Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Yamato Restaurant, Ginza, Tokyo

My colleague (from Shanghai) and I arrived our hotel at 9.30pm as the queue at immigration was long (2 flights arriving from China at nearly the same time as the flight I was on) and the bus ride from Narita airport was an hour....we were hungry...

We were recommended to a place pretty far away for food at that hour. We decided to look around the hotel area to try our luck... It's not easy, mind you.... to find someone who understands English....

Anyway, luck was on our side and we found this pork place called Yamato 5 minutes before 10pm. At first, we were given menu in Japanese and we were pointing at pictures to quickly order before kitchen closes at 10pm.... And we assumed by the waitress' sign language that they were either the tail, the heart, the lung, the stomach or you know what I am trying to say...

Good thing one waitress ran in with the English menu and the moment we saw shabu-shabu, we ordered it... and Kirin beer, of course!

Complimentary starter : pork balls in soya sauce gravy to slow down the stomach's protests...

The extras : Tofu, minced pork, mushrooms, leeks, bread and cabbages.... to further enhance the flavour of the soup in the large, heavy claypot...
The star of the meal : delicate pink, thinly sliced pork with just the right amount of fat.... didn't take long to cook this in the sweet simmering broth.... just perfect for a very hungry me...
The result : a hot pot that made me a happy woman...
I just realised that the address on the business card is in Japanese... the only English word on it is Yamato.... Well, at least you know that they are authentic Japanese - I didn't see any foreigners that night and it was packed though near closing...

Anyway, they have 2 branches and here are the numbers :

+813 5159 9751 and +813 3574 9751

2 comments:

Jenn said...

hi fren,

looks like ur japan trip is full of food! what a fiest!

Diary of Kay El said...

Love Japanese food! But eating out too much makes me crave ham yue, ham choy, ham tan with porridge at home (to the dismay of the gwailo at home - cannot tahan the smells esp. the preserved bamboo shoots).