November 26, 2015

Sea World and seafood paradaise ryokan in Kamogawa

Kamogawa (鴨川), a resort city where you can enjoy the sea, hot spring, golf parks, etc., is very accessible by car across the Tokyo Bay Aqua Line. In particular, "Kamogawa Sea World (鴨川シーワールド)" is recommendable to visit as you can see not only normal exhibition but also various attractive shows by sea animals (see the below photos!). 
Just in front of the sea, "Sansui Bettei (三水別邸)" , a Japanese-style ryokan locates, and we could spend a wonderful time there with in-house hot spring and delicious dishes using local seafood. Everything was tasty, but in particular, simmered alfonsino, grilled abalone and miso soup of Ise-lobster are must-eat dishes!! If you have time, walking along the seaside...visiting a temple of Nichiren named "Tanjyo-ji (誕生寺)"...are also soooo good!

Kamogawa Sea World (鴨川シーワールド)
Sansui Bettei (三水別邸)

November 17, 2015

Small Turkish restaurant in Yushima

When I took a walk pushing a baby buggy, I found a Turkish restaurant newly opened in Yushima (湯島). The restaurant is "MARMARIS (マーマリス)", which reasonably serve lunch available from JPY800 including small salad, soup, main dish and chai.  
Salad and tomato soup
Kebab plate
EFES beer
Musakka plate
The taste is good, but in principle, the tasting is mild using less seasoning and spice so that Japanese could easily try. If the rice is not just a normal steamed one, but a Turkish pilav, it would be much better and more authentic. Turkish staff is kind. (particularly for children!) My rating is 2.5 out of 5. Gochiso-samadeshita!

MARMARIS (マーマリス)

Sophisticated French restaurant obtained Michelin 1 star

AIMEE VIBERT (エメヴィメール) is a French restaurant which has continually won 1 star of Michelin guidebook since 2007. In October 2014, they moved to Ginza (銀座) from Kojimachi (麹町). Tough their beautiful facilities and elegant atmosphere seem to be maintained in the new restaurant, time spent in their previous house restaurant in Kojimachi was gracious. 
AIMEE VIBERT in Kojimachi (now they moved to Ginza)
Foie gras saute
Foie gras terrine with port sauce
Cream soup of lobster with sea urchin
Beef stew and crispy pie with red wine sauce
Ginger jelly
Mont blanc
Herb tea
Mignardises by wagon service
My choice!
As the above photos shows, their cuisine is beautiful and sophisticated. Not only the appearance, definitely the taste was very nice. In addition, cost effectiveness is good. The above set meal costs JPY5,000 (excluding tax and service charge) at lunch. We could enjoy their wonderful mignardises as much as we wanted to have. If the tea was empty or became cold, they kindly served new one. My rating at Kojimach restaurant is 4.7 out of 5. Gochiso-samadeshita!

AIMEE VIBERT (エメヴィメール)