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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Cheap and good places in Tokyo

When you're in Japan, you can pretty much walk in anywhere blind folded and they will serve good food.  Finding bad tasting food in Japan is like winning a lottery, it doesn't happen to the most people.

I haven't blogged on here for a while after my Japan/Korea trip and have been feeling a little bit lazy.  So for a recommendation for drinking spot in Japan as already mentioned in my other travel blog, the "270 Yen Kinokura Jr.".  All of the dishes and drinks (quite an array of selection) are less than $3.  Food is awesome, drinks are good size, it just seems almost too good to be true.  The best thing is, these joints can be found all over main areas in Tokyo, so it's real convenient.
Another convenient fast-foodish restaurant I really liked was the Tempura Tendon Tenya.  It may be a chain restaurant but the one we went to at Nippori really captured my heart.  For something that was simple and good, the prawn tempura there were fresh crispy.  Best of all, it is served with plenty of sauce (and a bottle at your table if you want to really drench it), a poached egg, the addition which makes the dish for me.  The set comes with miso soup, and udon soup for around 750 yen.  So if you are looking for something that is convenient, cheap, and good, I recommend this one as the way to go.

One night while we were lost in Ueno, we stumbled upon an alley of street food and restaurants.  It was a hard pick, but we decided to walk in to a conveyor belt sushi joint, Heiroku, instead.  It was initially the 100 yen per plate that sealed the deal.  We were seated around the conveyor belt table where we were free to grab any sushi plate as they come by.  Everything on the menu was in Japanese and, eventually, we learned how much each different coloured plate cost.  

The sushi pieces were large size as fresh as they come.  Most of the dishes were 100 - 280 yen, with the most expensive being around 580 yen. 

While on a shopping spree at Shibuya 109, we were getting tired and hungry.  Then, we stumbled upon a delightful cafe called Ma Maison on the 7th floor.  Aside from desserts, they also offer cafe meals such as Omnisu rice and Doria.  The only downside was to tolerate the smokers right by your table.

The beef stroganoff sauce definitely brought the usual Omnisu rice up with a touch of sophistication.  It was rich, flavourful and very tasty.

The Doria was creamy and cheesy.  Much like a risotto, it was warm and comforting dish.