Saturday, April 13, 2013

Bijin Nabe from Tsukada Nojo

Bijin Nabe

Tonight we made it down to Tsukada Nojo for dinner, when they served the full-on bijin nabe rather than those individual bowls of noodles for lunch. But what a wait it was. Since they didn't take reservations, we got there at their opening hour of 5 PM to find already a huge line there. By the time we got up to the front, we were told that it would be an hour and 45 minute wait, which in reality turned out to be two and a half hours. This had better be worth it.

Sure, it was good, particularly the broth. Now, admittedly it wasn't that different from the one in the lunch meals, but in this case the taste of the broth changed as more veggies got added. And when they brought out the pot, the broth was still in a gelatinous form that melted down as the pot warmed up (in that sense, it was the opposite of that snow dome from last week, when the pot poofed up as heat was applied). Anyway, we cleared everything in the pot from the chicken to the veggies to the noodles.

But I doubt that I'd wait 2.5 hours for that again - or at least, I'd plan ahead to put our names down at 5 PM in anticipation of a 7-ish seating. The lady told us that the line is not as bad on weekdays, but that there is still a line nonetheless, particularly after 6 PM. Apparently there is another (and thankfully larger) location opening in Chinatown Point soon too, if I heard it correctly. Well, even if the line tonight was long, I take comfort in the fact that it was surely still shorter than Tim Ho Wan's new outlet downstairs.

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