Dinner time rolled around, and I found myself at Yoroniku (よろにく) once again. Before my friends graciously agreed to let us tag along on their Tokyo trip, they had already made plans to come here based on my recommendation, so of course I was only too happy to be back at this very good yakiniku (焼肉) joint.
There was a little miscommunication regarding our booking. Due to the original size of our party - before a couple dropped out - we were booked into a private room. Apparently one must take one of the two set menus if one books a room, but I always found their set menus boring... and of course I had the audacity to tell it to the manager's face! After a quick discussion with the manager - and assuring him that we were hungry and would order enough food to at least cover the cost of the set menus - he kindly agreed to let us order à la carte. Yay!
Since I was the only one who has been here before, I was tasked with ordering for the group. Which was pretty easy since I just about picked out every single item from the daily special menu...
Tatenokawa Junmai Daiginjo (楯野川 純米大吟醸) - as this came not in bottles but in one-go (合) servings, I never saw the bottle and had no idea which of the many daiginjos this was. Surprisingly a little savory on the palate, with a pretty spicy finish. So maybe this was the Honryu Karakuchi (本流辛口) bottling?
Kokuryu Daiginjo (黒龍 大吟醸) - kinda spicy on the palate, with flavors reminiscent of fermented tofu.
I was very, very happy with the meat tonight... which, of course, went down really well with some steamed rice. But the one drawback of being in the private room? There was so much smoke and not enough ventilation... Towards the end all the smoke was coming straight for my eyes, and they were tearing up pretty badly. Definitely coming back with a smaller group next time so that we could sit outside.