Prior to this trip, I looked forward to all the stereotypical Japanese food: the uber fresh sushi, endless ramen, udon and soba noodles, and of course, walls after walls of soft-serve ice-cream in all the flavours in the world. While that list is more than enough to get any foodie excited, the one thing I was most looking forward to was trying blowfish (some people may know it as puffer fish) for my very first time.
After a day of shopping in Shinjuku at one of the most popular department stores Isetan, my family friends took me to one of their favourite places for blowfish. With nearly fifty restaurants in Tokyo, Tora-fugu Tei is one of the most well known fine dining restaurants for tiger blowfish (apparently considered the finest-tasting of the kind). While I’ve heard scary stories of people encountering blowfish poisoning decades ago at other restaurants, I knew I had nothing to worry about coming to Tora-fugu Tei. With expert chefs handling the fish from their domestically raised tiger blowfish farms, I know the quality will not only be fresh, but also be first-class quality.
Location :: Shinjuku, Tokyo
Not knowing what to expect prior to entering the restaurant, I was quite surprised to find out that they exclusively serve the one fish. Prepared in many different ways including sashimi, charcoal-broiled, deep-fried tempura and shabu shabu (hot-pot), we ordered the Oyogi-Tora-fugu seven course meal (¥4,980) and added a tiger blowfish hot pot with rice porridge on the side. To really get the full experience of this Japanese delicacy, we also ordered one hire-sake, which is the blowfish’s fin prepped in warm sake. It was definitely the highlight of the meal. While there was little to no room left, we ended the dinner off on a sweet note with a delicious vanilla ice-cream monaka with red bean filling, aka, an ice-cream sandwich. Ah-mazing!
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