Dec 8, 2016
Japanese service at its best.
My Japanese host brought me to Ikebukuro to visit Tsukada Nojo, promising me an 'experience like no other'. There wasn't a single foreigner when we got there (plus menu was in entirely Japanese and NO one speaks English) so it's definitely off the beaten track!
I tried out their famous horse & chicken sashimi for the very first time (only sold at very specialised places apparently)... surprisingly good! The beef innards soup (Motsu-Nabe) was a little hard to go down though but if you are into eating weird animal parts, then you are in for a feast!
Also, just because they didn't have the dessert that I was hoping to try, they decided to surprise me with a complimentary and very singapore-personalised dessert (see picture). It was simple but really heart-felt. The pretty waitresses even came together to take a photo with us! So nice!
At the end of the meal when we were getting up to leave, they gave us each a "name card" with our name on it. Very much like a membership (albeit unofficial), repeated visits will allow you to 'rise' the ranks from executives to managerial positions (even managing director!). Very creative way of getting people to come back.
Suffice to say, this place was quite a great experience. Would definitely come back again if I have the chance!
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