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JinYo's Reviews ( Fast Food )

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  • Zest Premium Burger: LaQua (American / Iidabashi)
  • 2008/06/17
  • Zest Premium Burgers does deliver and I'm not talking about delivery service. I'm talking about quality. This great burger place offers delicious hamburgers and a fairly reasonable price.

    Ordering happens fast food-style - at a counter. But according to their website, the beef, which is 100% Angus, is ground after receiving your order. I didn't notice if the grinding part was true, but the beef was definitely Angus. The restaurant reeked of the delicious, intoxicating aroma. Not just the smell, but the meat was truly juicy and flavorful. The hamburgers were brought to us on a plastic tray at our table which we chose. The buns, slightly sweet (Japanese style), were lightly toasted and accompanying veggies were colorful and fresh. I foresee many Americans complaining about the mayonaisse/mustard-like sauce inside. I found the sauce to taste really delicious, but perhaps not everyone will think so. The fries were also fantastic. They reminded me of fries I have back in the States, the thin, slightly crispy kind.

    I had myself a Double Burger with fries and a coke. My partner had an Avocado burger. They were both amazing. On top of which, you can choose additional toppings. Our only complaint was that we were still slightly a bit hungry after our meal. I must admit that we were terribly famished but I'm sure many will agree with us on our complaint over size.

    Zest offers a good burger but don't expect nostalgic American burgers. Just come hoping for a great tasting burger and Zest will deliver.
  • Shouhachi (Fast Food / Kichijoji)
  • 2008/06/11
  • Shouhachi is a gyudon chain-style tonkatsu restaurant. Here, you can enjoy, for Matsuya prices (500-1000yen), relatively good quality tonkatsu. There are very few of these restaurants in Tokyo and the one on the first floor of the Matsuya HQ in Mitaka is one of the few rare ones.

    Like Matsuya's other chains, you choose your dish and buy your ticket on a vending machine beforehand. Choose from either a counter seat or a table and hand the waiter your ticket. In short time, about 5 to 8 minutes, your food is already brought in front of you.

    The quality of the food is good for the price. It's not the best tonkatsu you'll ever have but the meat is surprisingly tasty. They don't overdo the breadcrumbs and make it too greasy and the meat is thick and tender. The rice is good as well. They probably use the same rice as the ordinary Matsuya. As for the curry, I'm not a big fan of Matsuya's curry, but for the price and volume, I was able to enjoy their flavor.

    The place does takeout as well, so at around lunch hours (12:00-13:00), gets very crowded. I often find myself coming here pretty late at night instead, when few places are open, and I'm craving for a heavy meal.