Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Eating In Tokyo - Day 2

Day 2 started with some bread for Raimie which we bought at a nearby Lawson's. There was a Lawson's outlet literally at Nikko Hotel Ginza's doorstep.
Then, Raimie had dango (dumplings made from rice flour, served on a skewer) for snacks in the late morning. We paid only 85yen for 3 sticks of dango. The actual price was 105yen, but there was a 20yen discount sticker on the packaging so we saved 20yen. Any savings counted! LOL
For lunch, Raimie had some bread; rich in chocolate taste, some grapes (which he said tasted like mangosteen) and drank Calpis. The grapes were awesome. We had some later, and we will never look at the grapes sold in Malaysia the same again. Love, love, love the grapes. :D

For dinner, we head off to Yayoi-Ken, located nearby Tawaramachi station.
Here, you buy your food ticket from the vending machine. No worries if you don't understand Japanese because there were pictures of the food on the machines to help you decide on what to eat.
After we were shown to our table, a staff asked for our food ticket and left a stub of it for us. See how much our dinner was. Just 1,380yen. We didn't order another set for Raimie because at Yayoi-ken, diners can eat as much rice as they want.

While waiting for our food to arrive, we had some tsukemono (Japanese pickles). Raimie loves them. He ate all the pickles that I put on the plate for him, then...
he nicked some of mine too!
I chose the Sanma set at 790yen. A bit more expensive than Zaini's set due to the lotus root dish seen in the photo.
Zaini went for the Saba set at 590yen

Some photos of the restaurant:
I was too busy eating, I didn't notice Zaini taking this photo of me. :D

By the time we finished dinner, we were completely full. We ordered only two sets between the three of us, but immediately upon being seated, Raimie was given a kiddie plate and fork and spoon without having to ask for it. Good service eh? And the portion was enough to be shared with Raimie.

Just want to add another memorable experience at the restaurant. After we bought our food ticket, we had to stand around as all tables for 3(or 4) were already occupied. A man, sitting alone at a table for four shifted to the next table and motioned for the staff to wipe the table and gestured to us to sit down. Despite our language barrier, he was really helpful showing us the tsukemono, the rice refill area and generally being kind enough to make sure we eat right. A nice man...

17 comments:

  1. buying food thru ticket system...that's totally new to me! cool!

    nice service too, very kid friendly =)

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  2. that's a nice dining experience with that nice man who gave the table for you and your family. Looks like your lucky night!

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  3. It's good to see that the old neighborhood hasn't changed that much.

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  4. I love the soft yummy Japanese bread. I could eat it all day! *looks longingly at Raimie's bread*
    sighhh

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  5. the vending machines must be fairly common in Japan.

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  6. Wow! order using vending machines? They should have this concept in Malaysia! But of course, Malaysians might just vandalise the machine! Sad.

    Only Raimie eating breakfast and lunch? You both didn't eat anything until dinner? Raya oredy, no more puasa what!

    What kind of grapes so super can taste like mangosteens? Courier some to me lah! LOL!

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  7. The food sounds delicious! And the man is so kind! Where to find such a person in Malaysia, I wonder?

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  8. @sixmats,
    that's why we love Asakusa and the area. Much quieter and people are way more friendly than other "happening" place in Tokyo. :-)

    Interestingly, there is a white guy working as a waiter at Yayoi-ken. Don't know whether he is an English speaking guy because I only spoke to him in Japanese. LOL (asking for tea and bowl + fork & spoon for Raimie)

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  9. @ECL,
    hahaha... I'll take more bread photos for you!

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  10. @life ramblings,
    the vending machines are everywhere! You can buy almost anything from the vending machines and all of them are well maintained.

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  11. @foong,
    Vandalism in one problem. But then, we Malaysians are not big on maintaining stuff either. For all these machines to work perfectly, maintenance should be above par. I'm afraid we still have a third world mentality in maintenance. Don't you agree?

    that was what we ate on day 2 lah.... Still puasa. :D

    This post is already so backdated as it is, I think I might milk our trip for 6 months' worth of post! LOL

    The grapes were really, really nice. Zaini and I were talking about how it tasted like plums and have the texture like one when Raimie chipped in and said that it tasted like mangosteen. Of course, Raimie was spot on. It really have a taste of mangosteen. No wonder people are willing to pay so much for these air-flown grapes in Malaysia!

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  12. You're blogging from Japan? :)

    You guys are really enjoying yourselves with the wonderful spread of Japanese food eh. That's wonderful.

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  13. @Mei Teng,
    you back from Perth already?

    Yep, so far enjoyed ourselves immensely. How about your trip?

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  14. What? This post is only your 2nd day? OIC! Won't run out of things to blog for the next 6 months, eh? Haha!

    Oh, those grapes are sold in Malaysia too? Didn't know that! : )

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  15. @foong,
    thought only you can prolong a trip series kah. I want to do also! LOL

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  16. I love Yayoi-ken because you can eat as many bowls of rice you want (not that I'm a big eater too.. hehe) ~

    And the grapes here... they're beautiful and taste good... but... it's too TAKAI... (@_@) I somehow miss Msia food and FRUITS (durians please....)

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  17. @Cindy,
    We were like... wow just 380yen for a pack of grapes. Compared that to grapes air flown from Japan, they weren't so expensive. I absolutely love having peaches and nectarines. They were so juicy compared to what we got in Malaysia.

    Yeah, love the free rice refill at Yayoi-Ken and also the fact that Yayoi-Ken can be found almost at any city in Japan. :)

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