@guest the shop you linked to instagram carries a selection of fairly popular brands in Japan but are also limited, smaller production. No two shops have similar inventories at all (there will be overlaps in some areas), so you can probably approach almost all of the shops I mentioned already to find what you want. There was a limited Christmas release (of Aramasa) not long ago but it must have sold out at a lot of places.
結城酒造株式会社 Yuki Shuzo - looking this up it is a sake brewery from Ibaraki prefecture. I have seen it around but never tasted their offerings. They have two product lineups <結ゆい> (yui yui) and ＜富久福＞(fuku fuku). A quick search shows that Hasegawa Saketen carries two of the yui yui sake but it is not clear which store will (if Kameido doesn't have it, try Omotesando and Tokyo Station).
@guest Tenzushi: starting this year all foreign visitors including normal old customers are required to book through Tableall.com only. No other third parties. But I’m not sure if few hotels might be exceptions.
The reason is some foreigners booked last year and no show. Tableall.com does protect the restaurant while foreign diners pay the price of the reckless fellow foreign diners.
I would love to hear from other readers who are regular at Tenzushi if anyone or any hotel can be the exception to this new rule.
I excluded it from the list because I have not visited it for a long time, but it may have been good for me to include it.
The Kitauchi Premium Beef Steak that is made using scarce wagyu beef and finished with a crisp surface is worth a try.
Yes, because of the city's redevelopment efforts, it seems that the shop has been forced to evict. Apparently, it is going to reopen somewhere else, but there are no details about that yet.
There is a ramen shop called Gonoi in Jinbocho, which is run by a former apprentice, where diners can enjoy the same flavors as they did at Asuka.
I would like to also recommend Nagasaki Hanten
which while is not for everyone, I went back to a second time a couple weeks ago and enjoyed it immensely. Featured in Season 6? of one of the episodes of Kodoku No Gurume (lonely gourmet), the food lives up to the coverage.
While no English is spoken that I am aware of (and no English menu), all you need to do is focus on one or two signature dishes. The food is Nagasaki style Japanese Chinese
- Gokujo Champon (signature Nagasaki style pork bone broth ramen with a delectable amount of stir fried cabbage, pork, mixed seafood, vegetables on top with round slightly thicker medium firm noodles). Second time having this and still loved it. Seems healthier than Buta Yaro ;-) or Ramen Jiro's monster bowls...
- Sara (Sala) udon - this is not udon but resembles Cantonese pan fried noodles with cabbage and pork (and a few other things) on top. Another Nagasaki specialty. You can ask for "kata men" which is firmer crispier noodles. In the end it doesn't matter anyway as the starch thickened sauce will make it all less crispy and delicious. Alternate between vinegar, mustard, and their seasoned soy sauce in moderation.
If anything focus only on the champon. The soup alone is gorgeous, the seafood delicious, and the shitake is ridiculously good after absorbing all that flavor. If room allows then try the Sara Udon.
Get an order of yaki gyoza (beautiful and quite large portion), and a "bin biru" (bottle of Kirin) or you can get a nama beer. Then you should be good!
They have other classics like sweet sour pork (su-buta) and the typical chuka ryori classics, but the champon is a must have.
Anyone been to Sumibi Yakiniku Fuchioka (#7)?
How does it compare to Ushigoro Ginza and Yakiniku Jambo Hanera? Their rating on Tablelog is 3.66, versus Ushigoro Ginza and Yakiniku Jambo Hanera at 4.17 and 4.23 respectively.
Looking for a good yakiniku restaurant to try, any advice would be much appreciated!