A Bolivian Night in Tokyo (or Not Quite)

17 10 2013

While Tokyo offers many choices as far as dining out is concerned, it is not easy to find restaurants that specialize in, except for Brazilian, South American cuisines.  My two other friends and I that try to explore different cuisines of the world every month, have done, apart from Brazilian, Argentine, Peruvian, and Costa Rican (if you consider Costa Rica as being in SA).  There is apparently a new Chilean restaurant that opened last year in central Tokyo but for other cuisines such as Columbian, Paraguayan, and Bolivian food, you have to go way out of Tokyo.

So last month we decided we wanted to do a Bolivian night and found a couple of restaurants one of which was in Kuki, Saitama and the other in Tsurumi, Kanagawa.  To visit either on a week night wasn’t impossible but would be a rush so we chose one Saturday to go.  (It’s like going to eat in NJ when you work and live in Manhattan.)  I tried to call the one in Kuki first but they were not picking up so opted for the one in Tsurumi which advertised that the food was “Latin” and Okinawan.

The restaurant is by this intersection, very in the middle of nowhere.

The restaurant is by this intersection, very in the middle of nowhere.

Yes, as advertised! “Latin” and Okinawan.

It was a warm day, still quite humid, and I walked from a station about 20 minutes away.

It was a warm day, still quite humid, and I walked from a station about 20 minutes away.

Was told that they only make a limited number of this saltena on weekends and only when they have the ingredients hand delivered from Bolivia. This had just come out of the oven. Very juicy and yum.

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Espanada eaten with sugar.

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So much food, homemade, and very good.  We only ordered from the “Latin” menu.  The place is run by a family originally from Okinawa that immigrated to Bolivia and the lady that was serving us was a second generation Bolivian-Japanese.

El Bosque

Here is an interesting The Japan Times article about the Okinawan community in Tsurumi in relation to Bolivia in which El Bosque gets a mention.

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