Monday, June 22, 2009

Fukusen Ӫ


Food pictures on restaurant doors, they murmur to me. They whisper to my soul. Over my stomach, they take complete control.

Even before I go in Okame for my sashimi fix, I already know what I am going to order for my second (yes, SECOND!) lunch of the day at the picture-filled unagi shop next door.

fukusen unagi rice Unaju

Who doesn't love a good unaju? Tender and meaty Japanese freshwater eel, coated in sweet magical sauce, grilled over charcoals, covered in the smoky flavor of its own burning fat, and served on a bed of soft Japanese rice. I love a good unaju.

But not this unaju.

The unagi at Fukusen seems to have been on a diet, but unlike me, it has succeeded. How do you do it, Mr. Freshwater Eel? You are lean, thin and lacking in juices. All I taste is smoke, you have zero kabayaki sweetness.

Gullible me. Tricked. Again.

Damn those food pictures on restaurant doors.

Fukusen 福せん: Tsukiji Market Building 6, 5-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo.東京都中央区築地5-2-1 築地市場内6号棟. +813-3541-6969

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