Travelogue: Japan Part 3

Day 5. We woke up with breakfast already taken care of, by buying bread from La Pain de Joel Robuchon the previous night #breakfastalsomustdifferent and coffee/milo brought from home. Sadly, the bread only looks good or maybe cos we didn’t buy the right ones.

Anyway, with food in our tums, we head out to Kawagoe today. Kawagoe, known as little Edo where its main streets are filled with clay-walled warehouse styled buildings which we thought it’s worth a trip there to see how the past is like

At the bus stop waiting for the Kawagoe Famous Location Loop Bus which will take us to the various locations

The one day pass which you buy from the driver (with the bus in the background) The only downside about this bus is it comes every 50 minutes. So we were wary of our time spent at each location in order not to miss the bus

First stop, Kitain Temple

SO PRETTY

Spotted a few kimono ladies taking pictures

And we took one with the trees too :)

The whole place was filled with cherry blossoms, definitely a good picnic spot with all the snack stalls nearby

 A close up of the flowers

Spotted a Taiyaki stall and I just have to buy one and try

So I told the uncle I wanted red bean paste. I mean look, they have an english menu so I thought they would understand? But.. they just stared at me blankly. So I ordered in Japanese in the end =.= What’s the point of having an English menu then?

It’s a good pancake overflowing with red bean paste. Like one bite, and the red bean paste all start oozing out. haha

So we left the place and visited 3 museums after that. So bored we could die. Firstly we couldn’t read and understand, and honestly, there was really nothing much to see. So really, just skip the museums. They are not worth going. Went to the Shingashi River next cos it’s supposedly THE place to have your photos taken with the cherry blossoms

 It is really the place to have your photos taken. haha :) Think we were really lucky to witness the full bloom

Feels like a postcard. You need to see it in order to believe how unbelievably pretty they are.

Next was the main street area but we were so hungry we decided to hunt for a place to have lunch and with some luck, accidentally spotted in an alley was.. Oyakodon! I’m really quite thankful I can understand a little Japanese if not we would have just kept walking and walking

A small and cozy eatery

Tamago Yaki set meal

The tamago yaki was really good. So sweet and fragrant, it was better than the one we had at the izakaya. The rice w cuttlefish was simple yet enjoyable. The soup was filled with the flavours of the chicken bones and desserts was just delightful.

Oyakodon set

Best oyakodon ever. The egg was full and sweet. The chicken, the sauce and the rice just the perfect combination. I don’t think anywhere could have done a better job than the chefs in Japan could. I really missed this bowl of oyakodon :(

Spent: ¥2,600 for 2

Ohana Grill

2-2 Nakachō, Kawagoe-shi, Saitama-ken, Japan

And so with our tummies filled and happy, we wandered the streets.

At the bell tower which is supposedly a landmark icon. And we decided to hunt for the kimono rental shop, which we researched it was near the bell tower. And with some luck, we found it!

So with the bell tower on your left, keep walking till you see this (very normal) alley, then make a turn. You will eventually see this building with a mannequin wearing kimono outside

It’s a very fun experience as you get to choose your own kimono and obi, then witness how the kimono is being worn as they put it for you. They tied the sash so tight I almost couldn’t breathe. After which you choose your hair and bag accessories then they will style your hair for you :)

The end product :) :)

So we roamed the streets in our kimono for the rest of the time. It’s actually very normal cos we were not the only ones. But there was this group of tourists who happened to be there while we were strolling and they kept taking picture of us. We were amused, cos we knew yet we were pretending we don’t know

Kimono experience success! Yay!

Here’s the address for anyone who’s interested (I don’t know what’s their name in english though). Rental is about ¥2,000 for one pax

小江戸・川越着物レンタル 美々庵

14-5 Saiwaicho, Kawagoe-shi, Saitama-ken, Japan

Thats about it for our Kawagoe day trip and we head back to Tokyo for dinner at Sushi Sho, which was just an amazing experience. We barely slept for 2 hours that night before waking up for our guided tour for Tsukiji market.

Our meeting place.. At 230am (omg) YAWNS. We were glad our hotel is just a 10 minute drive cos the fare was ¥1,440, which is about sgd $1.80 per minute. So we met our private guide who took us and other 2 tourists from Aussie to tour the whole market (literally), from the preparation of the auction to how the middlemen did their inspection and then to the outer market.

