English Reviews (Reviews Total Language : 36 reviews)
“Good simple sukiyaki, good sake in rustic house”
Good duck sukiyaki and GOOD sake, nice service. The limited choice of dishes, to complement the sukiyaki or the chicken nabe or duck sukiyaki can be disappointing, and service can be slow, but the overall experience is nice.
Visited January 2016
“Sukiyaki and Oyakodon”
Nakameguro is a charming upscale yet laid-back neighborhood that borders a small river in southwest Tokyo. We were recommended a small soba joint but when we found that it was full, we found Hashidaya on our return to our apartment. It has lovely decor, very rustic. We were served while sitting i...n a tatami well, which was a nice way to start the Japanese vacation. I agree, the duck is worth getting. I'm really not a fan of duck, and actually asked for chicken meat instead, but they served us the duck anyway. I'm not sure why, but think it may have been my lack of Japanese that led to the mixup. Anyway, what a glorious mistake, as the duck was the best part of the sukiyaki! I have had sukiyaki many times before and was looking forward to having it in Japan, but wasn't sure if I was going to find any nabe served during the summer. One thing that was different was that I'm used to eating the sukiyaki out of a bowl, like a ramen soup (sort of), but they served the sukiyaki here much more like a shabu shabu or other type of nabe where the solid pieces are taken from the communal pot by each person and then dipped in a sauce (then, at the end of the meal, the remaining broth is consumed like a soup). While I recall hearing about it, I was surprised to see the raw egg used as dipping sauce for the sukiyaki, but it really added flavor (once I got over the notion of eating a raw egg). The sukiyaki was marvelous, as was the Oyakodon, which is a rice dish with chicken and, again, a raw egg. I guess I shouldn't be surprised that the Japanese favor raw eggs (why not? they eat raw fish too... as do I, but they started it well before Americans like me became interested). Since then, I saw a Cool Japan show on youtube that featured Japan's love of eggs. I'd known about the egg sushi but wasn't aware of all the other ways they eat eggs nor was I aware of the difference in quality of Japanese eggs to American eggs, which allows the Japanese to feel comfortable eating raw eggs with some regularity. I think the yoke of a Japanese egg is more orange in color than a US egg, which is more golden yellow. The total bill for four of us (with about a drink each) was about $30 each. Probably a little more than what we'd normally spend but the food and ambience were worth it. One bad thing, and I guess it may just be chalked up to life outside of the US, is that there were people smoking nearby. Perhaps we got placed in the smoking section, perhaps they even asked us if it was ok and we didn't understand because we don't speak the language, but it was one thing that I wish I could have changed.
Visited July 2015
“Get the duck stew and then ask for noodles to be added to the broth”
This is a lovely little restaurant where you can either sit Japanese style or you can sit at the counter and watch the chefs at work. The staff speak a little bit of Enlish and are very nice and friendly so we were able to get buy. Try ordering the duck stew (Kamo no Nabe) it's very tasty and is c...ooked and served from a big pot infront of you. The you ask them for some Udon noodles to put into it afterwards to give them a lovely meaty taste. The noodles are really amazing and are made fresh for you. The plum wine is also very nice. I'd highly recommend this restaurant The restaurant is also open pretty late.
Visited March 2015