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  • These are my hidden spots in Azabu Juban

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  • I'm back with another food video,

  • this time I'm in Azabu Juban

  • and I'm showing you my favorite spots

  • and some of them are actually

  • hidden spots that I haven't shared before

  • If you guys have never been to Azabu Juban,

  • then it has kinda its own atmosphere

  • It kind of has this mix of

  • a Japanese and European Western vibe

  • Which is so unique on its own

  • and it's one of the first neighborhoods I discovered

  • when I came to Japan and I wanted to

  • share with you some of my favorite spots

  • I'm so excited to start this video,

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  • Without further ado, let's get our food on!

  • Azabu Juban is located right next to

  • Roppongi with Namboku and Oedo lines

  • running to the area,

  • making it fairly easy to access

  • An affluent area since the Edo period,

  • Azabu Juban is known for its high-end

  • residential spaces with a mixture of a retro and modern atmosphere

  • Of course, the main attraction here is

  • Azabu Juban shotenkai which has more than 300 shops

  • and I love how you can find shops with

  • over 100 years of history sitting next to a trendy international gourmet shop,

  • but don't sleep on the side streets!

  • I mean, yeah I guess don't sleep there,

  • but also you should visit the side streets

  • #1: New New York Club

  • this is the go-to custom bagel sandwich shop in the area

  • It got popular for its rainbow bagels,

  • but don't get blinded by the trendy flash

  • They make excellent bagel sandwiches

  • that will have you singing, "Hold me, hold me!"

  • And if you're not about that custom life

  • you can pick up from one of their set bagel configurations

  • from savory to sweet; they even got a vegan option!

  • I couldn't actually decide today,

  • so I got two of the bagels

  • First of all we're gonna start with the dessert because

  • that's how I like to roll

  • This one is their 'Oreo Monster',

  • you can see the cookie

  • It has some blueberry cream cheese,

  • it has some Oreo cookie,

  • and then I got the unicorn bagel

  • Let me just take a bite

  • I feel so guilty eating this

  • The bagel itself is super fresh

  • It's a little on the chewy side,

  • but has a nice kind of chewy texture to it

  • Cannot go wrong with this

  • What a stupendous meal,

  • look at that

  • That is some junk in your trunk

  • and let me show you the second dealio

  • This one is the 'Beef 'n' Cheese Brisket'

  • Look how thick that meat is right there

  • There's quite a lot of flavor coming

  • from that brisket paired with the cheese

  • the sauce itself is a little bit sweet,

  • but not too sweet

  • Cheese is just melty and melty,

  • just how I like it

  • This one is quite on the heavy side so

  • even just eating like just a few bites

  • you feel like this one will fill your stomach

  • I got the cheese bagel, I thought it'd go really well

  • with the brisket and the cheese

  • At the end of the day,

  • you can have whatever bagel combination

  • you want in this place, so have fun

  • If you want a little piece of the US

  • a little piece of New York,

  • come to this spot

  • #2: Tsukishimaya

  • With more than 70 years of history under its spell

  • this shop is beloved by locals for its 'Imagawayaki'

  • Oh okay! Has life started?

  • I don't even know what i'm saying but

  • i feel like today is gonna be a good day

  • because i have these

  • two pockets of joy in my hand i've got

  • cheese and i've got custard first of all

  • i

  • personally like to start off with the

  • cheese because it feels more kind of

  • like a real

  • deal meal

  • it's like two flat biscuits smashed

  • together what's really nice about the

  • outer shell

  • is that they added some black sugar to

  • it to give it that soft texture

  • it looks like it would be like hard and

  • crunchy but it has this nice

  • kind of playful bouncy mochi texture

  • that

  • a lot of other pastries like this don't

  • have and then when you take a bite

  • it's not just cheese it almost tastes

  • like there's like a mayonnaise

  • flavor to it like a buttery flavor to it

  • more than a dessert

  • it feels like i'm having kind of like

  • pancakes with cheese and mayonnaise on

  • top of it

  • and now for dessert we have the custard

  • wow whoa don't lose the custard

  • you can see it just steaming perfect for

  • a fall

  • day like this when it's a little bit

  • chilly the leaves are turning brown

  • they're falling on the ground

  • you just need something to warm you up

  • and this is the perfect treat

  • the custard itself it has that kind of

  • that eggy taste to it i can see like

  • this shop has been around for 70 years

  • and you know a shop to last

  • that long it has to be good but anyways

  • let's move on to the next spot

  • let me show you one spot real quick that

  • beats the airport souvenir shops

  • look at all these beans i think they

  • have more than 100

  • different beans here it's like kind of

  • like the perfect place if you want to

  • bring back some souvenirs for some

  • family there's just

  • so many different types that i think

  • you'll be able to find something for

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  • number three tonkatsu miyako this spot

  • is one of those

  • if you know then you know shops ultra

  • popular amongst locals for its tonkatsu

  • pork collets

  • the meat is carefully selected every day

  • from kanagawa and guma prefectures

  • guaranteeing superior quality and that

  • fresh fresh the meat is sliced

  • only after you order just sitting at the

  • counter it feels like i'm at a sushi

  • restaurant the meat itself is deep fried

  • twice in a low heat and then a high heat

  • rapeseed oil producing an

  • extra crispy shell my mouth is already

  • watering

  • i got the tofu hidekatsu look at how

  • crispy

  • the outside is i'm gonna dip it in the

  • first house from this restaurant like

  • that

  • oh i mean just look at it you know why

  • this is this special dish

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  • oh that's one of the best pieces of meat

  • i've ever tasted that's golden crispy on

  • the outside and that

  • meat is so tender and flavorful

  • oh and that sauce the sweet side add

  • that little sesame there adds a little

  • bit more texture to it

  • i am so happy coming to this spot

  • they offer a special tonkatsu sauce

  • dashi soy two kinds of salt

  • sancho pepper and wait for that good old

  • canadian maple syrup

  • and let me dip it in some canadian maple

  • syrup

  • look at that dripping maple syrup

  • surprisingly that pairs it really well

  • together there's no other

  • place i know where you can get maple

  • syrup and katsu

  • together and then also you can throw

  • some salt on it

  • wow the salt just itself with the katsu

  • is it brilliant let me just

  • throw some more maple syrup on here

  • and then go back to the miyako special

  • sauce and then throw it back with some

  • more salt

  • i love how you can taste all the

  • different flavors here

  • this is their tonjito right here and

  • what i love about it

  • is if you kind of dig down deep huge

  • chunks of meat inside

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  • none of the scraps go to waste here now

  • if you're into a traditional tonkatsu

  • with a thicker breading i

  • also gotta give a shout out to muranaka

  • they serve a delicious sangen butter

  • pork from hirata farm

  • and it's a mouth-watering pleasure that

  • won't break the bank

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  • that said let me take you to the next

  • food spot

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  • number 4 dalian so

  • this is another little secret spot that

  • i wanted to share with all of y'all

  • if you're looking for a kind of like a

  • beer and some

  • gyoza spot then this is where i would

  • recommend to go i mean if you just look

  • around it is kind of like has that

  • izakaya atmosphere you come here to

  • drink and eat maybe just like hang out

  • with some friends

  • i've got my beer right here and i got

  • these awesome dumplings you can see the

  • top of it it's all kind of

  • fried together they call it like putty

  • putty like

  • crunchy and hear that crunch when you

  • break it

  • juices just dripping from the gyoza