When we returned to Tokyo from our trip to the Kansai region, we had a better idea of our surrounding area and knew where we wanted to check out before we returned to Toronto. Below’s the compilation of the places we checked out.
We found this izakaya close to the hotel we were staying at and reviews were promising so we went to check it out. The establishment allows smoking so I didn’t quite like it as much but I was used to the fact that almost every restaurant or izakaya style restaurants in Japan allows smoking. The place is rowdy and packed with people the two nights we were there but it didn’t bother us. If anything, it was a good sign of people enjoying the food and establishment. We got a variety of things to share and my favourite was hands down, the Takowasabi and pork neck skewers with shio (salt). The dishes ranges from about 400-ish yen and up and it wasn’t too bad for the amount of food we got.
Coco Ichibanya Curry
If there’s one other thing I had to have while I was in Japan aside from Kobe beef (which we unfortunately didn’t manage to find the time to have) and sushi, it’s japanese curry.
Coco allows you to choose your spice level, rice portion as well as add additional toppings. I’m a huge fan of spicy food and so I was overly ambitious when we got to Coco’s and I chose the spicy level of 7 out of 10. The curry is so delicious and I could taste the seasoning of the base well although my mouth was on fire. Definitely recommended for anyone looking to get curry while in Japan. They are the World’s largest curry chain and you can find it in other Asian Countries.
Despite our love for Kaiten Sushi (conveyor belt sushi) and the price we could pay (2 weeks in Japan is not cheap y’know), we knew we had to get good quality sushi while in Japan so we ventured out to Sushi Zanmai, about 10-ish minutes away by walking from our hotel. The price was reasonable for the sushi and the fish was fresh. I thought I had ordered ika (squid) but it was so different from what I’ve had in Canada and so I didn’t quite know what to expect when the creaminess hit my tongue.
Moving onto posts highlighting individual food establishments worth checking out if you’re gonna be in Japan!