Showing posts with label Akihabara. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Akihabara. Show all posts
Sat, Dec 14, 2013 (Day #5)

I-Land Patio

I-Land Patio is an 660 square meters large patio area within the vicinity of the Shinjuku I-Land Tower. There are a variety of restaurants and shops at I-Land Patio, so it's a great place to relax if you're ever in Shinjuku. For those who enjoy eating outdoors; there is an open courtyard area with chairs and tables available.


Address: 6-5-1, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Open Hours: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm

The L.O.V.E Sculpture

The LOVE sculpture is an iconic sculpture based on a pop art image by artist, Robert Indiana. There are countless versions of the sculpture worldwide, and luckily there was one in Tokyo. It is located right outside of the Shinjuku I-LAND Tower in Nishi-Shinjuku, and it's definitely not hard to miss.


Welcome to Akihabara


After finishing up taking photos of the LOVE sculpture; it was time to head to Akihabara. Akihabara is a district that is well known for their otaku culture (anime and manga), and a central shopping area for the latest electronics. It was unbelievable as to how many shops there were that was devoted to anime and manga.

Lunchtime @ Chimney

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2013    
Meal: Lunch
Location in Japan: Akihabara, Tokyo

Before exploring Akihabara and all of its glory; it was time for lunch. We randomly picked Chimney; an  izakaya that was along the route to Gundam Cafe.


The izakaya is located in a small alley a few steps away from the JR Akihabara Station, and it's right next to a 7-11.

They didn't have an English menu available but their menu consisted of beautiful colored photographs of the food items. I love how Japan displays their food menus; with photographs of every item, and also using fake plastic food at the front (which I will explain in another post).



I ordered the yakitori platter (¥819) which came with five skewers of grilled meat. I absolutely loved each skewer as the meat was tender, and flavorful. My personal favorite was probably the grilled chicken and sausage.


The soup base for the Japanese hot pot (¥680) was pretty, but there were a lot more veggies than seafood in the pot.



 We were both curious about this fish head dish (¥714 x 2 = ¥1428) so we decided to order two (one for the both of us). The sashimi pieces were different but I found the head to be quite hard to eat.


The chicken udon (¥580) was a decent dish but nothing too spectacular. Instead of alcohol, we decided to order two cups of coke (¥600).

The total cost for lunch was ¥4107 for the both of us.

Desserts @ Gundam Cafe

Originally, I wanted to have lunch at Gundam Cafe, but the menu didn't really appeal to me. Therefore, we decided to go to the Gundam Cafe for some desserts after lunch.

Exploring Akihabara

It was already getting dark in Akihabara when we decided to go exploring the district. However, the district is extremely bright due to the illuminating lights from all of the shops and buildings.

UDX Building of Akihabara Crossfield.
Gashapon machines are everywhere in Japan; prices vary between 100-500 yen.
I spent about an hour exploring K-Books and the other stores in the same building. The fourth floor was entirely dedicated to selling gashapon toys and figures. The toys here were a lot more expensive than what you'd find in the machines though as the higher-priced items were 800-1500 yen each (popular/collectible items).

Don Quijote

Don Quijote is a huge discount store in Japan and there are multiple locations in various cities. They offer a wide selection of Japanese products such as food, kitchen and cleaning supplies, costumes, figures, candies, cosmetics, health care and so much more. The Akihabara branch has 8 floors in total, and you can literally spend hours shopping there.



Quick snack @ Home Cafe (Maid Cafe)

Located on the 5th floor of Don Quijote is the @ Home Cafe; a popular maid cafe. Unfortunately, photography was strictly prohibited inside so I couldn't take any pictures of the interior. It was definitely an interesting experience having the maids addressing me as "mistress". However, like a majority of novelty and themed restaurants; people usually come to these places for their atmosphere and ambiance, and not the food. I opted for the @Home Cafe Special Omelet Rice (¥1,1000). I thought that my omelet was pretty overcooked but I did like the cute heart drawings with the ketchup on my egg.


Dinnertime @ Tsubame KITCHEN Marunouchi

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2013    
Meal: Dinner  
Location in Japan: Akihabara, Tokyo

 We decided to head back to our hotel after Akihabara. However, we were still hungry so we decided to look for a quick bite to eat. We definitely ate a lot more meals than we would in Toronto. Anyways, our last food adventure of the day was at Tsubame KITCHEN Marunouchi in Marunouchi Oazo.



Tsubame KITCHEN Marunouchi specializes in German sausages.


I ordered the grilled sausage (¥890) and a side order of bread (¥210). Had I known that the portion of this dish consists of nothing more than one piece of sausage; I'd probably gotten another dish. However, the sausage was definitely delicious and full of flavor.


My boyfriend ordered  the homemade vienner sausages & eisbein (¥1100).

After dinner, we decided to call it a night and headed back to our hotel.
Date: Saturday, December 14, 2013  
Meal: Desserts  
Location in Japan: Akihabara, Tokyo

  Akihabara is a district in Tokyo, Japan, and is known for its Otaku culture. There are several themed cafes in the area, and one of the more popular ones has to be the Gundam Cafe. This specific cafe is themed after the Gundam series, and they offer a decent selection of food, snacks, and drinks. Many of the food and drink items are based off of the series, and there's even a small souvenir shop next door for your Gundam needs.

Personally, I am not a fan of the Gundam series, as I have only watched a few episodes when the original one aired years ago. However, despite not being a fan, I was still curious about the cafe when I read up on it. So I added the Gundam Cafe to our itinerary since Akihabara was already on the list to explore.

The "Gundam Cafe" sign shines brightly at night.
We arrived in Akihabara for a very late lunch at Chimney; an izakaya that was outside of the JR Akihabara Station. After finishing our meal, we walked about 5 minutes to the Gundam Cafe for some desserts. There was a small line-up outside of the cafe, and we waited about 15 minutes before being escorted inside.

A gundam statue greets you at the front door.
I am not too sure if the specials change monthly or what not.
Gundam Cafe serves alcoholic drinks at night so make sure that you have your I.D on you.
You can enjoy watching episodes of the series on the big screen TV while eating and drinking.
The menu.

I opted for the fondant au chocolat (¥590). The dessert was a simple yet warm chocolate cake topped with 3 pieces of Smarties, and decorated with peach sauce. The size of the cake was pretty small, and I finished it up pretty quickly. Overall, I thought that the chocolate cake was good but it's nothing to write home about.


The Haro latte (¥380) on the other hand was disappointing. The drink tasted lackluster, and there was a lot more foam than milk in the cup.


The boyfriend decided to go for the Heero & Relena dessert plate (¥890). It was a dish of mille-feuille, mixed berry, vanilla ice-cream and with a shot of espresso. He wasn't particularly too happy about his dish as the mille-feuille was just three pieces of tasteless crackers, instead of being three layers of puff pastry.

Service was pretty slow as it took them about 30 minutes to bring out our two desserts. Naturally, I took the time to take a few photos of the interior while we waited. Even though the desserts and service were both disappointing; it was still a nice experience to try out at least once.

Gunpla Yaki (a baked pastry with red bean paste inside).
Gundam Cafe seats 60 people.
Haro!

[Japan] Gundam Cafe

by on Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Date: Saturday, December 14, 2013   Meal: Desserts   Location in Japan: Akihabara, Tokyo   Akihabara is a district in Tokyo, Japan,...