Exploring Around Yurakucho Station: For Lunch & Dessert
This time we will be going for two different genres! Japanese for lunch and Taiwanese for tea (and a little bonus in between). Come join me~
You know on some days you just want something deep fried, heavy and solid - comfort food? This was one of those days so we decided to try out Kitchen Taishoken.
It is located inside the Tokyo Kotsu Kaikan so even if you have to queue, you can enjoy the air-conditioner. The seats are quite limited but because their usual customers are salarymen (businessmen) so the turnovers are quite fast.
We went there around 11 AM because we wanted to avoid the crowd and also because we like taking our own sweet time eating.
There were so many choices! There was the Shougayaki Set (ginger pork), Aji Fry Set (deep-fried horse mackerel), Ebi Fry Set (deep-fried shrimp) and if you want to eat a little of everything, there are even mixed sets where you can have a combination of three items in one set. Maybe the next time I will try the mixed set.
Everything looks so good but in the end the both of us decided to have the Scotch Egg & Ebi Fry Set (deep fried shrimp). You'll make your order at the entrance and then you will be lead to sit down.
It is quite a small shop, probably only about 8 seats or so surrounding the kitchen. There are plastic separators on the table to keep each customer (and probably their saliva) in their own little private space.
The shop is run by a family, with the papa preparing the meals inside the kitchen, the mama helping him and the daughter doing the order-taking and serving. It felt very homey because they were just chatting and it felt very comfortable.
The food was served to us pretty quickly and boy, we were surprised at the amount of it. It was only after we started eating halfway through, we heard that we could tell the staff to lessen the amount of rice. If you don't, or if you weren't offered, be prepared to eat a lot of rice.
I know the rice probably don't look much but remember that the scotch egg has a whole lot of protein and there is also one hard boiled egg. It's interesting to note that their sides are spaghetti so overall, it was a very, very filling meal.
But I got to say, it was really good and satisfying. Just make sure you eat breakfast to open up your stomach before you eat this meal and remember to tell the staff to lessen the rice if you need to.
If you, like us end up becoming so full to your throats after this meal and if you like cute things, I'd recommend you to take a stroll around Sanrio World.
Once you feel that you need a seat and a snack, let's go for dessert! We head to Fresh Shenyuishen which is located inside MARRONNIER GATE Ginza B2F.
This was probably a healthier choice because it has ingredients such as sweet potatoes, taro and soybeans. And because it was such a hot day, we wanted to eat Senso, which is a kind of jelly made from Taiwanese herbs.
There are lots of choices and it usually comes in two sizes so you can adjust according to your appetite and budget. If you aren't a fan of such desserts, there are also drink choices. There is the topping option for both the desserts and drinks so you can customise it to your fancy.
I went for the original and my friend went for something more exciting but I forgot to take a picture of it. Hers had extra tapioca pearls and azuki beans.
Even after I went home, I was still full from lunch so if you have a dinner date, maybe you can try this restaurant another day~
See you the next time I try another lunch (and dessert) place!
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