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Feb 11, 2007 07:15 PM

Japanese unusual food

I will be going to Tokyo in March 2007 (12 to 16 March) to attend Hoteres and Foodex Exhibition. In between I will have time to have good meals...I would like to know if anyone in Tokyo area willing to show me where I can have unusual meals. Example....I tried baby conger eel on a kaiten sushi restaurant. I want to try live sashimi, grilled Ayu, fresh Akagai, Kuruma Ebi and Otoro. Also Fugu sashimi. Anyone free to join me? Pls. email to Thank you.

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  1. I went to Japan for vacation 2 months ago, and I had some unusual food in Ikebukuro. I had pork meat, pork heart, pork tongue and pork liver...(all sashimi)

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    1. re: capriana94555

      GREAT !! Thank for this infor. I am keen to try this ...and I must agree it's unusual...I suppose you don't have the address or telephone no.?. If not, I hv to research base on the front door signage.

      1. re: Mwee

        It's a chain restaurant of yaki-niku and hormone-yaki called "Nihonbashi Beniton". This one's the Ikebukuro East exit shop. Some nice reviews- . Seems the liver sashimi gets a lot of high marks. Here's the map- .

        1. re: Silverjay

          Thanks for this...I will make every effort to go and try this.

    2. Go to one of the small sushi bars in the Tsukiji fish market (generally an early morning visit, since that's when the fish market is active). They serve a wide variety of ultra-fresh seafoods you will not necessarily see elsewhere.

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      1. re: AtetotheBar

        Yes...I've tried this...especially good is the Tempura. Sometimes, I just buy the sashimi and bring to my hotel room to enjoy with a beer!. Thanks for infor.

      2. oh, I forgot to mention that I also had horse meat meal in Shinjuku.
        taste great as well....
        good luck!

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        1. re: capriana94555

          Yep...I've tried a sample of this at last year's Foodex show at Makuhari and it was really good. The horses are bred specifically for this purpose so, they are not your normal farm or race horses. I've not tried it at a restaurant yet. Hope I could find time and someone to come along for this.

          Thanks for this and I'll check the link.

        2. You can have horse meat in almost any izakaya in Tokyo. Even the chains like Kachikachi-yama and Watami serve it. Hormone and raw pork liver can be had in just about any yaki-niku/Korean BBQ joint. Whale can be had in the right season in many izakaya.

          If you have a JP guide (or speak and read Japanese), try the sake joints around Asakusa. Have your guide order sake and the traditional sake snack foods.

          It might be a little early in the season, but there's a restaurant in Ginza called Sakura that serves, yep, a great sakura-based menu.

          Definitely eat under the tracks in Yurakucho, there are a lot of great places there that serve grilled meats and other snacks and you can drink with the businessmen. Eat fruit on the street in Ameyokucho in Ueno.

          Decent sashimi can be had around Tsukiji. The earlier the better. Drink all night in Roppongi before you head to sashimi breakfast there. The markets are closed to single tourists now, but I think you can still take part with a tour group.

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          1. re: tokyorosa

            Speaking of Asakusa, you could try dojo (Japanese or Oriental weatherfish) there. There are a dozen restaurants there that serve dojo. I tried it once, but it's bony and I didn't like it.

            Have you ever tried Shirako (milt)? It's served at Izakaya-type of places, but only in the winter. I once found it at a sushi place in SoCal (which closed a couple of years ago). Obviously, it's available in NYC.

            1. re: kuidaore

              Thanks for this information...I leave for Japan in 5 hours time, so, reading this is just timely. I think I would like to try the Dojo..sounds interesting. No I have not tried Shirako...not sure if its easily available.

              Best Regards.

          2. Thank you Tokyorosa,

            Sorry for late reply...I was away travelling and just got back. Will be off again tomorrow, then back wed. and then off thursday again to Singapore, then Japan.
            I will try as much of these unusual stuff as I can.
            Thanks for the infor.