Bird’s eye view

Best catch of the day!

We learnt about the different tuna and the skills needed to maintain the freshness of the fish in order to fetch a good price. It was a really interesting experience

Wasabi

The mango costs ¥4,000 for one. I kid you not

At the uni auction area

The boxes of uni that all the middlemen inspected before auctioning begins

Our guide didn’t cover the famous tuna auction, but I feel that this tour was actually more insightful. You get to watch what goes on behind-the-scenes and learnt about the market in a different way. So being like a typical tourist, we went to try Sushi Daiwa cos the guide says Daiwa and Dai are about the same, and he recommended Daiwa. He told us he went to try one of the 3 michelin star sushi restaurants and felt that Daiwa is comparable to them. =O Are you kidding me?

The queue for Dai at 3.30am (ohmygoodness). We didn’t wait too long for Daiwa since the father and son both had a shop each, which makes the waiting time much faster. And moments later..

We were in! It’s a very very small shop with the space being enough to walk through. And so we went for the omakase set

Miso soup was rather bland in my opinion

And you exit through their backdoor

I don’t hate it, but I didn’t enjoy it much either. I don’t remember I had such difficult time swallowing sushi down my throat, unless it is real bad. Wasabi was too overpowering. Rice was hard and cold. The best thing about the meal was the sashimi was really really fresh and big, but there were some which I didn’t manage to chew it all down probably cos it was not the best cut.

Sad to say, our guide might have the best knowledge of the market, but definitely not the best taste in food. Though ¥3,500 is definitely a price you can’t find anywhere.

Sushi Daiwa

5-2-1 Tsukiji, Chūō, Tokyo 104-0045, Japan

Took a stroll at Shinjuku Gyoen national garden to see some cherry blossoms. It would probably be a good place to have picnic and enjoy the scenery if not for the rain and wind. SIGHS so we didn’t stay long and left for Shimokitazawa. There were not much pictures of Shimokitazawa cos it kept raining so badly I was just too lazy. The only pictures I had was the meal at Spajiro #typicalfoodie lol But shimo is a really nice place, and I’ll recommend anyone to head there if you are in Tokyo. The north exit will lead you to all the shops, and the south brings you to all the restaurant.

Dinner at Spajiro thereafter. Spajiro is a Japanese pasta place and we went there based on my colleague’s recommendation. They had many outlets throughout but since we were in the area, we decided to give this outlet a visit.

The kitchen took forever to cook our food and when it finally came, they messed up our order. We were too hungry and explaining to them in English takes too much time and effort so we decided to just eat whatever that was infront of us.

It somewhat tasted like mentaiko but it was too oily for me to tell.

It’s only good cos I was hungry. We paid ¥1,830 for 2

Spajiro

14-13 Kitazawa 2-chome, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo

Popped by Shibuya cos we wanted to try Nishimura for their fresh fruits desserts.

The famous Shibuya crossing

Strawberry parfait

Huge strawberries that were so sweet. But other than that, it feels like a very normal dessert that you can make at home. Well, it’s supposed to be a chef’s creation or sty along those line. Yet it was ordinary and forgettable. Maybe we should have just given Takano fruit parlour a try instead. Cost: ¥2,000

Shibuya Nishimura Fruit Parlour

2F, 22-2 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo

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328. Sushi Sho, Tokyo

Just cos the friend kept raving about how good it is, I decided to book myself a seating there. The place doesn’t look like a sushi restaurant. If you didn’t know how the exterior looks like, you could just easily walk past without realising. I was a little overwhelmed by the place when I entered. I just didn’t know what to do so I just stood at the door. “Iris-san?” A lady asked and smiled, and then my dinner started.

I was seated at the centre (prime location haha) where I was served by the head chef, as well as the very cute chef and just on my right, 2 Singaporeans and the rest, all Japanese.  11 seats, how coveted they are. They only have one menu for dinner – Omakase. Honestly, I can’t remember the name of what I ate, but every piece of sushi was just pure delight. So enjoy the pictures!

