Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Aikawa Unagi (愛川鰻) @ Takadanobaba, Tokyo

Cuisine: Unagi / Fresh Water Eel
Charged Price: JPY3,500 per person without alcohol
Visited: 11 November 2015
Food: 9/10
Atmosphere: 6/10
Value for money: 9/10
Services: 9/10
Scale: [1=poor ---- 5=average/standard ---- 10=outstanding/exceptional]

Let's keep this one short. If you are looking for a fabulous unagi in Tokyo, Aikawa Unagi at Takadanobaba is the one to go for surely. This tiny specialised unagi restaurant is tucked in a small street in the area of Takadanobaba and is within a few minutes walk from the station. The place is really small and very local. There are only 4 tables which means max 16 seats at once. So be sure to make reservation before visiting. Aikawa is run by only a few people in which, I believe, are family owners. They are pretty friendly and wonderful. With little English only, they, however, did try their best to make the very best of our lunch.

Aikawa Unagi (愛川鰻) @ Takadanobaba, Tokyo

very local ambient

The menu consists of mainly grilled unagi which would cost you around JPY3,000 a head plus or minus. It is just the matter of size you would like to go for. The variation you may alter is how hard you want your unagi to be. They do surely look alike. The different is steaming. The crispier unagi is the one without steaming. Personally, I did enjoy the softer choice more. However, the one without steam presented more unique aroma of burnt coal. Except the tender, textured, and flavourful unagi, the overall picture of this meal, in my humble opinion, was of high quality: fabulous rice, delicious pickles, and tasty condiments. Well, well, well!!! The next trip I return to Tokyo, I will once again pay a visit to this little place. Thank God, I have found you.

Grilled Unagi Lunch

Softer Version of Grilled Unagi Lunch

Aikawa Unagi (愛川鰻) @ Takadanobaba, Tokyo
1-17-22 Takadanobaba
Tokyo 〒169-0075

Open Hours: Tue-Sun lunch from 11:30am - 01:30pm and Sun dinner from 05:00pm - 07:00pm
Tel: +81 (0) 3 3200 3717

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