If you’ve been reading Crowded Earth Kitchen for a while, you may remember our enchantment with Uobie Sushi. We quite fell in love with the place two years ago and, upon planning our most recent return Continue reading
(Shown above: Shrimp with Salmon Roe, Akami and Toro Tunas, and Rock Lobster)
Just outside of the busiest train station in the world sits Sushi Tokyo Ten. Simply entering the restaurant is a sensory experience, as a single step over the curtained threshold removes a diner from the chaos of Shinjuku Station and offers a calm and quiet, warmly lit enclave.
Sushi Tokyo Ten is a culinary adventure, perhaps especially for folks who think they know sushi. The reigning principle here is omakase, which translates as “I will leave it to you.” Over the course of two hours, skilled chefs prepare 20 different small plates for each dinner guest. Each plate is prettier than the last! At the end of the experience, diners leave sated and relaxed.
If you find yourself in Tokyo, I recommend spending an evening at Sushi Tokyo Ten.
Nothing pairs more deliciously with a bowl of authentic ramen than a side of dumplings. While snacking our way through Tokyo, we sampled an endless variety of dumplings. Feast your eyes on the photos below, and answer our quick poll at the end! We’ll use your feedback to create an amazing dumpling recipe just for Crowded Earth Kitchen viewers. 🙂
These are just a few of the wonderful dumplings we enjoyed. Pick a favorite, and we’ll recreate them for you!
“What was your most amazing meal in Tokyo?”
That’s a common question, and an easy one to answer. Our friend Natsu, a Tokyo resident, took us for a spectacular dinner at NINJA. It was an experience we won’t soon forget!
Upon arriving, a costumed “NINJA-in-training” escorted us through narrow, stone walled passageways, over a drawbridge, and into our private dining chamber. After being seated at a traditional, low table near an indoor stream filled with treasure, we were introduced to our personal NINJA and cook. Believe me, friends, one course was even more delicious than the next!
Two pint-size diners each enjoyed an enviable children’s meal featuring a variety of kid-friendly meats, seafoods, and sides. NINJA star crackers, colored a bold black using bamboo charcoal, were included in the children’s meal and were also featured in the first course of the adult meal along with foie gras.
The restaurant-provided descriptions of the eight-course menu we enjoyed only hint at the deliciousness…
1.Shuriken star-blades grissini
2.Cold Appetizer of the season
3.Chicken fritter NINJA style
4.Special stone-boiled soup (Japanese bouillabaisse) ***Side note: This was one of the best soups I’ve ever enjoyed!
5.Capellini with Japanese tomato flavor
6.Meat specialty or seafood specialty of the day
7.Sushi of the season & ｔoday’s Sushi Roll
I tried not to annoy my dining companions with too many photos. Here’s a peek…
At home in the US, many otherwise excellent restaurants view dessert as something of an afterthought. Not so at NINJA! To kick off dessert, costumed NINJAs burst into our dining area through a small window, carrying mysterious black boxes for the kids (Really, who loves dessert more than kids?). To the delight of the children, the black boxes emitted an impressive amount of “smoke” thanks to the dry ice keeping their frozen treats cold. What a special effect!
The grown-up dessert was just as fabulous, featuring a luscious apple custard wrapped around ice cream (how, I have no idea). Look how beautiful it is!
Tokyo offers something for everyone, of this I am convinced! If you have an aspiring NINJA among your travel companions (particularly if he is pint-sized), a dinner at NINJA will without a doubt make an utterly unforgettable experience.
Thank you, Natsu. We miss you!
Menu, schmenu. Who needs a written menu in Tokyo? Throughout Tokyo, thousands of restaurants and food vendors advertise their offerings with a display of plastic food. This isn’t the primary-colored plastic food that American children often keep in their toybox. No, this plastic food is so realistic you can stare at it closely and not be entirely sure if it’s the real thing!
See for yourself how realistic looking plastic food can be!
Is it possible to stumble upon the most fun restaurant in Tokyo during one’s first day in Japan? Let’s put it this way – if I find something more fun than Uobei Sushi in all of Tokyo, I may never go home!
My traveling companions and I visited Uobei Sushi in Shibuya, which feels a bit like Times Square in New York City. Upon exiting the Shibuya train station, we were overwhelmed in a fabulous way by the sights and sounds of this booming metropolitan area. The main intersections are a sight to behold. When the crosswalk signals allow, thousands of people cross 5- and 6-way intersections in all directions. Loud music is piped into the intersections, accompanied by flashing advertisements on giant screens mounted on the sides of buildings. Wow.
We may never have found Uobei Sushi without Natsu, a dear local friend who generously helped us navigate our first days in her amazing city. Let’s be honest… without Natsu, we not only would missed out on Uobei Sushi, we might still be standing in the airport! 🙂
Back to Uobei Sushi… it’s fun! It’s casual! It’s very affordable! And it’s DELICIOUS! This isn’t an ordinary restaurant, friends. At Uobei Sushi, customers order from a vast menu of nigiri sushi, rolls, and sides using an iPad. Food is delivered on computerized, high speed conveyor belts that stop right in front of the customer for whom the items are intended!
Green tea and ice water are self-serve and complimentary. Most varieties of nigiri sushi are just under $1 (USD equivalent) for 2 pieces. How can I not go back? If I don’t come home, friends, you know where to find me! 🙂
The Glass Kitchen
written by Linda Francis Lee
Contest ended April 30th
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I loved this novel! Carefully written dynamics between female family relationships reminded me of The Owl & Moon Cafe, with added delightful whimsy reminiscent of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake and sultry romance as the frosting on the cake!
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