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The Michelin Guide has consistently awarded more stars to Tokyo dining establishments than any other city in the world. I created this blog as my personal Tokyo restaurant guide, but I hope you will also enjoy reading it. If you have been to any of the same places feel free to leave some comments about your own experiences.

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Sunday, 20 January 2008

Meat-ya, Asagaya ミート屋 阿佐ヶ谷

Asagaya has two interesting features, a long tree lined avenue starting at the train station and a covered shopping arcade (shotengai) that runs parallel almost all the way. It's not really a place that you would visit unless you had a good reason but once you're there you will discover that it's a remarkably pleasant locale. In the middle of the shotengai is the most amazing little spaghetti shop. There is but one dish on the menu - spaghetti with meat sauce. This is not just your everyday meat sauce mind you. This ultra rich, dark bolognaise style sauce is simmered for about a day before being served with your choice or soft boiled egg and/or fried eggplant. Before the sauce is ladled on the pasta (a linguine) is cooked ramen style using a bamboo strainer and then tossed with lashings of butter and parmesan cheese. The final result is quite delicious and well worth the lengthy wait; the restaurant is tiny and there is always a line so I would aim to get there either early or late!

ミート屋 (阿佐ヶ谷)

Tel: 03-3315-3104

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