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Tokyo Restaurant Edition, Pt. 1

December 3, 2009

So I’ve decided I want to blog about all the awesome food I’ve been eating here!!

I am basically obsessed with eating out, I love restaurants and couldn’t cook a meal to save my life.

That’s why it’s really a good thing that there are so many great eateries here. It’s probably not that good that when I don’t feel like going out I tend to just go to the convenience store and make do with grilled chicken pasta salads or baked cheese cake sticks. But in terms of restaurants, Tokyo is fantastic!!

I’ll start off with a few of my tried-and-true fav places to go for a bite to eat:

Brown Rice Cafe, Omotesando: vegan

Veggie Burger

I love this place in Omotesando. It’s tucked behind a shopfront with lots of European lotions/beauty/health products. I always go here and get their Veggie Burger, absolutely delicious! It can be really hard to find decent all-out vegetarian food in Tokyo but this place is really good. Anyway, at 1500yen for a meal and with drinks around 700yen, it can get pricey – but I love going to this place to unwind, enjoy a nice meal, maybe get some Egyptian homework out of the way. They also have delicious caramel macchiatos.

Kantipur, Shibuya: Nepalese

Delicious (and sublimely unhealthy)

There is a ton of quality Indian food to be found in Tokyo, but this place is my favorite. Hidden away from the street and run by a charmingly eccentric and sarcastic owner, coming here can be intimidating – but so worth it! I usually get the vegetarian curry, although their almond chicken and pumpkin and chicken (when they have it for a lunch special a couple times a month) are also really good. I prefer coming for lunch, although it’s really packed then with salarymen – that’s because you get a salad, curry, and the most delicious (unlimited) naan I’ve ever had, all for 900yen. Seriously, the naan is to die for: it’s buttery and SO GOOD. The waiters constantly come around refilling your plate with piles of it.

Nagi Shokudo, Shibuya: vegan

Hearty and healthy!!

Another delicious vegan option. I really love this place. 1000yen gets you 3 different dishes, miso soup and brown rice along with a drink. It’s never too busy and the atmosphere is lovely, with soothing music. Plus, it’s genuinely healthy and fills you up at the same time! I always get the kara-age veggie meat with chili sauce, avocado and tomato salad with tofu mayo, and pumpkin salad with the red shiso drink for after the meal. Mouth-watering. It’s also pretty hard to find decent avocado dishes in Japan, and this makes me happy every time I come. Incidentally, I was surprised to see that CNN just covered this restaurant on their Tokyo lifestyle site.

one plus one, Takadanobaba: cafe

Chicken Pita

This place is right across the street from me, and a very calm, quaint little cafe with really cheap prices. I get the smoked chicken and burdock pita sandwich whenever I go. It’s filling and only 480yen. Atmosphere is peaceful, and a nice break from the typically ramen-filled streets of Takadanobaba.

In Tokyo, Magic Does Happen

September 24, 2009

I had a crazy awesome evening out the other day when my friend’s mother offered to take me and another guy from Georgetown out for dinner. We met at the Grand Hyatt in Roppongi (not too shabby!) before heading to Ganchan, a hole-in-the-wall yakitori restaurant where they let you choose your menu by having you pick out the actual vegetables for your meal. Definitely authentic Japanese food:

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Afterward she took us to, get this, a bar:

We got to meet KiLa

We got to meet KiLa!

It’s called the Magic Bar Issey. They have magicians! They do a magic show, and then, afterward, come up to you individually and do tricks just for you. It was crazy! The guy we met has been on TV several times and even performed in Las Vegas. What these people do is an art, for sure. They have to perform it just so. I have one friend who does card tricks and it’s just insane!!

Anyway, that was a very fun night. People say it a lot, but it definitely is true — in order to really see what Tokyo has to offer, you need to seek out the lesser-known areas, the places only someone “in-the-know” can find. Definitely grateful to my friend’s mom. Nights like this just make me so excited for the rest of the year. Here’s hoping I can get to know Tokyo just as well!

Japanese Italian Food

September 8, 2009

Today I met Haruka at her part time job!

She is waitressing at an Italian restaurant… something those of us who know her totally laughed at when we heard about, especially since she’s going to be a full time business woman starting next year. So, who here can imagine Haruka as a waitress? I think most of can, actually… and that’s the joke.

Bread madam?

Bread madam?

Waiting attentively

I had bread, a huge salad, spaghetti with crab sauce, capuccino, creme brulee AND the chef gave me another complementary dessert at the end and they gave me a free drink too! Everything was delicious and everyone was so nice! And I am extremely full right now.