Minowa : Dote no Iseya and Bach (土手の伊勢屋, バッハ)

Interior, Dote-no-iseya (Minowa) Tokyo
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Tendon in historical architecture.

I went to Minowa that still have old street lined with houses built before the war with my friends.
“Yoshiwara” may be easier to understand. It is not exactly. But Minowa is within the walking distance from Yoshiwara.

Dote no Iseya

Appearance, Dote-no-iseya (Minowa)


This wooden house was built before the 2nd World War. It looks gloomy just a little in the house. What is the upstairs like ? I’m very interesting…
Everything is marvelous. I wanna live there in…

Interior, Dote-no-iseya (Minowa)


There’re three degrees of tendon. “I”, “RO”, “HA”. Those degrees have same size of bowl of rice and there’s difference in the quality and quantity of tempura between those degrees of tendon.
I choiced a “RO” (天丼ロ, 1900 yen), the middle of the degrees. And also I ordered a miso soup with nameko mushrooms (なめこ椀, 200 yen).

Tendon “Ro”, Dote-no-iseya (Minowa)


Nameko mushroom soup, Dote-no-iseya (Minowa)

Tendon”RO” have a big prawn (maybe black tiger prawn ?), conger eel, kakiage with cubed squid and sweet green pepper tempura. It was enough large !
Every ingredients were springy. But I didn’t like the seasonings.
As same as this architecture, plenty of sweet and thick sauce from the old days was put on it.
the sauce has soaked into the rice, till bottom of the bowl.
Everyone except me ate it with pleasure. But I don’t like sweet foods all the same…
Those ingredients were thick and the sauce hasn’t soaked into those internals. So I could enjoy eating it. But I couldn’t eat up rice with plenty of sweet sauce.
Miso soup with nameko mushroom was so tasty 🙂

Lightening, Dote-no-iseya (Minowa)


But it is very valuable experience to have meal in such a historical architecture.
They serve also assorted tempura, so I want to order it next time 🙂

And then we went to Bach that I also wanted to go.

Appearance, Bach (Minowa)


Because it stand in Minowa area, so I expected the cafe would be so gloomy. But as you see, so stylish cafe based on white color.

Interior, Bach (Minowa)


I had a coffee there.
HAITI – MARE BLANCHE (ハイチ・マール・ブランシュ, 600 yen)
This coffee lived up to all the rave reviews it got. Though I put much milk and sugar into it 😛

Coffee, Bach (Minowa)


By the way, Minowa is not safe. It is Japanese skid row. So I recommend you don’t go at nighttime there.
We walked along comparatively safe, main street at daytime.
But there are some gloomy and vicious back alleys.

About Dote-no-Iseya (土手の伊勢屋)

Address / 1-9-2 Nihon dutsumi, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Station / Minowa station (Tokyo metro)
Open / 11:30 – 14:00, 17:00 – 20:00
Saturdays, Sundays and another national holidays / 11:00 – 19:30
Closed / Wednesdays
Website / http://doteno-iseya.com/(in Japanese only)


About Bach (バッハ)

Address / 1-23-9 Nihon dutsumi, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Station / Minami-Senjyu station (JR)
Open / 8:30 – 20:00
Closed / Fridays
Website / http://www.bach-kaffee.co.jp/(in Japanese only)



  1. annie says:

    That tempura looks scrumptious! YUM!

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