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While I was in Japan, I had planned to meet another friend whom I met in Canada. Our meeting point was Ginza, where is one of the commercial area in Tokyo and there are a lot of people visiting, especially when a street becomes car-free zones on weekends and holidays.

She took me to a casual French restaurant, Le Nougat.
We chose a course meal from their today’s special menu that comes with 3 dishes.

Bread served

Bread at Le Nougat in Ginza

Assorted appetizer that I chose.

Assorted appetizer at Le Nougat in Ginza

Soup that my friend chose.

Soup at Le Nougat in Ginza

Main dish, Berkshire pork steak that I chose.

Berkshire pork steak at Le Nougat in Ginza

Main dish that my friend chose. (I don’t remember the dish name, but it looked like a rolled cabbage.)

Rolled cabbage like dish at Le Nougat in Ginza

Dessert, red wine jelly compote

Red wine jelly compote at Le Nougat in Ginza

Cafe Au Lait

Cafe Au Lait at Le Nougat in Ginza

Bistro Le Nougat (Be careful when you click, sound will be on.)

Address: 6-12-2 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo (map)
TEL: 03-6254-5105
Facebook: page

Lunch/Dinner
[Mon – Fri] 17:30 – 2:00
[Sat] 12:00 – 2:00
[Sun, Holidays] 12:00 – 23:00

Price Note
– Course meal with 3 dish 2,100 yen

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While I was in Japan, I had planned to meet another friend. She came from Kyoto for me! (Her parents live in or close to Tokyo.) We met at Tobu department store in Ikebukuro, and we went to Hibi-an (日々庵) as my request, because I really wanted to eat Okonomi-yaki, i.e., Japanese savory pancake.

Unlike other restaurants where I know, the staff cooks for you.

Okonomiyaki at Hibi-an in Ikebukuro

Okonomiyaki at Hibi-an in Ikebukuro

Tada~~! Okonomi-yaki. Topping is Bonito flake.

Okonomiyaki at Hibi-an in Ikebukuro

My friend ordered a combo, small Okonomi-yaki and Yakisoba (fried noodles).

Okonomiyaki and Yakisoba at Hibi-an in Ikebukuro

And, extra picture of the restaurant entrance.

Hibi-an in Ikebukuro

Hibi-an (日々庵)

Address: Tobu 12th floor 1-1-25, Nishi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo (map)
TEL: 03-5391-2201

Lunch/Dinner
11:00 – 22:00 (Lunch until 16:00)

Some menu here

Menu at Hibi-an
Price Note
– Mixed Okonomi-yaki 1,200 yen
– Combo of Okonomi-yaki & Yakisoba Unknown

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While I was in Japan, I had planned to meet one of my friend. She asked me where I wanted to go, and I requested Tsukiji, Tokyo, because I had never been there.

She researched about the area, before we met, and she gave me a map. For the first time visitor, it was not easy to know how close to each other along narrow alleys Tsukiji shops and restaurants were and how crowded it was with people, so it was easy to miss them.

After walking awhile, we decided to have lunch at Uogashi Senryou (魚河岸千両) of Itadori group. Uogashi literally means fish market, and Senryou means thousands of dollars. (Ryo was a quantity or currency unit used in the old era.)

We shared two dish, Hokkai-no-Kaze and Kaisen (Seafood) Hitsumabuhi.
Hitsu is a round wooden container for cooked rice and mostly used for Sushi. Mabushi probably comes from Mabusu, i.e., sprinkle or coat.

Hokkai-no-Kaze (literally means wind from the northern ocean) is served a lot of fresh seafood from the northern ocean, salmon, sweet prawn, salmon roe, white fish, e.g, snapper, Zuwai crab, etc.

Hokkai-no-Kaze at Itadori Uogashi Senryou in Tsukiji

Hokkai-no-Kaze at Itadori Uogashi Senryou in Tsukiji

Hitsumabushi is served with chopped fresh fish, and you eat in three ways, taking some into your own bowl.

Hitsumabushi at Itadori Uogashi Senryou in Tsukiji

For 1st bowl, pour soy sauce with Wasabi as you wish, and eat as is (Kaisen (seafood) Donburi).

Hitsumabushi at Itadori Uogashi Senryou in Tsukiji

For 2nd bowl, mix them all with the sweeten veggies etc. served with a small plate, until the rice of color turns Uni (sea urchin)’s.

Hitsumabushi at Itadori Uogashi Senryou in Tsukiji

For 3rd bowl, put the mixed rice into your own bowl, and pour Dashi soup.

Hitsumabushi at Itadori Uogashi Senryou in Tsukiji

Here are pictures for more details.

How to eat Hitsumabushi at Itadori Uogashi Senryou in Tsukiji How to eat Hitsumabushi at Itadori Uogashi Senryou in Tsukiji

And, extra pictures of the restaurant entrance.

Itadori Uogashi Senryou in Tsukiji
Itadori Uogashi Senryou (魚河岸千両) (Japanese only)

Address: 4 Chome 10-14 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo (map)
TEL: 03-5565-5739

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
[Mon – Sat] 8:30 – 16:30, 17:00 – 22:30
[Sun, Holidays] 8:30 – 21:30

Price Note
– Hokkai-no-Kaze 1,900 yen
– Kaisen Hitsumabushi 2,100 yen

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