A friend took me to the Ebisu branch a couple years ago for lunch, where I had a delicious tuna and avocado donburi. I forgot the name of the restaurant, and was looking for it on and off for a year or so, and only realized after arriving at the Shinjuku branch at night for dinner that it was what I had been looking for. Both are fancy but affordable places places overlooking busy streets in their respective neighborhoods, and since then I’ve also been to the Minato Mirai branch as well, which seems to be the highest rated on Tabelog. Very comfy seating, a nice view at the Shinjuku branch, bright and open during the day, dimly lit and romantic at night (check the website for more pictures). The food is nothing to die for, and besides the donburi that made me want to go again nothing in particular stands out. I think you pay just as much for the atmosphere as for the food, but it is nice, they have a little of everything and it’s all decent, from drinks to steaks to salads to soba to waffles to pastas to spring rolls to cheese. I think they also have course menus and do birthdays and such. I recommend it if you’d like somewhere nice to go, and at least for the branches I went to I’d definitely recommend a reservation for dinner.
An izakaya along Dobuita street, a place catering to foreigners from the navy base and Japanese people wanting to escape Japan for a moment. A good number of shops along the street are bars, and at night it really doesn’t feel like Japan. A good number of shops, including Yokosuka Shell, also sell the famous Yokosuka Navy Curry and Navy Burger. We came because we wanted to try the Navy Curry, and because it was kind of late at night and it was open.
It didn’t feel like an izakaya so much as a restaurant where you can also get a beer after a long day. It was a not-so-busy Sunday night, with a few elderly ladies chatting at the counter, young folks sitting around a table, no smoking at least at the moment. There were no foreigners, but anywhere selling Navy Curry I’m sure is ready for them. It was not the prettiest place but was comfortable, and the food was good for what it’s worth. I thought that the Navy Curry was probably as good as any Navy Curry, but perhaps a specialty shop might serve it better, and that if you want to go to an izakaya there are probably more izakaya-like places. I’d go back if I were in the area and just wanted a beer, but I wouldn’t go out of my way.
Yokosuka Shell / ヨコスカシェル
Location: Yokosuka-chuo (map)