Another whirlwind day in Tokyo following yesterday’s Osaka to Nara to Kyoto to Tokyo jaunt. We now have approximately two and a half days to squeeze in: Harajuku, Omotesando, Roppongi, Naka-Meguro, and Akihabara. Looks like Odaiba, Toyosu, and Kichijoji will have to wait until next time.
Akemi has been hankering for some vegetables and so, last night, we checked out a vegetarian restaurant. With predictable results. It was a resounding “meh” from me. Akemi overheard a Japanese couple at a nearby table chatting about the difference between vegetarian restaurants in Japan and vegetarian restaurants outside of Japan. Outside of Japan, they make an effort to include some sort of protein as part of the meal plan. In Japan, you’re getting your veggies because – hell – that’s why you came for, isn’t it? And that’s what we got on this night.
But the evening wasn’t a total loss. We swung by a green tea-themed dessert restaurant in the new Hibiya Midtown complex where I enjoyed a super dense matcha cake and ice cream.
Today, I met up with my old friend Tomomi who has moved back to Tokyo following a stint in Vancouver. We lunched at a little french restaurant in Ometesando called Lature. The multi-course game-themed meal was as inspired as it was delicious.
Even though lunch included dessert, Tomomi knows me too well and took me to the Dominique Ansel in Omotesando where we sampled a dessert medley including the frozen s’more, the cookie shot, and a couple of cakes. Akemi was all about the frozen s’more while I had to go with their version of cookies and milk
My food guide on this day – the lovely Tomomi.
For dinner tonight, we took up on hotel concierge on her recommendation and visited Sushi Aoki in the Ginza neighbourhood. A fantastic and varied array of dishes.
Finally, thanks to a tip from blog regular nantokanaru77, we ended up paying a visit to our old friend Yamasaki-san, formerly of Star Bar, now running things at his own place Bar Goya in Ginza.
Rejoice! Akemi’s PR card arrived today. She will apparently be permitted to enjoy adventures in Canada.
As I said – we’re running out of time so we’re going to have to start cramming as much as we can into the remainder of our stay – starting tomorrow with a double lunch at Pizza Seirinkan and the Wagyu Mafia sandwich shop!