Monday, October 19, 2009

Tokyo Tastes

I'm currently resting up in my hotel in Tokyo after after 2 straight days of walking around. So I thought it would be a good time to post some food adventures here. I'm planning on documenting what I've eaten on this trip, but I've got to apologise in advance for not knowing the names of the dishes! Here, pointing and nodding is the best way to get around I've found.

Day 2
Having not eaten for a day or so (Jetstar with their no frills airfares and spending most of the night looking for my hotel), I wandered through the narrow alleyways of Ginza and walked into a small little eatery (Actually on second thoughts every eatery is small). Rice, chicken and a egg, I've found this in Melbourne, but a fine feast for an empty stomach in Tokyo coupled with excellent service (It's immaculate where-ever you go. Friendly, prompt and helpful without being intrusive)

Having had my fill, I'd walked around the main street of Ginza, where I noticed a large line. Curious, I ventured closer and noticed a rotating cake. Yes, Melbourne has the rotating chunks of meat for drunk patrons wanting a souvlaki, and Tokyo has this. The shop was called Nenrinya and with surgical precision, the pastry or effectively cakes are taken from the skewers and cleaned out and cut into small sections. I have no idea how they managed to place the mix on the skewer in the first place and allow it to cook, but it's effectively a big cake. The centre is moist with a number of layers and the exterior crisp and sweet from icing. Who could go passed chocolate? Although pricey at $8 or so dollars, 1 slice (4 high peaks, index finger wide) certainly felt like more than one serve (greedily consumed)

To round out the day I ventured close to the hotel where a bench surrounding the kitchen (think of a bar, but instead of beer, a kitchen and food replaces the beer taps and fridges!) Pointing to the menu once again, a delicious serving of udon noodles was served.
Tasty mushrooms, beef, carrots, parsnips, some sort of potato and square jelly cubes made up the contents and it certainly hit the spot after a full day of walking. At 1150 yen or around $13 its reasonably priced and it is a treat watching your meal take shape right before your eyes. Although I haven't quite gotten the hang of slurping noodles as is the tradition here, I have the idea that they are foodies. I doubt you can walk 10 metres without encountering a small restaurant (or vending machine for that matter). Some more adventures today, but this traveller needs some rest to get some energy to do some walking to justify all the eating!


  1. Hi Jonno,

    Great write up- Hope you're enjoying your adventures in Japan!

    That cake kebab looks dandergously enticing- very quirky concept.

    How long are you there for? Keep us posted of any other journeys food and otherwise!

  2. Thanks cassiopeia160...
    I'm here until the end of the month. Believe it or not I haven't had any sushi yet! That will change with a visit to the fish market. But will hope to post some more things while I'm here. If not definitely when I get back home... Both food any otherwise.

  3. Well i'm now inspired to have japanese for dinner tonight! I'm going to pick up some sushi on the way home i reckon. Great post!

  4. Thanks Serenity! I'm blown away with all these food houses... Glad I could help with the dinner choice ;)


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