Sunday, July 3, 2016

Crab Feast Experience at Tokyo Shinjuku Kani Douraku Restaurant

Have you ever wondered what this famous franchise restaurant serve inside? Japan is full of specialty food ingredient restaurants. The ingredient ranges from Wagyu Kobe beef to seafood. This article is dedicated to my dining experience at the famous Kani Doraku or Douraku かに 道楽 Crab specialty restaurant in Tokyo Shinjuku during lunch hours in March 2010. I have posted photos of most of the dishes from the ~3000 yen lunch course meal.
Crab Kani Doraku Douraku restaurant Tokyo. Tokyo Consult. TokyoConsult
Kani Doraku Crab Restaurant. They are everywhere in Japan!



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This particular franchise restaurant is everywhere in Japan. The restaurant advertisement is usually very flamboyant. You can not miss it even when you are in the most bustling areas in Tokyo or Osaka.
Crab Kani Doraku Douraku restaurant Tokyo. Tokyo Consult. TokyoConsult
Kani Doraku restaurants are everywhere in Japan



A quick 5-minute walk from the JR Shinjuku station east exit, my friend and I arrived at the Kani Doraku Shinjuku Honten Restaurant. The main restaurant in Shinjuku East was nicely decorated in tradition tatami mat. Their female waitress were in traditional Kimono.
Crab Kani Doraku Douraku restaurant Tokyo. Tokyo Consult. TokyoConsult
Traditional decoration inside of Kani Doraku restaurant



Special utensil was used for picking out crab meat out of the crab legs.
Crab Kani Doraku Douraku restaurant Tokyo. Tokyo Consult. TokyoConsult
Special utensil for crab dishes at Kani Doraku restaurant



Can not read Japanese menu? No problem!
Menu. Crab Kani Doraku Douraku restaurant Tokyo. Tokyo Consult. TokyoConsult
Japanese language menu at Kani Doraku restaurant



Kani Doraku crab restaurant pictorial menu was very helpful. I picked my course meal based on the price because all of the lunch course pictures looked very similar. The lunch menu is relatively more affordable when compared to their dinner counterpart.
Menu. Crab Kani Doraku Douraku restaurant Tokyo. Tokyo Consult. TokyoConsult
Pictorial menu at Kani Doraku restaurant



This bowl of flavored water was meant for washing your hands before and after touching crab.
Crab Kani Doraku Douraku restaurant Tokyo. Tokyo Consult. TokyoConsult
Do not drink this at Kani Doraku restaurant. Wash your hands in it.




Appetizer was steamed crab legs with special vinegar dipping sauce.
Crab Kani Doraku Douraku restaurant Tokyo. Tokyo Consult. TokyoConsult
Crab meat appetizer at Kani Doraku restaurant



Raw crab sashimi. Only fresh crab meat can be served as sashimi style. Fresh raw crab meat is full of sweet flavor.
Sashimi. Crab Kani Doraku Douraku restaurant Tokyo. Tokyo Consult. TokyoConsult
Fresh crab meat sashimi at Kani Doraku restaurant



Chawanmushi steamed egg  with crab meat. This is one of my favorite Japanese dishes. Soft steam egg was infused with seafood flavor broth.
Chawanmushi. Crab Kani Doraku Douraku restaurant Tokyo. Tokyo Consult. TokyoConsult
Steamed egg chawanmushi with crab meat at Kani Doraku restaurant



Creamy crab meat croquette. Delicate seafood umami flavor in creamy white sauce.
Croquette. Crab Kani Doraku Douraku restaurant Tokyo. Tokyo Consult. TokyoConsult
Crab meat croquette at Kani Doraku restaurant



Crab meat gratin. Baked crab meat, cheese and special sauce baked to perfection. It was perhaps the heaviest seasoned dish in my course meal.
Gratin. Crab Kani Doraku Douraku restaurant Tokyo. Tokyo Consult. TokyoConsult
Crab meat gratin at Kani Doraku restaurant


Crab meat and seasoned rice cooked in Kamameshi traditional iron pot.
Kamameshi. Crab Kani Doraku Douraku restaurant Tokyo. Tokyo Consult. TokyoConsult
Crab meat Kamameshi pot rice at Kani Doraku restaurant



Seasoned rice was cooked to perfection in Kamameshi style.

Kamameshi. Crab Kani Doraku Douraku restaurant Tokyo. Tokyo Consult. TokyoConsult
Kamameshi rice with crab meat at Kani Doraku restaurant



Crab Kamameshi rice can be turned into Ochazuke style, in which real wasabi, shredded dried seaweed were added on rice and the bowl was infused with special dashi soup. 
Ochazuke. Crab Kani Doraku Douraku restaurant Tokyo. Tokyo Consult. TokyoConsult
Crab meat Kamameshi Ochazuke style at Kani Doraku restaurant




Finished off the course with Japanese vanilla ice cream with freshly whisked Matcha green tea. The green tea was whisked by kimono waitress right before the dessert was served. The bitter sweet taste was very sophisticated where the mild sweetness of the ice cream was accentuated by the slight bitterness of the Matcha green tea. 
Matcha ice cream. Crab Kani Doraku Douraku restaurant Tokyo. Tokyo Consult. TokyoConsult
Freshly whisked Matcha green tea with Japanese vanilla ice cream



Overall, it was an amazing dining experience at the crab specialty restaurant. Their lunch course ranges from 3000 to 4000 yen per person while dinner goes from 5,000 to 10,000 yen.





INFORMATION
*Kani Doraku Shinjuku Honten かに道楽 新宿本店 (Tripadvisor page)
Address: 〒 160-0022 3-14-20, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Theatre Bldg 7, 8F
〒160-0022新宿3-14-20 テアトルビル 7・8F
TEL: +81 3-3352-0096





Other Kani Doraku restaurants in Tokyo area (Tripadvisor page)
*Kani Doraku Shinjuku Ekimae かに道楽 新宿駅前店
Address: 〒 3-27-10 Shinjuku | 4F Musashino Bldg, Shinjuku 160-0022
〒160-0022 新宿 3-27-10 武蔵野ビル 4F
TEL: +81 3-3350-0393

*Kani Doraku Shibuya Koendori かに道楽 渋谷公園通り店
Address: 〒 20-15 Udagawacho | 9F-10F, Shibuya 150-0042
〒150-0042 宇田川町 20-15 ヒューマックスビル 9・10F
TEL: +81 3-3572-7272

*Kani Doraku Ginza 8 chome branch かに道楽 銀座店
Address: 〒 104-0061 8-7, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo ginzanain Building No. 2, 2F
〒 104-006 東京都中央区銀座 8-7 ギンザナイン 2号館 2F
TEL: +81 3-3350-0393

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