Soba with Karami-daikon radish (Tsukiji)

I went to Tsukiji at workday’s lunchtime the other day.

Truthfully speaking,  at first, I went to Kashigashira that is the farthest lunch place  that I can go from my office.
But there were some people waiting in front of the restaurant. I gave up soon and I went toward Totoya that is famous as Yakitori bowl, but on my way to Totoya, I stopped in front of Choseian. I looked inside the restaurant out of the door. Fortunately there was one vacant table !
Appearance, Cyoseian (Tsukiji)

It was too muggy and my brain didn’t work well, so I ordered a “Cold soba with Karami-daikon radish” that is to be noticed beside the entrance.

Choseian have only some tables for 4 persons. So basically, we have to share a table.
Of course I realize that.
But, there’s some people who make me feel unpleasant…. I hate share the table with them.

Some boisterous middle aged men who have greasy skin and breathe hard :( :( :(

At first, such a man entered the restaurant and tried to sit in front of me though the waiter tried to take him to the back table.
He said ” I sat this seat. OK” again and again :(

Ooooops ! No ! NO !!! I thought so.
But the waiter said him to move to the back table again and again and after all he moved to there.

After that, new guest entered the restaurant and share my table. I was relieved :)

After a while, my soba with karami-daikon radish came.
Soba with Karami-daikon radish, Choseian (Tsukiji)
The white thing at that side is grated karami-daikon radish. Karami-daikon is a kind of pungent daikon radish.
It had slight bitterness and pungent taste. Fresh and light pungent taste. It was still hot at daytime and such a food make me feel fresh.

I put the soup and grated karami-daikon radish into the bowl on this side.

Soup, Cyoseian (Tsukiji)

At first, I ate the soba just with soup and grated karami-daikon radish and after that I put some ingredients into the soup and I enjoyed the change of the taste :)

Well, it was splendid !
It had fresh and simple taste. I remember that I ate soba in warm soup at Choseian before and I didn’t like it because it was overcooked.
There is no need to be unnecessarily anxious about the cold soba and I could enjoy the strong texture of the soba.
I could find Choseian’s soba is fine :D

I was satisfied with the soba and got out of the restaurant for going back to my office.


When I got to next traffic signal,

“I felt hungry….?”

“I have just finished my lunch …. :(“

Well, this set don’t have much soba and ingredients are only grated daikon and green onions.
In addition, daikon helps digestion !
When I got to my office, I felt very hungry ! Nevertheless I had just finished eating soba !

The soba made me feel happy, but it didn’t fill my stomach.
I should have eaten tempura soba or any filling foods… !

Choseian (長生庵)
Monteberde building 1st floor, 4-14-1 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Open – from 7:00 to 21:00, Saturdays from 7:00 to 14:30, Sundays from 11:00 to 14:00
Holiday – 3rd Sunday every month

So spicy mapo tofu (Makuhari-Hongo)

Recently I’m suffering from mouth ulcer and perleche. Still I can’t stop eating spicy foods :P
I came to Manzan for severe spicy mapo tofu.
Appearance, Manzan (Makuhari-Hongo)

Chen Mapo tofu (陳麻婆豆腐, 1000 yen)
Mapo tofu, Manzan (Makuhari-Hongo)

This was the first time here after the consumption tax increase and I found the prices  of their lunch sets increased from 950 to 1000 yen.
Still it is inexpensive.

That day’s mapo tofu was watery and it wasn’t my delight as usual. But still it was good.
Mapo tofu have plenty of tofu, so cook have to take amount of water into  consideration. So, it is difficult to make best mapo tofu, I think.

Most of restaurants serve only mapo tofu and rice for near 1000 yen within Tokyo, so the prices in Chiba is low all the same :)
And I like the set having almond jelly. I can’t eat a lot of sweet foods, so I can’t order one whole almond jelly by myself. So, I love this “small” almond jelly.

This soup was simple but tasty, too.
Soup, Manzan (Makuhari-Hongo)

I love spicy foods, but I decided not to eat severe spicy foods for a while.
Yes, I’ll keep eating medium spicy foods !

