Fu-Ru-Ken Restaurant, Tokyo, Japan
Sometimes work truly does have benefits and pay-backs. Not only did I get to know more about my client that we were dining, namely Noel Kelaita, but that we go to do that over some absolutely incredible authentic Japanese food, courtesy of Fu-Ru-Ken.
I can’t tell you where as the business card is all written in Japanese, but pop along to;
It was just so very good. Up a side street off the main drag in one of Tokyo’s busting suburbs. Walk up a slight incline and you’ll see a small sign of a red box and some Japanese writing. Very small and unassuming though, perhaps not even A4 in size. Up to the first floor, shoes off (whoops I forgot
about my rather gaudy socks), private room, low seats, peaceful, nothing flash at all, it just felt so very good. Hideki-san and Hiroko-san are my work colleagues, and Noel-san I mentioned before, all sat, chatting, laughing, drinking and of course eating.
As you know me from previous blogs, fish and I are not best friends when it comes to consuming them. As you know I have no issue cooking them, but chewing them after is not my favourite taste in the world. Now I’ll eat them raw, but will draw a line at anything oily – like mackerel. I just do not dig the taste of that at all, so very bloody fishy. So the funny thing was is that Fu-Ru-Ken is about 80% fish, and is banquet style with many many course – oh shit!!! What to do as Noel-san had recommended this joint, chew on bravely or be honest and cough up? I did the latter.
They were all fine with my situation, in fact the waitress then suggested how about we get one meat and one fish style banquet. Now that sounds cool thought I, and the rest of our dinner colleagues all agreed it was a great idea. Phew thought I, saved at the last minute. Now what she didn’t say was that of the 11 meat courses only one is meat, one is vegetable and the other NINE are fish, ha ha ha ha. Blimey this’ll be a test – yep I’ll have another beer and a large Saki please sweetheart, I may need some help swallowing. But what transpired dish after dish after dish was that I gave them all a go, some were exquisite and some I could just not consume.
One by one I’ll step you though that now. Apologies in advance for the photo quality. I only had iPhone with me, and the room was quite low lit.
So to the serious bit I suppose.
Another major thank you to Noel-san, Hideki-san and Hitoko-san for such a wonderful evening and experience. I did indeed need a few beers afterwards ha ha. It was great.
Beautiful restaurant with truly amazing food. I would just encourage us all to have a go, and turn of those ‘I can’t eat it attitudes’. Seriously at least try and if you don’t like then hey that’s fine, but at least you tried. I think UK should adopt a more Japanese and Spanish style of eating – tapas rocks as you can try many dishes and if one does not take your fancy, hey you got another 10 dishes coming.
So please try. And if you happen to be in Tokyo pop along to Fu-Ru-Ken – bloody brilliant!!!
Location: Tokyo, Minato-ku, Nishi-Azabu 2-25-12 Nishi-Azabu Eitobiru 2F