kitchennous

Dear Readers,

 

I trust this week’s edition of our yawningly long running newsletter finds you all well.  This week I’d like to bring your attention a rather quaint and what I believe to be a very good quality little Japanese eatery that I came across the other day whilst out visiting one of my customers.

 

Whenever I go out and about on my daily sales travels and visits to customers in general, and I know I’m not going to make it back to eat lunch in my office, I look around the area I’m in at the time to see what’s available.  I often ask the local constabulary, that’s police to you, for their recommendations; however, the other day there was no police box around, so I just looked at what my choices were and with a bit of prompting from my Japanese colleague Katsunori, whom I was with at the time, decided on a restaurant that was mainly offering traditional Japanese bento style lunches.  I’ve never actually eaten in such a place before, but the menu outside the restaurant looked simple and honest so we went up to the second floor of a very small building.

 

Once through the door we saw other diners already tucking into their boxed lunches: the food looked good and the eaters looked very happy – I just knew I was in for a good eating experience.  We were directed over to a couple of seats next to the street-side window by the proprietor and we were presented with the menu.  Both Katsunori and I decided on the same recommended special of the day bento lunch and we duly placed our orders.  Italian classical music was playing quite softly in the background, which added to the pleasant atmosphere and charm of the place: I figured either the proprietor or the person doing the cooking was a bit of an Italian opera  fan – I later learned it was the proprietor that has the interest in opera.

 

After about 10 minutes or so our boxed lunches arrived and I have to say they looked good, they looked good enough to eat and with chopsticks in hand that’s exactly what we started to do.  Inside the bento box there were strips of pork, very lean and soft to the tooth, that had been freshly sautéed with green and red peppers and ginger, which was incredibly hot (temperature) and very tasty; there was a variety of pickles and seaweed, tofu and tamagoyaki, as well as some spinach and bamboo shoots mixed together and cooked in a slightly hot and spicy light sauce – oh and there was the usual white rice accompaniment with a few sesame seeds sprinkled on top, which if I had to make any criticism at all about the meal, it would be to say that the portion of rice was a tad too small: even Katsunori, a seasoned Japanese boxed-lunch eating expert, agreed with me on that one, so that was enough reassurance for me.  We also had miso soup to accompany the bento meal which was also in keeping with the level of deliciousness: it wasn’t over boiled or too hot, it was just right and it had seaweed and tofu added into it, which in my opinion, is just enough in the way of ingredients for a tasty bowl of miso soup.

 

Sitting down and eating the meal was a real joy, and at the end of it we had a cup of freshly brewed great tasting coffee delivered to our table to wash all we’d eaten down, and all for the very reasonable sum of 1,080 yen.  I usually spend between 800 to 900 yen on a sit-down lunch; however, as there is very limited choice in terms of where to eat lunch around Takanodai Station, the gamble we took by going to the restaurant in question paid off and it was well worth spending the extra couple of hundred yen just to sit down and eat a meal that has been prepared by someone that wants customers to sit down and thoroughly enjoy what she has spent time making and at the end of it feel that they have had value for money, which is how I and also Katsunori felt as we made our way to the till to pay for what we’d eaten and drunk.  I thanked the chef for preparing such a tasty lunch, as I always do when the food is right, and I asked for the name card so I could share the eating experience I’d had with all the readers of this blog.    If you ever find yourself out on the Seibu Kokobunji line and it happens to be around lunchtime, please check out the restaurant I’ve spent the last couple of paragraphs promoting, which id called Kitchen – Nous.  As there is no homepage, I simply scanned both the back and front of the shop’s name card and popped it at the top of this article, it features the telephone number of course and also shows the location of the restaurant.  Until next week, happy eating!