After this plate, I had already deemed this place my best meal ever

Chef explaining to the customers the various fishes used

The very cute chef. He made sure everything is okay for me and will always check if I had finished eating

I could barely contain my excitement

#bestshitever

Chawanmushi with uni, abalone and sushi roe

Sakura ice cream

Apple Sorbet

This place is just amazing. Every piece that goes in my mind generates the same thought. How can everything be so damn good? The rice was warm and vinegared just right. Sashimi was sweet and fresh. The amount of wasabi was appropriate and not too overpowering. The cooked food was done and executed really well. Even the sake was spectacular. It was a meal I could never forget. I can really feel the effort and thought just by eating. You never know sushi, until you eat from the very best. And you can bet I will be back when I’m in Tokyo. The only downside was my neighbours who were being such an embarrassment I decided to speak in Japanese the whole time.

Dinner: ¥22,500. It was worth every cent.

Sushi Sho

Japan, 〒160-0004 Tokyo, Shinjuku, Yotsuya, 1−11, 陽臨堂ビル1F

Travelogue: Japan Part 2

It’s rise and shine morning bound for Hakone today. We decided to grab some breakfast since we got some time and to our surprise, our neighbourhood was quite crowded on a weekday, full of salarymen/women. And some of them were just running to work. Fairly amused.

“Run, run! I cannot be late!”

So it’s gonna be Yoshinoya today. I heard Yoshinoya in Japan is really different so we gave it a try and the best thing is, you can find it everywhere

Here’s mine

With egg

You pour it over your rice, and mix the whole thing together.I have to say, Yoshinoya here is really a whole different story. So damn delicious and it’s only ¥810 for 2 set meal

So we commute to Shinjuku to catch our train to Hakone. I think we were a little paranoid we gonna miss our train cos we realised we may just have to walk a long distance to find the Odakyu line and so, we rushed. It feels like we were filming our own episode of amazing race and to our amazement, we reached the platform with 10 minutes to spare! #dontbelatefortrains It’s not even funny when you are late cos the trains there are REALLY punctual

The green part is where you collect your tickets which you have already reserved online prior. We took the Limited Express Romancecar (VSE Series) and also bought our Hakone Free Pass from there.

Look at the ground to see where your carriage gonna be. We were puzzled why everyone was squeezing next to the rubbish bins and it took us awhile to realise, oh that’s the queue for carriage 1-2. haha

The piece of printed white paper will be your Romancecar tickets. I have to say the Hakone Freepass is really useful. It grants you access to most of the attractions and transport.

And we got ourselves a cup of green tea latte cos it was limited offer for Spring only. See, marketing gimmicks totally work on me.

Spotted Fuji!

Arrived at Hakone Yumoto station and walked over to the opposite platform to take the Hakone-Tozan train which will take us all the way up to Gora. We actually just followed the model sightseeing course on the odakyu website cos we were just too lazy haha

So many people. gosh

It was a peaceful, slow and pretty much nothing to see ride on the way up

Here’s the streets of Gora. We only took a quick shot cos we wanted to take the cable car to Sounzan. But we waited like half an hour under the hot sun before the train finally arrives.

Useful baggage information

The cable car to Sounzan

And then you take the ropeway to Owakudani. I was puzzled that they called the train a cable car and the cable car a ropeway. It’s like saying the chair is the table and the table is the door. Okay nvm I digress.

The view on the ropeway

And ta-da! Owakudani, in my opinion looks different from pictures. It is supposed to be an incredible sight with the volcanic gas and steam spewing all over the surface

But erms, just like that lor

And then like all other tourists, we queued for the black egg and the black ice-cream. Don’t worry, this is not the only shop. They have 3 shops selling the exact same thing in the same compound

And the ice-cream turns out to be just vanilla ice-cream

And normal egg with black shell. But belief has it you will prolong your life by 7 years #likeseriously

So we took many pictures of Fuji and left the place since there was nothing much to see anyway. We were quite amused by the huge number of Japanese at this place cos we thought we will actually see more tourists here.

Look, celebrity! But.. we don’t know who!

