Katsuhei, Tsukiji

Our friend brought us here. This was the first place where I realized I understood nothing about Japanese addresses. We found it by the three pigs.

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She must know me well, as they have lots of good fried goodness.

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I like tonkatsu, and this was fried well. The pork cutlet was normal in flavor and quality; what I liked about it was the flakiness and the fried texture.

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I would go back if I was near.

Katsuhei
7-11-7 Tsukiji
Chuo 104-0045, Tokyo

Sushi Dai, Tsukiji

I suffered in the cold through a 3-hour wait (5am to 8am). I’m not planning on doing this again, as the sushi wasn’t worth that length of line-standing.

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Definitely more tourists than locals. Probably because there are online / English resources available that talk about it and over-hyped it up. This explains the long line.

The chefs placed the sushi directly onto a countertop that they wipe clean after each piece and before each customer sits down.

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The sushi was normal, but not special. This makes me think that the fish & sushi available in SF is similar in quality as Tsukiji…

The miso soup was memorable with its rich meaty flavor, likely due to its bits of fish meat & bones. Never had a miso soup this good! Awesome.

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The tea was served too hot. Fortunately the cup let all the heat out, so I knew to wait to avoid burning my tongue.

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Sushi Dai
6 Chome-27-1
Tsukiji, Chuo, Tokyo 104-0045
Japan

Streamer Coffee Company, Shibuya

Found this place while looking for third wave coffee in Tokyo.

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Lol. Wasn’t brave enough to try these.

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Tried an iced latte. I liked it better than other Tokyo coffee houses I checked out, but I still prefer SF coffee.

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Streamer Coffee Company
20-28, Shibuya 1-Chōme
Shibuya, Tokyo
Japan 150-0002

Rokurinsha, Tokyo Station

Heard about this place from a TV show and thought it was over-hyped because it’s on TV.

It’s downstairs (B1) in Tokyo Station, in the Ramen Street area. If you go off-peak hours, the line can be pretty short!

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Hype? Well…

This was THE BEST ramen I’ve ever had in my life. By far. Really! Highly recommended to everyone going to Tokyo. I would go out of my way and make plans specifically around this.

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The magic is in the broth. A variety of meaty bits made it rich, provided savory umami flavor, and gave it interesting textures. After eating this, I realized every previous ramen I’ve eaten is a lie, built on salty grease broth.

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The noodles were nice and dense; al dente. I’ve never had noodles this good.

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The eggs are magic too. As far as I know, we just don’t have eggs like this in the states.

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I don’t think I can eat ramen in the states again; at least, not without disappointment.

Rokurinsha
Tokyo Station Ichibangai B1
9-1, Marunouchi 1-Chōme
Chiyoda, Tokyo
Japan 100-0005

Pepper Lunch, Ueno

It is interesting to me to try out the original Japanese version of some restaurants available in the US.

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I don’t think the US version does this. (=

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This was the sauce I liked. Not sure what it is.

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Adding the sauce to the dish turns it all brown. Maybe not photogenic, but definitely tasty.

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Much better than the American version of Pepper Lunch.

Pepper Lunch
1-57, Uenokoen
Taito, Tokyo
Japan 110-0007