Sunday, December 18, 2011

Blowtorched Mackerel

Raw mackerel blowtorched at the table. Cool!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Live loach shochu

The first drink to appear on here. The owner of the place I was at gave me this as a present. It is a glass of shochu and ice, together with some Grenadine. Oh, and five live baby loach fish. I swallowed them whole at the third attempt. It was hard to swallow, not because of what they were, some live whole fish, but because I was a bit nervous about choking. But they slid down easily. Not too unpleasant either. I would have this again.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Herring roe

The eggs from herring. An interesting dish but not sure I would order it out of choice.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Whale steak

This is the first time I have seen cooked whale on the menu. I have only ever seen it raw before. Raw whale feels more like fish but cooked whale definitely seems more like beef. Here, it seems to have been fried up with some onions. And pretty delicious it was too.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Cod nabe

Similar to the precious dish. This is nabe made with cod.

Sardine meatball nabe

Meatballs made from sardines cooked nabe style. Nabe is the name given to a dish such as this where vegetables and other items are served in a bowl-like dish with hot soup.

Buckwheat seed soup

Buckwheat is used to make soba noodles. This soup uses the seeds from the buckwheat plant. Lovely on a cold evening.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Pig Trotters

Cold pig trotters. Not too bad. Big bit of gristle in the middle but enough meat on them to be worth it.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Flounder

Grilled flounder. Lovely!!!

Raw squid

A lovely dish. I usually eat squid deep fried so to eat it raw is a pleasure.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Taro

Taro, a root vegetable, here served hot. Nice!

Ice fish

These raw ice fish are lovely when dipped in soy sauce.

Horseradish and mochi

This was an interesting dish. On first glance, I wasn't sure what the horseradish was cooked with. On tasting it, I realised that it had been fried with mochi, which translates as a rice cake. Strips of seaweed and radish sprouts formed the garnish.

Samosa

A Japanese take on the popular Indian dish. It wasn't so spicy but it somehow managed to taste Japanese.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Prawns and avocado

Not a particularly Japanese dish but I am happy to include it here. The avocado under the prawns was nice and chunky. It went very well with the toast. A delight to eat!

Umeboshi Nankotsu

Chicken cartilage (nankotsu) with a pickled plum sauce (umeboshi). Normally, chicken cartilage isn't so bad but the pickled plum sauce was too sour for my taste.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Deep fried squid tentacles

Brilliant. This was a great dish.

Raw tuna and natto

Minced raw tuna mixed with fermented soy beans (natto). As usual, the natto was very stringy. Perfectly passable as a dish to eat while drinking.

Tamagoyaki

A little tricky to translate but it is basically small omlette/scrambed egg like pieces of egg that have been soaked in fish stock.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Shiokara with squid ink

This is without doubt the worst thing on this website. Shiokara, squid innards, on its own is passable but when mixed with squid ink, it turns into something pretty horrible!

Smoked takuan

Smoked salty pickles. I screwed my face up after trying this. They were not so good. Sorry.

Ginnan - ginkgo seeds

Roasted ginkgo seeds. Not the best thing I have ever eaten. But I would consider eating them again.

Dried natto

Dried fermented soy beans. This wasn't so nice.

Raw quail eggs etc

The two eggs on the right are raw quail eggs. They were lovely. The hemispheres on the left are raw chicken egg yolks soaked in miso. They were pretty salty. The spheres are egg yolks from chicken eggs before they were hatched, also soaked in miso. They were equally salty.

Deep fried baby horse mackerel

Horse mackerel is usually eaten raw. The babies are not often eaten either. These were delicious.

Hoya - sea pineapple

One for the biologists. Hoya translates as sea pineapple. They are a species of ascidiacea, or sea squirt, a kind of weird sea animal. This tasted like the smell of seaweed but weirder. I couldn't eat a lot of this.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Gyoza pizza

You may remember gyoza from a few months back. They are small dumplings with meat inside them. This place has decided to put their own spin on them, using the shell as a pizza base. It worked, although it was a little salty.

Yellowtail

A lovely, succulent piece of fish. Almost no bones either.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Meatball sushi

Something for the sushi purists to shake their heads at

Friday, September 2, 2011

Ishiyaki gomoku ankake yakisoba

Ishiyaki means grilled on a stone. Gomoku means five or more important ingredients, in this case cabbage, shrimp, pork, squid, baby bamboo and mushroom. Ankake means a gloopy sauce. Yakisoba is a kind of noodle. A complicated dish but lovely to eat.

Tuna and avocado wrapped in yuba

This is raw tuna and avocado wrapped in yuba, yuba being the skin from soy bean paste, similar to tofu.

Swordfish

Raw swordfish. Lovely. Brilliant presentation as usual.

Namako

Raw sea cucumber soaked in vinegar. The vinegar taste was pretty strong but still nice enough.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Rice wrapped in meat

A stick of rice wrapped in pork. Delightful!

Nankotsu

Deep fried chicken cartilage. Lovely!

Banded blue sprat

I have never heard of this fish before but this is what my translator translates it as. It was thinner than usual sashimi but was still nice and light. In Japanese, it is kibinago.

Deep-fried baby soy beans

Deep-fried baby soy beans is the best translation for this dish. The shell is similar to that of gyoza, a kind of dumpling previously featured. Lovely!

Horseradish salad

Horseradish, potato and baby sardine salad. Nice and light.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Dragon Fruit

Dragon fruit is popular in Okinawa, the island chain to the south-west of Japan. The flesh is often white but in this case it is purple. A refreshing start to the day at breakfast!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Okinawa Soba

A bowl of Okinawa soki soba with a bowl of takikomi rice. It was perfect after a hard day's snorkelling.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Hot winter melon

Homemade hot winter melon. This is togan in Japanese.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Scallop

The most expensive dish per mouthful at 480 yen for two mouthfuls but pretty interesting to cook it at the table.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Chicken with egg and leeks

An interesting dish. Not quite sure how they cooked the eggs due to the thickness of the dish. It's possible they used a blowtorch-like instrument. But I am no cooking expert. I just eat.

Mackerel

Cooked to perfection. It melted in my mouth.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Chicken heart

Sticks of chicken hearts, cooked to perfection.

Umibudo - Green Caviar

This dish comes with a small bowl of sauce to dip the strands in. An interesting taste. Pretty good.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Bean curd skin - yuba

A little hard to translate but this is somewhat similar to the skin of soy milk. It looks like tofu but it is not tofu.

Ebi age wantan

Prawns deep fried in wantan shells.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Pig's Womb

The womb of a pig. Lovely!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Tsukemen

Noodles and sauce. Lovely!