Yakatabune (屋形船) to welcome the first day of Spring

Yakatabune
Yakatabune is a house like boat with tables which ply the rivers which used to be used in the past by Shoguns to entertain their guests. We managed to rent the whole boat as we have enough people to book it. We got a 50% discount for eat all you can with internet booking.

Yakatabune
The rental is for 2 hours cruising from Tsukishima area (月島) to Odaiba.

Yakatabune
Kudos to the Japanese in terms of thoughtfulness, each table is provided with plastic bags where we can put our coats and bags as not to get the grease from the cooking.

Yakatabune
The food part, we started off with hot pot, first order of Monjayaki, okonomiyaki and yakisoba.

Yakatabune
Steps were also provided for those who don’t know how to cook.

Yakatabune
Monjayaki (もんじゃ焼き) (often called simply “monja”) is a type of Japanese pan-fried batter with various ingredients. It is similar to okonomiyaki but monjayaki, a specialty of the Kantō region, is made with a dough more liquid than is okonomiyaki. The ingredients are finely chopped and mixed into the batter before frying. The mixture is far runnier than okonomiyaki, and it has a consistency comparable to a pool of melted cheese when cooked. It is then eaten directly off the grill using a small metal spatula. Many monjayaki restaurants can be found in the Tsukishima district of Tokyo, where the dish is said to have originated – Wikipedia

Yakatabune
The Okonomiyaki is the more dry version which is commonly found in Singapore.

Yakatabune
Yakisoba

Yakatabune
Besides free flow of drinks on board during the 2 hours, we can also order different types of monjayaki, okonomiyaki, fried rice and some other seafood. The buttered oysters was very fresh.

Odaiba Rainbow Bridge
The boat stopped at Odaiba for 1 hours while we enjoyed our lunch. Totally nice way to spend the public holiday to welcome the first day of Spring…..

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