So we took the ropeway down to Togendai bound for Lake Ashi. I think we waited like more than 30 minutes for the ropeway and ran for the sightseeing cruise cos the next one comes in 40 minutes

And here’s what you see along the way

Some buildings

Gate #1

Gate #2

And you reach the harbour! #welldone

We were trying to find the right route/transfer to our hotel and after like forever,we finally reached Shinanoki Ichinoyu

I really like our room cos it’s very Japanese kinda setting with our own private hot spring bath

The futons

And the hot spring which was so damn hot. We took like forever to get in, and got out in 10 seconds, flat. haha fail max so we tried again the next day, and it was more successful than the previous night :D

Dinner for the night, which came with the booking. Cos there’s actually nothing much to eat in the area

Dinner was alright. Sashimi wasn’t the best and the sukiyaki was really salty. It’s the kind where you just need to have something in your stomach and the dessert, was interesting.

I guess my favourite part of this place was the yukata

heh just to have to post a picture of me in the yukata and eating my black egg ;)

So you can actually wear your yukata anywhere in the hotel and we wore it down for breakfast.

A traditional Japanese breakfast, which I don’t really know how to appreciate. HMM

Packed up and left for Tokyo immediately cos we don’t really wanna see anything else in Hakone. I honestly think Hakone is over rated. You spent 4 hours traveling back and forth just to see the sulphur place and with some luck, you might even catch Mt Fuji. But Owakudani wasn’t even that spectacular. And bulk of the time is spent traveling and waiting, and just waiting.

Waiting for the bus that takes us all the way to Hakone Yumoto station

So anyway we got on the normal train back since well, it’s free using our Freepass. First stop in Tokyo, Harajuku! We wanted to explore Harajuku in case it rains again and of course, we had to try the famous crepes

The two famous Harajuku crepes that were just opposite each other. We just followed whichever has the longest line #sotypical

Strawberry cheesecake

We really like it. The cheesecake was soft and melts in your mouth kinda feeling, though it would be better if the crepes was a little crispier

Hungry me after the not-very-satisfying breakfast

Popped by the Calbee store as well

Where fresh chips were made

Couldn’t resist to get a box back, which were really yummy by the way.

As usual, we got the limited Seasonal edition flavour #everythingalsomustlimitededition which J claimed this was the best chips she had ever. lol

And HARAJUKU GIRL! =O though I’m pretty sure that’s a guy..

Dinner for the night was really random. We wanted to try an Izakaya in Ebisu so after googling, we walked down KFC and stumbled along this stretch of Izakayas and decided to choose one that has the most crowd inside, so here goes!

English menu :D

The staffs were very friendly. They have a Chinese and an Indian waitress that could speak Mandarin and English respectively and the manager made sure they took good care of us. I think the chinese girl was particularly nice to us since well, not many there could communicate in Mandarin eloquently. They even have chefs from Myanmar. This Izakaya is just multinational man.

I think J fell in love in sake after Japan. lol

This cucumber appetiser comes in every Izakaya place as a default appetiser. But we really like the one here, especially with the minced fish meat which was just so good

Edaname

Caesar Salad

We wanted the Agedashi Tofu but this came instead. We were like huh?! Since when we ordered this. But that being said, the salad was pretty decent as well

Scallops. yumyum The meat was succulent, sweet and fresh

Bamboo grilled minced meat

So damn delicious

Fried Beef Tongue Cutlet

I find this very interesting. Since I always eat grilled beef tongue, I was curious to see how the cutlet tastes

And gosh, it was just awesome. The meat was really tender. It is definitely different from the usual grilled tongue I have but this was good enough

Tamago

SO BIG :O This tamago was just lovely. So sweet and tasty

Grilled Chicken Thigh

You can tell the skin is just damn crispy right. This yakitori was just too good

I think the portion here is really generous. It’s amazing we could actually finish everything. It’s one izakaya to consider if you are in the area :)

Dinner: ¥6434

Ebisu Izakaya Sakana Ya 肴や ゑびす庵

Japan, Tokyo, Shibuya, Ebisunishi, 1 Chome−8-3 

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Travelogue: Japan Part 1

Hello everybodyy! I’m back from my awesome Japan trip! heh so much love for this place, especially the food and the service which was just amazing. So here’s my travelogue :)

