もう、食べてね!


A Hole in the Wall Tradition
March 17, 2011, 3:43 am
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Suzu Kin is a Japanese restaurant found I have no idea where. Only that it sits across from a gas station.

Ever since I can remember, my family and the rest of my clan have always been going to this one Japanese restaurant. It’s a shabby little thing that looks out of place in the 21st century. It’s menu is written with marker on cardboard posted on the old wooden walls. The air conditioning is weak and the interior is tight, dimly lit, and a little smoky. Their utensils are served in a glass and they sell soda in those small glass bottles. It’s found in a small street corner with no parking and really doesn’t look like much. But it’s always packed.

We’ve been going to this restaurant since I aged in single digits and my whole clan has spent many lunch times packing up the place. I always wondered why we bothered to go to this particular Japanese restaurant when it really doesn’t look impressive at all and the service isn’t exactly great. I was so used to eating there but it was only recently that I realized that their food was really good.

On a previous post, I wrote about how I used to love ebi tempura. Now I think I may have started liking it because of the ones they served at this restaurant.

Its a no nonsense restaurant with no nonsense food. They serve it, you eat it, that’s it. Raw fish isn’t exactly their specialty but everything grilled and/or fried it fantastic. It’s no wonder that the place is always overflowing with people.

Even with the emergence of countless Japanese restaurants found much closer to home and who probably have better ambiance, food, and service, every now and then, we still come back to Suzu Kin. And it still looks the same.

My dad said that it looks almost exactly the same as it used to even way back when he used to take my mom out for dates when he was still courting her in school. That was cute.

As it would happen, members of my family have been going to this restaurant for decades and are still going for it. It really hasn’t changed and they haven’t improved much. I suppose they don’t really find the need to because despite its dinginess, people still flock to its tables for their famous tempura and torikatsu meals.

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