November 3, 2012: Tokyo Day #6! Pizza Seirinkan! The Molecular Tapas Bar!
I’d been thinking about it since my last trip here and, finally, yesterday, I finally got a chance to pay a return visit to Pizza Seirinkan. Joining me this time were Akemi and her friend Yukina…
After lunch, we headed over to Electric Town, Akihabara, so I could track down a new Evangelion iPhone case and, of course, one of my favorite desserts –
Akemi and I kept the subsequent snacking to a minimum because we had a 6:00 p.m. dinner reservation at The Molecular Tapas Bar. This would make my fourth visit, but we really went because Akemi was dying to try it. It’s always an experience…
From left to right: A porcini puff, mushroom cappuccino, crispy gingko, truffled potato, hunting pig (a bacon biscuit), matsutake gohan (a matsutake mushroom rice cracker), and an apple-manchego cigar.
On to the mains…
And then it was on to dessert. We started with the “puff”, liquid nitrogen-dipped meringues that literally puffed in your mouth when chewed, venting its smokey self out of the nose’s of unsuspecting diners.
An intricate and beautiful dish. Those maple leaves are painstakingly constructed from wonton wrappers. But the highlight for me was the acorn ice cream.
Clockwise from the top: Buttery-great popcorn cotton candy, a lemon-olive oil gummy, szechuan meringue, uber-tart raspberry soda (in wafer for), and chocolate pumice.
We were instructed to sample the various fruit – sweet orange, tart lemon and lime – then told to pop the little red miracle fruit into our mouths. We chewed the fruit around the stone, moved it around our mouths and then, when a minute was up, we spat out the stone and tasted the fruit again. The lemon and limes were miraculously sweet. How is this possible? Oh, you can read all about it here: Miracle fruit – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I’ve got to find a source so I can throw my own miracle fruit party where I can serve lemon wedges and vinegar shots.
Another day in Tokyo, then hopping on the bullet train and heading over to Osaka for a couple of days.