Kobe Beef Kaiseki 511, Part 2 (to go!), Asakusa

511 also gave us an unexpected gift… a to-go box with fresh ramen noodles and sauce made with kobe beef!

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The contents of the room-temp packet look gross. But smells great.

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Fresh noodles.

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Boiled the noodles and heated the broth. Looks appetizing, and tastes better than I thought it would given it is reheated by me, an ocean away from its source.

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I’d probably buy this, depending on the price, because the broth is really good. If only I knew how to turn this into full-on ramen, with egg, slices of meat, etc.

 

Kobe Beef Kaiseki 511
Dear Plaza Akasaka B1
4-3-28 Akasaka
Minato-ku, Tokyo
http://www.a511.jp/en/

Kobe Beef Kaiseki 511, Asakusa

As an unexpected, generous wedding gift, a friend took us here.

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Inside seems halfway between swanky and traditional steak house.

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The real reason I was here: Kobe beef steak!

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After ordering, our friend showed us something neat. I do not have such skills / dexterity.

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The sashimi salad was fresh and tasty.

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I got the sirloin, which is not my preferred cut (rib eye). Despite that, this was THE BEST beef I’ve had in my life so far. It was an amazing experience.

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It was fascinating to see soy sauce in this sponge form. The waiter recommended that I combine a bit of it with some wasabi and try it with the steak. I did, and I liked it more than I thought I would. Kind of makes me want to try it with American steaks (rib eye).

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My wife ordered the round steak. I don’t think American steak houses even offer this, maybe because it’s not a preferred cut of steak. In a way, its texture was similar to an American NY Strip. If someone told me this was an American steak (not Kobe beef) I would have believed them. Doesn’t seem special; don’t waste your time with the round steak.

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Sakura ice cream!

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And the bathroom was clean! Swankier than the rest of the restaurant.

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I would love to come back. Next time I’ll probably either try a larger sirloin, or the tenderloin.

Kobe Beef Kaiseki 511
Dear Plaza Akasaka B1
4-3-28 Akasaka
Minato-ku, Tokyo
http://www.a511.jp/en/

Ningyo-Yaki shop, Asakusa, Nakamise-dori

While walking through Nakamise, found this Ningyo-Yaki shop near the center. Can’t figure out what it is called, but it had the best ningyo-yaki I’ve found there because of its fresh baked, hand made textures and tasty red bean center.

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I can’t read Japanese, but I’m pretty sure this sign is a description of the food and possibly not its store name. I could be mistaken. This is not the machine-made ningyo-yaki shop at the end of Nakamise Street; that place isn’t bad but isn’t as good imho.

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As an ignorant American, I first mistook this for the swastika. But, it is backwards (left-facing) and means something else.

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The read bean inside wasn’t overly sweet, so one could appreciate the actual red bean flavor.

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I don’t have an address for this place, so just head towards the middle of Nakamise-dori and follow your nose until you recognize things from these photos. If you have more information on this shop, please leave a friendly comment and I’ll update it with the location name and address!