Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Omotesando Ukai Tei

If I were to go to Tokyo again, I would most likely dine here again because the food is just fabulous! :)

Ambience. CHECK.
Food. CHECK.
Service. CHECK. 
Everything was just so good.

The service here was impeccable. It started to rain while we were having dessert and when we left, they gave us two brand spanking new umbrellas wrapped in plastic!

It was such a thoughtful gesture. Unfortunately, we forgot about the umbrellas and left it in a cab. *SOBS* We never got to use it too! 

We opted for the steak lunch course because the price was "in between" the most expensive and the cheapest set. Haha.

Appetizer - super fresh prawn!

Corn soup - served cold

Olivia enjoyed it!


We were seated in a private room. 

Olivia sat beside me on a chair with extra cushions to prop her up.

We had to let her watch her Youtube videos so that we could eat.


Perfectly cooked salmon

*DROOLS*


A perfect serving size for me would have been two portions of this piece of wagyu. HAHAHA.


Garlic fried rice - this one was just OK! Would have been better with some fried egg. Demanding much? Hahaha.


Beautiful view while we were ushered into another room for dessert

Good end to our meal

You can even pick as many selections as you want from the dessert tray when the waitress comes around! I only picked a few as I didn't want to appear to be too greedy but honestly, on the inside, I was dying to try everything there! Hahaha.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

A day in Ginza

We went to Ginza two days in a row to walk around.

We spent easily half a day in Ginza Six the day before.
Ginza Six was so packed and the queue for the lifts were really long.

Every lift was packed like sardines so we had no choice but to use the escalator with our stroller. 

It was pretty hard to walk around and see things because Olivia wanted to walk  run around but somehow, we managed by taking turns baby sitting.

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If you're a tonkatsu fan, dining at Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin is a must!

We had to wait a little longer in line than others as we wanted to be seated at a table because Olivia was asleep in the stroller.

The counter seats turnover seems to be pretty fast but obviously, we couldn't sit there with a baby.


Missing the pork already

And I MISS the jumbo prawns - they were so fresh!

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We also spent quite a bit of time at the Hakuhinkan Toy Park Ginza Shop.
You might be surprised to know that I am a toy lover! HAHAHA.

I could spent hours browsing the store. They have lots of "cool" stuff.

Olivia went wild in the store.
At 16 months old, she doesn't really listen to you whenever you say NO.
She'd be taking stuff out from the racks and placing it here and there.

I'd have to keep picking up after her. 
It was so tiring.






The best part about this toy store is that they have a lot of sample toys to play with that can help keep toddlers occupied.

Olivia was most excited when she was all these dogs.
All the battery operated dogs were moving around and yapping away.

It's always so tempting to get her all the toys in the world that she likes but I remember that she already has a similar dog at home so we didn't get her anything from this toy shop for her.



Mandatory pic in Ginza - a picture on the pedestrian crossing :)

Monday, July 17, 2017

Yummies in Tokyo

I relied a lot on my sister's recommendations on what to eat in Tokyo as I did not do much research myself as I did not want to stress myself out.

I get stressed out pretty easily. Maybe I should rephrase that - I actually get easily disappointed when I have set my mind to do something (ie. trying out a particular restaurant) but fail to do it! Haha.

However, meals that weren't planned were very disappointing. 

Walking into a random shop for meals in Tokyo did not satisfy our tummies as much as going to places that have been recommended by others (provided that you have similar tastes as the one recommending). Haha.

Highly recommend the tempura bowl at Kaneko Hannosuke!

Everything was so fresh and so, so GOOD! 
We went there around 6 p.m. and there was already a queue! 
We had to wait for around half an hour for a seat.

When we were done eating, the queue double up!

Sashimi - tunaaaa

We headed to Tsukiji for this and walked inside a random shop because the streets were just way too packed and it was pretty hard to navigate through with a stroller.

Uni

I'm not that BIG on uni but I have enjoyed eating it a few times during Omakase meals.
However, when it's served like that in a bowl - my stomach can't handle it.
Plus, there's some funky smell coming from some of the sea urchin.



Most random meal ever - chicken rice in Ginza. Hahahaha.

Mike said that it's the "only thing" that Olivia would eat - which is RICE!

During the whole trip, all she ate was plain rice for meals or baby cereal (that we ran out of during the few last days of our trip). And finding baby food in Japan is like finding a needle in a haystack.

You need to go to really specific places to get instant baby food. We went to so many malls and couldn't find any at the grocery. Thank God for Takashimaya! They had a couple of jars of instant baby food there and we stocked up our baby food. However, Olivia didn't like it at all.

Looking back in hindsight, I really should have brought my Electric Lunch Box to cook Olivia's meals in Japan. 

We were thinking that we had nothing to worry about in a first world country but we were wrong. They don't have any infant cereals stocked up at all! 

I had a newfound appreciation of infant cereals when I came back from Japan - I just felt an innate need to stock up my house with boxes of cereal after trying to hunt for them in Tokyo but couldn't find a single box. I realised how wonderful Cerelac is and how I've been taking it for granted. Hahahahaha. 

Sorry, just being overly dramatic here as I am thinking back on our challenge in finding food for Olivia in Tokyo. You have no idea how stressful it was.

The famous pancakes at Gram! Missing it already although I regretted not sharing with Mike. It's so fluffy yet so filling.

Parfaits at Takano Fruit Parlour.

Just a random observation - most of the diners here were solo mid aged to old ladies. 

I found it pretty interesting because dessert parlours are usually frequented by families or the younger crowd. But then again, I'm also not young myself. Haha. 

If I lived in Tokyo, I might be one of those oldies sitting there enjoying her parfait. Hee hee.