Manzan (蔓山)
Mariot Hongo Building. 1st floor, 6-25-4 Makuhari-Hongo, Hanamigawa-ku, Chiba-shi, Chiba
Open – from 11:30 to 14:00, from 18:00 to 22:00
Holiday – Tuesdays
HP –
(in Japanese only)

Past articles about Manzan
* Apr 5th, 2014 Mapo tofu(Makuhari-Hongo)
* Sep 17th, 2013 Dandan noodles and tantanmen (Makuhari-Hongo)
* Aug 30th, 2013 Dandan noodles at Manzan (Makuhari-Hongo)
* Nov 29th, 2012 Hot dandan noodles (Makuhari-Hongo)
* Nov 6th, 2012 When I feel like eating hot foods,,, (Makuhari-Hongo)

Fresh raw salmon roe ! (Tsukiji)

I had a lunch at Kashigashira after a long absence :)
I couldn’t go there because I had to take a dental treatment on recent Saturdays’ lunchtime.

Only a few weeks since I went to Kashigashira last, but I couldn’t wait to eat lunch at there :)

At first, our standard dish at Kashigashria. Assorted sashimi.
Assorted sashimi, Kashigashira (Tsukiji)
Seki horse mackerel , heart clam, horse mackerel from Kagoshima, bonito, young punctatus, Common lentjan, blackthroat seaperch, young cuttlefish, young Spanish mackerel and bigeye tuna.

The young cuttlefish was very soft and good ! And everything was delicious !

Then the manager said that they had raw salmon roe. Of course, we ordered it :)
“Raw” salmon roe is on the market only this season.
Yes, you know salmon roe is on the market all year around, but those are marinated salmon roe with soy sauce or salt being cooked on this season.
Kashigashira bought the raw salmon roe and they marinated it with salt lightly.

Full of salmon roe !!!!!
Ikura overflows, Kashigashira (Tsukiji)

Nobody ate rice except me :P And miso soup.
Because everyone except me already ate much somewhere in Tsukiji and they didn’t eat rice at Kashigashira. Well, Kashigashira’s seafoods are dessert for them :P
Rice and miso soup, Kashigashira (Tsukiji)
It’s a shame ! Assorted sashimi needs rice ! That’s awesome !

With rice, we can do such a thing !
Ikura bowl, Kashigashira (Tsukiji)
I felt very happy….. !!!!!

Kashigashira (河岸頭)
Lions mansion Higashi-Ginza building. 1st underground, 4-12-2 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Open – lunch time from 11:00 to 14:00, bar time from 18:00 to 23:00
Closed – Sundays and national holidays
Facebook –
 (in Japanese only)

Past articles about Kashigashira
* Aug 17th, 2014 Our regular way of spending time at Tsukiji on Saturdays
* Jul 16th, 2014 Waking or sleeping, I’m thinking about Kashgiashira (Tsukiji)
* May 28th, 2014 Kashigashira’s refurbishment has finished :) (Tsukiji)
* May 18th, 2014 Kashigashira’ll reopen soon. (Tsukiji)
* May 16th, 2014 Menuke (Kashigashira)
* Apr 30th, 2014 Tremendous yellowfin tuna (Tsukiji)
* Feb 9th, 2014 Enjoyed Saturday’s tsukiji (2/2)
* Jan 27th, 2014 Two in my wish list about Tsukiji came true 2/2
* Dec 23rd, 2013 Downstairs to heaven – 2/2 (Tsukiji)
* Dec 22nd, 2013 Downstairs to heaven – 1/2 (Tsukiji)
* Dec 12nd, 2013 Gorgeous lunchtime at Kashigashira ! (Tsukiji)
* Nov 2nd, 2013 Firm-level quality fishes (Tsukiji)
* Aug 1st, 2013 Splendid sashimi at Kashigashira (Tsukiji)
* May 9th, 2013 Kashigashira (Tsukiji) 2/2
* May 8th, 2013 Kashigashira (Tsukiji) 1/2
* May 4th, 2013 Capitulum mitella, Kashigashira (Tsukiji)
* Apr 8th, 2013 Curry party at Kashigashira(Tsukiji)
* Feb 25th, 2013 Lunch at Kashigashira (Tsukiji)
* Jul 29th, 2012 I missed seafoods while traveling !! (Tsukiji)
* Feb 12th, 2012 Armored weasel-fish :D (Tsukiji)
* Jan 16th, 2012 Very good time at New Year’s party at Kashigashira (Tsukiji)
* Nov 13th, 2011 Tsukiji Market on Saturdays

