Yakiniku Jumbo Shirogane(焼肉ジャンボ 白金)

Yukke. Simmered wagyu tongue. Both very good!
Assorted Kimchi. Beef sashimi.
Some pork some beef…can’t remember names… Veggy on the right is “Sanchu”.
The beef on the right is “sabuton”.
Pork feet is cold and hard and tasteless – don’t order it!

All different parts but can’t remember names…

Korean cold noodles. Spicy soup with rice.

Have been to the honten(original shop) in Shinozaki(see tag). The variety and the quality of meat is about the same(i.e.very good), but I must say the portion is much smaller in this Shirogane branch. I was stuffed to my throat by the end in Shinozaki and I paid about 7000yen including drinks, while in Shirogane I wasn’t really that full but the bill came up to 10,000yen per person. Though my visit to the Shinozaki honten was in 2007 and I haven’t been back since then. Shirogane is a much more convenient location and not too far from the station, while the honten is a hell of a walk from the out-of-the-way Shinozaki station. If you care for nice interior, young and lively staff, high percentage of female customers in trendy clothes, then Shirogane is your choice. I, on the otherhand, prefer the honten’s busybody owner who sticks a gun to your head if you cook his top-quality meat too long(3 seconds max!). I don’t think there was a time limit in Shinozaki, but you can only stay for two hours in Shirogane. I took pictures of the whole menu but most of the meat we ordered were not on it and were explained to us by the staff. I was too lazy to take notes but my friend’s choice “U-wa-mi-su-ji” had the most marbled fat and was the most juicy. Sabuton was also my favourite. Just like the honten, the grill wasn’t really that hot so I actually preferred cooking the meat – which was so fresh that it could be eaten raw – for more than 3 seconds(*gasps*). All the side dishes like yukke, soup rice were much nicer in Shirogane branch.

Menu: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.

This place is very near to Labyrinthe’s Patisserie Shinohashi which I’ve bought some bread before(entry here).

焼肉ジャンボ 白金 (Yakiniku Jumbo@Shirogane)
Add: 3-1-1 Shirogane, Minato-ku
Tel: 03-3679-8929

味ちゃん 2号店 (Korean Kitchen Macchan 2)


Samgyeopsal(Pork belly).
Janbodeji karubi(Pork karubi).

Yukkejan Kuppa(Rice and vegetables in spicy soup). Potato chijimi(Korean pancake) – it reminds me of hash brown!

Some friends took me to this popular Korean BBQ place in Shinokubo, which is like a Korean town with many eateries and shops. We went to the branch which is right next to the original shop. We booked in advance so didn’t have to wait. And thank god for that – look at all those people without reservations waiting outside! There is a time limit of two hours, which is more than enough to stuff our faces with yummy food. Everything we ordered was so nice, but the best was definitely the pork belly. It was surprisingly not that greasy, just like my friends assured me before we went. The hot plate is slanted so all the oil drips down into a bowl. You are not supposed to grill the meat yourself – the staff will do everything for you. The lettuce and other green veggy are for wrapping the meat, and you can have as many servings as you want. Service is not like smiley or friendly but they are efficient and you get what you want quickly, like water and extra servings of veggy. Most importantly this place is cheap!! We ate like pigs, and including drinks it was only about 2700yen per person. Definitely want to go back again.
味ちゃん 2号店 (Korean Kitchen Macchan 2)
Add: 2-32-3, Okubo, Shinjuku-ku
Tel: 03-5272-3022

Yakiniku Jambo (焼肉ジャンボ@篠崎)

Cow tongue simmered in red wine. Free appetizer. Very good!
Assorted kimchi.
Liver. Heart.
Cow tongue. Yukke – Korean version of Steak Tartare.
Ronboso? Uwamisuji? Ro-su?
Sagari and Shin-shin. Shin ro-su.
Misuji and sabuton.

Vegetables soup. Beef curry rice and omurice.

