Sunday, June 19, 2011

Ueno - Tokyo Rewind

Ueno, a city that houses an insane amount of sneaker & clothing shops... and in between these shops were "Izakaya" style restaurants/bars. The popular food and drink stalls were filled with people who came after work to let out steam with the best cure; food ... well it did look like a lot of alcohol was involve too. The bright neon lights and strong smell of food was your free invitation in to those shops. The hard question was which one?

We took a train down to Ueno, to meet one of Yoshi's old schoolmate. Her schoolmate recommended Watami - a casual chain restaurant. I was pretty disappointed at first, going to a boring chain restaurant, we might as well meet in McDonald's. I had my mind set to get into one of those izakayas, digging into some yakitoris.... However, I was wrong Watami turned out to be alright...

We got some fried rice to start, which wasn't that bad.

Then we got the Oyster Nabe, and I can say they are generous with the Oysters...a nice big pot of warm on a cold winter's night. Definitely the dish that made me like this place.

The last dish we got was this one, raw meat... take a guess... what? beef.. wrong.. Tuna...wrong... mmm... maybe veal? not!!!

It's Horse! or basashi ...

well they say when in Rome...

so what the weirdest thing you have eaten?




11 comments:

chef_d said...

I've eaten something really weird..maybe not worth writing here but your pictures of Japanese food look so delicious!

Kitchen Belleicious said...

I am so jealous of your traveling and being in Tokyo! I have always wanted to go there! This food looks amazing!

CHECKS AND SPOTS said...

I was in Hong Kong and thought I was eating calamari...but it was actually chicken necks! Eeeeek!

Barbara said...

Ummmmm, horse? I'm passing on that one.

I've never been to Japan and I'd love to go.

My mother used to make chicken broth with chicken feet and then we'd have them for lunch.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Thanks for the virtual visit! The weirdest thing I've eaten was teh eyes of a fish. Yuck!!! :-$

Cheers,

Rosa

Adrian (Food Rehab) said...

This just brings back happy memories roaming around this amazing city last year. So much to see and so much to eat LOL

MaryMoh said...

Nice to read about Japan. The food always look well presented. Eating horse meat? I have not tried that. Wonder how it tastes like.

Viv said...

raw horse?! yikes! i wonder what the texture of the meat it like when its cooked...im guessing it must be very lean!

PinkOrchids said...

Seriously, raw horse meat?! What did it taste like? I love sashimi, but that takes it another level!

Jenna Lee said...

Horse! Wow! Was it good?
The weirdest thing I eat would have to be chicken hearts... or snake. Ive eaten a lot of weird foods.

Thank you for the sweet blog visit! Have a wonderful week!

That's Ron said...

Yeah! horse to me actually tasted like a more meaty and tough tuna.