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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

GAIENMAE/AOYAMA: Touan Izakaya for a bit Mabo-Tofu Lunch Set... all you can eat white rice!

Trying to explore the limited number of restaurants in the Gaienmae area.  This day I read a foodie entrance about the high cost performance of Touan.

Beautiful picture menu.

Ordered this beautiful looking Mabo Tofu set

No shoes allowed inside... store everything at the entrance wooden box lockers.

The actual mabo tofu didn't have that red spicy look like the picture...  The flavor was very non-spicy and plain.  I think it will appeal to a variety of customers just like the dollar McD's burger.

Jelly dessert

All you can eat rice!  I had 2 bowls but it was a bit undercooked and hard,

Free Furikake rice topping.

The service was very attentive and the interior very Japanese style.  Huge counter seating can accommodate 10 comfortably.  It's directly below Pub Hub.

Restaurant: Touan Aoyama Branch Izakaya
Address J: 東京都港区北青山2-7-25 神宮外苑ビル B1F
Address E: Tokyo, Minato-ku, Kita Aoyama 2-7-25

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GAIENMAE: Okamoto Meat Butchers for a very plain Tokatsu Bento...

I was so excited to spot a nearby butcher that also serves bento's!  I could only assume the cost performance was high as they probably get the meats at wholesale prices and super fresh too.

Huuuge menu

Many of the items are pre-made.

Went with the 670yen Pork Katsu Lunch... 

Few bits and yeah... this bugga was very average.  Pre-cooked I don't know how many hours ago but it wasn't hot at all and slightly crispy.

But to be honest in its averageness it was quite satisfying.  Not sure if I will return as my photo taking peaked the interest of the woman who helped me... should have brought a smaller camera than the Lumix LX5.

Restaurant: Okamoto Butchers
Address J: 東京都渋谷区神宮前3-41-2
Address E: Tokyo, Shibuya-ku, Jingumae 3-41-2

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Monday, October 27, 2014

SHINJUKU: Kichiri Mollis Restaurant...YELP Elite Invite! Pre-Opening Reception with tasty food selections, amazing staff and generously spacious!

Our wonderful Tokyo Community Manager Rika-san sent me an invite to check the pre-opening reception party for Kichiri Mollis that shares the same brand new building as COACH.

Sat down to Premium Malts Beer.

Our Grand Opening menu for the evening.

The bagna cauda dip so soooo incredibly rich and tasty...

Some kind of "freshly baked" bread that was very stale with topping... the least appetizing platter of the evening. Don't order this.

Free Drink Menu.  A great mix of all sorts of items.

Who doesn't love roast beef!  Very tender.

A spicy thin udon dish with pork... hmm... the 2nd least tastiest dish. It just seemed so out of place in this beautiful restaurant.  Asian fusion fail here.

Now this dessert was absolutely fantastic! Fondue chocolate cake with melty sweet caramel sauce on the inside wit a side of vanilla ice cream. Honestly I could eat 3 of these all on my own.  YUM!!

The Chocolate Cake Video!

Our seat for 7 of the evening.  2 Yelp Staff, 2 newbies and 3 Elites.

This waitress girl was simply fantastic.  She prepared both the fresh Guacamole before our eyes and some kind of dry ice tomato thingy... She was so cheerful and smiled thru the entire preparation.

The awesome waitress and Rika-san.

So glad to see a fellow Elite with a DSLR... I don't mind taking the occasional pic with my iPhone but I was Canon S120 and Sony AS10 Action cam all the way tonight.

Prepared from Fresh Avocado's, Jalapeno, Cilantro and some other things right before our eyes.
This Guacamole dip is a MUST!!

A view of the Lunch Menu with all you can drink drinks.

The friendly Manager in Gray/Bow Tie.

This was simply a great reception.  The interior was unusually super spacious for Tokyo standards, great round booth style tables, perfect lighting and the staff couldn't have been more attentive.  Oh on this night I spotted a few Models I recognized from TV :)

Restaurant: Kichiri Mollis
Kichiri Website:
Address J: 東京都新宿区新宿3-26-13 新宿中村屋ビル6F
Address E: Tokyo, Shinjuku-ku, Shinjuku 3-26-13, Shinjuku Nakamura-Ya Bldg 6F
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