Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Dec 28, 2011 - 初めて新宿御苑へ

Even though I haven't slept for almost 24 hours and was extremely tired, I still managed to woke up every 3-4 hours. Damn the jet lag!

In the morning, I went to Asakusa (浅草) and reserved my train ticket to Nikko (日光) for the day after tomorrow. I remembered I read somewhere before that there're some very good restaurants in Asakusa for unagi. And with the help of a tourist guide map that I picked up at the train station, I found this place called Kawamatsu (川松). It's quite expensive. I ordered their mini-unadon set and by the time I thought I should take a picture, I'm already half way through the unagi! In the Bay Area, restaurants usually has a heavy hand with that special unagi sauce. But at this restaurant, the amount of sauce was just appropriate that I could taste the fish itself.

Then, nap time! I didn't want to go back to the hotel because the room was small and I couldn't adjust the heater. And since I haven't been to Shinjuku Gyoen (新宿御苑), I decided to have a look and take a nap there. It's winter time and so there's not much to see. But they did have a stadium of grass that I just laid there, enjoying the sun's warmth and the fresh air. And how lucky. They'll close from Dec 29 through Jan 3 so today's the last day they open for the year. Here's a photo I took in their garden.

For dinner, I decided to return to this familiar restaurant in Shibuya (渋谷) called Pomme-no-ki (ポムの樹). They're famous for their omelette rice and I found it last year. It's an interesting story how I got to know this restaurant. My Dad regularly reads a Hong Kong columnist called Daisy Wong (黃迪詩). She (well, we actually don't know the columnist's gender and there's speculation that it's a he) once talked about this restaurant and my Dad cut out her newspaper article for me. Even though I had the address, it took me some effort to find it last year. Everything's reasonably priced and I think the food I got exceeded the value I paid.

When I was there today, they're having a seasonal lunch/dinner set.

First, the drink - melon soda. Salad's on the right.

I didn't like the so called melon soda. It tasted like the coughing medicine I took when I was small.

And here's the main dish. Oops! Again, I was half way through the dish when I suddenly forgot to take a picture! I must be very hungry, and I was. So, here's the picture from the menu. Unlike most pictorial menus, this one is actually very close to the real thing.

Finally, the desert - chocolate ice-cream with banana.

I returned to my hotel very satisfied.

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