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Eel

Are you a samurai or merchant when it comes to eating eel?
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06.26.2015

Are you a samurai or merchant when it comes to eating eel?

Eels have been a popular dish among Japanese for centuries. The custom of eating grilled eel to ward off summer weariness is even recorded in Japanese poetry from the 1600s. However, there's a big difference between how eels are prepared in western and eastern Japan. According to tradition, eels are split along the back in eastern Japan (including Tokyo) because samurai in the Edo era (1603-1868) wanted no reminders of hara-kiri. But in western Japan, they are split along the belly and served with the head attached because straight-talking merchants in Osaka liked the saying "hara wo watte hanasu (split one's belly and talk)". In addition, eels are only steamed before grilling in the east. Why not try eel prepared both ways and discover your own preference.

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Restaurant Mona Lisa Ebisu Branch

レストラン モナリザ 恵比寿店

  • Ebisu, Shibuya, Tokyo
  • French,Italian/French / French
Reservation 2 recommendations
Average price
Dinner: 15,000JPY / Lunch: 5,000JPY
Open
Lunch 11:30 to 15:30 (last order 14:00) Dinner 17:30 to 23:00 (last order 21:00)
Closed
Irregular
English services
English menu and English-speaking staff available.
Access
Three minute walk from Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line, JR Saikyo Line, JR Yamanote Line, & JR Shonan Shinjuku Line Ebisu Station
Address
1F, 1-14-4 Ebisunishi Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Kirakutei

喜楽亭

  • Kyotogosho/Nishijin, Kawaramachi/Kiyamachi/Pontocho (Downtown Kyoto), Kyoto
  • Izakaya (Japanese tavern),Taverns / Sashimi (raw fish)/Seafood / General / Donburi (rice bowl)
Average price
Dinner: 3,000JPY / Lunch: 750JPY
Open
17:00-01:00, last order for food at 23:30, last order for drinks at 00:30 Lunch from 11:30-14:00
Closed
None
English services
English menu available.
Access
A 1-minute walk from Marutamachi station on the Karasuma subway line
Address
Christer Plaza M1F , 215 Karasu Maru Takeya-cho Agaru Okura-cho, Chukyo-ku,Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

GINZA TOTOKI

GINZA TOTOKI

  • Ginza, Ginza/Yurakucho/Tsukiji, Tokyo
  • French,Italian/French / French
Reservation 3 recommendations
Average price
Dinner: 7,500JPY / Lunch: 3,000JPY
Open
Lunch from 11:30-15:30, last order at 14:00 [Tuesday-Sunday/national holiday/eve of national holiday] Normal hours: 11:30-23:00, last order at 22:00
Closed
Tuesdays
English services
English-speaking staff available.
Access
A 3-minute walk from exit B5 or B6 of Ginza station on the Hibiya, Ginza, Marunouchi lines of the Tokyo Metro. A 5-minute walk from the Ginza exit of the JR Yurakucho station.
Address
Sakaguchi Bldg.7F , 5-5-13 Ginza , Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Jimpachi

甚八

  • Yodoyabashi, Umeda/Kitashinchi, Osaka
  • Izakaya (Japanese tavern),Taverns / General / Sashimi (raw fish)/Seafood / Nabe (hot pot)
Average price
Dinner: 3,500JPY / Lunch: 800JPY
Open
[Weekdays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch: 11:00 - 14:00 Smoking prohibited between 12:00 and 13:00 / Evening trading only, on Saturdays [Weekdays, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] Dinner: 17:00 - 23:00 (Last order: 22:30)
Closed
Sundays
English services
English-speaking staff available.
Access
2-minute walk from Osaka City Subway's Yodoyabashi station, Midosuji line. 5-minute walk from Osaka City Subway's Kitahama station, Sakaisuji line.
Address
Nippo Yodoyabashi Bldg. B1F, 3-1-11 Koraibashi , Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka

