Tokyo is an amazing, busy and crowded city. Before traveling to Tokyo, some of my friends kept telling me that the cost of living in Tokyo is very expensive due to high living standard. After this trip, I found eating in Tokyo is not expensive after all. Not only Tokyo is a fantastic city where you can taste a variety of gourmet foods within a tight budget, but also a memorable place to indulge yourself at any expense if you like.
Just name a few as examples:
We tasted fresh salmon rice at this little shop, 若狭家 in Shinjuku that was packed with local customers.
Ramen can’t be missed on our list of Japanese food adventure, of course. We ate some at Kaminarimon, Asakusa (雷門). Sorry, I was too hungry and forgot to take photos.
As for this cozy restaurant specialized in cooking handmade fresh noodle soup, Ichiran Ramen (一蘭拉麵), it would be a shame if I forgot to mention. Take a look at their unique design of seats for customers.
The solitary seat design is quite-new to me, each one separated on each side, like tiny library booths. Every single customer has his/her own place to enjoy their own customized ramen. I guess their unique design is to make every customer feel comfortable and focus on the flavours of their ordered ramen without any distraction. It’s so quiet inside Ichiran. I hardly heard of any chatting at all, except the sound of slurping my delicious soup.
In front of every seat, there’s a little description about how they run their business. They inherit their ancestors’ secrets to make fresh noodles by themselves, that you can’t find anywhere else. The noodles that we ordered were tasty, absorbed all the flavours of meat and spices, going exactly right to the milky soup.
The other day, we went to Pomme-no-ki at Aqua City (5/Fl., Odaiba's Aqua City Shopping Mall) to try their omurice. Omurice (fried rice wrapped in omelet) is a contemporary Japanese dish consisting of smooth and silky fried egg that wraps fried rice inside. Leon guided us to this specialty shop that offers a variety of omurice, tops with different creamy sauce chosen by customers from their menu.
In every set menu, salad is included:
Choices of dessert are available:
How can we miss sushi? Yes, we tasted lots of sushi in Tokyo. Here I took some pictures from 仙台平祿 in Ikebukuro.
We ate a lot. Fortunately, we walked a lot and did enough walking exercise too. Overall, the trip in Tokyo was very fruitful and enjoyable, shopping with satisfactions, sightseeing with much fun, and meeting many polite strangers on streets with surprise. Hopefully, I would travel to other cities in Japan some time in the future to experience more and enjoy more.