December 13, 2010: Tokyo Travel Day #7! Pachon! Great Burger! Harajuku!
Having subsisted on nothing but fat, sugar, and alcohol for the past twenty-four hours, I was feeling a little light-headed as dinner time rolled in last night. Under normal circumstances, I might have called it an early night but, of course, these were not normal circumstances. I was in Tokyo and headed to Pachon, a restaurant recommended to me by the king of French dining (and portable salt pouch) himself, Stefan.
As always, we had excellent directions to where we were headed along with an accompanying map. And, as always, we got lost. Fortunately, we made it in time for our reservation. Our dining companion, Sachi, was already there.
Le cassoulet Die de La Cuisine Occitane: duck confit, sausage, and white beans slow-roasted for hours. The best I’ve ever had.
Throughout the evening, the chef would come out of the kitchen to survey the dining room and make sure all the diners were happily enjoying their meals. I thought that a very nice touch.
I did, instead, avail myself of the dessert cart. Mini macarons, chocolate biscuits, and pistache de provences.
After the excellent meal, we wandered back to the subway and passed this curious vehicle:
We caught the subway back, got off on the wrong stop, then Ivon got fed up and we caught a cab back to the hotel. There, I documented some of my recent toy store haul…
I slept fitfully last night – which is about par for the course so far. If it aint the alcohol or the rich food, it’s the dry air and weird in-room temperatures that varied wildly between freezing cold and blistering hot those first few days until I discovered how to turn off the air-conditioner (which happened to be running along with the heat).
Today, we met up with my friend Keiko who brought us to Great Burger for some pretty good burgers (the burgers are Alright Burgers were just so-so). Following a ten minute wait (apparently anywhere worth eating/shopping/drinking in Tokyo requires a wait) we were eventually seated and served.
After lunch, we walked the backstreets of Omotesando and, eventually, Harajuku…