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Friday, March 31, 2017

YOYOGI: Bakagyu Kushiyaki on a Friday night... nice and quite with 80's on the BGM.

Friday nights in Tokyo are soooo busy and or 1st yakitori choice Tamariba had zero open seats so tried out this rather quiet spot 2 doors down.

Long counter seating with tables for 2 along the wall.

Chef's Yakitori grill and I got the perfect seat in front of this goldfish.

Today's automatic appetizer Otoshi was some green sprouts that looked like clovers.

Rather reasonable yakitori menu with most at 150yen each.

We went for the 7 recommended sticks for 1,000 yen.
This is 1,2,3.

And 4,5,6.  Lots of different textures here so if you don't want to explore then you can stick with the basics on the menu.

Umeboshi Sour drink...

Closed with Yakisoba that looked more like stir fry bean spouts with somen noodles.
The BGM was playing 80's Japanese hits and also foreign hits like U2.  Overall if you want a nice quiet, not yakitori smokey spot then this might be a great spot for a date.  

Restaurant: Bakagyu 
Address J: 東京都渋谷区代々木1-41-3
Address E: Tokyo, Shibuya-ku, Yoyogi 1.41.3

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

GAIENMAE: Ramen Kagetsu Arashi... tasty flavor, perfect size and can't beat the 680yen starting price.

All pictured ramen menu buttons.

As I've only tried this franchise once in 2013 I wasnt sure what their specialty was.  So as a general rule always push the top left corner button that is the staple shop recommended item.  If you start going to the right it gets more expensive as the toppings increase.

Not realizing my 680yen ramen had a half boiled egg I ordered an extra seasoned boiled egg for 100yen.

Lots of seasonings for free.

here we go!  The size of the bowl was smaller than most ramen spots but it sure was packed to the top with noodles.

Small strips of char siu pork.

Half boiled egg thats inclusive in the 680yen price.

As a franchise ramen spot the seemingly part time staff lacked the kind Japanese hospitality but I was here for only a short time... oh well.  

Restaurant: Ramen Kagetsu Arashi Aoyama Kila-Dori Branch
Address J: 東京都渋谷区神宮前3-42-3
Address E: Tokyo, Shibuya-ku, Jingumae 3-42-3

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YOYOGI: I'm back at Asian Smile for their 3rd Anniversary 390yen Special! Ooohhhh.... too spicy for me!

I am back for their 390yen half price special!  Unfortunately I could only pick between the Gapao and Green Curry so went for curry.

780yen not too bad for a quick in and out.

390yen... here we go.

They use Thai sticky rice.

A few spoon fulls of the Green Curry soup and my tongue was a bit on fire.  Loved the flavor but it was just tooooo spicy for me.  Later I noticed the fine print on the menu to select 1, 2 or 3 spicy levels.

Spicy levels can be seen on the bottom of the menu.  At 390 yen it was ok but for 790 I think the cost performance is a bit too low.  If you really want a delicious Thai dinner you gotta try Jasmine Thai in Roppongi.

Restaurant: Asian Smile Yoyogi Branch
Address J: 東京都渋谷区代々木1-36-6 代々木駅前ビル B1F
Address E: Tokyo, Shibuya-ku, Yoyogi 1-36-6

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