Rin, Shibuya

A friend took us here. I think Rin is known for this sashimi plate with dry ice.

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Gimmicky yes, but still pretty cool (no pun intended). Aside from the dry ice, it tasted normal.

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I’m not used to using raw egg yolk as a dip. It was ok.

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I liked this agedashi tofu.

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I liked the other fried foods too. Japanese frying quality easily exceeds American frying.

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Rin
Fujiki Building 3F
1-5-5 Dogenzaka
Shibuya, Tokyo, 150-0043

Tonkatsu Maisen, Tokyu-Toyoko, Shibuya

I read about this place having good tonkatsu.

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The restaurant looks unassuming.

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On the menu, I noticed one page was devoted to black pig from some special location. It cost more than the usual pork cutlet, and it pretty much had one page all to itself. I ordered it. It came with a sweet plum sauce, and came on a wire mesh tray unlike the normal tonkatsu.

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This was THE BEST tonkatsu I’ve ever had in my life. The meat really was  better than the standard cutlet (which is already good), and the frying quality exceeded that from Katsuhei, which has a lighter crust that I also liked. I can see why this item is the only one on one menu page.

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DAT SAUCE THO.

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I think what really made it for me was not just the superior meat quality and masterful frying, but the way the sauce complemented and completed the dish. This sauce isn’t normally on the table, and didn’t come with the standard pork cutlet tonkatsu, which I tried at a later date.

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The standard cutlet with Japanese curry. Though it was “standard”, it was still good. Better than CoCo Curry House of course. How is it that Japanese frying doesn’t feel all greasy like American frying?

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The rice is better in Japan than in the states. And/or they make it better there.

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Tonkatsu Maisen
Tokyu Department Toyoko Store 9F
2 Chome-24-1
Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0000
Japan

Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous, San Francisco

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My current favorite ice cream shop in SF!

I like their texture best, and the taste is the right balance of sweet and flavorful but not overly salted/rich compared to other creamery shops. The homemade waffle cones are nice, fresh, and crispy! My favorite flavors so far have been brown butter and earl grey tea. The cookies are also good here.

What I don’t understand is why there is a line out the door in the mornings! The community table seating area gets a little too close for comfort sometimes, but at least there is a place to sit down and enjoy the ice cream.

Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous, 699 22nd St, San Francisco, CA 94107