Monday, July 28, 2014

Mei's Tokyo Travel Recommendations

Hi everyone! It's Mei! So everyone going to Tokyo already knows about the typical places for Fashion, Historical Sites, and streets, but I'd like to share a bit of my not so "secret" but "secret" enough places I enjoy going to in Tokyo! Beware though, these are not touristy places! TAKANO Fruits Parlor

Do you like fruits? Parfaits? Cakes? Sweets? Well this place is a MUST MUST go to dessert! I'm not too fond of sweet things, but I can handle Takano! Their desserts are not too sweet, because they don't want anything to over power the flavor and natural sweetness of the fruit.

Here's a Pic of the Parfaits I've had with a friends!

My recommended Parfait from their parlor is the Musk Melon Parfait! As for their cakes.....I recommend the Musk Melon Roll Cake!! That's a whole lot of melon right? But.....I love melon!!!!

 I think this one was "Father's Day" special Parfait!

This one I'm having is the Musk Melon Parfait! It's #1! The one my friend is having is....mixed fruits!
Princes of parfaits range from 850~1500 yen. (Musk Melon is 1300 I think) HIGH QUALITY FRUITS!

This is the #1 ranked Musk Melon Roll cake! I wanted to try it....but since I had no special occasion that day, I just wrote "Even if you get fat, I love you -From Mei" to my boyfriend! We made about 6 slices!!! 5/5 DELICIOUS!

You can easily Google TAKANO FRUITS parlor and find it at right outside of the main Shinjuku station next to GUCCI/underground. There are many other locations too! But the Shinjuku location next to Gucci is the only Parfait Bar!

For those of you who like Tonkatsu, THIS WILL BE THE BEST TONKATSU OF YOUR LIFE.

Restaurant Name: Tonta とん太
Nearest Station: Takadanobaba
Address: 3 Chome-17-8 Takada, Toshima, Tokyo 171-0033

This place is AMAZING. Juicy. CRUNCHY. Soft. Moist. Succulent Meat.....OH MY GOD.
It has pretty high ratings on food apps in Japan too! A MUST MUST try for Tonkatsu lovers! I never liked Tonkatsu because of the oily. (I haven't been to this place in a while, so I googled some pics!)

So this stuff looks really pink and..scary to eat, but don't worry! It's okay to eat it like this! In fact, it tastes the BEST eaten like this~! This is not your typical OVER FRIED DRY tonkatsu!

On the table, there should also be many kinds of salt you can choose to eat this with! so NO TONKATSU SAUCE! just eat this with SALT! (I recommend the Vietnamese Salt!)

TIP: if you don't speak Japanese, bring a picture to show what you want to order! ...or just ask for the OSUSUME!

DATE NIGHT/LUNCH Recommendation 

This next place is for those of you ladies who want to go out with for a cute lunch, craving mexican/spanish food, or need a date night dinner place.

Hacienda in DAIKANYAMA is a mexican food and spanish tapas Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Bar&Lounge place! Daikanyama is walking distance from Shibuya, but you can also take a direct bus from shibuya station for 100yen, or train one stop. Daikanyama in recent years has become a little like Omotesando. They have many stylish cafes, fancy restaurants, and fancy bars. Many girls who go shopping in Shibuya often go to Daikanyama to wrap up their day with a drink or sweets. My favorite cafe "FRAMES" closed down in Daikanyama and relocated to NakaMeguro, but if you walk around, you'll quickly find many cute cafes.

Anyways, Hacienda looks like......... THIS!
They are located on the 10th floor (or top floor) of their building and you can see all of Shibuya/the rest of Tokyo on the terrace and inside the restaurant if you sit along the window. This place looks extremely expensive, but it's actually average and affordable! I think a huge pitcher of Sangria costs only 1300yen! 
TIP: Make sure to make a reservation via Calling or their WEBSITE for weekends! This place gets packed!

Here is a picture from a cafe I went to in Daikanyama, but I don't remember the name! Sorry!

Unagi in NAKANO

For Unagi lovers, or for people who would like to try Unagi, I highly recommend this place called Miharu [味治] in Nakano! This restaurant was also featured in some Manga....but if you go here, they have the manga on the bookshelf!

tabelog page!
I recommend getting the Unajyu at 2500Yen (うな重)
Here's a kind of creepy video"unboxing" this......I'm sorry I was really excited!

Kasai Rinkai Koen
 This last place I'd also like to recommend is perfect for dates or if you'd like to ride the biggest ferris wheel in JAPAN!!! This place has beautiful  a flower garden and spacious nature-esque park!

Look at how huge this is!!!! Even if I took this photo 

So lovely right? I don't recommend this ride...thing....for people who are afraid of heights! 

Have you been to any of these places?  Do you have any recommendations for other favorite spots?

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the recommendations! On my next trip, I think we'll try to find these tonkatsu place. I saw the ferris wheel near Kansai Rinkai Koen station but we were headed to Tokyo Sea Life Park so we didn't stop (+ my mom is afraid of heights). Tokyo Sea Life Park was pretty nice though considering it's reasonably large and it was only like 700yen where many other aquariums are closer to 2000yen.