15.4.13

Tokyo #13: Fugu @ Shunpanro 春帆楼

One of H's holy-food-grails was to survive eating fugu (aka pufferfish); well know in culinary circles for the special preparation needed to remove it's deadly poison. He was clearly disappointed by the anti-climatic experience which, while interestingly chewy, was decidedly non-fatal. 
The Fugu at this tiny, 4-seater restaurant in the basement of Takashimaya Nihonbashi comes flown in from Shimonoseki and was very reasonably priced. We watched the chef prepare the sashimi while we ate the different parts of the fish cooked in various ways. We opted for one of each set meal. A porridge set where fugu sashimi with fugu soup is served first then later the fugu rice porridge, pickles and jellied fugu (below, right)
The other Shimonoseki set was made up of sashimi, grilled fugu, pickles, rice, jelly and soup (above). Afterwards we learned that the special licensing requirement previously required to legally prepare and serve fugu was being abolished since nearly all current legal supplies were from farmed non-poisonous fugu stock. We were glad that we didn't pay extortionate prices found elsewhere! 


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Name: Shunpanro 春帆楼
Address: In the corner of B1 Takashimaya Nihonbashi 2-4-1, 東京都中央区日本橋2-4-1  高島屋東京店B1
Opening hours: 10:00~20:00
Website: http://www.shunpanro.com/index.html (in Japanese) 
Prices: 3000 Yen average per set.