Restaurants (Curry udon place)#4 (SENKICHI)

This is absolutely where you must go.  Curry and Udon (Japanese noodle) collaboration…Curry Udon. Curry Udon is also very popular menu in our everyday dish.  As you know UDON and CURRY is  our one of most eaten menu in daily life….(for me, it is!)

Though Curry-Udon has been popular menu, there are not so much serves only”Curry -Udon”, rather it is part of UDON or OSOBA place’s menu like Local Food Akihabara #4 (KASUGA_SOBA)

But SENKICHI (thgouh it is restaurant chain, they got 15 restaurants in Tokyo, still kind of new.) focuses on “CURRY UDON” and “OYAKO-DON” and “KARAAGE” only. Those 3, you also should try too….

Anyways, here is SENKICHI info, address and map

Eng address: Chiyodaku, Iwamoto cho, 2-15-8 (about 10min walk from JR Akihabara Syowa-dori exit)

SENKICKI services many kinds of Curry Udon, very spicy but soooo yummy. This time I ordered “Red Senkichi” mainly taste like Thai green curry and  a freind of mine ordered “Spicy Senkichi”which I knew it is hot but not from Thai green curry taste…There is also “Black” with rich buillon. Woderful taste!! I love all of them. See 4 major curry menu SENKICHI

Akihabara Senkichi is always full with salaryman, no tourist ever. After 13:00 you can enter easily, but before that it is sooo full!

Menu: 4 major ones
HOT senkichi
RED senkichi



Restaurants Akihabara #3 (TONKATSU_HAMA-KATSU)

One of the most popular Japanese cosine in Japan, TONKATSU. What’s TONKATSU? Japanese pork cutlet. Unless you are vegetarian, you must try this TONKATSU. TONKATSU is one of our every day dish among Japanese. You can find it almost every local restaurants and even in convenience store like 7-11.

I had medical-check up in the early afternoon, so I lived without any food and just with water almost 12hrs. After my medical check up, I felt exhausted…rushed to YODOBASHI’s restaurant floor for BIG lunch.

Here, I needed to eat a lot and get energy back, then I chose HAMAKATSU (TONKATSU restaurants chain in AKIHABARA)

What is special here are…

  1. You get to make your special souce (tare) with grind sesame…
  2. You get free refill (is that right words?) of RICE, Salad (sliced cabbage) and OTSUKEMONO (Japanese pickles)


HAMAKATSU @ Yodobashi Akihabara

Local Food Akihabara (BUDOU)

The place to have luch with your friends. Delicious food. It is said “Bistro” “French Cousine”, but I guess it’s  Japanized French and just so tasty! While other local place is more like for “Salary mans” (Japanese worker especially men worker”), this place targets women, I think.  BUDOU フレンチ食堂ぶどう

Address: Chiyodaku, Kanda, Sakuma-cho, 2-3, Akihabara Inoue buid 1F, 101-0025

Go to SHOWA Dori Exit, Go straigh pass the crosswalk, turn right, go straight, just next to IZUMIBASHI, in front of MIZUHO ATM.


Not many mid-aged Salary man or groups of mid-aged salary man eat here as long as I obsesrve. Those “OJISAN” (mid-aged salary men) usually go to “TEISHOKU-YA” (local restaurant usually serves meal sets, which icludes rice, miso soup, main dish and the side dish like vegitable or salad )finishing up thier lunch in less than 30min or so….Pls refer my guide for SUGINO-AKARI, my favorate TEISHOKUYA in Akihabara.

Local Food Akihabara #2 (Sugino Akari)

Tokyo 23 wards (Geography)

Tokyo, one of the biggest city in the world…

Tokyo has 23 wards.
My very personal quick review!

