Toshi's Hideaway • トシの隠れ家

My student, Hamagashira San, invites me to a restaurant. He says to me "maybe you'll blog about it". I know that he has read my blog, and because of that I know that he's not going to take me to any regular place; part of me was curious, and part of me was a little anxious.


"It's a little far from the station," he says.

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Honestly, I didn't know what to expect. I knew there would be counter seating; I knew the restaurant was only open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; I knew the owner was from Okinawa and lived in Spain for a while, and cooked Okinawan-Spanish food.


Saturday night my wife and I meet up with Hamagashira San and a friend of his, Tsurumi San. From JR Taisho Station, we jump in a cab, we get out and walk until I really have totally lost my bearings. Eventually the party arrives at Toshi's restaurant.


It's not really a restaurant, more of a hideaway with a reputation for good food. The place is filled with personal mementos, wine bottles and odds and ends. Toshi himself is a wonderful personality. He's got a bristling beard, a broad smile and round spectacles, speaks Japanese, Spanish and English. He's actually Tsurumi San's Spanish teacher.


And by golly can he cook. The food was what was the most memorable of the evening. We had hardly sat down before Okinawan Oden was placed before us; this was followed up by bouillabaisse, and two types of paella, one done with abalone and squid ink. See the pictures above and below. I was pretty manpuku • 満腹 by the time I left.

『By golly • おやっ!』ぐらい料理できる人。記憶しやすいのは料理でした。座ってすぐに沖縄のおでんが手前に置いてくれました。次にブイヤベース、そして2種類のパエリヤ、一つは鮑とイカ墨で作られた。上と下記の写真をご覧下さい。帰る時ホンマに満腹だったよ。

I'm pretty sure that no one who reads this blog has been there (except those I went with). I've put the link on the Tsunagari D google my maps: call up Toshi, make a reservation, print out the map, see if you can find it and go and have a good meal!

このブログを読んでくれる人は行ったことないで間違いないと思います(一緒に行った人以外)。繋がりDのGoogle My Mapsにリンクを入力をした;トシさんを電話して予約をし、地図を印刷して見に行ってよ!

Osaka-shi, Taisho-ku, Hirao 3-16-8
PH: 090-8197-6636
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 19:00~

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yoshiko said...

Hi! Duncan-san,
It was a great time that we ate Okinawan-Spanish food together in the deep place of Taisho.
Toshi,my spanish teacher,said that you and your wife were wonderful person and thanked your coming.
See you again!
Yoshiko Tsurumi

Duncan · ダンカン said...

Yeah, it was great! Totally awesome. Thanks for the invite, hope we can go again sometime!