Tandoori bar (Kiba)

My friend held a tandoori party at Kamal pool the other day :)
We heard that Kamal pool was going to be appeared on popular TV drama among middle-aged men. So, we went to there before the drama. But there were already so crowded !!!
Also many people was talking about the drama and Kamal pool on twitter, too.
Appearance,Kamal pool (Kiba)

Our table,Kamal pool (Kiba)

My drink was Kamal beer (カマルビア, 580 yen)
Kamal-style beer,Kamal pool (Kiba)
Much spices and coriander on the beer.

Cold rassam (冷やしラッサム, 400 yen)
Cold rassam,Kamal pool (Kiba)
So spicy and tasty.

Assorted tandoori chicken (タンドリーチキンミックス, 760 yen)
Assorted tandoori chicken,Kamal pool (Kiba)
I felt those didn’t have much spice. But still it was tasty.

We ordered some new foods.
Dahi Baingan (ダヒベイガン, 600 yen)
Dahi Baingan,Kamal pool (Kiba)
Dahi Baingan…. I didn’t know the name. This was the first time to see and eat it. Deep fried eggplants with yogurt sauce.

Tandoori ducks meat (鴨のタンドール, 1180 yen)
Tandoori ducks meat,Kamal pool (Kiba)

Cheese kulcha and Gorgonzola kulcha (チーズクルチャとゴルゴンゾーラクルチャ, 750 yen each)
Because we can’t recognize which is which from those appearance, I took only one picture.
Well…. I can’t remember from this picture, too. Maybe Gorgonzola.
Kulcha,Kamal pool (Kiba)
I like Gorgonzola one better than ordinary cheese one. Gorgonzola kulcha have honey and the honey made it more flavory.

After that , we ordered Indian whisky with soda (インドウイスキーのハイボール, 550 yen)
Indian whisky with soda,Kamal pool (Kiba)

Grilled conger eel (焼き穴子, 680 yen)
Tandoori conger eel,Kamal pool (Kiba)

Last, we ordered curries and naan.
Curries and naan,Kamal pool (Kiba)

Spicy chicken keema (スパイシーチキンキーマ, 1200 yen), Daal curry (ダルカレー, 950 yen), Lamb mint curry (ラムミントカレー, 1380 yen)
Coconuts naan (ココナッツナン, 400 yen), Basmati rice (バスマティライス, 350 yen), Tandoor roti (タンドールロティ, 350 yen)

Lamb and mint curry,Kamal pool (Kiba)

Fried rice with oyster (カキチャーハン, 1400 yen)
Fried rice with oysters,Kamal pool (Kiba)

We heard that the seats are full with reservations until end of the October.
Umm. We won’t be able to go there again for some months….
At lunchtime, you don’t have to reserve in advance, but I also heard that there’re lots of people waiting in front of the bar (most of them are middle-aged men :P)

Kamal pool (カマルプール)
Suzuki building. 1st floor, 3-20-9 Toyo, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Open – from 11:30 to 14:00 and from 17:00 to 23:00
Saturdays and national holidays – from 17:00 to 23:00
Holiday – Sundays

Big prawns gave me satisfaction (Tsukishima)

Recently, I’m searching for new lunch places near my office.
That time, I went to the shop.

Tsukiji Honmaru
Appearance, Tsukiji Honmaru (Tsukishima)
Though its name have “Tsukiji”, it is in Tsukishima area that takes about 20 minutes walk from Tsukiji :P

They serve deep fried foods mainly at lunchtime and they keep cooking deep fried foods at the kitchen in front of us. So, I felt very hot.

