Can it be called a hamburger if there's no meat in the burger? Ain Soph.Ripple, a vegan restaurant, is serving up the Ripple Cheese Burger for ¥1250. And I have to admit it's the best vegan burger I've every had.
I love spicy food so I thought I'd check out the Gekikara Festival in Okubo Park. I should have done more planning, I got a full serving ticket for ¥1000 (smaller portions are available for ¥800), and decided to go for mabodofu at a Chinese booth. When asked how hot I wanted it I said medium (forgetting it was a super spicy festival). I couldn't finish it-maybe 10 spoonfuls maximum. I guess I am weaker than I thought when it comes to the heat.
I was in Takadanobaba to try another highly rated tonkatsu shop, only to find it closed on Mondays, so I was looking for something novel when I saw the sign for Yuragi that advertised "white curry." I got the white curry with cheese and croquet for ¥850. It was good, perhaps it had coconut milk? However, it wasn't too sweet-satisfying.
Isshou is a ramen shop in Minami Asagaya that has an unusual approach in serving their ramen. They serve the toppings separately and the diner adds them as they choose. There are several options, but I went for a half size (¥680) with the spiciest options that had chili pepper, chili oil, garlic, bean sprouts, cabbage, and two slices of pork. Next time I want to try the ethnic style which had lemon grass and other spices in it.
I've been meaning to check out the new Australian Greek restaurant import, The Apollo in Ginza. There is a dearth of Greek restaurants in Tokyo these days. I started off with a Greek martini.
Followed by deep fried shrimp. The Greek salad was not photographed (after all it's only cucumbers, tomatoes, feta cheese and olives, but still was ¥1700).
This lamb shoulder with a yougurt sauce was quite tasty, but not such a value at ¥3400.
With Greek doughnuts for dessert. All in all, I was disappointed-I was hoping for a simpler, family style Greek restaurant that was more traditional. I'll try to get some family style Greek food while back in the states next week. I don't think this restaurant performed well in the cost-value index either. I won't be back soon.
I felt like trying the sister shop to Chopsticks, Binh Minh in Koenji. I think it's really the same place. Binh Minh does BBQ and ban mi sandwiches and the other seems to make pho and other dishes. This time I got pho bu (beef) and fried spring rolls and 333 (ba-ba-ba ) beer.
There's a tonkotsu ramen shop nearby that I've been eyeing, Manpuku Honpo, but I went with negi tan tan men (spicy noodles with spring onions) for ¥850-lighter than most with thin noodles-I'll have to come back for the tonkotsu some time. The y also do Nagasaki style ramen-chanpon.