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Friday, November 21, 2014

GINZA: Tenkuni Tempura for their voluminous 3,880 yen lunch set~. Tempura batter was unusually stale and not crispy... fail.

Friends had talked about going to Tenkuni Tempura in Ginza and finally had a chance to try this very old skool looking restaurant.  We were a party of 5 so guided up to the 2nd floor dining area.

The nice little amenities that come with my 3,880 yen lunch.

ALOT of food!  And all you can eat rice to.

Most tempura shops have a perfect balance between crispy and chewy but this tempura batter was extremely stale like it had been sitting out for a while.  Hmm... I was very confused. A friend at my table actually left most of this outside tempura batter and mainly eat the stuff inside. 

Unfortunately I won't be back here. 
I'll leave you with a huge Ginza Tempura Ranking List: Tabelog Ginza Tempura Ranking

Restaurant: Ginza Tenkuni
Tenkuni Website:
Address J: 東京都中央区銀座8-9-11 銀座天国ビル
Address E: Tokyo, Chuo-ku, Ginza 8-9-11

銀座, 天國, 本店, てんくに, 天ぷら, 天丼, 天重, 懐石, 会席料理, Japan, Japanese, tendon, sashimi, foodie, Tokyo, lumix lx5, lunch, dinner, tempura, donki quiote,

OMOTESANDO: Bubby's for a great chewy chocolaty Chocolate Chip Cookie! Its Christmas already!

Bubbys... Tribeca...Tokyo?  I totally forgot about the Bubby's that had opened up in Ark Hills and randomly came across their Shiodome Branch.  Had to check it out!

Lots of massive cakes!

Interior was incredibly spacious and at 8:40am I nearly had the entire place to myself.

I was here just for the 150yen cookie.

They will ask if you wanted it heated in the microwave oven... I opted out.  The cookie was super chewy with a generous amount of chocolate chips.  In Japan its nearly IMPOSSIBLE to find a decent cookie... the best you can do is at the convenient store or perhaps Starbucks.

Free water with your cookie.

If I'm ever back in this area I'll surely be back for another cookie and may explore the American breakfast menu.  The Eggs Benedict and Sour Cream Pancake are on my list!

Canyon D'Azur 2014

Don't forget to check out the musical Christmas light illumination just a few seconds from Bubbys!

Restaurant; Bubby's Shiodome Branch
Bubby's Website:
Address J: 東京都港区東新橋1-5-2 汐留シティセンタービル B2F
Address E: Tokyo, Minato-ku, Higashi Shimbashi 1-5-2, Shiodome City Center Bldg B2f

バビーズ, 汐留, カフェ, パンケーキ, Japan, Japanese, pancakes, waffle, eggs, foodie, lumix lx5, Tokyo, fujitsu, shiseido, shimbashi, breakfast, coffee, cafe, tokyobelly,

OMOTESANDO: Toriyoshi Yakitori... Impeccable service by the young staff, amazing sake and nice food.

In search of Yakitori in fashionable Omotesando for a team dinner... found one of the very few Yakitori spots in this area.  About 30 seconds from Omotesando Station.

Nice waiting room,

My favorite Bonjiri "chicken tail" crispy on the outside and tender juicy on the inside.


Today's specials

And now for the sake! Ichinokura... the first time for me to taste this but it was so incredibly smooth and mellow.  Chilled in a tiny box of ice... if you are a first time sake drinker or a lady then this is a must!  You'll be hooked as we ordered 3 bottles.

Just point to the one right in the middle of this picture.

We closed with chicken broth ramen.

Grilled Manta Ray 

Sweets Menu on the right.

Yakitori Menu

The shop provides a tiny cup of clear chicken soup before the check arrives.  Overall the service by the young university girls was spectacular.  Attentive, extremely polite and all smiles.  

If in the area hit up Omotesando Hills for their Christmas decorations and event.

Restaurant: Toriyoshi Yakitori 
Address J: 東京都港区南青山3-18-16 ル・ボアビル
Address E: Tokyo, Minato-ku, Minami Aoyama 3-18-16

鳥良,  青山店, てばさきからあげ, とりよし, 焼鳥, 居酒屋, Japan, japanese, chicken, foodie, tokyo, sony rx100, beer, sake, bbq, ramen,