{  Matsurokuya — 御曹司 松六家  }

Onzoushi Matsurokuya -- 御曹司 松六家
Onzoushi Matsurokuya -- 御曹司 松六家
Onzoushi Matsurokuya -- 御曹司 松六家
Onzoushi Matsurokuya -- 御曹司 松六家
Onzoushi Matsurokuya -- 御曹司 松六家

Unbelievable cost performance! An A5-rank Kurogewagyu-beef lunch set for 1200yen 1300yen in Roppongi.

If you are looking for the best lunch deal with a great traditional Japanese lunch experience, come here. This place is so popular that even though we arrived here by 11:40am, only 10 minutes after they opened, it was already full. We waited about 40 minutes until we got a seat, and many people were giving up standing in line as an employee came out to tell them how long it would be until the next seating. It’s nice because most of the seating is in private rooms with a traditional tatami setting.

Places like this are popular for a reason. How can you offer something like this for only 1200yen 1300yen! The meat was a little rare for my taste but my friends all loved it. You start by tasting the beef on it’s own first. Then, you’re supposed to enjoy it along with the condiments that come with it on the side. As you eat your rice, you’ll discover another layer of meat underneath it. After some time the servers bring you more rice to finish off your dish as Hitsumabushi (ochazuke style). The hot dashi poured over the rice and meat is like an entirely new dish. YUMM. Definitely give this a try if you’re in the area, you won’t regret it.

Note: Closed on Sundays. Lunch service: 11:30am-2pm (Often closes early as the lunch set sells out)

Update: Looks like their Hitsumabushi lunch set now costs 1300yen (May, 2014).

Address // 4-10-2, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-3796-3369
Website // http://www.tokyo-rf.com/restaurants/r04/index.html

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{  Kitchen Bon  }

Kitchen Bon
Kitchen Bon
Kitchen Bon

After our meal, we decided to tea at Quil Fait Bon Daikanyama which is only 4 minutes walking distance.
Quil Fait Bon

Kitchen Bon is an old restaurant that has been around for years and is owned by a stubborn old man and his very nice wife. Although the building that the restaurant is in seems like it’s modern and new, you will feel like you’ve traveled back in time as soon as you walk inside.

This restaurant is most famous for their borscht, a slowly stewed soup that originated from Russia. Neither my friends nor I have ever had this type of soup so after reading great reviews about it as well as how legendary Japanese singer Misora Hibari and legendary Giant’s coach Mr. Nagashima were both regulars here, we knew we had to try it. They also serve curry, pork/chicken cutlets, hamburg steak and all sorts of other dishes which are highly rated by others.

Anyhow, we decided to order the borscht (1470yen) + homemade dark rye bread with butter (around 300yen) which was recommended with the soup. We weren’t sure what to expect (or how authentic it was) but all of us agreed that it was absolutely delicious. Our first impression was that it looked like a heavy soup since it was a dark color with chunks of potatoes and cream on top. But as soon as we took a sip of it, we realized that it’s a hearty, salty, and strong-flavored soup that’s addictive and the rye bread which absorbs the soup so well when you dip it is the perfect side dish. All I can say is it was satisfying and although it’s a little pricey for just soup and bread, it was worth trying and experiencing a new cuisine.

After this meal, my friends and I walked over to nearby Quil Fait Bon for some tea and delicious fruit tarts to continue our chit chat ;)

Address // 1F, 1-3-11, Ebisunishi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-3461-8538
Website // n/a

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{  Toritake — 鳥竹  }

Toritake -- 鳥竹
Toritake -- 鳥竹
Toritake -- 鳥竹
Toritake -- 鳥竹
Toritake -- 鳥竹

Toritake is an awesome Yakitori place located right by Shibuya station. It’s a hole-in-the-wall Izakaya kind of place and has three floors which are constantly packed with customers. Be prepared to wait a little during popular hours.

