The Atakemaru is the most unique way to see Tokyo Bay and the cityscape that surrounds it. The ship itself is lovely both inside and out with exquisite attention paid to every detail. A highlight of the cruise is the dinner theater which features an unforgettable performance by professionals who are all skilled singers, dancers and actors.
There are several menus available, catering to a variety of tastes. Each with a main item as well as a selection of secondary and side-dishes as well as hors d’oeuvres.
One of the dining options on the sunset cruise is the multi-course roast beef menu which includes a seafood course and an all-you-can drink menu.While many of the dishes many be familiar, they each have a story behind them.
Roast beef leads off the menu and is sourced from Onuma Cattle Farm, which is located in Nanae Town in Hokkaido Prefecture. Roughly the size of Ireland, Japan’s northernmost prefecture is the country’s breadbasket.The Holstein breed of cattle makes up the majority of the livestock at the farm.
The high quality of the beef produced at Onuma comes down to the wonderful natural environment in which the cattle are raised and the original feed developed by the farm. Besides growing their own corn to add to the mixture, they also source local straw and grain.
By the way, if you are interested in seeing where the beef comes from, it’s never been easier to do, since the shinkansen (bullet train) now runs to Hakodate, Hokkaido. You can get there in under 4 hours from Tokyo.
The roast beef that reaches your table has been prepared expertly, thinly cut and braised on the outer edges, with an alluringly juicy center and a soft texture. Enjoy the dish with the beverage of your choice.
The seafood dishes include marinated sliced tuna served with bits of yam, grilled clams, marinated octopus and cucumbers (Japanese comfort food) and hand-rolled sushi (tuna, squid, salmon).
The brand seafood consists of grilled Spanish mackerel from Nagasaki Prefecture, which happens to be the second largest producer of the fish after Fukuoka Prefecture, which is also on the southern main island of Kyushu.The dish offers another taste of traditional Japanese home cooking.
Tokyo Bay conger eel sushi is a historic dish that goes back to the time when the capital was a fishing village and residents at that time used to fish its waters. The practice has continued and provides a window to the Edo era palate. In many ways, this particular menu item represents the history of Atakemaru and the cuisine that would have been prevalent with the original ships would have cruised Tokyo Bay hundreds of years ago.
The Sasuke skewered pork cutlets on the menu come from the nationally recognized Kuji Farm in Iwate Prefecture. A family farm with over sixty years of history, they have developed an environmentally sensitive approach and produced an extremely high quality product. You will immediately taste the quality.
The Kuji Farm has begun to make a name for itself in the area of prepared pork dishes as they have launched a line of French-style pork-filled bread and pates. Keep and eye out for their products in gift shops.
The spicy grilled Kirishima chicken comes from Miyazaki Prefecture, where it was developed as a brand and earned a reputation for high quality. Grilled chicken is a mainstay dish across Japan and Kirishima is one of the best.
Kirishima chicken is national favorite and can be found in restaurants throughout the country as the base ingredient for soups, not to mention grilled, barbecued and fried dishes.
Enjoy Caprese Canape, which is a kind of hors d’oeuvre version of an Italian salad that is made with tomato, mozzarella, basil and olive oil. Served on toast, they are delicious and of course very healthy.
Another hors d’oeuvre on the menu is the Spanish-style omelette, which in Spain would be called tapas or “finger food”. Though it’s called an omelette in English, in Spain it is known as a tortilla. That’s right, in that country the dish is made with eggs, potatoes, vegetables and bits of seafood and has no relation to the Mexican tortilla, which is a flat bread made of flour or corn.
The meal comes with a seasonal dessert, which could be something like a fruit-topped parfait. Wash it all down with a green tea or oolong tea. You can choose a one drink or the all-you-can- drink for 90 minutes option, which would last you for the entire length of the cruise.
The alcoholic beverages available include:
Beer, Japanese sake “rice wine” (liquor made from rice), Japanese shochu (liquor made from sweet potatoes,wheat, buckwheat, or rice), High Ball, Chu Hi cocktails (shochu with flavoring and soda water): Plum, Lemon Sour, Oolong Tea, Green Tea.
Wine (red / white)
The available soft drinks include:
Orange juice, Ginger Ale, Cola, Oolong tea, Green tea.