport Mall Toyosu where we go to church.  This last Sunday we walked over there to try another restaurant in that area.  This place looked nice enough so we gave it a shot.  The Ok rating is actually a high Ok, or a low Very Good.  We enjoyed the food fine, and my wife commented that the tempura was particularly good compared to sub par offerings elsewhere, but we weren't super impressed by it.

Partially decimated sashimi don

My son barely consented to the sashimi don and otherwise would have gone hungry.  My wife and I ate all the delicious fish and shrimp, leaving him salmon roe and tamago, and of course rice.  Not a feast, but oh well, picky eaters can't complain (at least they shouldn't).  My wife went with a tempura/fried fish teishoku that she quite liked, though the chopsticks there were not very pointed at the end, making the delicate work of sifting through bones quite difficult.  Normally I quite like using chopsticks to pick through fish bones, but when they aren't pointy enough you can never quite grasp anything.  My dish was a red snapper sashimi dish with dashi broth.  I was a bit puzzled by the broth, as it came in a small iron container.  I just poured it out into the bowl and drank it...yummy but I got the feeling I was missing something.  The red snapper was fine...I'm not super into delicately flavored sashimi.  I like big, bold tastes like tuna and salmon.

Tempura/fish teishoku

They seem to be primarily a seafood restaurant, but with the tempura in there it's kind of generic Japanese.  It was quite good, definitely a high Ok rating.

Red snapper sashimi teishoku

Saturday, July 23, 2016


Location: Hanbei

Rating: Very good
Meal:  Dinner for 2
Price:  3132 yen
Payment: Cash only
Dishes: Drinks, see below
English Menu: Yes
Smoking:  Yes

I was looking for a spot to smoke a cigar last night as I had left my keys at home and my wife and son were out and about.  I finally found this interesting 50s Japan themed izakaya that is down the little alleyway that the standing Yakitori stand is located on.  I really liked the decor and vibe of the place.  I really only had 3 pieces of oden for a meal and it wasn't the best, but I liked the place overall enough to give it a Very Good and hope to come back to confirm the rating with more food some time.  Just a note:  they don't sell cigars there, they were just ok with me smoking one.

Update:  7/28/2019


So I went back here with my son last night to check out more of their food options.  And hey, they do have an English menu!  This was excellent as now I could read all the crazy food options they have.  Check it out:

Free refills on cabbage!

It's pretty good actually

"Chicken rice"...not so good

Grasshoppers...quite tasty

"High quality cat food" - not bad!



Melon Sherbert

Yakitori and offal in soup

Friday, July 22, 2016

Bar Shinano

Location: Bar Shinano

Rating: OK
Meal: Dinner
Price: 1400
Payment: Credit cards accepted
Dishes:Ginger pork fry, rice, gin and tonic
English Menu: Yes
Smoking: Yes

Bar Shinano is another izakaya along with Shell, Susquehanna and Angelo's that are all owned by the same group.  The only one left that I haven't been to is Angelo's and I plan on going there soonish.  I was coming home from meeting a friend in Yokohama last night and unfortunately wasn't ready for dinner while there, so I decided to eat in Yokosuka.  There are still a ton of little bars and restaurants to try here, it's going to be a long while yet before I've exhausted everything.

Ginger pork fry
There was absolutely no one in the bar when I went in and therefore, thankfully, no smokers.  But you can tell it's a smoking friendly establishment.  The menu does have english on it, and they do take credit cards.  I wasn't impressed by the items on the menu really, seems pretty uninteresting.  I went with the ginger pork fry, expecting some rice would come with it.  I was wrong and had to order rice separately...that was...definitely odd and not cool I think.  The food was just ok.  The gin and tonic was waaay too sweet and kind of nauseating.

I have to say the spot was disappointing compared with the other restaurants they have, but it wasn't bad enough to rate below an Ok.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Bayside Food Court

Location: Bayside Food Court

Rating: Not great
Meal: Lunch
Price: $12.00
Payment: Credit cards accepted
Restaurants: Subway, Pizza Hut/Wingstreet
English Menu: Yes
Smoking: No

So it was raining today and I didn't feel like going far, so I walked about 10 minutes to the Bayside Food Court, located in middle of the shipyards here on base.  It's a nice location, with a curved window area that looks out on the bay and some of the ships.  The food options aren't great, but hey, sometimes you just want something different.

I had a Subway cold cut combo with broccoli cheese soup, and then feeling a bit more peckish went back for some boneless wings at Wingstreet.  That was probably a mistake I shall regret later.