The beef are all fantastic! Absolutely fresh, tender and juicy. The owner is so proud of the beef’s high quality that he kept giving us instructions:

“Don’t grill more than 3 seconds each side!!”
“Taste better to eat it raw!!”
“You are over-grilling!!”
“STOP grilling!!”…..etc.
The 3-second window was too short for me to take any pictures of the beef on the grill…Also not sure if it is intentional but the grill is set to very weak fire that there is not much smoke coming out of it and there is no need for ventilators at all(there isn’t one). For the seasoning, it is better to order the simple “salt” instead of “tare” sauce, which is a bit too sweet. Yukke is also too sweet. The owner-recommended omurice and curry are all too sweet-tasting as well. Vegetable soup tastes like instant soup so not so recommended. Five of shared all the food. There were 4 more plates not on pictures(they all look the same bloody meat anyway ^^;;), all of us had rice, 1-2 beers each, came up to about 7000yen per person. Not super cheap but good value considering the quality. Though the place is quite far from central Tokyo, and from the train station it is more than 20 mins walk.

焼肉ジャンボ@篠崎 (Yakiniku Jambo)
Add: 4-13-19 Shinozaki, Edogawaku
Tel: 03-3679-8929

七厘@三ノ輪 (Shichi Rin)

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A rather local yakiniku restaurant recommended by a friend who is living nearby and is sort of a regular. We got to order stuff that are not on the menu(e.g. cow tongue sashimi and beef sashimi), and enjoy an incredible omakase course which allowed us to try almost everything on the menu. It is however an impossible task to translate the menu…in fact I can’t even match the name with the right picture cos they all look the same. ^^;; Basically we tried various parts of cow, both the meat and the horumon.
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Assorted kimchi. Achilles tendon in ponzu. Grilled garlic.
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Cow stomach sashimi. Liver sashimi.
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Cow tongue sashimi. Beef sashimi.
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From here, the meat are to be grilled. The pic on the left is some fancy cow tongue. The rest…sorry, don’t really remember.
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The umeshu here is very nice with a variety of choices – nihonshu based, shochu based, white wine based, red wine based, and house blend. I like the house blend and nihonshu based of umeshu the most. The one in the picture is just nihonshu.
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My favourite horumon “shibire”, it tastes like foie gras~ Takes a while to grill until it is smooth and creamy.
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The steak is nice too. The waitor cut it into pieces for us. But I prefer the fatty thin slices of beef which are just much more juicy.
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We had some additional orders which I didn’t take pictures of…btw, there were 5 of us, 4 girls and 1 guy. ^^;;;
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Yukke – Korean version of Steak Tartare. Tontoro – fatty pork.
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Horumon also, forgot name. Hard and chewy texture.
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On the right is Kimchi fried rice.
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061206 122The usual stomach-filling carbs(though we were already very full…): Korean beef soup rice, chilled buckwheat noodles, and ramen in a hot stone bowl. I think we paid about 12,000yen each. Considering how much we ate and drank, and how amazing the quality of the meat was, not a bad deal.
My friend actually remembered the menu in Japanese and kindly sent it to me, so I just copied here.
・キムチ盛り合わせ ・牛アキレス腱ポン酢 ・にんにく焼き
・センマイ刺し ・レバー刺し ・牛タン刺し ・牛刺し
・幻のタン塩(ゲタ) ・カイノミ ・シンシン ・ホルモン ・コブクロ
・ギアラ ・コプチャン ・シビレ ・ヒレ ・トモ三角 ・ザブトン ・ツラミ
・ユッケ ・豚トロ ・ウルテ ・ハツモト ・子袋
・キムチチャーハン ・石焼ユッケジャンラーメン ・冷麺 ・カルビクッパ

鶯谷園@鶯谷 (Uguisudanien)

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Highest rank of beef(that melts in your mouth) and cow tongue.
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豚トロ。上ミノ。Pork and cow stomach.
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キムチ。Not very spicy.
060312 121.jpgカルビ。The normal rank of beef. It is good but it doesn’t melt in your mouth – you need to chew. ^^;;

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冷麺。豆腐チゲ。Cold noodles and tofu hotpot soup. The cold noodles is so tasteless. I ended up adding the tofu soup into the noodles. 2 people, 1 drink each, 4000yen per person. This restaurant is quite hyped up as being “cheap and good”, and I think the meat are all good quality, but maybe not as cheap. My friend whom I went with was very disappointed though.