March 30, 2017
Today we’d like to talk about B-kyu Gourmet food in Tokyo. We’ve done some fancy restaurants before, like Saito and Gomei and Kurogi, and we’ve got some other fancy restaurant videos we’re editing at the moment (three of them have been filmed, in fact!). And while those restaurants are great, we can’t really afford to eat at them regularly, nor do I personally know many people who can drop $600 a meal on a daily basis. That’s kind of nuts. There are, however, loads of great restaurants in Japan that serve super delicious food for very reasonable prices. They’re the everyman’s gourmet food, and we’d like to show you more of those places from now on.
We’re not talking about big chains, either. Cococurry and Sukiya, for example, are cheap and delicious, but they’re not really considered gourmet. And though I love Cococurry with a burning passion, it’s not gourmet food. We’re talking instead about smaller restaurants, many of which don’t have branches in other locations. These restaurants don’t have famous chefs that bring crowds to them. They get their publicity mostly from the word spreading about them, from good reviews written about them, especially in the growing hunt for cheap and delicious food.
B-kyu gourmet makes the best out of b-grade ingredients, which sounds harsh, especially from a North American perspective, I think, where only A grade stuff is acceptable and everything else is bad (“if you’re not first you’re last!” – Ricky Bobby). But B-grade doesn’t mean the same thing here in Japan, simply because A-grade ingredients are very expensive and not attainable by the average person. We’re talking about special crab that comes from a region of Tokyo for only a couple weeks a year. We went to a kaiseki place in Kyoto a while ago where they served us THE nodoguro of the day. And I mean THE, as in, only one was caught that day, and the restaurant owner outbid everyone for it. That’s A Grade ingredients. B Grade stuff is still really damned good, and I’d say it’s a lot better than the ingredients we had available to us in Canada. So don’t let the letter B throw you off. It’s still damned good stuff.
So here’s a good example of B-kyu gourmet, with Tokyo Tonteki. You can get a pretty big amount of really good food for like 10 bucks, and while that’s not as cheap as a Family Mart sandwich, it’s significantly better fare for not much more money. The soup the meal comes with is pretty amazing as well. Scalding freaking hot, but once it cools down it’s insanely yummy. The lines from it are always bumping, regardless of the weather. We lined up before it their dinner service, and there were 15 people waiting by the time it opened. If you’d like to check it out, it’s located in Shibuya, something like a 5 minute walk from the station. It’s located right at a major intersection, and the address is 〒150-0002 Tōkyō-to, Shibuya-ku, Shibuya, 2 Chome−22−10, タキザワビル2F. It’s on the second floor, so when you get there go up the stairs, or just wait in the line that’s inevitably there. Interestingly, I think there’s a branch of it in the Philippines as well, bizarrely. I don’t think there are other locations in Japan, but there’s one in the Philippines.
Otherwise, we’ve got some extra scenes here, if you’d like to see us talk about billionaires and all :D