Nodaiwa*

For me, it’s a must to have unagi in Japan.

I went to the branch of Nodaiwa at Ginza for lunch, though the main branch in Higashi-Azabu is near Tokyo Tower I was too lazy to go there. Nodaiwa is an eel restaurant with two hundred years of history and it uses natural eels, no wonder why it got a Michelin star. We were unable to make a reservation through phone so we arrived there early and we were lucky to have seats immediately.

We ordered the sets, the sets are quite similar and the difference in prices indicates the difference in the proportion of eel served. I had the small set (around ¥5000) which includes eel jelly as a starter, Shirayaki, Unaju, and fruit to end the meal. We also ordered the large set which is over ¥10000, the proportion of eel was a lot more and it got some other small eel dishes, but the small set was already enough for me.

The Shirayaki is a signature dish at Nodaiwa which is steamed first and then grilled unagi without sauce, and the Unaju is charcoal-broiled unagi on white rice. The unagi in both Shirayaki and Unaju style was grilled in slightly golden colour and the texture was really tender. I prefer Shirayaki more because it was just simple and delicious. For the Unaju the sauce was lighter than the usual ones, but it was fine for me.

Really not going to try unagi in Japan?

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Eel jelly
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Unaju

在日本總要吃一頓鰻魚飯吧。

這次來到獲得米其林一星的五代目野田岩在銀座的分店(雖然總店在東京鐵塔附近比較美但我懶得走),這家擁有兩百年歷史和堅持用天然鰻魚的老店當然要一試。我們試過打電話訂位可是不成功所以它一開門我們就到了,位子不多我們很幸運不用等位。

我們點了套餐,一開始看餐牌有很多不同價錢的套餐以為內容會不一樣,後來問了店員原來是鰻魚份量不一樣,當然比較貴的套餐會有更多的小菜或甜品。我吃的是大概5000円的套餐,有鰻魚凍,小片的白燒鰻魚,蒲燒鰻魚飯,和飯後水果。我們也有點貴的(大概10000円),多了蒸蛋,然後鰻魚份量多很多,不過份量少的已經夠我吃了。

不同做法的鰻魚都是燒至淡淡的金黃色,比起蒲燒鰻魚我更喜歡白燒鰻魚雖然有點乾,吃的時候可以沾一點鹽,就是鰻魚的味道,沒有任何醬汁或調味。而蒲燒鰻魚的醬汁比平常吃到的淡,可能和想像中有所出入,不過是好吃的。

在日本都不吃鰻魚飯?

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