“Ochazuke” is boiled rice soaked with tea and soup stock, “dashi”.
The branch of “Ochazuke-En” I went to is situated on the second basement floor of Shinjuku LUMINE 1. Many of the branches are inside different commercial buildings, making it very convenient to stop by if you’re in a rush. You might want to remember the name, in case you just want something easy and light.
You can eat in, or order ready-prepared food or “onigiri” (rice ball) for take-out. The handy size “Nikujaga-korokke” (simmered meat and potatoes croquette) is one of the popular menus.
I’m always tempted to try the seasonal specialties. The grilled grunt (fish) looks delicious!
The first step to getting your food is buying a “shokken” (meal ticket) at the vending machine.
The seats are all at the counter. It’s pleasant to see the staff working efficiently all while keeping their eye out on the customers’ needs.
You can of course order onigiri and pre-cooked dishes to go with the ochazuke.
My appetite grows as the grilled grunt and grated sudachi citrus “dashi-chazuke” is served in front of me! The dish is also aesthetically pleasing to look.
Choose your portion of rice from little, regular and large. Regular for me please!
The two small side dishes are “zenmai-nimono” (boiled and seasoned Japanese royal fern) and “hiyayakko” (cold tofu) with sesame sauce. Both are typical household menus. Umm, tastes just like mom’s cooking!
I poured the dashi soup into my rice bowl. It’s as if the fish is dancing in the boiling hot liquid!
The grated sudachi makes it very refreshing and goes exquisitely well with the grilled grunt.
I thought I wasn’t really hungry but wow, I can’t put down my spoon!
It’s probably the dashi mixed with the sour citrus that increased my appetite.
The gentle taste of Japanese food is so soothing on a hot summer day like today.
I was served fifteen minutes after entering the restaurant. “Ochazuke-En” is the go-to place for a busy person, not looking for a huge meal. It’s also great if you’re the type that hates waiting in line. You will be served in no time!
|B2 floor LUMINE 1 Shinjuku, 1-1-5 Nishishinjuku, shinjuku-ku, Tokyo|
|1 min walk from Shinjuku station|
|Onigiri, japanese set meal|