Service: Shy but friendly
Facilities: old but clean. Traditional
Strong points: Tuna! Tuna! Tuna! Good list of sake and shochu
A lot, and I mean varieties as well as volume, of tuna swim past Shizuoka Prefecture and it simply becomes evident that a Japanese izakaya would specialize in tuna gastronomy, be it raw or cooked!
We have such a place in Shizuoka City called Maguro Ya/まぐろ家, that is “Tuna House”!
It is located on the second floor of a venerable building in Takajyo, an area replete with izakaya as well as first-class restaurants.
Their menu is certainly worth taking photographs as the explantations become a real study!
Even the snack coming with the first drink includes cooked tuna (featured above with duck and pickled cucumber and octopus salad)!
The following will give you a good indication of you can sample at reasonable prices:
“Three-colored Tuna Sashimi Plate”!
Hon-maguro Akami/Blue Fin Tuna lean part (back).
Hon-maguro Chu-toro/Blue Fin Tuna semi-fat part (belly).
Tonbo-Maguro Toro/Albacore Tuna fat part (belly).
Maguro Kushiyaki/Tuna brochette with plenty of mayonnaise and chopped scallions.
There are plenty of sake, shochu and more for all according to their tastes and priorities!
They also serve 4 different sake from Shizuoka Prefecture in the traditional Japanese way: overflowing glass!
The menu is not all tuna! Try their deep-fried prawns!
Sizzling hot, they will please all, Japanese and expats!
Negitoro and daikon salad. Grated tuna with plenty of thin daikon sticks.
A healthy salad served with an egg yolk you mix with all beforehand!
They offer a six-nigiri sushi plate according to the season!
But the personal reason for my visits is their tuna hamburger (called slider in some countries!)!
A slice of tuna is prepared as deep-fried seafood and sandwiched inside a bun with lettuce and tartar sauce!
Far healthier and tastier than many offerings in notorious diners! LOL
To be continued…
Shizuoka Shi, Aoi ku, Takajyo, 1-11-8, 2F
Business hours: 17:00~24:00
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2 thoughts on “Japanese Izakaya: Maguro-Ya (Honten)”
Please, don’t torture me! Tuna is my all-time favourite raw fish! I could have it raw every day for the rest of my life… and I still haven’t tasted the good quality tuna in Japan…
Looking at the tunaburger I am thinking maybe i could make it with the medium quality red tuna I can buy here… It’s not sashimi grade, but panko and deep-frying will improve the taste. What do you think?
My, I7m going on a 3-day trip tp Kita Kyushu tomorrow. Expect a few more of these!
As for the tuna hamburger, your idea is perfect!