So there it is, not great, but it might be someone's cup of tea.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Nigiri Iccho

Location: Nigiri Iccho

Rating: Very good
Meal:  Lunch for 3
Price:  5497 yen
Payment: Credit cards accepted
Dishes: Various sushi plates
English Menu:  Yes, but you can just take plates from the conveyor belt.  If you order, you have to use an electronic tablet that has some English translations (very funny).  The waitress tried to give us an English menu but we waved her off.  It might come in handy or have specific directions for the tablet.
Smoking: No

Sorry only one picture, didn't feel like being obnoxious

Nigiri Iccho was one of our earliest restaurants we ever visited, back when it was in its old building that has since been rebuilt and moved across the parking lot.  We were a bit overwhelmed and disappointed back then, as there were no dishes on the conveyor belt and we had to order everything off of an all Japanese paper menu with only kanji and the like.  Needless to say, we didn't go back.  But then I heard they had rebuilt their building and friends new to Japan were raving about it and comparing it with Chuo Sushi, so we had to go back and check it out.

It's much nicer now, with very modern amenities such as wireless tablet ordering and nice sit down areas for families.  It doesn't feel quite as factory-like or echoey as the 100 yen cheap sushi places, which is good since it ain't cheap sushi prices either.  The actual items were hit or miss in quality, and my wife and I both agreed that Chuo Sushi was definitely superior overall, and also more expensive!  Nigiri Iccho is a nice in-between the hundred yen sushi joints and Chuo Sushi.  It's also more welcoming of a larger group of people.  You might be able to fit 6 at the table seating.

Overall, it was very good I'd say, though if I went a few more times I might know what to steer clear of and what to definitely eat.

Khao Man Gai

Location: Khao Man Gai

Rating: Excellent
Meal:  Lunch for 3
Price:  4600 yen
Payment:  Credit Cards accepted
Dishes: Roasted chicken, avocado salad, ground chicken and kabocha, thai sausage fried rice, fresh spring rolls
English Menu: Yes
Smoking: Kind of...smokers would stand just out the front door and some smoke would blow in

We had to make a trip to the Yokota Air Base this weekend to buy some clothes (they have much better selection) and we were happy to be able to eat at the best Thai I've had in Japan so far...Khao Man Gai.  It's amazingly close to the main entrance, so we parked at the gas station on base and walked off base the 5 minutes to the restaurant.  It looks very cool and authentic with a tuktuk and everything out front.  I can't tell if the cooks are actually thai, but it makes no difference as the flavors are off the charts excellent and multidimensional.  Everything we've had there has been great, and this time was no exception.  We were wondering a bit if our initial evaluation (back before I started this blog) was accurate and we are pleased to say it's still the best.  Here are the pictures:

Fresh spring roll plus home made spicy sweet sauce

Roasted chicken

Avocado and seafood salad

Chicken and kabocha

Thai sausage fried rice

Friday, July 15, 2016

Mandarin Kitchen

Location: Mandarin Kitchen
Rating: OK
Meal: Dinner for 3
Price: Don't recall
Payment: Cash only
Dishes: Shrimp, Fried rice, cashew chicken (one came with rice and a veg)
English Menu: Yes

Mandarin Kitchen is another food service run out of someone's home on base.  We tried it last Friday but I didn't get around to putting this up til a week later.  It was not impressive and I doubt we'll do it again.  The link to the web page to put in an order is here:  Since it's facebook I'll never see it, but my wife has an account.  You have to pay cash and you have to go pick it up.  Here's what the food looked like once we got it home:


Location: Umigoya
Rating: OK
Meal: Dinner for 2
Price: 5450 yen
Payment: Credit cards accepted
Dishes:  Various seafood dishes
English Menu: Yes
Smoking: Yes

Another Izakaya Thursday and tonight I was hankering for seafood, so we went to a seafood themed izakaya called Umigoya.  They specialize in things you can grill at your table, though that's not my favorite so I avoided that for most of the dishes.  They have a nice English menu that helps with the intimidation factor.  Nothing is more difficult than deciphering hand-written kanji for various obscure sea creatures.  It was definitely a smoking establishment and there is no "non smoking" section.

I don't remember ordering this...probably otoshi

Overall the food was ok...nothing was outstanding, but not terrible.  I guess I'm just not a huge sea food fan.


Garlic fried rice

Hokkaido clams with butter and soy sauce


Fried tofu in broth


Friday, July 8, 2016


Location: Hotaru

Rating: Very good
Meal:  Dinner for 2
Price:  5240 yen
Payment: Credit cards accepted
Dishes: Gorgonzola tofu with honey, mushrooms in butter and soy sauce, avocado tacos, stewed pork pie, fried rice with pickled vegetables
English Menu:Yes
Smoking: Yes, but no one was smoking while we were there

Hotaru is another Banzai run izakaya that is located underneath Pepper Lunch.  My son and I tried it out last night and it was quite good!  It was a bit noisy due to all the tables being taken up by a large group of women having a good time, but the bar area was clear so we sat there.  Every dish was tasty except the avocado tacos...the tomato sauce was weird and the meat was sweet.  I look forward to coming back here some day with my wife.