How-to Kushiage

After all that matsuri madness, Yasu and I headed to Nagoya to have dinner and see a movie. We never did see that movie because after such a happening day we just didn’t feel like catching the late movie anymore. But we did have dinner and it was awesome. Yasu choose a kushiage restaurant in Sakae and it did not disappoint at all. First of all, it had an awesome tenth floor view of Nagoya’s TV tower, which I forgot to take a picture of. But the best part was cooking your own food in a deep-fryer built in to the table. You go to a buffet area where they have a large variety of raw kushi (food on a stick), you take your pick of kushi, sauces, salad, rice, noodles and drinks and whatever else you feel like (they also have desert) and take it back to your table.

The kushi buffet

My selection of fish, meat, vegetables and weird-looking things

Then you have to go through the same seven-step-procedure every time you want to eat some kushiage, let me show you:
  1. Take one bamboo stick with a pierced piece of raw food (otherwise known as kushi) from your plate which you just loaded in the buffet area:
  2. Dip the skewer in some sticky batter you also got from the buffet area:

  3. Roll the skewer covered in sticky batter around in a plate of panko crumbs, which you also get from the buffet area:

  4. Stick the skewer covered in batter and hundreds of panko crumbs sticking to it in the deep fryer:

  5. Wait a bit, talk to your boyfriend on the other end of the table, and then take the skewer out of the deep fryer:

  6. Dip the deep-fried skewer in one of the sauces you got from the buffet area:

  7. Put the kushiage in your mouth, bite off a piece, chew and swallow (a.k.a. eat):

It’s a buffet style restaurant, so you can try out all kinds of interesting looking things without hesitating to spit it out if you don’t like it. So I did try some new things (I forgot the names though) and things I normally wouldn’t pay to try but there wasn’t anything I didn’t like, except for the two brown sauces, so I totally ignored those.

Cheese bread, a piece of hamburger and a piece of pumpkin waiting for me, ready to be eaten

Yasu and I really had a great time at this restaurant. Nice atmosphere, good food and a fun activity to keep you busy, and we only paid ¥2500 each. The only bad thing is that afterwards everything you’re wearing stinks! They have Febreze at the cash register for you to use before you leave, but it’s nowhere as strong as the kushiage smell. I’m definitely planning a return visit to this place, but I will be wearing some old clothes and carrying a bottle of perfume with me.

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