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Friday, March 16, 2018

ROPPONGI: Gori Gori Burger Taproom... Nacho Burger! Yeah, I keep going back... lots of fun menu choices. FREE POPCORN!

I so wanted to try the Cheese Steak but sold out this night... Its OK! More reason to go back.

900 grams...  definitely worth it for any Instagram influencer.

But this night I went for the Nacho Burger with chili and sour cream... just like a nacho.

Little did I know the 380 yen popcorn is free if you order a beer!  The wonderful thing about this ipad menu is that if you keep exploring there are all kinds of fun benefits.

If you have a minute here is a video of the menu.

You get a silver bowl and can help yourself to popcorn.

Superbowl on TV!

Restaurant: Gori Gori Burger Taproom
Address J: 東京都港区西麻布1-2-3
Address E: Tokyo, Minato-ku, Nishi Azabu 1-2-3

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AOYAMA ICHOME: Honda HQ Welcome Plaza Cafe... showroom changes weekly.

I enjoy taking a weekly peek at the Honda Headquarters Showroom in Aoyama Ichome.  They feature different cars and different themes all the time.  Also new car launch press events are held here.

Not a coffee guy so a nice cup of milk tea.

Luigi Taveri's Honda motorcycle on display today.

#93 Marc Márquez Repsol bike on display.

If you love Hondas and have time to watch the Asimo show why not grab a coffee at this spacious showroom.

Restaurant: Honda Welcome Plaza Cafe
Address J: 東京都港区南青山2-1-1 Honda青山ビル 1F
Address E:  Tokyo, Minato-ku, Minami Aoyama 2-1-1

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AOYAMA ICHOME: Yoshinoya Beef Bowl... not a fan but my senior colleague wanted to go. Ugh

Located right next to he brand new Aston Martin showroom in Aoyama Ichome is the lovely but very run down branch of Yoshinoya.

Decided to go for the 580 yen set with miso soup and a sweet tororo potato thingy.

Now why I don't often like to goto Yoshinoya... the CALORIES!  Small beef bowl is 669 calories and the extra large is 1063 calories.  Seems kinda high to me.

Everything is nicely pictured.

Here we go!  Yoshinoya uses a unique house seasoning for their meat.  You will definitely taste the difference if you try their competitors like Sukiya or Matsuya.

The sweet yam thingy...  tasty.  Just add shoyu.

There  are so man: y nice Yoshinoya's in Tokyo so no need to goto a run down one like here.  

Restaurant: Yoshinoya Aoyamaichome Branch
Address J: 東京都港区北青山1-3-3
Address E: Tokyo, Minato-ku, Kita Aoyama 1-3-3

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

HIBARIGAOKA: Ramen Jiro... Got 650 yen? MSG Heaven with the highest Jiro outlet Foodie Ranking in Japan!

Took off on a Monday and before a hike up a little mountain my ramen expert friend suggested we goto Ramen Jiro in Hibarigaoka.  Ranked the HIGHEST of ALL Jiro's in Japan.

A line about 30 deep when we arrive at 11:15am.  Shop opens at 11:30 am.

After the first wave came and went we were seated at around 12.  Its a big L shaped counter and if you go in groups the chef will try to seat you together.  Seemed like a friendly guy. 

Remember to buy black tea prior to going!

I ordered the small size, minimal veggies with extra lard for 650 yen but the volume of noodles was massive... I wondered if he actually gave me a regular size bowl.  The small for 650 yen comes with one slice of pork and the 700 regular with 2 slices of pork.

When the chef was preparing multiple bowls at the same time I notice him spread a spoon of white power... I have never seen this done in full view at any ramen shop in Tokyo.  It was a big spoon for of Ajinomoto MSG.  Oh my....

2 guys next to me got the regular 700yen ramen and requested half the noodles... great idea if you enjoy the tender pork.  

My friend absolutely loved this ramen because there was such a depth to the soup.  I assume the MSG helped bring out the flavor but overall I thought it was quite average.  Hmm... I guess you really have to be on another level of ramen connoisseur to understand the beauty of this bowl.  Anyways if you are on the Seibu Ikebukuro line you gotta check it out as there is a massive following for this specific branch. OR you can goto my Fav Jiro in Sakuradai!

Restaurant: Jiro Ramen Hibarigaoka Branch
Address J: 東京都西東京市谷戸町3-27-24 ひばりがおかプラザ
Address E: Tokyo, Nishi Tokyo Shi, Yatocho 3-27-24

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