I decided to order deep fried prawns set (オオエビフライ定食) in advance. They only serve 7 sets of that. It have two large black tiger prawns and it cost us 700 yen.
Larger deep fried shrimp set, Tsukiji Honmaru (Tsukishima)

Those two prawns were large and enough for me. I ate whole them from heads to tails.
Larger deep fried shrimp, Tsukiji Honmaru (Tsukishima)

They serve only 7 deep fried prawns set, so it is usually sold out very quickly. But that day, there were few visitors who ordered deep fried foods because it was very hot day.
Many of visitors ordered sashimi and fried chicken with vinegar and tartar sauce that is called “chicken nanban”.
Also, sashimi attracted me just after entering the shop :P

I think Tsukishima have much inexpensive lunch places (Except monja)
I should have searched for lunch places in Tsukishima area earlier. Eight years have already passed since I had started to work there…

Tsukiji Honmaru (築地 本丸)
3-17-5 Tsukishima, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Open – from 11:30 to 13:00, from 17:00 to 24:00
Saturdays, Sundays and another national holidays – from 16:00 to 24:00
Closed – no holidays

Mihashi (Funabashi)

I’ve never been to Mihashi that is so popular Japanese-style sweets cafe and shop in Ueno.
But I visited the Funabashi branch several times.

Their anko and shiratama is so tasty.
The shiratama is springy and springy. And the anko have smooth texture.
I think Shiratama zenzai (白玉ぜんざい, 451 yen) is best sweet food to enjoy both of them.
Zenzai with shiratama, Mihashi Funabashi Tobu (Funabashi)
It have plain looking, but it have much shiratama and anko, so you can enjoy those taste to your heart’s content.

Well, after a while, I ate the same food at another Japanese sweets cafe and I realized how splendid shiratama and anko Mihashi cook !
And I want to go to the main shop in Ueno someday :)
But I know there are always lots of elder people waiting !

Mihashi Funabashi Tobu Branch (みはし 船橋東武店)
Funabashi Tobu. 1st basement, 7-1-1 Honcho, Funabashi-shi, Chiba
Open – from 10:00 to 20:30
Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays – from 10:00 to 19:30
Holiday – No scheduled

Sudachi soba (Tsukiji)

I knew the existence of sudachi soba on twitter this summer.
Sudachi soba … is lots of slices of sudachi on the cold soup and soba
I couldn’t think it’s tasty, but sudachi soba’s picture attracted me.
I wanted to try it , no matter what it takes.

After all, I went to the soba restaurant in Tsukiji just after working.

Nunotsune sarashina
Appearance, Nunotsune Sarashina (Tsukiji)

They said they’ll keep serving sudachi soba until the end of this September.
But they might quit serving it earlier if the weather is going to be colder than they have expected,.

Sudachi soba is summer special. It cool our hot bodies.
Tokyo have about 10 restaurants that serve sudachi soba.

This’s the cold Sudachi soba (冷やしすだち, 1130 yen) !
Sudachi soba, Nunotsune Sarashina (Tsukiji)
I thought it taste sour when it was served, but it wasn’t too sour and the fresh flavor of sudachi is comfortable.
The soup itself was cold, so it had much salt. You should not drink it up.
But the soup went down smoothly, so I drunk a lot :P

And tamagoyaki (玉子焼き, 950 yen). It’s divided into four thick pieces.
Tamagoyaki, Nunotsune Sarashina (Tsukiji)

So juicy tamagoyaki ;)
Section of Tamagoyaki, Nunotsune Sarashina (Tsukiji)

My friend ordered this. Hiyajiru with horse mackerel (鯵の冷汁, 1620 yen). As same as sudachi soba, it is also limited summer . I think they might quit it earlier than sudachi soba. Just because.
Hiyajiru with horse mackerel and seiro, Nunotsune Sarashina (Tsukiji)

It was stronger sesami flavor miso soup, unlike sudachi soba.
Hiyajiru … is Miyazaki’s local food. Originally, they used to put their rice on iced miso soup.

Hiyajiru with horse mackerel, Nunotsune Sarashina (Tsukiji)

Grilled dried horse mackerel, cucumber, myoga, tofu and so forth in it :) There’s no rice. Instead of rice, dipping soba into it.

By the way, Nunotsune Sarashina serve warm Sudachi soba all year around.

I wanna try it, too !

Nunotsune Sarashina (布恒更科)
Phoenix Higashi-Ginza Daisan Building 1F, 2-12-14 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Open – from 11:00 to 15:00, from 17:00 to 21:00
Saturdays -from 11:00 to 15:00
Closed – Sundays and another national holidays