こんにちは from Tokyo: Chapter 3

posted on September 22, 2007 at 1:22 am

Sorry to be short, but I am kind of rushed for time. I am just going to let the photos do the talking.

We went to a little noodle shop that our concierge recommended for lunch. I don’t have the name because all the signs were in Japanese and the hotel staff just directed the cab driver in Japanese. I will see if I can find out before I leave. It was really good.

Lunch another day was another random spot I walked into when my family was indulging in some oden. I sat myself down at the counter with all the Japanese businessmen and had some tonkatsu. It was soooo good. The rice (which you cannot see that well) had pureed Japanese potato/yam in it that gave the dish the sticky texture of natto. Great meal and cheap to boot.
Unohana: Tokyo

My Dad pulled a winner out of his sleeve last night. He found a restaurant called Tofu-ya Ukai, which is located under the Tokyo tower. We had a private room and it was kaiseki-style dining with numerous courses. The service, plating, and flavors were just amazing. September 21st was the official start date of Autumn here in Tokyo and it was reflected in whimsical little touches like pine straw laid across our plates. It was our most memorable meal because of the pure artistry of the entire experience. A definite must if you are ever here. There is a two month wait, so book it now!

In true Glutton family fashion, we went to yet another food floor at at a department store, Takashshimaya in Shinjuku. I think I liked this one ever better than the first one we hit. The oshinko and fish selections were excellent!

When it comes to shopping in Tokyo, the only thing I wanted was knife. We headed down to the restaurant wholesale district called Kappabashi-dori in Asakusa. The area is marked by this large chef’s head.
I got a knife for myself and few for some friends.
Here is one of the usuba knives I bought.

…and the man who sharpened them.

There was a store that sells all of the plastic food used for display restaurants–what a trip. I should have bought something, but I had no use for it.

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  • Re: こんにちは from Tokyo: Chapter 3
    posted by: Brad · September 23, 2007  4:52 AM

    It is so fun that one of my favorite food bloggers is in Tokyo! I went last year to visit one of my best friends and next month I am going back for ten days. We mostly did Tokyo, Kita-Kamakura, Enoshima and Yokohama last year. This year we are going to Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Nara, and Nikko. We are even going to make a small festival in Kawagoe. I hope you make it outside Tokyo. The temples and shrines are beautiful. I was already generally excited, but after seeing all your great photos I am even more excited about eating there. It is a great culture for foodie photography! Looking forward to your next installment.

  • Re: こんにちは from Tokyo: Chapter 3
    posted by: The Blissful Glutton · September 23, 2007  5:11 AM

    Thanks so much.

    Email me if you have any questions about where I went when your trip gets closer.

    I actually went to Kyoto for the day today. Great place.

    Heading to Hong Kong on Tuesday.


  • Re: こんにちは from Tokyo: Chapter 3
    posted by: biwa · September 23, 2007  9:44 AM

    This noodle shop looks familier… maybe ‘Yabu’ in Kanda near Akihabara? It’s my father’s favorite noodle shop in tokyo and I’ve been there many many times. Enjoy eating!

  • Re: こんにちは from Tokyo: Chapter 3
    posted by: The Blissful Glutton · October 5, 2007  4:14 PM

    Yabu sounds like it could be right…I never got the name from the concierge.

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