My feet hurt. I figured this trip would be a great opportunity to break in those new shoes but, instead, they seem to be breaking me. We’ve been doing a fair amount of walking these past couple of days and if it weren’t for the endless array of desserts that have given me the much-needed energy boosts I required to complete these seemingly endless strolls, I don’t know what I’d do. Probably do less walking for one.
Yesterday, we had lunch at Butagumi, a tiny refurbished house turned tonkatsu restaurant serving up the most unbelievable array of crispy-fried pork goodness. The great thing about traveling with a friend is that it allows you to rely on one another’s strengths and weaknesses to get around. I, for instance, lend my experience and expertise on the city’s food, subway system, and strict rules and regulations ranging from not eating in public to not sleeping on the subway platforms. Ivon, on the other hand, can actually read a map. And so, it was mainly thanks to Ivon that we finally arrived at our lunch destination in Nishi Azabu.
It was cool outside but inside was a pleasant tropical temperature. Pleasant when you initially walked in to the place, then really freakin’ hot as the meal progressed. Since we wanted to sample a variety of porkly offerings, we decided to go with the Butagumi-Zen platter comprised of five kinds of pork, three sirloins and two filets (Iwachuu, Ryuuka-ton from Okinawa, Imobuta from Chiba, Eishow-ton which hails from China and is 80% fat, and the grand-daddy of pork – Iberico from Spain). To further hedge our bets, we also ordered a katsu curry of Matsuzaka pork from Mie.
A good time and a great meal. I very much enjoyed sampling the various offerings and sussing out their porkly nuances. For his part, Ivon enjoyed the meal as well but wished at least some of the variations had been grilled rather than deep-fried. But then, that’s tonkatsu.
Afterwards, we took a walk up to Roppongi station where we caught the metro to Omotesando…
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