Sunday, February 18, 2018

Sital

Location: Sital


Rating: Not great
Meal: Lunch
Price: 1940 yen
Payment: Cash only
Dishes: Two curry set (chicken saag, keema), mutton curry set
English Menu: Yes
Smoking: Yes


After church this Sunday my wife and I wandered around the Kappabashi area looking for a restaurant.  Turns out the famous area that sells restaurant equipment is a bit light on actual restaurants, go figure!  So we wandered closer to Ueno station and found Sital.  I suspect it's meant to be Sitar, but r/l in Japanese are basically interchangeable, so it makes a kind of sense.

Salad

It's small, and the selection is pretty basic.  It's pretty much your typical Nepali-style Indian food filtered through Japanese tastes.  So, not great.  The curries were all quite thin and sweet.  The rice was particularly unpleasant and tasted like it had been sitting cool in the rice pot for quite some time.  

Two curry set

Definitely not a spot I'd willingly go back to.

Mutton curry with rice

Amiyakitei

Location: Amiyakitei
Forgot to take a picture, but this is from Yokosuka Food Corner

Rating: OK
Meal: Lunch for 2
Price: 5391 yen
Payment: Credit cards accepted
Dishes:  Yakiniku set, stewed intestines, kimchi set, bibimbap, salad bar
English Menu: Yes
Smoking: No



My wife and I finally ate at a yakiniku restaurant along 16 that we've driven by countless times.  It's got a handy parking lot, which makes it attractive if you're looking for something to eat while driving.  I hear it's pretty popular with the gaijin crowd, and they did seem quite prepared with an English menu and everything.  This place is a chain, and it's obviously been around a while as it's a bit dingy inside.


Stewed intestines and kimchi set

My wife wasn't feeling the meat, so she ordered a bibimbap and salad bar.  I was, so I ordered a more expensive than usual platter of meat that ended up being quite a bit.  Could have shared that for sure and I was quite full by the time we were done.  I also wanted some kimchi and I do love me some stewed intestines!


Salad from the bar

Overall it was just ok, though quite a bit easier to order at than some yakiniku restaurants.  Still, I think we've had better in town, so I gave it an Ok.


Soup and bibimbap
Most of the meat (there was more)


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Susan Indian Restaurant

Location: Susan Indian Restaurant

Rating: OK
Meal: Lunch
Price: 1600 yen
Payment: Credit cards accepted
Dishes:  Mutton masala, small rice, whiskey high ball
English Menu: Yes
Smoking: No


Another restaurant review near Kenritsudaigaku station.  This little Indian restaurant is pretty much par for the course for Nepalese-Indian restaurants in the area.  The mutton masala was tasty, but sweet and very creamy (actual cream...not really normal in Indian cuisine).



Monday, February 12, 2018

Mitouya

Location: Mitouya


Rating: OK
Meal: Lunch
Price: 1080 yen
Payment: Cash only
Dishes:  Ramen
English Menu: No
Smoking: No (didn't see any ashtrays)


After church on Sunday in Ueno, I was by myself, so I popped into a ramen shop nearby for some food.  The ramen was decent, the eggs were nice and runny, and the pork was very good, but overall it wasn't incredible.


Saturday, February 10, 2018

Marco

Location: Marco

Rating: OK
Meal: Lunch
Price: 1000 yen
Payment: Cash only
Dishes:  Carbonara lunch set
English Menu: No
Smoking: No


In an effort to salvage what remained of a lunch gone bad as I continue reviewing spots near Kenritsudaigaku station, I found Marco, an italian restaurant, relatively close by.  The lunch special is quite decent, with several choices for the main course, a nice pre-meal set of 3 tasty items, a salad, dessert and a hot or cold drink for 1000 yen.


I chose the carbonara pasta set, which was decent enough, though unremarkable.  The 3 little bites were nice looking, but lacking in great flavor.  Overall I wasn't super impressed, but it was good enough.  Probably wouldn't come back on purpose though.


Sobakko

Location: Sobakko

Rating: Nasty
Meal:  Lunch
Price:  750 yen
Payment:  Cash only
Dishes: Cold soba with mountain yam, kimchi, egg and one shrimp tempura
English Menu: No
Smoking: Not while I was there, but possibly


Another Kenritsudaigaku review, Sobakko was pretty terrible.  The shrimp tempura was one of the grossest things I have ever eaten at a Japanese restaurant.  Then I mixed up the ingredients and tried to eat the soba with the slimy mountain yam and it just tasted...terrible.  I realized as I faced the prospect of trying to eat this grossness that I didn't actually have to eat it, and shameful though it was, I said thank you very much and left to find something else to eat for lunch.


I guess it's possible I just didn't do a good job picking my dish, but ultimately that doesn't matter.  These reviews are based on my experience eating there, and if it's bad, unless there are serious mitigating circumstances, that's how I'm going to call it.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Yokosuka Sarumen


Rating: OK
Meal: Lunch
Price: 1030 yen
Payment: Cash only
Dishes:  Sarumen, miso karaage
English Menu: No
Smoking: No


A friend mentioned to me the other day that a new restaurant had opened up and we should check it out.  This new restaurant is called Yokosuka Sarumen, which translates to Yokosuka Monkey Noodles.  It's not exactly ramen, but close enough that's what I'm going to classify it as.  Their claim to fame is that the noodles are made using wakame (seaweed) that is harvested off of Sarushima (Monkey Island), a small island quite close to Yokosuka.  You can take a ferry out to visit it and spend the day on the beach or exploring the island and its WWII battlements.

Sarumen

Their location is possibly either excellent or terrible, depending on how things go.  They are sandwiched between one of the best little tendon (tempura don) restaurants in town, and a pretty decent hakata style tonkotsu ramen joint.  There is often a line outside the tendon restaurant, so I could see people getting tired of waiting and just opting to eat at Sarumen.  However, once people have eaten there, they may find it hard to return knowing the other options that are available right there.  In any case, I wish them the best of luck with their endeavors.

Karaage

I had a regular bowl of their signature sarumen, though you can go up in size.  I also had  a side of miso karaage (fried chicken).  The noodles themselves were rather bland and uninteresting, though not offensive.  The karaage was quite tasty, and lacked that heavy powdered ginger/garlic taste that the typical konbini offerings do.  My friend opted for the single ticket teishoku including noodles, karaage, and rice, and he was quite disappointed that the soup was as small as it was, while there was so much karaage.  Unbalanced, he said.

Overall I'd give them an Ok,