We’ve been here a few times cause we love how affordable and good the Yakitori is. Over the course of our visits, we’ve experimented with ordering our dishes with both the “tare” (sauce flavoring) and the “shio” (salt flavoring) and overall we tend to prefer the salt more since it really brings out the flavor of the chicken and takes the veggies to another level. Everything here is delicious and I highly recommend their stuffed green pepper (ピーマンの肉詰め). Yummm. The place is loud and happening during dinner hours with people of all ages and a variety of different nationalities represented among the diners. They surprisingly have an English menu and I’ve also heard great things about their lunch as well.

Just FYI, be prepared to take off your shoes if you sit on the basement-level floor or to sit next to people who are smoking.

Note: Closed on the second Monday of every month.

Address // 1-6-1, Dougenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-3461-1627
Website // n/a

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{  Hyoki — 瓢喜  }

Hyoki -- 瓢喜 西麻布店
Hyoki -- 瓢喜 西麻布店
Hyoki -- 瓢喜 西麻布店
Hyoki -- 瓢喜 西麻布店
Hyoki -- 瓢喜 西麻布店

Happy New Year! 明けましておめでとうございます。今年もどうぞよろしくお願い致します。

Just got back from my two week long vacation to Brazil and I have quite a bit of work backed up but I’m happy to be back home. Brazil summers are very hot and humid just like Japan which I’m not a fan of but we attended the most beautiful wedding there and had a great time. Unfortunately I got the most mosquito bites ever and it sucks… Hopefully will get around to posting some photos from my trip in the next few weeks but for now, I’m very excited to share this awesome restaurant with you. Hope everyone had a fun and safe New Years. Wishing you all a wonderful 2014 ahead!

xo,
Maki

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I highly recommend this shabu shabu restaurant if you can visit here during lunch time between Monday-Friday since they offer an amazing lunch set for only 980yen!

This shabu shabu restaurant is pricey for dinner service, but their weekday lunch service is almost too good to be true. You need to take off your shoes when you first walk in but you then get to dine in a private room with tatami flooring. The staff are all women in kimono’s which really adds to the authentic and old-school Japanese vibe they have.

Pictured above is the weekly lunch set (which changes weekly) “butano kakuni” lunch set for 980yen. The other dish shown above is the “Pork hari hari jitate” lunch set for 980yen. The portions may look small in the photo but they are actually quite filling. It’s really quite amazing to get such a well-balanced meal with high quality ingredients for this price in Nishiazabu.

If you want a great Japanese lunch experience that is affordable, hands down this is the place to check out.

Address // Nishiazabu 1106, 1-10-6, Nishiazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-6804-5113
Website // http://www.hyoki.jp/

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{  Tokyoen — 東京苑  }

Tokyoen -- 東京苑
Tokyoen -- 東京苑
Tokyoen -- 東京苑
Tokyoen -- 東京苑
Tokyoen -- 東京苑

Tokyoen is a yakiniku place that has a few different branches. We went to the one in Yutenji and had an amazing experience.

They have tons of different types of meat but we chose their most famous ones: the “10 second sirloin” and the “3 second sirloin”. As the names suggest, you only have to grill the meat for a few seconds and then dip it into several sauces of your choice and the meat literally melts in your mouth. The meat is oh so soft, we’ve never had anything like this. The “3 second sirloin” is more fatty than the “10 second sirloin” so we liked the “10 second” one more. We also ordered Kalbi and a few popular meats from the specials of the day. Everything was so good but we liked the Kalbi so much we had to get seconds. As for side dishes, we ordered the Kakuteki (radish that is pickled Korean-style), the Tokyoen salad, the vegetable kuppa (a rice soup dish), and Korean-style cold noodles. YUMMM. Finished it off with the Almond Jelly dessert for only 100yen. No wonder this place is so popular, we loved everything about this place- the presentation of the food (especially how the meat came out!), the ambiance, and the service.

The average price that people spend at this Yakiniku place is around 5000~6000yen per person. We ate a good amount but since we didn’t order any alcohol, our bill was much lower than what we expected (just under 4000yen per person). Not bad at all! Highly recommend this place for meat lovers, you won’t regret it. Make sure you make reservations.

Note: Closed on Tuesday. Restaurant opens at 17:00.

Address // 2-38-28, Nakacho, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-3793-3878
Website // http://www.toukyoen.sakura.ne.jp/index.html

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