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Question for sushi expert ninisix! other experts advice welcomed!

I sometimes head to this place for beers when I'm in Ginza:

http://tokyobeerdrinker.blogspot.jp/2...

(In the comments it says that it closed down, however I was there just a few weeks back, so I can confirm it's back open again! And that website might be useful if you're keen on trying some Japanese craft beer.)

Dec 04, 2014
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Four Great Noodles around Tokyo

I enjoy reading ramenadventures.com - lots of great pictures and recommendations. Recently, I've really liked Motenashi Kuroki, which is around 10 minutes from Akihabara Station. The shio is delicious and light, while the miso has a little bit of a kick. Super friendly guy who runs it, too.

Soranoiro in Kojimachi is another shop I head to a lot. Great ingredients, clean, and light. Their 'veggie' soba is really good, too.

And I second Kagari in Ginza - absolutely fantastic.

Oct 24, 2014
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Tokyo ramen list

I've enjoyed Rokurinsha in the past, but if the line's at the stairs I wouldn't bother lining up as you're looking at more than 45 minutes or so. If you're after a Jiro style shop you could try Bario in Jimbocho. Clean, and delicious. It may have been mentioned earlier, but the 'best of the best' page on ramenadventures.com has some nice tips, including Bario, under the Jiro style.

Nov 24, 2012
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Tonkatsu Yachiyo / Chashu egg

Agreed on the Tue, Thu, Sat.

Great spot. When I first went to Tsukiji I couldn't understand why there'd be a joint there not related to seafood. Until I realised that was probably the last thing the workers would want! I've been there for the chashu egg 4 or 5 times now - fantastic. And popular. Make sure you get there before midday or you might find it's sold out. (As I did once, one Saturday.) Still, even if that happens, there's still plenty of good stuff there - had a fantastic 'set' of prawn, fish, and scallop, instead. Amazing. And as an aside, it feels good just to be able to walk into the place and eat, especially as the majority of folks at the sushi places nearby have been lining up for hours... :D

Nov 24, 2012
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Japan Trip - Critique please!

Just wanted to second Tonki. Great joint, love the operation, and the food's great. I can't even remember if I had hire or rosu when I was there - whatever it was, it was fantastic. We were told that we could get seats immediately upstairs, but I wanted to sit around the counter, so we waited 10 - 15 minutes. I don't know what it's like up there, but I imagine the atmosphere is much better around the counter (unless you're in a big group, I guess). Watching the whole process is half the fun.

Jan 16, 2011
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After 11 days in Tokyo..

Thanks for the report - it's inspired me to check some of those places out as soon as I can! Great to hear you had an awesome trip.

Dec 19, 2010
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Need Help with Soba, Ramen and Unagi places in/around Tokyo

Great review, Silverjay. Looking forward to getting there even sooner, now!

Oct 07, 2010
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Need Help with Soba, Ramen and Unagi places in/around Tokyo

I've got one on my list in Shibuya, but I haven't been there yet. It's called 'Suzuran'. I would have got the name off of a review from one of the guys at goramen, or ramenadventures - somewhere like that. If you google 'suzuran ramen' I'm sure you'll get the info you need.

Oct 06, 2010
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Question about Fuku

Also, if you get there early (before 5:30) it might be hard to spot - I couldn't find it for ages! (There's only a small brass plaque next to the door identifying the place.) After 5:30, and it's open, it's a lot easier to find, once the noren and the lights are on. :D

Sep 14, 2010
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"Rokurinsha"-Ramen- Osaki (Shinagawa), Tokyo - Yamanote Line

Sorry to hear you didn't make it in. I went last week for the first time at around 1pm and, luckily, had the time to wait in line - it took me about 30 minutes to get in - being a bigger place, you're right, the line moves a heck of a lot quicker. (I've attached a snap of the line in front of me, as well as the ajitama tsukemen - phenomenal... :D)

Sep 13, 2010
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Tsukiji donburi

No worries! Actually, when you mentioned Friday it reminded me of something - it's worth checking if the market is actually open on the day you want to go - you can see the calendar through the link on this website: http://www.tsukiji-market.or.jp/tukij... (Looks like you're good for Fridays!)

Aug 23, 2010
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Tsukiji donburi

I believe that Sushi Dai opens at 5am, so if you got there around 5 - 5:30 you'd have a much shorter wait than me. I'd recommend getting a good map of the market *before* you head in, too, because the place is a bit of a maze if you start off on the wrong foot. I didn't have a map, and this cost me a good 15 to 20 minutes while I was walking around the wrong area trying to find Sushi Dai. This meant that I didn't get into line until 6:30. Also, I think it was the first week of the summer holidays, so there were probably more tourists than usual when I went - you might not have that issue in October. :D

Aug 22, 2010
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Tsukiji donburi

I went to Tsukiji for the first time a couple of weeks back. I got to Sushi Dai at 6:30 and waited for just over two and a half hours to get in. I had the time and had already travelled a bit just to get there, so I wasn't about to give up. Anyway, the sushi was great, the guys working there were super friendly and gracious when it came to cameras, as well as the language - and they all went the extra mile to ensure that people understood the names of the different pieces, whether it be in Japanese, English or Chinese. Today, I headed into Tsukiji again with some friends and found the line at Sushi Dai pretty much the same as it was when I got there last time - up and around the corner. Sushi Daiwa was pretty much free of a line, so we went there instead, rather than wait for another three hours. I thought the food was also very good (although a little 'production line' as mentioned before), however the little things which make Sushi Dai so attractive (very friendly service, language assistance and so on) aren't really present here. But for me, that's OK. The food was great, and, unlike some previous posters, I found that the camera thing was a non-issue - I asked (in Japanese) if it was OK for my friends to take some pictures and was told that it was fine. I think a little respect goes a long way when it comes to photos - just asking in Sushi Daiwa, for a start, probably gets you off on the right foot. Still, I'd have to agree that the vibe in Daiwa is a little less friendly than Dai - I kind of missed the friendly welcome I'd had in Sushi Dai. But having said that, I don't think that it's worth hanging out for two or three hours to get into Sushi Dai if Sushi Daiwa has a much shorter line. Incidentally, when I was in Sushi Dai the other day I heard that the majority of customers come from China these days - so I imagine that's indicative of the reputation it's getting in guidebooks and the like, which just means longer and longer lines, I guess...

Aug 19, 2010
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Okonomiyaki in Tokyo

Thanks for the info - will look into it!

Aug 15, 2010
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Okonomiyaki in Tokyo

Thanks for the reply - Hiroshima sure is the place for okonomiyaki! That eel restaurant sounds intriguing - I've just tried googling it, but can't find too much - you wouldn't happen to know where it is, or how to get there?

Aug 14, 2010
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Okonomiyaki in Tokyo

Just wondering if anyone has any favourite okonomiyaki spots? I did a quick search and found some people recommending Kiji. Has anyone checked that place out?
Moreover, if anyone knows of a good Hiroshima-fu place I'd really appreciate it - I'm living in Chiba at the moment, but I used to live in Western Japan where my local okonomiyaki-ya was run by a fantastic woman from Hiroshima - I still miss it! (I must admit that monjayaki doesn't really cut it for me...)
I make it into Tokyo every once in a while for a bit of a food adventure so I'd appreciate any suggestions!

Aug 14, 2010
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So long, and thanks for all the fish.

I made the trip out to Fuku the other day and it was outstanding. Thanks for all the posts, it's much appreciated.

Aug 03, 2010
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