Sumirich, Minato

Some friends worked here and decided to show us the place. It’s Italian style, but I’m not sure it really is Italian (not that it particularly matters).

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One great thing about eating in groups is you can all share a large number of dishes! Overall the food was ok. Seems like a college-goer type of meal.

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I liked the sauce on the steak and potatoes, which was some sort of sweet and savory demi-glaze.

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Sumirich
1-2-5 Shiba Daimon
Minato 105-0012, Tokyo

matenrou, Tokyo Skytree, Sumida

On the way to Jojoen previously, I noticed meat. It was a teppanyaki place and I wanted to come back to try it. So we did.

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Sweet views.

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Fortunately, we asked what was good. They recommended this sort of seafood pancake that had some roe. It was tasty!

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Some veggies, to offset all my meat intake.

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And the meat! It was good. I liked it and would eat here again if I stopped by Skytree.

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The rice was good because of its chewy texture; I don’t think people know how to make rice like this in the states.

matenrou
Tokyo Skytree town Solamachi 31F
1-1-2 Oshiage
Sumida-ku, Tokyo, 131-0045

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/