I heard about this place, Yamaya, and was interested in having Satoshi try this place out.
He ordered the gyusuji nikomi (simmered beef scraps)...980 yen this comes with a soft boiled egg, a salad, a big bowl of rice and miso soup.
The meat wasn't the best of cuts so it was simmered for a long time and you can tell because it was so tender and flavorful.
I ordered the buta shogayaki (pork ginger)...980 yen.
This came with a salad, lots of shredded cabbage, miso soup and a big bowl of rice.
The pork was tender and very flavorful too.
For your greens, use the mentaiko (spicy pollack roe) dressing. I thought it would be "fishy" tasting but there was a lot of citrus in there and it was delicious.
The reason why I wanted Satoshi to try this place is because he loves mentaiko.
They have a bowl of mentaiko and a bowl of takana tsukemono (pickled chinese mustard cabbage) in the middle of the table, which you can take as much as you want to eat with your rice.
If you want seconds of rice you can have more rice too...Satoshi had seconds (plus half of my rice and half of my shredded cabbage (I must not be feeding him at home...eep!))
This place doesn't have many seats, so you have to share your table with others, this is called aiseki (eye-say-key) in Japanese.
We'll be back.
5-1 Kakuda-cho, Umeda Rakutenchi Bldg 1F
Lunch: 11:00-14:00, Dinner: 17:00-23:00