Thursday, July 25, 2013

Houraiken (蓬莱軒神宮店)

This was a meal I have been anticipating during this trip.  I am glad to report it did not disappoint!  Since I went there well passed the normal lunch hours, plus it was a weekday and I was alone, I didn't have to wait at all - lucky!!!

yes... i am saving room for Houraiken!!!
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The most popular item on the menu here is the hitsu-mabushi, which allows you to enjoy the traditional unagi donburi in 3 different ways.  (This kind of food is always right up my alley!)

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Since I was seated at the counter, I got to witness all the action first-hand.  They are so systematic and thus very efficient.  Everyone knew exactly what they are doing!  I even spotted Chef Enomoto!

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You can see Chef Enomoto from this picture!

Most people are either here for the traditional unagi donburi or the hitsu-mabushi.  Of course I am here for the hitsu-mabushi!  After much anticipation, my order finally arrived!  What a big bowl of unagi and rice!!!  The unagi here is crispier compared to the unagi donburi I had at Hirokawa (廣川) in Arashiyama.  Maybe it's because they expect you to pour the soup over the unagi so it has to be crispier to retain its texture?  I enjoyed both but I prefer the unagi donburi from Hirokawa just a tad bit more.  (Perhaps because of the fats?)


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That's a lot of unagi over my rice!
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I wonder if they could let me special order so i will have tail instead of body next time.
Or at least give me one of each! The tails taste better in my opinion as it's usually smoother.
(more exercise perhaps?)
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Bowl #1 - just rice and unagi to enjoy the original taste
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Bowl #2 - add the condiments and enjoy a different flavor
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Bowl #3 - add the condiments and pour the soup to enjoy yet another flavor!

For bowl #4, enjoy how you love your hitsu-mabushi best!

Houraiken (蓬莱軒神宮店)
2-10-26 Atsuta-ku, Jingū, Nagoya-shi, Aichi-ken
名古屋市熱田区神宮2-10-26
Tel: +81 052-682-5598
Hours: Lunch: 11:30 ~ 14:30; Dinner: 16:30 ~ 20:30
Closed every Tuesday

Disclaimer:  I am not affiliated with the restaurant and I paid for my own food.

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