We once had a dish called "Hakomeshi" at "Nihonbashi Tamai," a restaurant in Nihonbashi that specializes in anago (conger eel). You can choose between "boiled" conger eel, which is soft and fluffy, and "baked" conger eel, which offers a savory grilled taste.

There is also a thoughtful menu called "ainose (together)" for those who are greedy, and the volume can be adjusted to suit the appetite of the day, with small, medium, and large boxes available. At first, it is served as it is, and at the end, it is topped with wasabi and served with dashi broth as chazuke. It was a delicious dish. We are also very satisfied with the appearance of the restaurant, which gives a sense of good old Japanese sentiment, and the comfortable interior, where Japanese people could naturally feel at home.

While eel specialty restaurants are common, conger eel specialty restaurants are few and far between, and we did a little research on "anago-san," which has slightly less appeal. The general season for conger eel is summer, from June to August. It is called "Rainy Conger Eel" or "Summer Eel" and is said to be the most nutritious during this season, as it is light and refreshing with little fat. On the other hand, conger eel, which is in season in winter from October to December, is said to be fatty, has plump and rich meat, and has a flavor similar to that of eel.

Eels and conger eels are similar, but eels are descending migratory fish that live in freshwater such as rivers and lakes after spawning in the sea, while conger eels are saltwater fish that live in shallow sea water even after spawning. Interestingly, eels have a lower jaw and conger eels have an upper jaw. We would like to compare them when we get a chance.

As its nutritional value is also in line with its light image, it is high in protein and nutrients, and contains high amounts of vitamin E, which has antioxidant properties, and EPA and DHA, which are expected to improve blood flow. It is also a very healthy food.

To the extreme, dreaming of eating conger eel is also a harbinger of good luck in money, as it means that you will get the treasure hidden in the sand. Let's enjoy delicious conger eel dishes that will be in season from now on and wish to meet "Anago-san" in our dreams.

To get to the main branch of "Nihonbashi Tamai," you can take the Ginza Line from our Ginza Showroom, or walk for about 20 minutes while taking a stroll. Why not visit?

Ginza Showroom (Open from 12:00-18:00 on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday)
Nihonbashi Tamai Main Branch