A secret gem nestled between Asakusa and Minami Senju.
Home of Japanese manga boxer, あしたのジョー Ashita no Joe (Tomorrow's Joe).
He was born in the nearby 山谷 Sanya neighborhood.
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics have been postponed to 2021.
天麩羅土手の伊勢屋 Tempura Dote no Iseya
東京都台東区日本堤1-9-2 Nihonzutsumi, Taitō Ward
On my banzuke (ranking) of Tokyo tempura chefs (天麩羅番付), Wakabayashi-san is a dai-yokozuna (東大横綱).
The restaurant is only open for lunch and is closed on Wednesdays and occasional other days. Check their schedule
Cherry blossom (sakura) meat is a Japanese culinary euphemism for horse meat.
Their sign in the left hand photo is a cherry blossom ❀ (sakura)
with the kanji 肉 (niku) [meat] in the center followed by nabe [hot pot] なべ (in hiragana).
Although I love basashi (馬刺し) [horse meat sashimi], I have never visited the restaurant as I always go to Iseya.
For many years, I ordered one of the tendon offerings. However, recently I skip the rice and fill up on tempura.
My new favorite order is tempura moriawase 天麩羅盛り合わせ (an assortment of tempura).
There are three small tables in the raised area. My favorite dining spot. A time trip to the Showa Era.
Shin Yoshiwara Nihonzutsumi Mikaeri Yanagi [The Looking Back Willow] (MFA Boston)
Stone marker for the Looking Back Willow.