Daikichi in Shanghai

I don’t know much about Daikichi, except that I suspect they have hundreds of branches in Japan and a handful outside the country. Remember in my Ji Heng Mian Guan entry I had mentioned that “Hongqiao / Gubei area is a popular residential district for Japanese, Korean and Taiwanese expats working in Shanghai and so you’re find an abundance of the similar authentic cuisines in that area” … well, Daikichi is about 2 shops down from Ji Heng Mian Guan, so go figure!

Remember also that I had mentioned eating at Magushi and Yakitoritei in Hong Kong in my previous posts? Well, Daikichi trumps those experiences too. What I can say about Daikichi is that they serve a very traditional (and safe) list of yakitoris on their menu, whereas Magushi (and maybe Yakitoritei) is a little stronger on creativity.

I’m just a sucker for Yakitoris. Check it out!

Edamame, Cabbage and a Perfect Pour of Sapparo Beer from Daikichi

Edamame, Cabbage and a Perfect Pour of Sapparo Beer from Daikichi

Note: A perfect pour of Sapporo draft (and ice-cold too!) … until I took that first sip before I snapped this photo 😦 Got Beer?

Daikichi on Guyang Road, Gubei / Hongqiao, Shanghai

Daikichi on Guyang Road, Gubei / Hongqiao, Shanghai

The Perfect Ox Tongue Yakitori

The Perfect Ox Tongue Yakitori

This was better than any other ox tongue yakitori (gyutan or 牛タン) I’ve tasted anywhere else. The meat was fresh, salted-to-perfection, juicy and most importantly, its THICK-CUT!!! The lemon added that extra 1% to make this a perfect 100% (full marks) dish.

Beef Yakitori with Lots of Spring Onions

Beef Yakitori with Lots of Spring Onions

Nankotsu or Chicken Cartilage

My Favorite Yakitori: Nankotsu or Chicken Cartilage

Rebā (レバー) or Chicken Liver Yakitori

Rebā (レバー) or Chicken Liver Yakitori

Hatsu (ハツ) or Kokoro (こころ) or Chicken Heart Yakitori

Hatsu (ハツ) or Kokoro (こころ) or Chicken Heart Yakitori

Eggplant Yakitori with Cheese

Eggplant Yakitori with Cheese

Tebasaki (手羽先) or Chicken Wing Yakitori

Tebasaki (手羽先) or Chicken Wing Yakitori

Mushroom Yakitori

Mushroom Yakitori

Japanese Rice Ball (飯糰) with Cheese

Japanese Rice Ball (飯糰) with Cheese

Japanese Rice Ball (Grilled Plain with a Dab of Soy Sauce)

Japanese Rice Ball (Grilled Plain with a Dab of Soy Sauce)

The plain grilled rice ball with burnt rice (with the help of a brush of soy sauce on the rice ball) made it that much better. We weren’t (or at least I wasn’t) a big fan of the rice ball with cheese …

So we had all of this and to finish off, we ordered some more Gyutan and Nankotsu to make this night even more memorable. The bill came up to be about RMB 210, which I thought was quite reasonable. The quantity that we had (plus the quality) would’ve easily been HKD 400+ in Hong Kong … perhaps even leaning on HKD 500.

Shanghai rocks.

Daikichi (Guyang Branch)
No. 435 Guyang Road (near Songyuan Road)
Shanghai, China
Email: daikichi0678@yahoo.co.jp

Advertisements

President Ajikura

I was at Jiu Guang Sogo Department Store in Shanghai when I came across this place.

Can someone tell me if this “President Ajikura” squid ball joint is supposed to be famous in Japan or something? Somehow, I get the feeling that this is something that’s locally established, and the founder (Chinese founder that is) just decided to slap on some silly name to make it foreign …

In any case, I didn’t find these to be particularly good. Maybe because they were only warm when I got them – they really need to be piping hot. The biggest turn-off was that I can taste the oil (“so what?” you say) … well, the oil tasted like what we would call “萬年油” or “ten-thousand-year cooking oil” as in, the oil tasted like its been lying around for a long time … you know that stale-kind of tasting … grease?

My stomach is already reacting to the thought of having tasted that stuff. Ugh.

Squid Balls from President Ajikura

Squid Balls from President Ajikura

President Ajikura sucks as much as President Bush (lol, you all probably saw that coming!)

President Ajikura (Jiu Guang Branch)
Basement of 久光百货 (Jiu Guang Baihuo or Jiu Guang Sogo Department Store)
Jing’an District, Shanghai

President Ajikura (Changle Branch)
No. 191, Changle Road
Luwan, Shanghai 200051
Tel: +86 21 5466 1817
Website: www dot ajikura dot net

Tomokazu Japanese Restaurant (友和日本料理)

Just had a feast at one of my dad’s favorite restaurant, Tomokazu Japanese Restaurant (友和日本料理). Its been around for at least 20 years and is frequented by lots of celebrities and socialites (not that I really care) … but that says something about the quality of its food. Personally, I think they are one of a few Japanese restaurants in Hong Kong that serve the freshest seafood directly from Japan.

I’ll let the photos do the talking.

There are quite a few other “fancier” Japanese restaurants in Hong Kong, but a lot of people return to Tomokazu because its portion is bigger and their menu is reasonably priced. Their also more authentic than what you might find at Wasabisabi, where they serve “fusion Japanese” food … and at ridiculous prices. Then there’s Nobu at the InterContinental, of course, which is in its own league.

Enjoy!

Tomokazu Japanese Restaurant (友和日本料理)
441B Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay / Wanchai (灣仔駱克道441號B座地下)
Tel: +852 2833 6339
Opens Mondays to Sundays 12:00 to 04:30