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  • Katsukichi (Tonkatsu / Asakusa)
  • 2007/10/04
  • For those that enjoy a good fried katsu, this is the place to be! The owner is a legend in the world of miso katsu. He appeared in many TV shows testing the temperature of the hot oil with bare fingers. On his hall of fame, you will find many celebrities and thank you notes. You can select from over 10 different types of katsu from cheese to sutso, shitake, oyster, and even scallop katsu! Although it is fried, it doesn’t feel greasy at all. The miso melts right in your mouth so there is no need for sauce.
    The place is very small but the staff is very friendly. The daughter of the owner greets you with a big smile and can serve you in English since she lived in Los Angeles for a while. The menu is in Japanese but they are happy to explain each item. If you are visiting Asakusa, don’t forget to stop in for a yummy katsu. You will not regret it!
  • Kumpu Hanarei (Izakaya / Roppongi)
  • 2007/10/04
  • Walking around Ropongi, you would probably not realize the hidden jewel on the second and third floor of this common looking building. If you are adventurous and willing to experience authentic Japanese cuisine where even the menus are in Japanese only (no pictures) and dishes can be custom made per request, this is the place to be. The service is impeccable. Friendly staff greets you from the moment you enter all the way till you walk out the elevator and leave the building!
    The depth and breath of their drink menu is amazing and you can always create your own drink combining anything from sake to wine to sparkles on the rocks! Their menu is quite interesting as they only offer some examples of dishes that can be made but it’s up to your imagination to come up with whatever pleases you. You can ask the server for suggestions but the purple squid rice is incredible! Their Cesar salad is quite exciting to watch as the server literary mixes the lettuce in on a 30 lb parmesan cheese right in front of you. Their vegetable tempura is filled with surprises as you explore the unique combination of seasonal veggies such as baby bamboo, baby cactus and baby green onions. Although the price is more on the higher end, this is undoubtedly a well kept secret worth every penny!
  • Gompachi: Nishi-azabu (Izakaya / Hiroo)
  • 2007/10/04
  • Surrounded by traditional Japanese decor, Gompachi is a cozy spot in the heart of Ropongi. Customers can enjoy traditional Japanese yakitori style dishes with a chilled beer or sake of choice while watching the friendly kitchen staff in action. Other drinks
    are also available. Gompachi has a pretty extensive drink menu aside from the food menu.
    Their special fried shrimp ball is a must have; even President Bush enjoyed that dish during his Visit!
    The restaurant is a favorite of both foreigners and Japanese, the ratio of the crowd is
    50/50. The servers can all understand English and the service is quite good. You can find
    a good variety of yakitori dishes such as asparagus wrapped in bacon, kalbi (short-rib), as well as tempura, hot and cold soba noodles in addition to special dishes like gindhara (miso based cod). No reservation is required but it is preferred since the place does fill up
    very quickly. Sometimes, the restaurant is reserved for special corporate parties.