I've been tagged by the lovely Lotus for a Restaurant Meme.
1. Add a direct link to your post below the name of the person who tagged you. Include the city/state and country you’re in.
Nicole (Sydney, Australia)
velverse (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
LB (San Giovanni in Marignano, Italy)
Selba (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Olivia (London, England)
ML (Utah, USA)
Lotus (Toronto, Canada)
tanabata (Saitama, Japan)
2. List out your top 5 favorite places to eat at your location.
3. Tag 5 other people (preferably from other countries/states) and let them know they’ve been tagged.
I had to give it some thought, and I really wish I had some fun, unique little restaurants to gush about, but sadly not. One restaurant that we truly called a favourite unfortunately disappeared during the 4 years we were living in the UK. So the following are simply restaurants that we enjoy going to, and that come to mind when we're thinking of where to eat.
We're in Japan after all so of course sushi must be first on the list! There are sushi shops everywhere you look, and Sushi Zanmai does have other branches throughout Tokyo, but when we feel like making the effort it's always nice to go to the source, as it were, to their main shop in Tsukiji, home of "the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world".
(Pictures of Tsukiji Fish Market by National Geographic HERE).
Next up, if we're in the mood for Japanese noodles, more specifically udon, then Tsurutontan is a good place to go. Their portions are generous and the noodles are delicious.
The Japanese love Italian food (as do I) but they can have some very interesting variations. We sometimes like to go to Kamakura Pasta. They use fresh pasta and as well as some more 'typical' Italian arrangements they have unique Japanese versions like pasta with squid and mentaiko (pollock roe) in butter sauce, or sukiyaki beef pasta. I wonder what Italians would think of it?
We go to Tonkatsu Wako when H is particularly hungry since you can have free refills on miso soup, cabbage salad, and rice! But their freshly made tonkatsu (breaded fried pork cutlets) are usually crispy and filling. I'm not crazy about pork so I usually get shrimp or chicken or something else, also good.
Lastly, a chain restaurant that's hardly special but their prices are extremely reasonable and the food is pretty decent considering. So when we just want some ordinary Japanese food we often go to Ootoya. Just to give you an example of how cheap it is, the meal in the picture is 787yen (approx. US$6.50).
Now, I tag MissSin (because I'm sure she must know some fun restaurants to go to around Tokyo), Bookfool (Mississippi- cause her trips to Oxford and her food pics make me hungry), Andi (Texas- for also making me hungry anytime she talks about eating out), and anyone else who feels like playing along.
*Photos from the respective restaurants' websites.