Friday, February 22, 2013
The CLASSIC shabu shabu.
Seryna (since 1961), recommended as a good place to entertain important clients. Being brought here today i guess it makes me feel special haha! And Seryna Ginza defiantly would not be able to disappoint anyone!
Famous for their Crab and Beef, shabu shabu and sukiyaki they were all ordered. It was Minus degrees in Tokyo today so points defiantly doubled to come here.
The house specialty, horsehair crab. As you know i do not eat shellfish but just by the looks of how fresh the crab legs were i wished i wasn't allergic. I watched my friends cook and eat the crab without hesitation with the words "OISHII" coming out repeatedly after each bite. My friend then told me "I have yet to find a place that serves such delicious crab in Tokyo." Damn. I defiantly should try it even though i'll suffer afterwards haha.
Since i couldn't eat the crab, beef was the other choice. We ordered the best beef they had, Kobe beef. It's definatly not my first exposure to kobe beef so i thought, "what's the big deal? Especially, when boiled in the shabu shabu manner." After i tried the Kobe beef here i wondered to myself, WHAT THE FUCK WAS I BEING SERVED BEFORE?!
Once cooked, i dipped it into the sauces provided and once it hit my tongue it fucking disappeared! Like butter! Just like my super fatty toro experience but, this was beef!? I mean, just look at the photo! The fragments of fat and beef are so well balanced and the colour looks beautiful! Oh god, i was over the world. I had the biggest food coma after that once slice of kobe beef, i just sat there thinking, "what the fuck just happened?!" I tried another slice, dammit! Same thing happened, i wasn't dreaming at all! I ended up ordering another round of kobe beef haha.
Seriously, if you like shabu shabu and you like beef. No other place in my dictionary anymore.
Just as i thought i was getting full a wonderful old lady dressed in Kimono came to serve and ask how we were all doing and insisted for me to try her cooking. I was in no condition to pass on that haha! Apparently she's been working in Seryna for over 30 years. She cooked some udon into our soup base with her "secret ingredient" and i must say. It was very delicious.
We were having a big Shabu feast and she asked if we still has space to try the sukiyaki. Okay, i'm a pig who doesn't know when to say no to food and since the others were also up for it too i said, ALRIGHT LETS DO IT! We already tried the fantastic Kobe beef, so she recommended us to try Tenderloin for sukiyaki and she will personally cook for us because she can do it perfectly with her secret teriyaki mixture. Secret again? Okay! "Surprise me!" I thought. Whip me off my feet! ......and she did.
I must say, if i had the choice of Kobe beef and Tenderloin back home i'd always go for Kobe beef no matter what because i'm often disappointed with Tenderloin. I realize now it's not Tenderloin's problem, because the sukiyaki tenderloin here was also very soft and extremely juicy. Back home and in Japan the beef price is similar but quality wise, i really cannot compare. The beef here wins for sure.
Overall for Seryna, Expensive? Yes. Decor? It's alright. Service? Excellent. Food? 200% Delicious and well presented. I will defiantly be back every-time i visit Japan and that's a promise. It's definaly going to take some getting used to when i get back home now that i've tried Seryna's beef.