The day of eating eel in midsummer.
On the day of the ox in midsummer Japanese have a custom to eat eel which started in the Edo period .
I also went to eat eel the other day.
But I thought the day would have too many guests at each restaurants, so I went to eels restaurant before that day.
Still, the restaurant was already full when I got to there just after the opening time. So, we had to wait about 40 minutes. We killed time at Saizeriya 😛
Near JR Higashi-Funabashi station. It is so popular eels restaurant in Chiba.But I’m not familiar with Higashi-Funabashi because I rarely use JR line.
This chopsticks are not ordinary cheap one. The notice says it is special one. (I don’t remember well though :P)
Around the day of the ox in midsummer, they only serve several menus. Unajyu, Hitsumabushi, and some foods for alcoholic drinks.
We wanted to eat grilled eels’ innards, but unfortunately, they didn’t serve nevertheless it was on the menu.
So, I just ordered a Deluxe unajyu (eels box, 鰻重上, 2700 yen).
Soft and full-bodied delicious eels.
Well, the prices in Chiba are a little cheaper than in Tokyo all the same.
I think if it in Tokyo, the price would be over 3000 yen.
My friend ordered this. Hitsumabushi.
Supreme Hitsumabushi for one person (ひつまぶし 四寸おひつ 特上, 3423 yen)
Speaking of Hitsumabushi, I thought Hitsumabushi have only some pieces of cut ends of thin eel on plenty rice. I had seen such hitsumabushi only.
So, I was surprised at that hitsumabushi !!! So much slices of fat eel !!!!! So much eel !!!!!
I understand this is the genuine hitsumabushi. It is for real ! This hitsumabushi attracted me. I want to eat it next time.
At first, eating it as it is. Next, eating it with some condiments. And last, pouring soup stock and eating it as o-chazuke.
We can enjoy three ways of eating one hitsumabushi. I decide to eat it next time
About Hannari-tei (はんなり亭)
Address / 1-6-4 Maehara-nishi, Funabashi-shi, Chiba
Station / Higashi Funabashi station (JR)
Open / 17:00 – 23:00
Saturdays / 11:30 – 14:30, 17:00 – 23:00
Sundays and another national holidays / 11:30 – 14:30, 17:00 – 22:30
Closed / Mondays
Website / http://www.hannaritei.co.jp/ （in Japanese only)