Asakusa Unagi Sansho

浅草 うなぎ さんしょ 

  • Asakusa, Asakusa/Ryogoku, Tokyo
  • Japanese,Japanese / Unagi (eel)
Average price
Dinner: 2,000JPY / Lunch: 2,000JPY
Open
[Monday-Wednesday, Friday-Sunday, National Holidays, Before National Holidays] Lunch from 11:30am-2:00pm /Dinner: 4:00pm-7:00pm (last order: 6:30pm)
Closed
None
English services
Unknown.
Access
A 5 minutes' walk from Tawaramachi Station, and a 7 minutes' walk from Asakusa Station.
Address
2-25-7 Nishi Asakusa , Taito-ku, Tokyo

Dojo Iidaya

どぜう飯田屋

  • Asakusa, Asakusa/Ryogoku, Tokyo
  • Japanese,Japanese / Dojo (loaches)
Reservation 1 recommendation
Average price
Dinner: 2,000JPY / Lunch: 2,000JPY
Open
[Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] 11:30 am - 9:30 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm )
Closed
Wednesday
English services
English menu available.
Access
Tsukuba Express Asakusa Station A2 Exit / Ginza Line Tabaracho Station 3rd Exit. From Kokusai Street, go into Kappabashi Street and you'll see it.
Address
3-3-2, Nishiasakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Torikadoya

鳥かど家

  • Shimbashi/Shiodome, Ginza/Yurakucho/Tsukiji, Tokyo
  • Kaiseki (course menu),Japanese / Chicken / Unagi (eel) / Sake
Average price
Dinner: 2,000JPY / Lunch: 1,450JPY
Open
[Weekdays] Normal hours 5 PM-8 PM (last order 7:30 PM)/Lunch 11 AM-2 PM
Closed
Mondays
English services
Unknown.
Access
From Shinbashi Station Karasumori exit proceed directly to Akarengadori and turn left, located at the second signal on the left side.
Address
Shinbashi Suzuki Bldg. , 4-27-9 Shinbashi , Minato-ku, Tokyo

Unagi Kushiyaki Shinten

うなぎ 串焼 心天

  • Ningyocho/Kodenmacho, Tokyo Station, Tokyo
  • Izakaya (Japanese tavern),Taverns / Kushiyaki (grilled skewers) / Unagi (eel) / Hitsumabushi (eel bowl)
Average price
Dinner: 3,500JPY / Lunch: 1,000JPY
Open
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:15 pm)
Closed
None
English services
Unknown.
Access
Three minute walk from A2 Exit, Ningyocho Station, Hibiya Line; also three minutes from Exit 8, Suitengumae Station, Hanzomon Line
Address
1-14-7 Nihonbashi Kakigara-cho , Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Ginza Koju

銀座 小十

  • Ginza, Ginza/Yurakucho/Tsukiji, Tokyo
  • Kaiseki (course menu),Japanese / General / Kaiseki (tea-ceremony dishes) / Sake
Reservation 5 recommendations
Average price
Dinner: 25,000JPY / Lunch: 21,600JPY
Open
[Weekdays / Saturday] Lunch: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. (last order at 1:00 p.m.) Dinner: 6:00 pm. - 9:30 p.m. (last order at 9:30 p.m.)
Closed
Sundays and holidays (summer, New Year's, etc.)
English services
English-speaking staff available.
Access
3 minutes' walk from Ginza station on all Tokyo Metro lines / 10 minutes' walk from Yurakucho station on all JR lines
Address
Carioca Bldg. 4F, 5-4-8 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Reservation

Aji Fukushima

味ふくしま

  • Gion, Kawaramachi/Kiyamachi/Pontocho (Downtown Kyoto), Kyoto
  • Kaiseki (course menu),Japanese / Kaiseki (tea-ceremony dishes) / Sake
Reservation
Average price
Dinner: 15,000JPY / Lunch: 4,000JPY
Open
[Weekdays, Saturday, Holidays, Days before holidays] Lunch 11:30-13:00 Customers can enter until 13:00/Dinner 17:00-20:00 To enter after 20:00, please call beforehand.
Closed
Sundays, Last Monday of every month
English services
Unknown.
Access
Keihan Main Line, 5 minutes walk from Gion-Shijo Station.
Address
Gionmachi Minamigawa 570, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Reservation
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