Edited to add price information where appropriate.
Today, three of us, my wife, daughter, and me, went to the izakaya Houryou, the izakaya that opened last year near my house. The time has come to use the tickets I got at the tasting party.
Houryou means good catch (of fish). Recently, they placed this boat in their premises. What a surprise!
豊漁とはgood catch (of fish)という意味です。最近、この船が敷地内に設置されました。ビックリしました。
Sorry, too drunk to provide any decent descriptions.
Edited to add: Now that I am sober, I can provide some descriptions.
A mug of beer and the otoshi (squid) last night:
NOTE: An otoshi is not free. You will be charged for it. Roughly, an otoshi is around 300-500 yen.
Otoshi: 330 yen
Beer: Complimentary, thanks to the izakaya's flyer that we brought with us, which said you are entitled to a complimentary mug of beer if you bring it with you.
I ordered the shochu and soft drink nomi houdai (drink as much as you can) (90 minutes) plan (1,490 yen).
This plan enables you to select two from among 20 appetizers. As requested by my daughter, I selected french fries (fried potato in Japanese), and
My wife ordered a tonkotsu miso ramen.
My daughter ordered an "ebi-bonara" spaghetti. Ebi means prawn (shrimp, lobster). As you can easily imagine, it's carbonara with prawns in it.
娘は「エビボナーラ」スパゲティーを頼みました。エビとはprawn (shrimp, lobster)の意です。ご想像の通り、エビの入ったカルボナーラです。
I later ordered a mushroom pizza.
All you can drink in 90 minutes plus 2 appetizers for 1490yen, that's a sweet deal! I think you got your money's worth! Yeah, you don't want to be the only drinker at the table.
Tonkotsu ramen is one of my favorite ramen. While in New York earlier this month we waited an hour and a half to have a bowl of ramen! It wasn't even weekend at prime time. The busyness was because New York Times rated it as the best ramenya in NYC! It was good but I won't wait that long next time.
okasan: This izakaya offers three nomi houdai + 2 appetizers plan:
soft drink for 990 yen
shochu and soft drink for 1,490 yen
draft beer, shochu, local sake, and soft drink for 2,490 yen
If I hadn't been on a diet, I would have selected the third one!
Ramen is that popular in NYC???
Carbonara with shrimps is a good idea. I wonder how this Izakaya manages to survive with those low price offers. The bar we are visiting once a month offers a membership for 1 year for 25 Euros. Members only pay half the price for drinks. This is also a great deal because we always drink a lot of cocktails (and have to suffer the next day...)
That's a good question! According to their menu, a glass of chuhai (shochu + water, tea, etc.) costs 420-490 yen. But, anyway, as far as I am concerned, the cheaper the better (laugh).
You will be disappointed when you visit an izakaya in Japan, because an izakaya usually doesn't serve cocktails.
Hiroyuki! Who would need a cocktail in an izakaya if you can have "shochu rokku"! (I have fallen in love with these huge Japanese ice cubes. We never have these in Europe (at least I have never seen anywhere). Of course it's nicer to get drunk with someone...
I like your izakaya more and more. I will ask the exact name and address if I come to your city one day. I am especially attracted by the "all-you-can-drink" option ;-)
I think ramen would be popular all around the world if only people started opening ramen shops... I have recently even seen a ramen shop in Lyon (France)! There were Japanese-looking cooks and it looked very Japanese... Unfortunately I have seen it only after my lunch, but we will test it next time we go there. It's cheap and looks delicious.
Sissi: I didn't think that the ice cubes were particularly huge... Anyway, I liked them because they were crystal clear, not opaque like the ones we make in our home fridge.
I have already provided the exact name of the izakaya: Houryou, and it's about a 20-minute walk from JR Shiozawa Station.
As for nomi houdai, there are many izakaya that offer similar plans.
As for ramen, I often think that the most difficult part of ramen eating is that many non-Japanese people just can't slurp!
Haha! You are right about slurping. It's horribly bad manners to make sounds when eating in Western countries...
Thank you for the address.
I must look out for this offer in other izakayas too.
Sissi: Yes, I know. making sounds and burping while eating are much less offensive in Japan. In Japan, table manners are closely associated with the handling of chopsticks.
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