Fishing for Dinner

Fishing for Dinner



Kudos to daughter #1 for spotting this hilarious fish restaurant in Meguro.

The premise is simple: you take a rod, attach some bait then do your best to catch your own dinner.

It’s not quite as easy as ‘shooting fish in a barrel’ but you are pretty much guaranteed a bite if you stay there long enough (although in cases of desperation you can get the staff to catch something for you).

Somehow, the Zaou restaurant has constructed a ‘river’ running through their 5th floor premises, complete with bridge and wooden boat effect. There are plenty of fish in the river, and also plenty of room for them to dodge out of harm’s way, making the fishing part of the experience an exciting and drawn out affair.

Once you manage to entice a sea bream or flounder onto your line, there’s a great deal of shouting and splashing about. Nets are wielded, drums beaten and photos taken as you proudly hold your catch aloft. Then you choose what to do with it – grill, fry, simmer with soy sauce or simply serve as sushi. If your fish is big enough you can even half and half it to savour 2 different serving styles.

It’s all really good fun, there’s plenty of beer to help along the catching, plus a menu full of tasty side dishes to supplement your fish.

Separate troughs hold more expensive shellfish, but a basic horse mackerel grilled to order will set you back just ¥1,000 and the biggest flounder less than ¥5,000. We had a great time here and will certainly be back.




‘Fossil’ senbei

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Daughter #2 is a geologist, which means I have a house full of rocks, fossils and other exciting items including bits of meteorite and dinosaur poo.

Amongst all this are a few ancient fish, their bones embedded in the petrified remains of what was presumably a bit of seabed. The one above left is actually a 50 million year old herring from Wyoming.

They are very pretty, but what I did not appreciate is how closely they resemble the sort of Japanese rice cracker which (with added fish) is also pictured above, centre and right.

Perhaps that should be the other way round… either way, I’d say these would make for a perfect snack at your next geology bash!