Day 1

Just have to take an ootd at the airport #airportfashion haha don’t mind me. Flew by Scoot cos of the cheap tickets but could barely sleep cos they started serving food with all the lights on. Seriously, who eats at like.. 2-3am?! Oh gosh, some people and their strange habits. Transited at Taipei and soon was on the way to Narita airport :)

J bought an onigiri cos we were really hungry for breakfast. Went on to collect our portable wifi and send our baggages to our hotel through the baggage delivery service

There, here’s the place. I highly recommend to use the baggage delivery service if you gonna take the public transport. Cos most of the stations in Tokyo don’t really use lifts/escalators. The chances of you dragging your luggages through the stairs is much higher. The one we used was on the left cos it was ¥3600 for 2 pieces and though the baggages will only arrive the next day, we already packed an overnight bag in advance. Trust me, it’s so much more convenient to just have a small bag with you. Don’t do suicidal stuffs. Well unless if you gonna use the airport limousine bus, then all the points above will be invalid. haha

Here’s the wifi we rented! It’s our life saviour. You can easily get lost in Japan (for sure) without real time navigation. Rented from the company called Pupuru cos all the other companies ran out of stocks (horror) and well, it works out really well. This piece of device is really easy to use. You just press the button there and connect your phone to the wifi with the password and you are ready to rock and roll.

Went on to get our Suica & Nex card located at the basement of the airport. We got the one way cos we gonna take the airport bus on the last day of our trip.

And this is ¥3500 for one way (per pax)

And since we had time to kill before our train arrives, here’s takopachi :D The portion here is like bigger, better and so much nicer. haha :x

A picture to show you how the Narita Airport Express looks like and soon we were on the way to our hotel. We stayed at Park Shiba Hotel located very near Daimon and Onarimon station which I think it was a good hotel with a fantastic location. There are like so many shops nearby I can easily recommend this place for its convenience. And, it’s just 10 minutes (drive) away from Tsukiji market :)

The rooms were spacious enough. There was room to walk, sit and put both our big luggages without banging into each other. You get the drift. And free wifi in the hotel!

Generous with their toiletries

This is like.. their public toilet. haha so random and nicely decorated.

A view of Shinjuku. This was taken on the bridge to Times Square Takashimaya.

Lunch was at Katsukura. So our first meal in Japan was tonkatsu!

English menu available upon request. Well actually we didn’t request it, they asked if we wanted English or Japanese menu. haha so well, we took the former.

Warm tofu for appetiser. You can choose to have Japanese pickles or tofu and both of us chose tofu. lol

I don’t remember the one we had in Singapore was this good. The sesame seeds at Katsukura were so fragrant. It was like ohmygod, this is so 香

We ordered one Pork Loin Cutlet set (120g) and one Pork Tenderloin Cutlet set (120g) The meal was just awesome. The pork was nicely done with the crispiness on the outside. Miso was cooked with white radish and they used barley rice which was just special. J finished the whole pot of rice. hahah

And since it was Sakura season, most of the restaurants here had some special Sakura dishes specially for the season and we had the Sakura desserts, which in my opinion, was very normal. haha cos firstly, we don’t know how Sakura tasted so there was nothing to judge upon. Anyway, we paid ¥4640 for the whole meal.

Katsukura

Takashimaya Times Square Main Build. 14F, 5-24-2 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

We went to roam around the streets of Shinjuku. So pretty the sky here :) and here’s Omoide Yokocho, also known as Piss Alley

Which was like this lor. I personally feel if you are not going there to eat, don’t bother to go.

But here’s a popular ramen place! The people were queuing in a very very small alley. So if you going there and have no idea what to eat, maybe you can try this ramen place!

Went on to get my Addiction cosmetic at Isetan Shinjuku. Buying make up in Japan is like.. having a free makeover.

Tada! :D So happyy. The salesman was very funny though and he could speak a little English so we were relieved we don’t have to speak with our hands. haha

We decided to roam Roponggi after that and we walked the entire Roppongi. So tiring =.=

Tried their Sakura flavour

Which was just strange.

We ended up sitting outside their Family mart and eating our ice-cream cos we were just too tired.

Look what we found! They serve Hainanese chicken rice and fried Singapore noodles :O

We were trying to find the famous Spider monument and we chanced upon this sight.

