Saturday, July 30, 2011

Uhei (Fish Tank)

Last night I was a total pig. So much so that I have two places to blog about! Seriously.

It was Kelly and Andy's last night in Iwakuni (sad face) so we asked them where they wanted to go and what they wanted to do. They wanted to go to a few of the local bars one last time. Since we were staying close to base, we decided Uhei would be a great place for dinner. I haven't been to Uhei's since last year. It's a nice little izakaya close to base. Izakaya is a type of restaurant. The best way I can describe it is that it's and eat/drink place. The dishes you order are smaller portions so you can order a bunch of different things and kind of munch and drink. They are also meant to be shared. This way you get to have a variety of food. The food at Uhei is good. They even have a party room upstairs to accommodate larger groups.

We sat down and the guys ordered beers while Kelly and I ordered some hot tea and started looking over the menu. Let me preface this by saying, we were supposed to go to dinner about ...umm...two hours before this so we were all starving by the time we arrived at the restaurant. Starving!

We did share a basket of fried pickles at the club a few hours before heading to dinner.
The fried pickles at the club on base are addictive!

Okay. Back to our dinner. We picked out what we wanted and wrote them down on the piece of paper they provide on the table. We then handed our paper over to the really nice lady who works there. Within a few minutes, she came back with one of our items.
Edamame. I think I could eat bowl after bowl of these and be happy.

Then came our next dish -
Fried gyoza. Oh my gosh....isn't everything better fried??

After that, she just kept bringing out dish after dish after dish...
Sashimi platter

Tako and maguro sushi

Yakitori with onions and yakitori without onions

Tempura platter. Andy was ready to dig in! The pumpkin and the shrimp were so good!!!!

We were pretty stuffed and happy at this point. We still had some bars to hit and one more food stop before the night was over though so we decided to move on.

To get to Uhei's, go out main gate and go straight. At the light you want to make a hard right into the small road on the other side of the gas station that's on your right. As soon as you make the hard right, you'll see a small parking lot on your left. That is the parking for Uhei. Uhei is right next to the parking lot.

The light was on when we arrived, but I guess it was pretty late when we left. They are open from 5pm - 11pm (last order is at 10:30pm). Closed on Sundays.

If you're looking for something quick and near the base, Uhei is a great place to try out. You can even walk to it. I should have. I needed to work off all of the fried food I ingested throughout the evening. We did walk to the bar we went to afterwards. Does that count?

I wasn't done eating though. Check out my next blog to read about where we went for more food.

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