Sure Japan's known for fish and sushi but Japan is also home to the best beef in the world. Most definitely did we want to go to somewhere that specialises in beef. Every cuisine known to man is available in Tokyo so we were reasonably certain we could find a place that served a decent "steak" in Tokyo. I am lucky to have the winning combination of Michelle and Michelin Guide. Michelle spends plenty of time researching just what is available, where and when. All I have to do is find the place. Tonight we're going to attempt Sukiyaki. I do almost no research so I am always surprised and delighted by what we discover. All I know is that Sukiyaki is some way of preparing steak.
Michelle decides on Hiyama because it seems to be reasonably close but not in Ginza. It is in Nihonbashi but it is only few minutes away on the train. We could probably walk there if we had a spare half hour or so. Even so we decide to catch a taxi much to the delight of Georgia. If she is reluctant to do something we say we're catching a taxi and she drops everything to go. Our taxi driver drops us off near the restaurant and points in the general direction of the place. The problem with Japanese addresses is it is almost impossible to find the exact address unless you know where actual place is. We usually have to wander around the block till we find the place. Building numbers aren't necessarily sequential. They can be, but not always. So we did our usual wandering up and down alleys. We found some trucks with the logo for the restaurant parked in the alley. Hiyama is connected to a butcher and the butcher shop is supposed to be above or next to the restaurant so we knew we had to be close. Of course the restaurant was back around the corner on the main road more or less where the taxi driver had gestured to.
Packing up and leaving topped off the night. The Japanese love little Georgia. I think it is her large eyes. Some old guy in the street once said she was like a doll. All the hostesses line the corridor to say goodbye. They wave and giggle with Georgia and there are many "oohs" and "aahs". Georgia finally overcomes her shyness a bit to wave goodbye which sets off a dozen hostesses laughing and waving and saying bye bye.