Boo-chan and I had been running errands and shopping all day. We were in Shibuya (渋谷) and it was already getting late. Boo-chan wanted to eat something quick, but was not in the mood for western food. He suggested this chain restaurant, Negishi (ねぎし公園通り店). I might have gone there like 10 years ago, but I couldn’t remember. So I decided why not.
Negishi is a chain restaurant that serves set meals (定食) with their specialty, cow tongue. 1. I forgot to take a pic of the outside, as we were starving–so i took a pic a different day. It in the basement of Toyama Building. 2. The inside is very clean, with a glass enclosed area with the chef grilling the meat in front of the counter area.
There is a counter area by the grill and also many tables too. Boo-chan and I sat in small booth area for two. I liked how the seats opened up to store your things in it, as the space is rather small.
The cow’s tongue can be categorized into two; the red tongue (赤たん) from the tip of the tongue or white tongue (白たん) from the root of the tongue . The red tongue is tough (かたい), cut thinly (うす切り) and is called Ganko Chan (がんこちゃん). The white tongue is tender (やわらかい), cut thick (厚切り) and there are 3 types. The first type is Negishi (ねぎし) which is cut thinly, Tan-toro (たんとろ) which is cut thick and Shiro 4 (しろ４) which is also cut thick.
Here are images of the 4 different cuts; Ganko Chan, Negishi, Tan-toro and Shiro 4.
Boo-chan ordered Shiro 4 set with a side order of tororo. Tororo is a raw grated nagaimo that is very slimy. All sets come with tail soup (テールスープ), miso nanban Japanese pickles (味噌なんばんおみ漬) and barley rice (麦めし).
I ordered the half and half mix set (ハーフミックス). It came with 3 pieces of thinly sliced white tongue, and 3 pieces of blucky (ブラッキー) beef kalbi. It also came with tororo–which I don’t really like. You eat it with the rice and it has a very pungent smell. The soup was delish, and I found out it is full of collagen, which is good for my skin–yes! And the Japanese pickles are said to help burn fat–another plus. On top of all this the white tongue and the kalbi was fantastic!
Even though I was a tad skeptical about this place before we sat down, I am sure glad we came. It was great. I love Japan because you can have an quick tasty meal that is so cheap and also healthy! What was the last quick meal you ate that was healthy?
ms fancy pants tokyo
- Negishi (ねぎし公園通り店)
- 1-20-12 Jinan, Shibuya-ku Tokyo
- B1 Toyama Bldg
- Mon-Sun 11:00-23:00