Thursday, May 1, 2014

Butcher Brothers, Kanda (ブッチャーブラザーズ)

I wandered over to UrbaneNet, that most civilized of buildings, after finishing my meetings in Yaesu today. Down in the lobby I met the Preacher, who I guess never goes out for lunch, because he's a shadow of his former self and had no idea how to walk the 5 minutes up to East-side Kanda. We freestyled a bit - there are a bunch of new places since I was last there - before settling back at Butcher Brothers. I see I'm not doing any service to world vis a vis discovering this place - every other foreign food writer and blogger has been in since it opened to say how meaty, friendly, winey and cheap it is. I have nothing to add to that.
Where are those naughty brothers? There they are! We chuckled on the way out when we saw staff downstairs trimming a large cut of meat on a table that was going to be someone's dining table later. I guess space is limited. Reminds me of the terrible izakaya downstairs from my old apartment where they used to wash and cook a huge pot of rice in the street every morning.

This kinda atmosphere. Wine bottle on the walls must be the menu. It's all cheap. Sure, that's a good concept - lots of cheap meat and wine, convivial atmosphere.

and LIBERAL lashings of salt. Good heavens. This was pretty tasty as a little soup starter considering it looked like dirty water with green beans in it.
Boom, a big salty steak with some decent fries and a roasted? fried? chicken drumstick and salad. You put that all together and offer coffee and charge Y900 for it and people are bound to come back for more.
We didn't avail ourselves of the Y50 curry adder - they'll put it next to the otherwise-useless rice, so it's worthwhile - nor the free takeout coffee (I've been caffeine and alcohol free for health reasons for several months.)

The latter half of which has gone right out the window.

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