So gorgeous :)

Seriously, how can anyone not love Japan?

And finally, here’s the spider!

Erms, just a gigantic spider with 8 legs

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Pretty sure they are about the same..

Day 2

Went for brunch at Clinton Street Baking Company to try their famous pancakes. It was a gloomy and cold morning cos it kept drizzling. The place opens at 8am but there was already a line when we reached at 7.55am

We waited like half an hour before we were ushered in and took less than 5 minutes to decide what we want to eat. haha #superhungryandsupercold

And there’s English menu though you can’t really read what the description says

We thought they only had one level, but there was an upstairs seating

and a hidden room!

And while waiting for the food..

#ootd

#nailsoftheday

Love my pretty nails :)

Latte for me, and mocha for her. Coffee was nothing spectacular

Apple Pancake & Bavarian Cream

Awesome is an understatement. I recommend these pancakes if you are looking for one good pancake place.

So fluffy and light

Clinton St Omelette (with Mushrooms and Ham)

I have never seen such smooth omelette. LOL

It was really filling. The portion was pretty generous though the omelette pales in comparison to the pancakes. In all, we paid ¥3600

Clinton St Baking Company

5-17-1, Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

So we proceed to Meiji Shrine after that. We tried to make it there by 10am in hopes there will be a wedding ceremony taking place and it was a longg walk in.

Landmark #1

Landmark #2

Landmark #3

So I just had to do it. hee

Here we are!

Guess which celebrity is here!

It’s the bride and groom! YAY we made it. haha

So like everyone was just following them around and taking photos of them

And I decided to make a wish and hang the tablet too

That’s mine!

We walked over to Yoyogi park cos I read somewhere there’s this Rockability gang hanging out every Sunday but I don’t know if it’s the rain or we just didn’t walk deep enough, there was.. nothing. There was a very pretty sight of cherry blossoms though :)

Harajuku’s next! Since it’s all within walking distance. We were amused there was a long and snaking queue near the subway exit so being kpo Singaporeans, we decided to see what people are queuing for. And.. they were queuing for Garrett’s popcorn =.=” #likeseriously The rain was getting heavier and by the time we got to Takeshita Street, it was like this.

Full of umbrellas. It was just impossible to walk, and see and buy stuffs so we left and went for tea instead. There was no Harajuku girls either :(

There’s a Wolfgang Puck Express! But the food doesn’t look that good.

It was so good to be in somewhere dry and drink something warm. So we tried the famous Sadaharu Aoki at Tokyo Midtown and was just happy to stay there for some time

We got the degustation menu which consists of a series of small cakes

Just too pretty

And so delicious. We paid ¥3010

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And cos it was so yummy, I hand carried the macarons all the way back to Singapore :D

Patisserie Sadaharu Aoki

Tokyo Midtown B1F
9-7-4 Akasaka Minato-ku Tokyo

Visited Akasuka afterwards and it was just as crowded. We saw a demonstration going on and apparently they were against the gst hike. But it was a rather peaceful demonstration with the police protecting them. They even waved to us. haha

Was walking towards the temple where we saw everyone buying mochi from this stall. So we bought some to try too

It was very good! :D

And you have to eat infront of the stall. I guess this applies to every other stall along the street as they probably don’t want people to dirty the street.

So pretty to see the cherry blossoms lining the street

Sensoji Temple

Well, if you move the smoke towards you, there is a belief you will be blessed with good health

Clear blue skies and view of the Tokyo sky tree

Got a rice cracker to eat but it was nothing special

Dinner was at Komeraku located at Ark Hills. It’s conveniently located just beside ANA Intercontinental Hotel though the place was so quiet we were doubting if it’s open. Yet when we went into the restaurant, it’s a different story. The restaurant is an ochazuke place or what you called it as Japanese Tea Risotto

Sake

I had the salmon cod and roe set with Bonito soup base

The rice was very fragrant and the sesame seeds provided an extra crunch to the rice. You can eat it like this

or mix it with the soup. You’ll be surprised how delicious it is.

