Archive for December, 2014

Xmas turkey dinner in Tokyo 2014

Can’t find many yet – most places are still advertising Thanksgiving (whatever that is). I’ll add more links as I find them.

From the Japan Times.

Roti Roppongi Xmas 2014

Hobgoblin pubs Xmas 2014 (Roppongi, Akasaka and Shibuya)

Don’t bother with these other ones which come up when searching:

Grand Hyatt Tokyo (top Google result, but none of it Anglo-Saxon stylee)

Suji’s (closed!)

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The best canned and bottled British beer in Tokyo

Updated 20 September 2015

This is just the start of the list which I’ll expand as I revisit import shops etc. Listed by beer or by brewer (if I recommend more than one of their beers). There are many others listed on this site which I haven’t included here if I don’t know which list to put them in…

Highly recommended British beers available in Tokyo shops

1. Traquair House beers – over 800 yen, but well worth it for some of the most impressive beer I have drunk. Available in Nissin and a few other place.

2. Old Speckled Hen – recently also available in much more affordable small cans, and sometimes special offers on multiple purchases of bottles. About 500 yen for pint bottles or 250 yen for cans in Yamaya, or sometimes two bottles for 800 yen and 2 cans for 400 yen

3. London Pride – details same as Old Speckled Hen above – very good value when 2 small cans for 400 yen deal available in Yamaya

4. Spitfire – unfortunately no longer available for 150 yen (!) a small bottle in Seiyu, but can sometimes get 2 large bottles for 800 yen in Yamaya

5. Murphy’s Stout – 500 yen for a pint can in Yamaya, or sometimes less

6. Youngs Double Chocolate Stout – 460 yen for a small bottle in Nissin

7. Samuel Smith’s beers, especially Oatmeal Stout – mainly available in small local specialist import shops and delis plus Nissin, but usually reasonably priced at around 500 yen for a small bottle

Also worth trying

Fuller’s Golden Pride – very reasonable at 350 yen in Yamaya (when available), and very good getting drunk value at 8.5% alcohol! Usually available in Nissin, though not as cheap.

St Andrew’s Ale – many places including Aeon and Yamaya. I wouldn’t bother with the other Belhaven beers – though the stout is 200 yen for a large can in Yamaya at the moment!

Bishop’s Finger, 650 yen for 500ml bottle

Newcastle Brown Ale – small bottles available many places, including the odd smart Family Mart

Some Brew Dog beers (though how you can choose when there are so many and some are so expensive, I’m not sure)

I’d give it a miss

Abbot Ale – I remember this being good, but when I last tried it both on draft and bottled it was bland as hell

Bass Pale Ale – This had been going downhill for years in England, and isn’t improved by it being brewed here in Japan for the domestic market. Even for 200 yen or so in Aeon etc, I’d just choose an actual Japanese beer instead.

St Peter’s Ale – I used to like these but I think my taste buds have been ruined by too many highly hopped recent beers so now I can barely taste them…

See post a few down for good British-style Japanese alternatives.

Typhoo tea in Tokyo

Updated 31 October 2015

PG Tips has been available for a while in a few different shops, but this is the first time I’ve seen Typhoo – and it’s pretty cheap too!

40 Typhoo teabags 431 yen

80 Typhoo Gold tea bags 1070 yen

80 Typhoo orange pekoe tea bags 647 yen

80 Typhoo Extra Strong 869 yen

All found in Seijo Ishii Oimachi right opposite the ticket barrier of JR Oimachi Station central exit, inside Atre shopping centre. Info in Japanese including a photo here. Oimachi is one station South of Shinagawa on the Keihin Tohoku line, so fairly easy to get to from the Yamanote line. Available at most other largish Seijo Ishii shops too, though stores really vary in what they stock.

Also available for more or less the same price via Amazon.co.jp here.