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21 2013

Hitsumabushi in Azabu-juban


It’s a day before "Doyo no Ushi" Day (Midsummer Day of the Ox from the 12 symbols of the Chinese zodiac)when many Japanese eat grilled eel. This is because there is an old saying that if you eat eel containing B1 on the day, you won't suffer from the summer heat.

I had “hitsumabushi” with relatives for lunch in Azabu-juban. Hitsumabushi is a popular eel dish in Nagoya.

Unfortunately, the eel restaurant we visited served so-so hitumabushi at an absurdly high price. So, I wondered it was an unfair price hike. I got this silly idea from the media hype about the price of eel. Although it’s true that the prices have increased, the one-track minded mass media have fueled concerns over escalating price of eel and been contributing to a decline in the number of customers visiting eel restaurants. I’m not surprised if a restaurant tries to make up for the decline by farther price hike.

Anyway, the one I had was far inferior to Hourai-ken’s one (the previous post) even though it was far exceed the price of Hourai-ken (While the established charges 3,100yen for hitsumabushi, the restaurant charges 4,000yen). There are several eel restaurants in Azabu area, but it’s only one that serves hitsumabushi. So, maybe it's preferable to avoid that restaurant when you are in the mood for eel in Azabu-juban (at least, you’d better not to order hitsumabushi). Considering a balance between quality and price, I declare an eel rice bowl at Yoshino-ya (a beef-on-rice chain) the winner.

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