Saturday lunch & dinner with the locals

On Saturday we had lunch in a traditional restaurant where we ate Tonkatsu, a breaded, deep-fried pork cutlet served with shredded cabbage. The Tonkatsu sauce a type of thick Worcestershire sauce. It came with rice, miso soup and tasty pickles. They had a traditional seating area where people sit on the floor and crossed their legs under the table. When your sidekick is over 6 foot, it is better to go for the normal seating area, which is what we did.

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For dinner we went to a traditional restaurant that specialised in eel dishes (anguille en Francais). It was truly delicious.IMG_2721 IMG_2722 IMG_2727 IMG_2728

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Curry heaven

While walking down corridors in the underground we found this place….

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You choose the type of Japanese curry dish using pictures… Then pick small, normal Large and XL. Then choose the heat. Normal-hot-veryhot.

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I had the original chicken curry and Sophie had the salmon with fish skin below… Crispy fish skin is SO tasty! (I ate some at Yo Sushi back in the UK)

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Our actual Curries below  🙂

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Probably the best curry we have ever had !!

Can’t go to Tokyo without popping over to Akiba

We did the usual tourist thing and spent the day in Akihabara on Monday. It is a district full of colourful shops with 7 or 8 floors, each dedicated to either electronics, tools, electric components, toys, Japanese anime (cartoons) etc. Anyway Jonathan was in his element!

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We stopped for lunch on a small side street and it was amazing. We had pork and beef on sizzling platters which they brought not quite fully cooked. This is so you can continue cooking the meat to your liking – Jonathan, king of barbecues felt right at home. Yum!

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Full World breakfast

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For breakfast at the Garden Villa Shirahama in Shimoda we were served: Sausage, omelette, salad and fried peppers,onions & courgette. Tomato and vegetable soup, yoghurt and fresh fruit chunks, 2 warm bread rolls with butter and jam, coffee and apple juice…Plus 2 fresh pancakes with cream and maple syrup. It is such a great Hotel !!!

Our seaside hotel spoiled us with a 5 star fish feast for dinner

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We saw some fishermen unloading their catch of the day and down the road some of them were already preparing the fish, I expect to sell it onto the local restaurants.

Apologies there aren’t many pictures of the dinner below, it’s was so good we forgot to take pictures of the many courses which had all been prepared beautifully and served in amazing looking pottery. The big grilled fish is called Golden Eye Teriyaki and is the local speciality. We both loved it and went very well with boiled rice! The sashimi (raw fish) is an acquired taste (for us anyway) but once you put out of your mind that it is raw, it is OK. The seafood that came in the shell was exquisite – it came with small accompaniments that complemented it.  We also had pork with mash potato, gratin potato and also grilled vegetables (included japanese mushroom). All washed down with an Asahi beer and ending with an orange jelly made from orange from the cook’s mum’s garden. I have never been ken on jelly with adored the cherry blossom jelly we had this afternoon and also this one as they both tasted so fresh and light.

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A lovely present from the hotel owners

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This is jelly with cherry blossoms. It came all wrapped up in beautiful paper and it tastes amazing. The mum brought it to us while we were relaxing in the lounge before dinner. She said her husband had bought it for us today as a present. I am so glad i could return their kindness! I have brought with us some London themed tea towels (showing the most famous monuments e.g. St Paul’s Cathedral) which i had wrapped in paper showing bunting in British flag colours (thanks to Anna for letting me have it from your Jubilee surplus when no shops in Warrington seem to have any left!!). I bought the tea towels to give to the people we are going to stay with later in our trip in Kyoto, Nara and Osaka but I had bought a spare one just in case we met someone particularly friendly on our travels. So glad I did, this family in Shimoda have made us feel so welcome!