Dinner at Tsukune Ichigo

昨日はずいぶん久しぶりに(2年くらい行っていないかもしれません)、「つくね一期」に行ってきました。とても気に入ってよく行っていたお店ですが、オーナーが変わってから足が遠のいています。

We had dinner at Tsukune Ichigo last night – it’d been almost 2 years since we were there last time.  We used to go there often but since the owner changed we haven’t been there many times.

昨日は、枝豆(お塩が足りなすぎ。。。)夫が大好きな梅しそ、タレ、(つくねはチキンの臭みが少し気になりました)、ぎんなん、海老マヨ、チキン南蛮、温野菜とディップをオーダー。海老マヨとチキン南蛮はこってり系なので、これでお腹がいっぱいになってしまいました。飲み物は、生ビールをジャグで。

We had Edamame, Ume Shiso, Tare, Ginko Nuts, Ebi Mayo, Chicken Namban, Warm vegetables with dip.  Ebi Mayo and Chicken Namban is quite heavy and they filled us up.  We also had a jug of draft beer.

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少し気になるところはあったものの、以前に比べてそれほど味が落ちたとは思わないのですが、サービスがね〜。ローカルのスタッフの女性の愛想の悪さやオーダーが通じにくいことなど気になりました。そのせいでしょうか、昔は金曜日の夜は日本人の会社員の方たちで賑やかだったのに、ずいぶんし〜んとしていました。話ができないほど賑やかで困ることもありましたが、あそこまで静かだと活気がなく居酒屋さんらしさがなく、寂しく感じました。ご近所のお店なので、頑張ってほしいなと思うのですが。。。

I thought the chicken of tsukune smelled a little gamy and Edamame needed much more salt, but apart from that, the food wasn’t so much less good that it used to be, but the service was a lot less good.  We found the local female staff not very friendly and didn’t seem to understand their own menu.

This place used to be packed with Japanese men enjoying themselves after work on Friday nights, but it was very quiet yesterday.  Sometimes in the past it had been a bit too noisy for us to have a conversation and we’d wished it were a little quieter in those days, but it doesn’t feel right now when it’s so quiet.  I wonder why it doesn’t seem to be very popular these days…. It’s in our neighbourhood so we really would like them to do well.

 

 

 

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