March 9, 2015

Homelike american-style cafe in Shiodome

When I visited the Panasonic showroom in Shiodome (汐留) to see lighting for a bedroom, I had a lunch at an American-style cafe called "Bubby's (バビーズ)." The cafe seems originally from N.Y. and there are currently four branches in Japan. I hadn't known it, it was a nice-cozy American cafe, indeed!  
Bubby's Shiodome
Beer and sparkling wine
clam chowder
Blue-cheese burger
Beef steak
Most of all, all staff was cheerful and mindful. Generous staff kindly prepared items for baby before asking. Also, their knowledge on food and beverage was more than enough. The atmosphere was really nice. As for the taste of dishes, it was good, but actually average. One distinctive thing is their french-fries. Combination of sweetness of potato itself and saltiness of seasoning with burnt aroma was addictive. I'd like to revisit for the french fries. My rating is 3.5 out of 5. Gochiso-samadeshita!

Bubby's (バビーズ) 

Good Japanese restaurant in TOTENKO Ueno

TOTENKO (東天紅) also has a Japanese restaurant inside. The restaurant is "Kaientei (海燕亭)." On a weekend before the renewal, I had a chance to visit it for dinner and also found it a nice restaurant. Formal Japanese meal is available here!
Corridor of "Kaientei"
Private room
Boxes containing various dishes
Sashimi and tempura
Roast beef and grilled fish
Side dishes
Steamed rice and miso soup
The above set meal was JPY4,000 per person at dinner. It would be reasonable considering the dishes and the location. As most customers prefer Chinese dishes at TOTENKO, they had few customers even at the dinner of weekend. A great spot! My rating is 4.0 out of 5. Gochiso-samadeshita!

Kaientei (海燕亭)  

Elegant Chinese dishes seeing Ueno Park and Sky Tree

TOTENKO (東天紅), a Chinese restaurant chain beside the Ueno Park (上野公園, see the previous post) recently renewed their head building. The new modern building can be a new landmark of the Ueno Park and the Shinobazu Pond. Just before the renewal, I had a superb lunch with family seeing the Park and the Sky Tree. Whenever I visit, I am impressed by their sophisticated taste and service.   
New building of TOTENKO Ueno (from the web)
Shark fin soup
Beijing duck
Sauteed seafood
Stir-fried wagyu beef
Steamed porgy
Fried rice
Mango pudding
Everything was very delicious! The tasting is gentle and mild using good natural ingredients and seasonings. Even so, the taste is not plain, but sharp. I don't know how they could cook a porgy and a simple noodle so tasty. Though price is not low (the above set meal costs JPY8,000 per person excluding tax and service charge), I found it worth. Their rich mango pudding is also recommended! My rating is 4.3 out of 5. Gochiso-samadeshita!

February 20, 2015

Reasonable sushi run by a fish store in Okachimachi

Just near the Okachimachi (御徒町) JR Station and Ameya-Yokocho (Ameyoko, アメ横), I found a reasonable sushi restaurant named "Syun Okatimachi(しゅん 御徒町)" run by Yoshiike (吉池), a big fish store. A big lunch set meal costed just JPY1,300. The price setting at lunch seems equivalent to that of sushi-go-round restaurants, but here, sushi chefs cook at the counter.  
"Syun Okachimachi"
Lunch meal (JPY1,300)
Considering the price, you shouldn't have excessive expectations, but If you plan to have sushi at Aymeyoko where fish is sold, I recommend Syun instead (actually, there is no good sushi restaurant there...). You can be full by the set of JPY1,300! My rating is 3.4 out of 5. Gochiso-samadeshita!

February 10, 2015

Conscientious cakes of Chez Chima

I bought cakes of "Chez Chima (シェ・シーマ)", a cake shop of Ichigawa (市ヶ谷) at Isetan Sinjyuku (伊勢丹新宿).They have several branches in Tokyo and one of which is located in Isetan, a posh department store. Chez Chima is famous for "creme d'angel" and cream puff (for your information, their cream puff is often sold out before early-evening). 
Mango parfait
Creme d'angel
Peach cake
Mont blanc cassis
The creme d'angel was definitely good. Combination of whipped cream cheese and rich raspberry sauce was unmistakable. Other cakes were also not so showiness, but the taste was sophisticated. One piece of cake costs around JPY450, relatively reasonable compared to other cake shops in Isetan. My rating is 3.7 out of 5. Gochiso-samadeshita!

Chez Chima (シェ・シーマ)      

February 9, 2015

Classical French restaurant at Yamanoue Hotel

"Yamanoue Hotel (Hiltop Hotel, 山の上ホテル)" is a very small classical hotel located in Kanda-surugadai (噛んだ駿河台) near Ochanomizu (御茶ノ水). The hotel is known as being regularly used by great literary figures of Showa Era such as Kawabata Yasunari (川端康成), Mishima Yukio (三島由紀夫), Ikenami Shotaro (池波正太郎), etc. because there are a lot of publishing companies there. The hotel has several good restaurants inside, which have contributed to their reputation.
Yamanoue Hotel (Hiltop Hotel)
French restaurant "La Vie"
Poiree of foie gras
Consomme soup
Wine and bread
Grilled sole a la bonne famme
Beef steak
Tiramisu and coffee
On a weekend, I had a lunch at their French restaurant "La Vie (ラヴィ)." They kindly accepted baby (hotel is generally open to everyone.). Most customers were seniors and the atmosphere was genial. The style of cuisine was classical using butter, cream, rich bouillon and so on. This kind of style is rather unique nowadays. If we eat it often, it wouldn't be good for health, but sometimes, it is very delicious, indeed. Consomme soup, grilled sole and beef steak were magnificent. Ingredients were good, but more than that, the sauce was terrific. 

Contrary, dessert was a bit weak. Also, facilities are too old. Honestly speaking, I was surprised that the Yamanoue Hotel is decrepit in this way. If they renovate, they could be more popular. Even so, I was satisfied with the lunch for the taste and good service. The above set meal costs JPY6,000 excluding tax and service charge. My rating was 4.0 out of 5. Gochiso-samadeshita!

Yamanoue Hotel (Hiltop Hotel, 山の上ホテル)

February 7, 2015

Super birthday cake of Patissier Inamura Shozo

For the birthday of my boy, I reserved a whole cake of "Patissier Inamura Shozo (パティシエ イナムラショウゾウ, see the previous post)", my most favorite cake shop. When I visited there to receive, Mr. Inamura himself prepared and showed me the cake. It was very impressive! I love the professional and diligent attitude of the chef. (By the way, for your information, queue was short in the morning (am 10-11) even on weekend. If you make reservation, you don't have to stand in a queue). 
Strawberry birthday cake of "Patissier Inamura Shozo" 
Happy Birthday!
The taste was definitely wonderful! Sponge cake was soft and airy. The aroma of good egg and butter was rich. Fresh cream was very rich and milky. Strawberry topped with its jam became much more sweet. Each element was perfect and the combination was superb! Their cakes never disappoint my expectations. My rating is 5 out of 5. Gochiso-samadeshita!

Patissier Inamura Shozo (パティシエ イナムラショウゾウ)