Central:Tokyo Station, Emerial palace, Capitol, GINZA (like 5th Ave in Manhattan), SHINJUKU (office area + entertainment night out),
ROPPONGI (night out, clubing area & Tokyo tower), SHIBUYA (also night out area and shopping), HARAJUKU (Shopping, Kawaii shop area, many young people),
OMOTESANDO & AOYAMA (Luxuary shopping area, more adults here), and may be AKIHABARA (AKIHABARA also can be Eastern Tokyo)

South: Tokyo Bay area, Rainbow bridge, ODAIBA (shopping, date, sports, family)

East: Old Tokyo include ASAKUSA, UENO~YANAKA(NIPPORI), RYOGOKU (Sumo), lots of lots of local stuff and fun stuff

West: I am not familiar with west of TOKYO…Ghibli Musium?

Tokyo 23wards Map

Restaurants Akihabara #2 (Hibiki-響)

In Japan,  when you go to lunch or dinner with someone older (more than 5~10 years or so), and if he and you are not exactly “freinds”, most of the time the older pay you. Especially, if you are women.  Yes, I am talking about “Company life”in Japan.   Of course, there is no OGORU thing (pay you luch or dinner) between friends except special occation. But most of the case (first date that my friends and my experience), the man is paying….! (not 100% though)

anyway, I get to go to HIBIKI today! woo hoo! (too expensive to go by my own expense…haha)

My company’s co-worker took me.  He is almost 10 years older and we are not exactly “friends”, we talk a lot (we are at different dept) and we get along but I still use “KEIGO” (polite language) when we talk in respect of his age and longer working experience (sometime when conversation gets really fun, I forgot to use polite language…but he’s nice and we are close enough, I guess), and he is a man and I am a woman. Hahaha I guess this part is really not westernized area of Japanese culture!

HIBIKI is located just close to JR Akihabara station, on the 6th floor of building called TRIM, where you can also find TORAJI (Yakiniku) and UNIQLO and MUJIRUSHI(無印良品) and STARBUCKS on the 1st floor.

Sometime we DSC_0151.jpguse HIBIKI for SETTAI(接待). SETTAI (接待)stands for lunch or dinner for our customer so that it is not your money but we can use company money! haha


Restaurants in Akihabara #1 (Yakiniku Toraji)

Japanese people love YAKINIKU (originally Korean BBQ).

What is YAKINIKU???? Ummm, I say Korean BBQ in Japanese way.

But but but YOU WILL LOVE IT.

You can eat YAKINIKU everywhere, we do have many chain YAKINIKU resturants but also local YAKINIKU restaurants mostly run by Korean family who lives in Japan or Korean-Japanese, those restaurants are mainly (as far as I know) in ASAKUSA, UENO, (many ) and NIPPORI, KITASENJU area. Those are east-Tokyo where it has been said many Korean people lives. Actually where I grew up is KITASENJU (this is the station name), this area has many YAKINIKU SHOP.

Anyways, since AKIHABARA is not one of above area, you will not find LOCAL YAKINIKU restaurants, but big chain. Yet, YAKINIKU is super OISHI (Yummy).

If you have a budget, try TORAJI!! It is very close to AKIHABARA STATION (1 min).



My best friend at work and one of our company executives, and me went dinner at TORAJI 2 weeks ago. That was his (our executive) “White-day” treat for us which was put of since March… You may not know about “White-day” custom in Japan….haha. I will tell you later. 🙂

Special diner at TORAJI (Korean BBQ) Akihabara on 2010.10.7

Local Food Akihabara #4 (KASUGA_SOBA)

KASUGA 春日 : one of the MOST popular SOBA place in Akihabara (but among locals!!)

Address: 東京都千代田区東神田2-2-8,TEL:03-3865-9568

Eng:Chiyoda-ku, Higashikanda, 2-2-8. About 10min from Akihabara Station, 5min from Iwamoto-cho Station


This place is SUPER LOCAL, sorry they have only Japanese menu.

But ALL of their menu are super yummy!

Everyday, I see the line of people at 12:00.

They can have about 30 people, 4~5 table with 4 chair and all the table is full. If you go alone, you might have to be seated with other people who comes in a group.

This is real Japanese food place you need to try!!!

Photo is TEMPURA SOBA, soooo yummy with rich shrimp x2!