Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Nihonbashi Tamai 日本橋 玉ゐ : Anago Specialist

I've had Chirasushi before but never heard of Anago Chirashi until I read about this place in a local magazine. And so I went to the main outlet in Nihonbashi before the opening hours, only to realize that there is a whole bunch of people who have arrived earlier than me.
Situated in an old Showa building, it has a long history that dates back to Showa 28 (1953). Somehow, these kind of historic establishments evoke a sense of nostalgia.

An Anago specialty shop is quite rare in Tokyo as most of them specialises in eels.

At Nihonbashi Tamai, most people go for the Hako Meshi (Choice of simmered or grilled anago on rice )......

but I chose the Anago Chirashi 1450 yen (Contents vary for the 2300 yen).

It comes with miso soup and pickles. Just can't wait to dig into the vibrant bowl!
Instead of the usual teriyaki-like sauce, this dark brown sauce reminds me something back home...kecap manis. But I barely added much as the bowl itself is already very flavorful.

Revealing......the Anago!!! Tama uses only wild-caught Anago and the meat was amazingly fresh and tender. While usual chirashi is about 30% ingredients and 70% rice, this is made up of 70% ingredients and 30% rice!

Bamboo shoots, zesty pink ginger, sweets tamago chunks, simmered shimeji mushrooms, tobiko roe, crunchy lotus, sticky ladyfingers. Throw everything together with the Anago and rice, you have a sure winner.

There are plenty of reasons why one should try the Anago here. First, it is cheaper than unagi. Second, Anago is good for health--low calorie and lots of DHA to boost brain power. Third, the deliciousness has usurped that of the Unagi.

Still not convinced? Then the more you should visit and taste it for yourself!

Nihonbashi Tamai Anago 日本橋 玉ゐ
2-9-9 Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku.
Open Daily
Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays 11:30am-3.30pm/4:30pm-8:30pm.


  1. Omg, look at the colours. Makes me want to do a trip just to eat this. Thanks for sharing. Love reading your blog. B.

    1. Hi, Anonymous,

      Thank you for leaving a comment. Glad to know that someone is reading my blog and inspired to try out the food. Will continue to work hard in sussing out delicious food in Tokyo ;)

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    1. i forgot whether there is any. I honestly don't think so but i am sure you can handle the ordering cos there is only 2 to 3 variations to this anago don. unless u r speaking about a few more ala carte sides during dinner


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