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Monday, April 20, 2015

SHIBUYA: Taco Bell VIP Night... nicely planned poorly executed. Franchisee trying to promote on the Cheap?

Finally finally Taco Bell is coming to Shibuya on April 21st but lucky enough to attend the April 20th VIP night... well... maybe unlucky as the 9pm - 11:30pm VIP event ran out of food when I arrived at 9:50pm.  For Taco Bell?

Arrived and there was no line!  Come to find there was no food also.  Can only assume that Franchisee simply tried to promote this event on the cheap with thought to those who would be coming in until the event ends at 11:30pm.  

Did get 1 free beer out of it...

But I did meet this guy who was already lined up for the 10am grand opening the following day... You'll surely see him on Japanese TV wearing the number 1 Taco Bell T-Shirt (free to the first 100 folks).  Anyways this event just bombed in terms of Yelp standards... Who plans an event from 9-11:30pm and runs out of food within an hour?  

Restaurant: Taco Bell Shibuya

タコベル, 日本, 渋谷

Thursday, April 16, 2015

HARAJUKU: Rico's Curry and Ethnic Cooking... lunch only... at night its a rock bar

I was walking by this nicely tagged building and noticed a guy wearing large black shades and walking a little chihuahua... it was Teppei Koike from the jpop duo WAT.

Anyways back to the food... 650yen and you can decide on the chicken butter curry, Kapao or the daily special.  Went for the Kapao with a side of butter curry (+50yen)

The owner was very nice and mentioned at night this place becomes a rockers bar...

The Kapao was very dull but the Butter Chicken Curry spot on veeeeery tasty. 
I'll surely be back for just the curry.

If you are a fan of NIGO his new shop HUMAN MADE is just a few steps from Rico's.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

OMOTESANDO: Tonkatsu Maisen for their Daily Special 'Higawari" but it was a miss.... ugh...

Finally ventured back to Maisen and their daily specials include fish so without listening to the waitresses detailed explanation of what would I appear I went for the Higawari Maisen Special.

From 11:45 there was a line out the door but traffic flowed very quickly... only waited 10minutes for a counter seat. Daikon with shoyu is your appetizer.

Oh no.... I'm in a Tonkatsu place and my tonkatsu is so tiny...

But not just that it was mostly onions!  And very very little pork.... ugh.

Looks like mothers and babies are welcome here.  But if its your first time go for something meaty and skip the daily special.  Always a crowd and lunch starts at 980yen.

Restaurant: Maisen とんかつ まい泉
Maisen website:
Address J: 東京都渋谷区神宮前4-8-5
Address E: Tokyo, Shibuya-ku, Jingumae 4-8-5

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

AOYAMA ICHOME: Menya Koike Tsukemen... 2nd worst ramen ever but its near a Ferrari showroom!

In search of a ramen spot in desolate Aoyama Ichome... walked past the Ferrari show room and arrived at a respectfully ranked 3.55 on Tabelog Menya Koike.

Huge picture menu outside... looks promising.

Inside was a staff of 4 shady looking middle aged to elderly staff... unclean... unshaven... very rare to see older folks working at Ramen shops.

Went for the Gyokai fish broth Tsukemen 200grams for 790yen... rents must be high here.

A few bites and I so regretted paying 790yen for this when I could have bought some frozen Tsukemen at the supermarket for 150yen.  This ranks as my 2nd least favorite ramen spot in all my years in Tokyo... the worst was

Something was all wrong... left a strong MSG after taste in my mouth for hours.

One of the older staff members was simply wandering around the shop after his shift... he finally was leading against the counter right in front of me playing with his smartphone... very very odd behavior in this place.

Pieces of chicken in the soup,

Honest honestly the tsukemen (dipping noodles) here was terrible. 
I won't return!

But there is a pretty amazing 1 car Ferrari show room by CORNES around the corner... last time there was a custom Ferrari 458... this time a beautiful white Ferrari F12 Berlinetta with sweet Italian flag colored stripes.

Restaurant: Menya Koike 麺屋 こいけ
Address J: 東京都港区北青山1-3-3 三橋ビル B1F
Address E: Tokyo, Minato-ku, Kita Aoyama, B1F

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