From Waaaaay Up Here! : Tokyo Pt 2

The next few Tokyo posts will have more Japanese food that you can shake your lacquered chopsticks at. I must warn you that these will be a distinct step up from the previous posts as these are memories and insights taken from my time with my in-laws.

My father in law is an intellectual by nature. He possesses a certain gastronomic propensity which combined with his love of Cuban cigars and Scotch whiskey of the highest quality has forever defined him as truly refined gentleman in my mind. I am sure that you can imagine that he spoilt me beyond redemption with such excellent food that would make the most discerning palate dance a merry jig of euphoric delight.

I always harboured a feeling that Hiro is an utter food snob and now, I completely understand why!

On this particular afternoon we went shopping in Ginza. I am not a big fan of department stores but I did my very best to get into the swing of things. I was far more interested in the wonderfully atmospheric back alleys that link one street to another.

It was a tremendous joy (as always) to spend time with my in laws.

We stopped at the Shiseido gallery so mum could have a look at the photography exhibition and the rest of us could have a cold beer. Poured to perfection!

Next we retired to Mikasa Kaikan. Although Mikasa Kaikan can be purse shatteringly expensive (in my opinion and depending on what you order) this place has strong historical links to the family so it is the dining destination of choice when in Ginza even when heading for a Teppanyaki dinner.

We opted for a course meal and my favourite dishes were:

A quartet of a starter.

See those little red “berries”? Well they are actually micro tomatoes and they were so juicy! I particularly liked the slices of octopus dressed with yuzu.

Kuro Awabi. I adore awabi (abalone)!

If I ended up having to pick a final meal for some preposterous sin then awabi would definitely be on my menu.

The chef (we had the top chef) cooked these to prime perfection and served them to us in a sauce made with the awabi’s livers. Not for the faint of heart! These were alive before they ended up on our grill.

The word “delicious” fails to do this dish justice. I am one to appreciate delicate and more “natural” flavours and this satisfied my palate no end with it’s sea fresh, perfectly salted “earthiness”. As you can imagine this delicacy is expensive but I urge you to give it a go when in Japan.

The steak was heavenly, so much so, that I forgot to take photos!

If you have foodie inclinations then you know that the beef in Japan is extraordinarily different from the beef elsewhere. It has a unique fat marbling that results in a juicy succulent steak.

While I appreciate the robust beef taste of a South African steak I heartily appreciate the delectable flavour and melt-in-the-mouth-abilty of Japanese beef.

After eating our fill we headed for Hiro’s favourite place!

Tokyo Tower! I know!! I know! Can we get more touristy?

Hiro is crazy over architecture and high places with spectacular city views so this is a must visit place for him.

without a doubt, the best time to go to Tokyo Tower is after nightfall. In the dark, Tokyo looks magical.

Just as it is beautiful to see, at the same time it is daunting! For you cannot see the city limits. Tokyo will you ever stop growing?

Hiro’s adoration for Tokyo Tower is coming to and end however.

He now has his sights on Tadao Ando’s Sky Tree which is set to be double the height of the Tower.

View from Bunkyoku Civic Centre.

Ultimately it will look like this!


My father in law spoils me.

He bought me a couple of uber luxuriously extravagantly priced hair ornaments from ACCA Italia:

They are both handmade in Italy and the quality is outstanding.

The above is made with shell, gold plated studs and Swarovski Crystals.


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