J had the chicken karaage set with pork bone soup. I think we have never tasted chicken karaage that was this good. haha Price is pretty reasonable too – ¥2790 in all

Komeraku

Ark Mori Building 3F

1-12-32 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo

And since it was only 7pm, we decided to head over to Shinjuku for desserts. But the horror came when we realised we had to walk 905m to the line. ohmygoodness. The thing about Tokyo subways, firstly they can be pretty confusing. Secondly, the walk from one line to another line can easily lead up to a long walk. Thirdly, even though sometimes we use the same station, we realised there are so many different passage ways to take. #seriouslycangetlost

So we decided to take a photo before walking. The walk took us 40 minutes (sighs) and by the time we reached Shinjuku station, we got lost trying to find the exit. HAHA. So we gave up and walked to Tokyo Metropolitan Building for the free view

The pretty night view :)

Look what we found! A neoprint machine. haha It’s like.. bringing back childhood memories

Cos taking selfie was too mainstream, we decided to take some neoprints for keepsake

Ended the night with ice-cream cos we missed our desserts

This was fairly interesting. It was like eating an ice-cream cake

And so that concludes Day1-2 :)

327. Cake Spade

Say Cake Spade, the first thing that comes to mind will probably be the brand, Kate Spade. Yet, the one I’m referring to is a small dessert place at Orchid hotel specialising in cakes. Their cakes are creamy and thick and oh-so-delicious.

Cakes on display

Strawberry Tofu Cheesecake

It’s really smooth and tastes like jelly. Easily likeable

Red Velvet Cheesecake

I’m sure many have heard of red velvet cake, so we decided to give the cheesecake version a try. It’s very rich and creamy so sharing would be ideal!

Decided to get a full cake for the colleague’s birthday

Dark Chocolate Banana Cake

Equally yummy and impressive. The chocolate was thick and everyone loved it.

Now you know where to get your cakes from :)

Cake Spade

1 Tras Link, #01-06, Orchid Hotel S(078867)

326. Hanare Japanese Restaurant by Teppei

You can now skip the queue and still enjoy Teppei’s famous chirashi don at their sister’s restaurant which is located just round the corner. Hanare Japanese restaurant has 2 kinds of menu. You can go for their Bara Chirashi set, which comes with 4 side dishes or go for their buffet, which covers over 20 kind of dishes. We chose the former after seeing how appetising the pictures were on instagram.

We were there when it just opened so there was nobody, as compared to the snaking queue at Teppei

Part of the 4 dishes that was free flow

The side dishes were nothing to rave about

The buffet area

We took a peek at the dishes available, and they look quite sad =_=

And the chirashi don came :D

Huge chunks of sashimi

Though they were generous in their serving, I personally thought that the don was pretty normal. The freshness of the sashimi was overpowered by the soya sauce that was draining the bowl. Sashimi should be eaten like how it originally tastes, isn’t it? And towards the end, I thought I could taste a lil bit of the fishy taste. Though yes, for the price you pay, it is definitely value for money.

Hanare Japanese Restaurant

99B Tanjong Pagar Road S(088520)

325. L’Entrecote (Suntec City)

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I was actually quite excited to try L’Entrecote for its steak and unlimited fries. So the friend and I went down one day for lunch to have their lunch special. This restaurant only serve one kinda of steak, the traditional definition of “Enrecote” steaks which is the cut between the sirloin and the ribeye. I have no idea how the cut tastes like and this was my first. Sadly to say, this will be my last too.

There’s only one menu for lunch special. I mean yeah that’s logical since they only serve one kinda steak

And they write your choices on the mahjong paper so that the servers do not mix up your orders

Walnut Salad

It was bland, and tasted like how salad without sauce tastes like. I think we left it untouched. haha

French Onion Soup ($9)

We decided to order an additional order of FOS which was a good choice. The soup was pretty decent and we enjoy it much more than the salad.

Mine in medium rare

The meat was kinda tough. I don’t think I know how to appreciate this. The sauce was nothing to rave about either. The fries were different. It was crispy on the outside, but hard on the inside. I was confused.

In the end, we paid $29 each for the whole meal. I don’t think it’s cheap, neither was it worth it. I believe you can get better steaks elsewhere. But blah, just my personal opinion.

L’Entrecote

Suntec City #B1-128/129

3 Temasek Boulevard S(038983)