Narikura

Restaurant: Narikura(ナリクラ)
Menu: Tonkatsu set
Address: 1-32-11 Takadanobaba , Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Ozawa Building Underground 1F
Business hours:
[Moon, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday]
From 2 June 2017, it will be from
11: 00-13: 30 (LO)
night 17: 30-20: 00 (LO)
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Website: https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1305/A130503/13114695/
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Hello, today I’m going to review one of the highest ranking Tonkastu specialist in Tokyo. In fact, this restaurant holds the first ranking of Tonkatsu from Tabelog ranking in Tokyo.

Located in basement of mysterious building in Takadanobaba area, it could be one of the most elusive restaurant if you were just passing by in the street.

After waiting in queue for 30 minutes, I was greeted and seated with my excitement at peak. I have observed that kitchen system is well-organized with aroma of crunchy Tonkatsu flying around.

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I ordered special Tonkatsu with 3cm thickness :0

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Here comes my special Tonkatsu set. Compare the size of Tonkatsu and chopstick for scale.

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The texture of Tonkatsu is just amazing. Little pink inside with fluffy and crunchy cutlet. The first bite comes with a juiciness of pork and balanced-seasoning. No Tonkatsu sauce and additional seasoning required. Just beautiful.

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Miso soup (Misoshiru) packs harmony of flavor and little chunk of pork.

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That is all for this review. Personally, I enjoyed the quality of Tonkatsu and reasonable waiting time. However, the location is quite far from popular tourist attraction and might not be ideal for tight schedule traveler. See you later and hope you have a wonderful day 😊.

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Nakasei

Restaurant: Tempura Nakasei (天麩羅 中清)
Menu: Assorted Tempura set
Address: 1-39-13 Asakusa Taito Tokyo
Business hours:
11: 30 ~ 15: 00 17: 00 ~ 22: 00
[Saturday, Sunday, Holidays] 11: 30 ~ 20: 00
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Website: https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1311/A131102/13003659/

 

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Greetings, today I am going to write about a Tempura restaurant with a long history since 1870. That’s about 147 years as I am writing. Let’s take a look at this ancient restaurant in Asakusa area.

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English menu also available

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I have arrived around noon and got seated right away. Cool air conditioner compared to crazy hot temperature outside.

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Assorted Tempura set
Containing two shrimps, whiting, Conge eel, Kakiage with rice and soup
At first glance, Tempura texture are not oily at all. Harmony of crispiness with moderate sweetness from the sauce makes a divine taste. Dipping sauce in this restaurant also does not leave a little bad aftertaste which is very impressive for me. Overall, this is one of the best Tempura with fresh and balance flavor.

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Kakiage is a combination of shrimp and whiting with Tempura batter also have sweet and crispy flavor. Similarly, shrimp, whiting and Conge eel have the sweetness and cripsiness.

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That’s all for this review. Personally, I think this is an amazing choice for legendary Tempura choice in Asakusa area with 100+ year history with convenient location in famous tourist attraction.

Luke’s Lobster

Restaurant: Luke’s Lobster
Menu: Lobster roll (US)
Address: 5-3-16 Hiroo Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Business hours:
[Monday – Friday] 11: 00-16: 00 17: 00-21: 00
[Saturday, Sunday and public holidays] 11: 00 ~ 21: 00
Location: Tokyo, Japan

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Hello, today I am going to review not so traditional Japanese food in Tokyo. It is US originate cuisine. Well, I’m sure you guys know since the name of restaurant have lobster on it lol. Our destination is a place near Hiro-o station.

I have arrived at 11:00 AM which is the opening time of restaurant on rainy holiday season. Not many people show up and the place could hold about 5 bar seats seems not so convenient for a long lazy meal

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Lobster roll (US) & French fries
Large quantity of French fries and one whole pickle.

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Personally, I have never tasted lobster roll in US and I don’t know the real taste. Lobster texture are firm and well-seasoned and not too salty. The bread is still moderate (I was hoping for more crunch and crust texture)

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Followed by Croquantchou (similar to choux cream) from Zaku Zaku store in Harajuku. Creamy fillings and crispy outside. I recommend tasting at the place since take home would make it soggy and fillings could leak out.

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Asakusa Ushi Katsu

Restaurant: 浅草 牛かつ (Asakusa ushi katsu)
Menu: Gyu katsu set
Address: Kaminarimon 2-17-10, Kaminarimon- ku , Taito-ku, Tokyo Kaminura Building B1F
Business hours:
Saturday 11: 00 ~ 22: 00 (LO 21: 30)
weekdays 11: 00 ~ 23: 00
Location: Tokyo, Japan
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My trip in Tokyo started with a Gyu(beef) katsu(cutlet) lunch at a restaurant near Asakusa area. I have arrived at the restaurant around 11:40 which I have to wait around 20 minutes until I got my seat.

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I ordered 1,200 Yen set. They also have eating instruction with different ways of enjoying Gyu katsu in English, how convenient. Personally, I enjoys grilling for a short period giving some texture then apply Shoyu(soy sauce) for more flavor.

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Look at those beautiful marbling center. This set might look oily however, I could finish the meal without feeling too greasy or oily which sometimes happens with some Tonkatsu.

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That’s all for this short review. Personally, I think this place is quite interesting for an alternative choice from usual Tempura shop in Asakusa area. See you later and hope you have a wonderful day 😊.