Thursday, April 14, 2011

Bouya, Nihonbashi (和牛一頭焼肉 手打冷麺 房家)

Another day of this week, another visit to Muromachi Coredo. Today, working clockwise brought us to Bou-ya (and I say 'us' because I was pleasantly accompanied by Ponkan). I was super-pleased to realize that this is a branch of the well-rated yakiniku-ya I wanted to try during the Hongo project, but found them closed and hanging a sign that said roughly "We got so busy at dinner that we're closing for lunch."

Well, here's what you should get if you go - their two specialties on one tray, I think Y1200. This is a lot of food, so watch it. It's a little more Korean-themed than some yakiniku, with a big crock of watery pickled cabbage on the table (to use as a condiment). Oh, and lest I forget, the almond tofu was delicious. There are so many cheap and bad versions of it out there, it's a realy pleasure to eat a good one even though good ones are still dull.

Obviously the meat is the thing; here's a fancy shot of the pre-grilled meat on rice. No option to grill your own, unfortunately. (I'd go here if you want that kind of lunch in the office area.) Very good quality for a cheap lunch set. This much meat at a decent place can easily set you back Y1000 at dinner.

[Incidentally, I was out with my former boss a few nights ago, and he was making fun of me for being too cost conscious - in the context of not wanting to go to Nakamuraya, where you get 2 hours of free-flowing sake plus a noodle-focused food course...for $120. Nuts to that, I maintain.]

The other specialty here is Morioka Reimen, the Korean-style cold noodles from the northern provincial capital of Morioka (famous for cast iron and tie-dye, among other things). Cold and vinegary, with very firm bean-flour noodles, this is perfect for summer. It's a shame it was still a bit chilly out, but this is a good lunch set.

Can't help it, just have to say it, BOO-ya! Sorry.

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