We were in the queue for Tsujita (near Exit A7, Nihombashi station) about 15min before it opened at 11am. It was pretty cold, and the owner very kindly switched the heaters on for us as we waited outside the restaurant. 🙂
Customers waiting in line to enter are also invited to have a cup of hot tea. The hot tea was really effective in warming up my hands in the cold weather. Great customer service if I may add!
As the self-service machine was not yet switched on, one of the chefs came to take orders from the customers who were waiting in line.
We got the most popular ramen (980¥), and it was yummy. I got to say though, the portion of ramen noodles was huge. I barely managed to finish it, while C left behind nearly 1/3 of it. The ramen noodles are served in a separate bowl, and you can soak as much noodles as you like in the broth.
The onsen egg was very nicely done, and the pork slices were tasty and tender (3 slices). C told me that 2 out of her 3 pork slices were tough, so I guess the consistency of the pork slices are not up to scratch. The broth was of a thicker consistency compared to other ramen broths that I had tasted. The ramen noodles are the thicker kind as well, so they were super filling for me, and I was unable to finish it all. That said, I do personally prefer the thinner ramen noodles though.
The music being played in the restaurant was also of a very high tempo, and kind of made you want to eat faster. The Japanese businessmen slurping down their ramen quickly does not help either. Such stress even while eating! :p
After brunch, we headed for Ikebukuro to do some shopping. We even went back to the Pokemon Centre to play the gachapon (coupon game where you buy a coupon and check to see what prize you won). I won for myself a pikachu towel. :p
We then took the subway to Meiji-jinggu, where we took a stroll within the grounds of Meiji-jinggu shrine.
The grounds of Meiji-jinggu were very beautiful and tranquil, and I really enjoyed the scenery (and greenery) all around me. Thankfully there were no noisy kids when we were there, and the kids that we saw there were all very well behaved! 🙂
Our next stop, the Harajuku shopping street, was a short walk away from the shrine. If you look closely at the display on the arch, you will realise that it is actually a live camera feed! We were not the only ones camwhoring with the live feed; we even saw a few businessmen taking multiple pictures of themselves on the live feed! :p
We stopped by a huge Daiso along Takeshita Street, where we did some more shopping (because it was so cheap we could not resist!). We also snacked on dessert crepes from Sweet Box.
I got for myself a gelato apple cinnamon crepe (460¥), while C got a gelato chocolate banana crepe (490¥). The crepe skin was soft, but I felt that there was too much whipped cream in the crepe, such that once the gelato was finished, it got a bit boring. I think these crepes were ok, but not as great as the crepes I had tried in Europe.
We left Harajuku in the late evening, and made a quick stop at Omotosande Koffee for some coffee. The cafe will be moving to Hong Kong (exact location to be announced), and will have ceased business in Omotosande by 31 December 2015.
I got a cappuccino (430¥) for myself, while C got herself a baileys cappuccino (630¥). As gourmet coffee goes, the cappuccino was pretty good, and left a sweet and mellow aftertaste in my mouth. The baileys cappuccino was an interesting concoction, and tasted good because the bailey shot was not too overpowering. This actually gave the cappuccino an even sweeter aftertaste.
Our last stop for the day was to Shibuya, where we watched (and videod) the sea of people crossing the road at the Shibuya crossing. Naturally, we also participated in the crossing later on!
L’s TIP: A good viewpoint is actually from the Shibuya station overlooking the Hachiko statue, and you get really good views (better than from the Starbucks at Tatsuya I feel).
We strolled along the streets of Shibuya, and did a bit more shopping along the way. We also tried this fried chicken snack in a side alley of Shibuya, and it was pretty good. The place is called Kin-no-torikara, and we got a regular size (290¥) to share.
We also checked out Tokyu Food Show, which is on the basement level of Tokyu Department Store, also located in Shibuya (and directly connected to the Shibuya station). We bought some food and headed back to our hotel to eat in comfort. The food hall has quite a good variety of food available, although they are mainly cold food, meaning that you would need to heat it up before eating (unless you get sushi of course).
Summary of Day 3:
– Tsujita Ramen
– Omotosande Koffee