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Friday, April 20, 2018

IKEBUKURO: Koike Budget Izakaya... the beers have stabilized at a daily 180 rate! But hi-balls are 130 yen!

Finally back to Ikebukuro's most budget alcohol izakaya with my friend visiting from Niigata.

Back in the day the beers were 100 yen from Mon-Thurs but now its a fixed 180 yen.

No more paper menus.. everything is via this tablet and there are no English language options.

Automatic 300 yen appetizer aka table charge... a few pieces of macaroni with mayo.

Extra wasabi is free!

My favorite here... Avocado tuna salad.

Ok... here is the menu screen.  The top button that says お飲み物 is the drink menu and the bottom お料理 is the food menu.  Everything is pictured so just push the photo and select the # of items you want.

Friend ordered this sushi platter for about 1,300 yen.  I am very fearful of fresh sushi here as this place is really not known for quality... just tried a few pieces of Maguro.  If in search of sushi just goto a sushi spot like Sushi Zanmai.

Hi-Balls are 130 yen or you can get a double for 180 yen.

Overall the food is rather expensive so use this place to just drink then move onto another spot for nijikai... the building has multiple floors so in reservation recommended Tokyo its an easy in and out.

Restaurant: Sushi Izakaya Koike
Address J: 東京都豊島区東池袋1-20-18
Address E: Tokyo, Toshima-ku, Higashi Ikebukuro 1-20-18

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

NISHIAZABU: Otora Udon Restaurant. Walked past many times but finally ventured into this nice izakaya.

Lots of Udon choices!  

A big tub of different oden items...  my favorite is daikon.

Oden item menu.

Prices for the noodles ranged upwards of 1,350 yen depending on the toppings but I went for the most basic Kitsune-Udon (Udon with fried tofu) at 750 yen.  And always a fan of Arrabiata so got the Gratin 880yen.

The otoshi... appetizer thats inclusive in the 300yen table charge.

Little old man in a suit dining alone next to me.

I don't really know how to judge udon... I think it was good.  

Fun gratin dish.  

Enjoyed this spacious restaurant... nice options that included fish and yakitori too.  If you are staying in the Roppongi area its only about a 10 minute walk to Nishi Azabu.  A very quiet neighborhood due to there not being any train stations nearby.

Restaurant: Otora
Address J: 東京都港区西麻布2-13-12
Address E: Tokyo, Minato-ku, Nishi Azabu 2-13-12

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Friday, April 13, 2018

ROPPONGI: Asian Kebab... delicious reasonable Kebab Bowl! Friendly chef too... gotta go!

I was here 8 years ago when it was called Kebab Bar but lately I've been going to ramen, burger and gyoza spots in Roppongi... but got a craving. 

Great English menu.

Tried the kebab don... wow this thing was super tasty!  While I was eating at the counter several people got take-out.  Seems popular!

Friendly chef

A choice of sauces but give Mix a try.

Must be a photo of the owner.

Opening up an 8th store... nice.

Could't finish my meal and he simply placed a lid on the bowl and I was off.  If in Roppongi on a budget you really can't go wrong here.  Give it a try!!

Restaurant: Asian Kebab
Address J: 東京都港区六本木6-2-35 ROPPONGI662
Address E: Tokyo, Minato-ku, Roppongi 6-2-35

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