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.

British Xmas food in Tokyo 2014

Updated 15 December 2014.

Don’t know if it’s the exchange rate, but there seems to be less than last year. Seijo Ishii (top) has a slight discount on Xmas pudding and mince pies and so is currently the cheapest for those things. However, not all locations have them.

Seijo Ishii, many locations often inside station buildings, e.g. Gotanda station building and inside Shinjuku JR (actually inside the station, near platform one)

Walkers Xmas pudding 451g 1394 yen

Walkers Xmas pudding 227g 1070 yen

9 Walker’s mince pies 854 yen

However, the same shop in Oimachi seemed to have nothing!

Queen’s Isetan, a few locations including inside Shinagawa Station

9 Walker’s mince pies 890 yen

Walker’s Xmas pudding 227g 1180 yen

Kinokuniya, a few locations including Kunitachi

turkey stuffing

cranberry sauce

turkey gravy

Xmas shaped shortbread

Nissin, Azabu Juban

Robertson’s Mincemeat jar 972 yen

fresh brussel sprouts 680 yen

frozen brussel sprouts 823 yen

tiny Walkers Xmas pudding 594 yen

Meiji-ya (various locations including in the basement on Marunouchi Building – commonly known as Maru Biru – opposite Tokyo Station)

9 Walkers mince tarts 227 gram 972 yen

Walkers Xmas pudding 1296 yen

Walkers rich fruit cake

Yamaya, many places including near Hamamatscho Station

French Cake aux fruits, probably suitable for icing to make a reasonable Xmas cake (or at least that is my plan) 600 yen

Kaldi Coffee House (many locations, often in or near stations)

Just Walkers Xmas-shaped shortbread (which doesn’t seem especially Xmasy to me!) and the same cake as Yamaya

Hanamasa

nothing!

National Azabu, Hiroo

good roast chickens, plus more stuff I’m sure – hope to get there on Monday

Aeon (many locations, including Shinagawa Seaside)

very reasonable whole roast chickens

more info on those various locations elsewhere on this blog. Any more finds in comments please!

Malins fish and chips in Roppongi review

I finally made it to this restaurant today, 6 weeks after mentioning its existence.

My generally judgement would be that it was okay, and probably the best fish and chips and pie and chips you can get if you are eating out in Japan. The chips were proper British chips, the fish was proper British size, and there were mushy peas, malt vinegar, ketchup and tatare sauce to go with them. None of the food and accompaniments were any better than a local chippy in the UK, and I’d certainly want a much more moist meat pie and tastier batter if I was going to travel any further than locally back home, but this is after all Japan… Villis meat pies from Nissin supermarket are probably at least as good and it was a bit pricey at around 1400 yen each, but I’ll probably go back if they serve gravy (said to be coming soon) and brown sauce (neither provided nor mentioned). The pickled eggs and pickled onions which are part of the decor would also be something I would order if I could!

As a commenter says below, it’s right opposite Tokyo Midtown in Roppongi, so very easy to find. Follow the signs to Tokyo Midtown from the station platform but then take the street exit (8?) rather than the one that goes right into the basement of the building. Look across the street at little to your left and there it is. There are only about 10 seats, so might have to wait in the evenings. They also have some decent beers such as Samuel Smith ales at reasonable prices (650 yen), and the British classic rock radio playing in the background suited the atmosphere quite well.

Official website: Malins Fish and Chips

BrewDog bar in Roppongi

I’m not a huge fan of either the very modern American style beers that BrewDog makes nor their marketing, but they are certainly the most high profile British brewers in Japan at the moment and they also stock other people’s beers, so I thought I’d give them a mention

Tokyo Beer Drinker review

TimeOut Tokyo review

Information in English

Information in Japanese (a bit more detailed than the English page)

 

Waitrose food now disappeared from Japan

Updated 30 December 2015

Waitrose foods were long available in the Daimaru Peacock chain and that spread to other Aeon supermarkets when they bought the Daimaru stores, but it appears that was just to clear the backlog of stock and unfortunately it’s a month or so since I’ve found anything, despite my best efforts. Will keep you updated if I do see any last dregs anywhere…