Friday, June 21, 2013

Back in Japan (June 2013)...Lunch at Akomeya Tokyo in Ginza

(Monday, June 10)

I met a friend of mine at a newly-opened Akomeya Tokyo in Ginza for lunch.

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It’s a rice-themed shop and restaurant. On the first floor, they have a sake bar, artisan food and drinks, and a restaurant. The upstairs has artisan kitchen and dining ware. The selection is very impressive!

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We took a table at their restaurant and chose today’s lunch set.

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There were fresh bonito and ginger bud salad; pork and maitake mushroom stew, mizu-dako octopus with okra and spicy cod roe, scallop fritter, corn dumplings in a light sauce, tomato and asparagus in gelee, fried tofu pouch and grated daikon salad, grilled eggplant and sugar snap peas in sesame sauce. These small dishes came with pickles, miso soup, and premium koshihikari rice, cooked in double-lid donabe rice cooker, “Kamado-san”! For all these plus hojicha tea, it was only ¥1,860 (less than $20) all inclusive. Amazing deal for both the quality, volume, and service. I wish I could come here for lunch every day.