Fancy stand-up-eating izakaya !
My friends and I visited Ginza Shimada the other day.
As its name, Ginza Shimada is located within Ginza area being a little distant from the busy street.
The appearance have fancy atmosphere of Japanese cuisine restaurant.
But this house have no seats except four seats surrounding one table.
And another, there’s only L-shaped counter table and there’s no seats along this table.
Yes. This is not luxury Japanese cuisine restaurant. It is narrow and small stand-up-drinking izakaya.
Basically, they don’t accept reservation in advance.
But only the table having four seats can be reserved.
So, you can imagine. Taking the reservation of this table is so difficult !
I said the table is for 4 person just now, but the table and the chairs are small, so there isn’t enough space to put our baggabes. We have no choice but place our baggages between the backrest of chairs and our backs by force. Or putting on the floor. But there also have few space to put our baggages on the floor.
Why is Shimada is narrow like this ?
Because. they save money for serving good dishes as good as Japanese high quality restaurants’ at cheaper prices.
Shimada is managed by the campany that manage “Ore-no-Italian“, “Ore-no-French” etc. Though Shimada don’t have “Ore-no” on their name.
Anyway, we managed to put our baggage and our bodiesto the seats and then made a toast. Cheers ! My drink was Hakusyu Highballs (Hakusyu whisky with soda)
There’re not large variety of drinks. Beer, Japanese sake, Highball, Shochu, Plum liquor, oolong tea. That’s all.
Boiled daikon radish (大根煮) 500 yen
It’s very simple, but sommered soft daikon radish was like Kyoto-style oden. Of course, it was very good.
Boiled shiitake mushrooms (椎茸煮) 500 yen
Its also a simple one. I love shiitake mushroom !
Potato salad (ポテトサラダ) 500 yen
So smooth potato salad. It looks like cream 😀
Fish cutlet (フィッシュカツ) 500 yen
It is Tokushima’s local food. Deep fried minced fish cake dressed with curry powder. It’s spicy.
Dashimaki tamago (出汁巻きたまご) 500 yen
Dashimaki tamago is almost same as tamagoyaki. Only the difference is dashimaki tamago have fish soup stock.
And the fish soup stock was really good.
Herring and eggplant (ニシン茄子) 1000 yen
Herring is the taste of Spring.
Snow crabs cram croquette (ズワイガニのクリームコロッケ) 1400 yen
I forgot to take the picture of the section, but it had more snow crab’s meat than cream sauce. My mouth was full with the taste of snow crabs !!!
Sea urchin with spiny lobster jelly (ウニの伊勢海老ジュレがけ) 1600 yen
I couldn’t take the picture well, actually, it is more nice orange-colored foods. It is delicious. It had full of spiny lobster taste !
Japanese black wagyu cutet (黒毛和牛のビーフカツ) 2000 yen
It was Round tip of the beefmeat.
The sauce is brown sauce. But I felt soy sauce with wasabi is better for the beef cutlet. BUT the beef was juicy and fat !!!
Kuruma prawn and lily root kakiage (車海老と百合根のかき揚げ) 1400 yen
The chef served it with salt. Lily root was tasty 😀
Grilled ebi-imo (焼き海老芋) 800 yen
Ebi-imo is one kind of taro. One kind of Kyoto vegetables (or Kyo-Yasai).
“Ebi” means shrimp in Japanese. I heard that it is named “Ebi-imo” because it is similar to shrimps from its looking.
…. I saw the whole ebi-imo at Tsukiji, but I didn’t think it is similar to shrimp. It didn’t have shrimps shape ! What is truth !?
Well, apart from it, this had good texture and was delicious.
Soft roe, ebi-imo and turnip in a hotpot (白子と海老芋と蕪のすり流し小鍋) 1400 yen
Ebi-imo again ! It tasted lightly and because it was cold that day, so we felt warm thanks to the hotpot 🙂
Grilled duck with Hostamontana and hrysanthemum sauce (鴨炙りとうるい菊菜のソース) 1000 yen
So juicy….. and the green is nice 🙂
And the bast food that I had that day was it.
Bachiko (ばちこ) 2500 yen
Dried sea cucumber’s ovary. I didn’t know it at all.
It textured thick and sticky. It tasted very good. I’ll try to buy it on the internet soon.
Tamagokake Gohan (卵かけご飯) 500 yen
Speaking of ingredients of tamagokake gohan, egg, rice and soy sauce. That’s all But this shop’s tamagokake gohan also have much shredded Parmigiano Reggiano on it !
It had a egg, but we can’t see on this phtoo ! So much cheese !
The photo was taken after mixed altogether well. It looks like ordinary tamagokake gohan, but because of Parmigiano reggiano, it had rich taste.
I want to try it at home, too.
Rice with minced chickens and burdock root (鶏と牛蒡の小さな飯蒸し) 500 yen
Minced chicken and burdock was seasoned with soy sauce and sugar. It went with rice well.
And last, we finished our dinner time with the advertising food of Shimada is it.
Soba with mullet roe (からすみ蕎麦) 1600 yen
So much shredded mullet roe on the soft soba.
We lightly mixed altogether and then ate.
The soba itself didn’t have strong taste. Mullet roe seems to be leading actor on the dish. Awesome.
Though they don’t hav e various foods to serve, they serve absolutely delicious dishes that have seasonal ingredients at lower price 🙂
I’ll go there again in a few days. So, I’m looking forward to eating the soba with mullet roe and beef cutlet again !
About Ginza Shimada (銀座しまだ)
Address / Takasaka Bldg 1F, 8-2-8 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Station /Ginza station (Tokyo metro)
Open / 17:00 – 23:00
Closed / Sundays and another national holidays
Website / http://www.oreno.co.jp/restaurant/shimada/(in Japanese only)