There's another elite American burger restaurant in Tokyo, Bareburger. I went to the second location in Ginza, apparently the first opened in Jiyugaoka. I got sliders for ¥1650, so I could try two types of burgers-the Country Fair (dill pickle, red onions, aged cheddar, bacon) and Southern Caviar (country bacon, pimento cheese, stout onions) with a side of fries. They also had craft beers on tap-I got Fat Tire Amber Ale. It joins the ranks of the elite burger establishments in Tokyo.
I read about an interesting exhibit Wa no Akari x Hyakudan Kaidan 2016 in The Japan Times and have never been to the elaborate wedding complex and community space Meguro Gajoen before, so having the afternoon free I decided to check it out. It is an impressive complex oozing sophistication and ambience. The exhibition focuses on four kinds of art: festival decor, general artworks, crafts and traditional performing arts. Works range from re-creations of festival floats to Hokusai ukiyo-e prints and lantern displays.
Interesting display in the lobby.
This kind of art adorns several of the walls along the elongated lobby area.
Art displayed on the approach to the exhibit.
Pearl inlay images in the elevator up to the exhibit area.
There are several pleasing garden views in the elongated lobby.
This festival display was from Hakodate in Hokkaido.
This lantern display is from a festival in Akita in the north.
These colorful floats are from the famous Nebuta festival in Aomori at the farthest northern point on Honshu-the main island.
More waterfall gardens.
A shot from behind the waterfall.
In the glass atrium cafe lounge.
It was such an impressive area I decided to indulge in a mid afternoon treat, cheesecake with a latte.
I was on my way to Meguro Gajoen for an exhibition when I spotted Daienji Temple and stopped in for a look. It is is one of Edo's three great Daikoku temples and home to 500 stone buddhas depicting the arhats.
Sabaidee was the first Thai/Lao restaurant that I visited in Asagaya before I moved there and it is the best value. Lunch sets are ¥680 and the most expensive dinner menu items are also only ¥680-I had my standard grao pao gai. The food is quite authentic and I like the Beer Lao table cloths-this will be the go-to Thai place for me.
Sawadee is the third Thai place in Asagaya I've tried and they are all better than average, but this is probably third on my list mainly due to cost value. They had beef stir fry basil (it is almost always chicken or pork in my experience) with soup, salad and dessert for the lunch set at ¥980.
It was a rainy Thursday and I didn't feel like having the specialty at Menya Kikyo, tsukemen, but went for spicy ramen instead for ¥750. It was very hearty and filling-just around the corner as well, so I'll be back.