Tokachi-ya, Tokyo

September 10, 2013

The Tokachi plain in Hokkaido is Japan’s richest agricultural region. Its produce and cuisine are featured at Restaurant Tokachi-ya, located in Corridor-gai along the Western border of Ginza, beneath Tokyo Metropolitan Expressway, where there are many restaurants.
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Toshio, Kent, Linda and I went to Tokachi-ya for dinner on April 3, 2013.
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We were seated at the table in the back with a good view of the dining room.
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Toshio and Kent read the menu, chatted with the headwaiter and did the ordering.
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Magnums of the house sake were carried around and empty glasses were filled to overflowing. One could drink from the saucer as needed.
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A bowl of appetizers with a pork paté, a leafy green vegetable and a potato terrine underneath started things off. These are all Hokkaido products.
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The terrine underneath:
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We then had hot gobo, or burdock root, fritters with a good, spicy batter.
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The fish course was a large, grilled Atka Mackerel, from the northern Pacific, cut into four pieces and served with grated daikon.
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My piece.
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This was very good, particularly the crisp skin underneath.

Boiled asparagus with mayonnaise.
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Seasonally fresh.

Sautéed beef fillet and seasonal vegetables with horseradish and soy sauce.
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My serving.
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This was cooked just the way I like it. The beef was lean, not at all like wagyu; I guess it was grass fed. Hokkaido is a major beef producer.

Hokkaido potatoes and raclette cheese, a specialty of Tokachi-ya. Hokkaido is also a dairy producer and so cheese is part of its cuisine, unlike the rest of Japan.
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Chicken with shiitakes, focaccia and raclette.
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My plate.
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Nice. Even though there are European references here, the dish seemed Japanese to me.

We had eaten enough and did not order a dessert. 

We had a good time in a convivial ambience. The cuisine featured quality ingredients well prepared, particularly the grilling. There was just the right amount of saucing. Thank you, Toshio, for bringing us to Tokachi-ya.

Ginza 6-2 Corridor-gai, Chuo-ku, 104-0061 Tokyo
Tel: 03-3573-7373


2 Responses to “Tokachi-ya, Tokyo”

  1. Ever since we visited the place, it has been almost always full, and I was advised to make a reservation in advance to get in. Casual ,yes, but this remains one of my favorites.

  2. We discovered this little gem of a restaurant a few years back. Try their fried chicken which is of course a product of Hokkaido, it’s to die for. It’s now super busy and bursting at the seams so book in advance.

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