Do it yourself fried food!
|It was a Sunday night and I was trying to think of a place to go for dinner with my friend Natsuko. I thought I'd take her to Star Kebab House so we went over there but it was closed.|
I called a friend that lived in the area and he recommended we check out Kushiya Monogatari, a Kushiage place. Neither of us had had kushiage in a while so we thought we'd give it a try.
Kushiage is directly translated, skewered fried stuff. Kushi means skewered, age (ah-gay) means fried.
The difference for this place is that you do it yourself. Similar to how a Korean BBQ place or as the Japanese call it, yakiniku, has a grill in the center of each table to cook your meats, this place had a deep fat fryer in the center of each table.
It was an all you can eat place so you go over to the food area and they had about 20 kinds of things on sticks. Different beefs, porks and chickens, shrimp and various veggies. You'd bring them back to your table, dip them in the batter, bread them and drop them in the fryer. They take about 2 or 3 minutes to cook.
Then you dip them in one of the 5 or 6 sauces they had and eatem up!
I don't think they could do something like this in the states. Too much liability when some kid puts their hand in the fryer or pours their drink in it but here in Japan they haven't gone litigation crazy and people are still expected to be responsible for themselves most of the time.
It was pretty fun and I'd definitely go there again. It was relatively cheap too. 2500 yen for all you can eat. They also had a salad bar, other foods like french fries (already cooked), gyoza, oden, rice and they had a dessert bar.
If you want to check it out the one I went to is in Akasaka. It's right outside the station across the street from Starbucks and Tilly's on the B2 floor.