Cheap Meat Eats: Gyukatsu Motomura, Shibuya / 牛かつ もと村、渋谷


Japan, having spent a good few centuries not eating a lot of meat, doesn’t always get it quite right. I’ve had steak so tough I’ve had to discreetly spit it into napkins (to be fair, this is also a very common crime in the UK). I’ve also had meat treated like fish. Sometimes this can really good – as it turns out, semi-raw chicken with wasabi is great. But sometimes, this is absolute sacrilege to the the poor animal that died. Thinly-sliced beef, with no seasoning, swished through water to then be dipped only in soy sauce can be dull beyond belief. Continue reading

Review: Tokyo Mabo Shokudo, Akasaka / 東京麻婆食堂、赤坂


We were on our way to get a sandwich from a sandwich shop.

Now, before you leap to any hasty conclusions, I should say that sandwich shops are fairly rare in Japan. Unless you head to the convenience store and pick up some dubious plastic-wrapped item, you are more likely to be heading to the noodle shop. Or the bento store. Rice. Noodles. Those are your carbs.

So heading to the sandwich shop could definitely be considered “doing something a bit different” for lunch.

I must confess that I wasn’t 100% into the idea, but the sandwich store had very positive reviews and my colleague seemed very keen as she navigated us there.

Then we crossed a street and she smelt the mabo dofu. Continue reading

Review: Uzumaki Bekkan/うずまき別館

20160107_122912Yesterday, I went to film sumo wrestlers stomping in the new year at a shrine in Tokyo.  Which was a fantastic experience.

Every year, the top-ranked sumo wrestlers go to Meiji Shrine where they perform Dezuiri – a ring entering ceremony, which involves some impressive foot-stomping and feet shuffling.  Continue reading

Review: Ikinari Steak, Plena Makuhari, Chiba

Hello beautiful

Hello beautiful

Sorry for the break everyone! It’s taken me a little while to get settled with daily classes, tests and homework, and moving to an apartment WITH NO REFRIGERATOR (can you feel my pain?!). I am, however, proud to report that I have not been lax on the eating front and have loads of delicious food to share with you all! 🙂 So without further ado, let me introduce…


You may well know that I am very fussy about my steak. I often order it despite the fact that I am invariably disappointed. So when I’m raving about a steak, this is your cue to stop slumping and perk up and listen (provided you’re not vegetarian, of course). I should warn you that there are a lot of meaty pictures to follow like this… Continue reading