We have been staying at Tokyo Park Hotel which is around a 10 min walk from Shimbashi station (JR line). Every day when we walk to the station, we saw this shop underneath the Shimbashi station complex. They sell onigiris and rice soup. It’s designed for a quick eat going to and fro work. There is a vending machine and you choose your meal and they ask whether you want a big rice or small rice. We just wanted to share this rice with some salmon and seaweed. It’s a nice breakfast.
It was a shopping day today, so we went to Shinjuku and checked out some of the department stores. IK wanted to eat Tonkatsu, so we ventured up Takashimaya department store to Katsukura. We ordered a Rosu Cut Tonkatsu set. Rosu is the more fattier cut, whilst HI RE is the leaner cut. Obviously tastes better when its fat. There’s a few appetisers included in the set. Some veges to start.
IK wanted the tofu.
all these Tonkatsu restaurants usually comes with a Tonkatsu sauce and sesame that you grind first and dip in. Also is a ponzu sauce for the sliced cabbage. (I can eat a kilo of this I reckon)
You can see the fat lining one side of the pork. It was divine. Crunchy on the outside, the fat rendering gives that juice and makes the pork much more moist.
It was a rainy day so there wasn’t much excitement. We were meeting up with my host family which I was quite excited about. They took us to have Shabu Shabu in Nihonbashi station called Zakuro. It was quite hidden, you had to walk down some stairs to get to this place. I knew it was going to be an expensive place as the staff come and greet you and take your belongings to store. It’s a place where lots of businessmen take their clients and do some PRing.
Started off with some sesame Tofu.
Some more fish testicles…. Shirako with lemon. Love this stuff. Just love fish balls.
Now I have totally forgotten what I ate here. It was a savoury jelly. I couldn’t remember what was in it though…
Check out these big pots where you shabu shabu in them. Host family told us its called shabu shabu because it mimics the sound when you move the meat around the hot pot.
Lady pouring some more hot water in.
Just love the shabu pot.
Comes with a few sauces when you have the wagyu meat. The sesame or the ponzu sauce. Both were nice.
Look at the warble of the meat. Snow in meat.
And more just for you.
I really don’t know how this gadget works but it is just fascinating. The water has to be boiling hot.
Had some noodles as well to finish off. this was cooked in the shabu shabu pot after we finished our meat.
Some pickles with the noodles.
Dessert to finish off. Red bean with mochi.
Group shot!Oh yes, we had aprons as well!
I’ve been to better shabu shabu places, but it was nice to have a meal and catch up with your loved ones. My host brother hasn’t changed too much, still really couldn’t understand his english at times!
Next up we’re going back to Hongkers! JAL first class lounge review and Cathay 777 First Class review.