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Can I get a Monkfish dinner anywhere in Japan?

MattR Jan 7, 2012 05:41 AM

I would be particularly interested in trying a dinner all centered around the same fish, perhaps a monkfish like A Bourdain got at Morimoto. Is this possible anywhere? Or it's just for tv stunts?
Thanks for your help!

  1. Silverjay Jan 7, 2012 07:14 AM

    Yes, there are plenty of anko (monkfish) and fugu (blowfish) places. They are not unusual.

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      MattR Jan 7, 2012 09:37 AM


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      edozanmai Jan 7, 2012 07:21 AM

      Although I have never been, some of my very Edokko friends recommend Isegen
      (http://www.isegen.com/) in Kanda (very close to Kanda Yabu Soba) for Anko (monkfish). It is a very traditional shop, in a pre-war building, and perhaps the most famous for anko in Tokyo. Look for the whole fish displayed in front of the restaurant.

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        MattR Jan 7, 2012 09:38 AM


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          Robb S Jan 7, 2012 06:00 PM

          Isegen is indeed the most famous anko place in Tokyo. Note that they serve anko only from September to April. The phone number is 03-3251-1229.

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          MattR Jan 18, 2012 08:32 AM

          Hi guys, do you have in mind any place that does a more modern take on an Anko dinner than Isegen? No offence for Isegen, which looks great, but I would be more curious on an original take on this concept.

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