Kamakura Yumcha Lou is one of the new restaurants in the new underground shopping area under Tokyo Station. My lunch selection was Xianolongbao (soup dumplings), steamed ginger chicken rice, and Szechuan pickles. reasonably priced at ¥1050.
Port of Call is a restaurant/clothing store on the border of Daikanyama/Shibuya near Pizza Slice that has some interesting looking burgers. This time I tried the Swami Burger-roasted green chiles, house American Cheese, and roasted garlic aioli. I don't think there were enough chiles and the burger was a tad small, but there were several other burgers I wanted to try out, so I'll be back.
My first visit to Lauderdale in Roppongi Hills for brunch. I got the "Mama's Garden" omelet with basil, tomato, and Gruyee cheese, bacon, a baguette, vegetable pottage soups, and coffee for ¥1700. I think there are better brunch options in the area, but might be back for the seating on the veranda.
Magical Animal a new smoked meat and sandwich shop run by an acquaintance has opened up on Aoyamadori in the same complex as Brimmer Beerbox. Weekly special sausages, this week is a Meguez-style sausage-very spicy and tasty. I'll be back to try several other menu items and the burgers.
I was planning on trying Da Isa (generally considered the best pizza in Japan), when I learned that it isn't open on Mondays. So I did a quick search to see what other pizzerias were around. I knew that there are several that are considered top notch in Nakameguro and came up with Seirikan (owner Susumu Kakinuma was the former owner of Savoy-another highly regarded pizzeria). It's an interesting space with a spiral steel staircase that takes you to the secodn and third floors. I decided to go with the Marinara over the Margherita, and it was great with crispy crusts, savory tomatoes and garlic and both cost ¥1500.
The architecturally impressive Hotel Okura is slated for a massive remodel, so I wanted to see it before they tore it down. A friend happened to be visiting from out of town, so we decided to make a visit. Some views of the lobby.
We were planning on getting a drink in the Orchid Room, but as you can see it was fully occupied.
So we ended up at the Baron Okura, a wine lounge and cigar room, instead.
I had lunch today at Le Cordon Bleu Cafe in Daikanyama, which is also a culinary school. They have a reasonable lunch set of a main, salad, and coffee or tea for ¥1000. Today I went with lasagne since the quiche was sold out.