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Chanko Nabe Guide

3/29/2007

chanko is the food of sumo wrestlers. Nabe is a general term for a large pot, and also refers to a type of Japanese cuisine common in winter. With Japanese vegetables, flavors, seafood, and meat all stewed together in a special broth, Nabe meals are warm and filling. But the insiders know it is possible to enjoy chanko and other nabe any time of the year.

Ryogoku: Tomoegata

2-17-6  Ryogoku, Sumida-ku
03-3632-5600
closed mondays during summer months. 
Mainly Japanese site:  www.tomoegata.com

The class of the Chanko scene in Tokyo. They don't really have an English site but offer to help translate: Tomoegata.com

Recently celebrated their 30th anniversary in business. A feature on Japanese television cuisine shows representing Chanko. Offering special menus during different seasons of the year, and during sumo tournaments (6 times each year). Set menus, a small gift shop, lots of seating in 2 restaurants on both sides of the same small street in this Sumo neighborhood. Especially busy during Tokyo sumo tournaments, winter time, or festivals. Western-style seating as well as zabuton (tatami) floor seating are available. A great environment with lots of sumo history on the walls.

Ryogoku is the sumo neighborhood, home of the Tokyo Kokugikan (Sumo stadium).

Ryogoku: Chanko Kirishima

2-13-7 Ryogoku, Sumida-ku
03-3632-8710

Managed by former Ozeki Kirishima Especially busy during Tokyo sumo tournaments, winter time, or festivals. Western-style seating as well as zabuton (tatami) floor seating are available. A great environment with lots of sumo history on the walls.

Ryogoku is the sumo neighborhood, home of the Kokugikan (Sumo stadium).

Hiroo: Tama-kai riki

1 minute from Hiroo station on Meiji doori
Near Hiroo Square.  
Also a store in Musashi-Koyama near the Palm Shopping Arcade. 
tamakairiki.co.jp 

Offers tatami or table seating. Can support large groups upstairs. A festive atmosphere with great Nabe and izakaya orders. Internal survey results showed Shoyu (soy) flavor a winner over miso flavor. But shio (salt) takes top prize. Good choice of sakes. Also recommended: the fried miniature shrimp (kawa-ebi). tamakairiki.co.jp





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