Hirai : Toyotaya’s winter again (豊田屋)

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Annual visiting to Toyotaya in Winter.

Spring will come soon. We have MUST food before that.

I visited here in every winter. Toyotaya.
Toyotaya is located close to JR Hirai station. JR rapid express don’t stop at this station and it’s calm town. But this Toyotaya have long line before the opening time 4:30 p.m., especially in Winter.

Appearance, Toyotaya (Hirai)

Menus. They serve various foods at lower price.

Menus, Toyotaya (Hirai)

Shochu highball costs only 260 yen ! Certainly prices are attracting, but the reason of the long line before the opening time is not it.

Shochu highball, Toyotaya (Hirai)

This. People who don’t like it might think this photo is gross.
They serve hotpot having soft roe, monkfish, monkfish liver, oyster and so on in winter only. People gather to Toyotaya to have this intensive hotpot ! Us, too !
This hotpot had two portions of soft roe (2300 yen * 2), one portion of monkfish (2200 yen) and one portion of monkfish liver (2100 yen) 

Dangerous hotpot, Toyotaya (Hirai)

Toyotaya is in such a narrow house, so tables are so small and there’s no space to put your baggage and coats. The lady working in the shop give us a plastic bag and say “Put your baggage and coats into this bag. And put it under your table.” So, when you visit this shop, you shouldn’t dress up :p

Interior, Toyotaya (Hirai)

They serve hotpot all year around. Duck (1500 yen) hotpot is served all year around. It’s good, too.

Duck hotpot, Toyotaya (Hirai)

Cooked, Toyotaya (Hirai)

And another they prepare various foods that go with alcoholic drinks at lower price.

Though they don’t prepare various seafood, everything is good as well as soft roe, oysters, monkfish in the hotpot.

We order eels innards (ウナギ肝焼き, 2 portions, 480 yen) every time 🙂

Eels innards, Toyotaya (Hirai)

And vinegared mackerel (シメサバ, 600 yen), too.

Vinegared mackerel, Toyotaya (Hirai)

This was the first time to meet Vinegared mackerel (生イクラ正油漬け, 650 yen) in Toyotaya.
Homemade.

marinated cod roe in soy sauce, Toyotaya (Hirai)

Sardines tempura (イワシ天ぷら, 450 yen)

Deep fried sardines, Toyotaya (Hirai)

And we tried these foods for the first time.

Fried pork meats and vegetables (肉やサイ炒め, 480). I think it go with rice !

Fried pork meats and vegetables, Toyotaya (Hirai)

Fried beef meat (牛カルビ焼き, 500 yen). This, too !

Fried beef meat, Toyotaya (Hirai)

You want to reserve Toyotaya ? but if you want to eat Winter hotpot, you should visit in March, but to our great disappointing, reservations are full in March. Still if you want to eat it, you have to come before the opening time or wait for a long time outside. Reservations are available only for tables. They don’t accept reservations of counter seats. So you can take the seats if you wait.

When we visited last season, we went to there 30 minutes before the opening time.

Hirai : Gout hotpot at Toyotaya (豊田屋)
Great hotpot having winter seafood. I thought that I can't go to Toyotaya that is so popular izakaya in Hirai this season, but we managed to go there because my flight to Kaohsiung had been cancelled...

Though I really hate cold winter, I can accept winter because I love Winter seafood. And I miss winter will be over soon just a bit.

About Toyotaya (豊田屋)

Address / 6-15-23 Hirai, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo
Station / Hirai station (JR)
Open / 16:30 – 23:30
Closed / Sundays

東京都江戸川区平井6-15-23
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