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filofari Nov 13, 2008 09:52 PM

Does anyone have a good tried and tested monja shop in Tokyo to recommend?

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    lost squirrel RE: filofari Nov 16, 2008 06:38 PM

    I haven't been to many, so take any of my recommendations with a grain of salt.

    There are two places I've had pretty good monja, the first is called either Bamboo (i think) in nishi-azabu. I went with a large group and everyone seemed to like it pretty much.

    For an interesting take on monja, i recommend Sakuratei in Harajuku. They have lots of different options, including the Mexican Monjayaki that tastes really similar to what was called a 'burrito pie' when I was a kid. Sakuratei has a very young, hip, and artsy feel to it. http://www.sakuratei.co.jp/en/

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      filofari RE: lost squirrel Nov 17, 2008 09:06 PM

      Thanks for the recommendation! :)

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      Asomaniac RE: filofari Nov 16, 2008 11:05 PM

      I recommend you go for okonomiyaki instead. Never got the point of the monjayaki sludge if you have the far, far superior okonomiyaki as an alternative (unless you think of it as Kanto vs Kansai competition and are a Kanto patriot).

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        lost squirrel RE: Asomaniac Nov 17, 2008 06:23 PM

        The okonomiyaki is great at Sakuratei as well.

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          filofari RE: Asomaniac Nov 17, 2008 09:07 PM

          Haha... i've never tried monjayaki... wanna try it for the experience.

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          filofari RE: filofari Nov 17, 2008 09:07 PM

          Hoping for more suggestions! :)

          1. E Eto RE: filofari Nov 18, 2008 04:56 AM

            I asked a similar question a while ago, and didn't get many suggestions. But the place to go for monjayaki is the Tsukishima district, which is a walk over the bridge from Tsukiji, or a stop on the O-Edo line.
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/321984

            Here's another descriptive article from Metropolis:
            http://metropolis.co.jp/tokyo/445/din...

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              Asomaniac RE: E Eto Nov 18, 2008 05:53 PM

              True. Great district to go to for the atmosphere. Even thogh I don't enjoy monjayaki as such, I still go there sometimes in a group as the atmosphere is really worth it.

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                huaqiao RE: E Eto Nov 20, 2008 02:31 PM

                When I was in Tokyo a month ago, friends took us to Tsukishima and it was great. The atmosphere was indeed very cool. It was a Saturday afternoon and there were lots of families there with kids playing some of those games they have laid out in the street. We didn't have a specific restaurant in mind and just went into the first one we found which was open and didn't have a line out front. All in all, a fun time.

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                  lost squirrel RE: huaqiao Nov 24, 2008 05:48 PM

                  I'm inspired, I think I'll try to head that way this weekend and get some traditional monja. Thanks everyone.

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                filofari RE: filofari Nov 27, 2008 06:16 PM

                Thanks everyone! I'll be heading over to Tokyo on 1st Dec... will report how it went when I'm back! :)

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                  Yukari RE: filofari Nov 29, 2008 12:03 AM

                  You definitely want to check out Tsukishima's Monja Street as it has over 70 shops. One popular one to try is Monja Hazama. Tsukishima 3-17-8 (phone 03-3534-1279). Two interesting monjas to try here include the liver katsu (a local dish famous from Tsukuda/Tsukishima area) and the Italian with tomatoes and basil.

                  Or, the oldest shop is Kondo Honten, started in 1950. Tsukishima 3-12-10 (phone 03-3533-4555. This is a second generation shop (which is hard to say for the others).

                  Enjoy!

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