enigmatic's Reviews ( Shibuya )

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  • Kanichahan no Mise (Chinese / Shibuya)
  • 2009/01/30
  • I have this theory that anything fried must be good. Just varying degrees of good. Well, as far as crab fried rice is concerned, it is definitely on the fabulous end of "good". And you know you're not the only one who thinks it's good when a generic drop-in counter shop stays busy all day long. I mean, this stuff is so good nobody has to dress it up or advertise it. Everyone just knows that it rocks. I highly recommend this place if you're in the area and need something fast.
  • Club Sega: Shibuya (Game Arcades / Shibuya)
  • 2009/01/30
  • These places are awesome. It's like the arcade you used to go to when you were a kid mixed with carnival games from the state fair collided head-on with adult gambling. The artifical horse-race games where you used to slide the ball down the incline at the fair? You can actually bet on those things like they're REAL horse races. Parallel dimension...

    It's really fun to go here with friends and just get a bit rowdy (not too much, just enough to get that "shame on you" look from the elderly).
  • Aoyama Book Center: Main Store (Bookstores / Shibuya)
  • 2009/01/30
  • While this book store doesn't have as large of a foreign collection as, say, Kinokuniya in Shinjuku, it does have a different selection of books. I've found books here that I never even noticed or was unable to locate in Kinokuniya or Libro. Like most bookstores, it is very relaxed and inviting. But I do have a tendency to worry about touching things in ABC simply because all the displays are white and always look so pristine...
  • Shang lou (Chinese / Shibuya)
  • 2009/01/30
  • I tried to like this place. I really did. But I had a horrific experience with this dish in Chongqing. That experience (and the horrific week that followed) was enough to make me reluctant to eat more than a couple of bites. Everyone else in the group seemed to really enjoy it, but when I went home I had to make myself a sandwich. Given the price of dinner, for me it was a bit of a disappointment.
  • Yamaya: Shibuya (Liquor / Shibuya)
  • 2009/01/30
  • Life is good with Yama-ya. Tim-tams. Beer. Dried fruit snacks. Cheeeeeeesssseeeee!!!! Chips. Ice cream. Chili. Soup. *drool

    Pretty much a one-stop shop for all your "western" food cravings. Forget having mom mail over that box of Cracklin' Oat Bran and Bsquik! Pick it up at your convenience, but remember: Yama-ya is like a can of Pringles...once you shop, you can't stop.
  • Maruara-Watanabe (Japanese Goods / Shibuya)
  • 2009/01/30
  • I stumbled into this store for the first time just a couple of weeks ago. I have to say, it is the perfect place to stop in and pick up gifts before heading home for the holidays. It's also a great place to take out of town guests so they can do all their shopping for friends back home. They've got generic souvenirs like keychains and postcards, but they've also got sandals, bags made of kimono-style fabric, aprons emblazoned with the names of different brands of sake, and yukata.

    The ladies who work in the store are originally from the Kyoto area and provide you with a lot of gift options indicative of that area. They are also extremely friendly and helpful.
  • Krispy Kreme Doughnuts: Shibuya (Doughnuts / Shibuya)
  • 2009/01/30
  • The smell wafting from a Krispy Kreme is enough to give you a cavity. But it is absolutely divine. In the satellite locations like this one, the line is significantly shorter than at the Krispy Kreme in Shinjuku. Due to the length of the line in Shinjuku, I was never able to enjoy the cafe treats they have to offer (like specialty coffees and smoothies). But in locations like this one you can sample pretty much everything the company has to offer. Just keep in mind that no matter how large or small the Krispy Kreme is, the noise level is fairly high.
  • Bar Piano (Bars / Shibuya)
  • 2009/01/29
  • Yet another one of those places in Tokyo that makes you feel like you've just been teleported to an alternate reality. Classic "germanic" decor sometimes feels more like a cross between garage-sale chic and a bordello. But the staff is delightful and it's all in good fun. Honestly, the atmosphere is a welcome change from the inside of most places. Drinks are a bit pricey, but you are pretty much paying for the environment (but isn't that always the case?)
  • Gusto (Family Restaurant / Shibuya)
  • 2009/01/29
  • Although my opinion of this place is not strong enough to warrant a small novel, either for or against, it was a pretty decent place. Reminded me of Saizeriya - cheap food, cheap drinks, and an ok environment. Good spot for that week before payday.
  • astral lamp (Cocktail Lounges / Shibuya)
  • 2009/01/29
  • Aside from the really cool name of this place, it is a nice little hole-in-the-wall location with friendly staff, and good food. It just has the feeling of being your nice little local place...cozy and welcoming. As with many spots like this, though, you really can't take a large group.
  • la fabrique (Dance Clubs / Nightclubs / Shibuya)
  • 2009/01/28
  • Great location right in the center of Shibuya and a great place to dance the night away after shopping all day long. It's also a good place to stop in for a quick snack in the middle of your day. Ritzy atmosphere and classy appearance - definitely dress to impress. A little overpriced for dinner but when it's all said and done, I'd go back.
  • Sweets Paradise: Shibuya (Japanese Sweets & Cafes / Shibuya)
  • 2008/12/26
  • Holy diabetes, Batman! If you're looking for a great way to send your bloodsugar through the roof, go here. Sweets abound, but the smaller pieces allow you to enjoy without making an extra notch in your belt. Thought their specialty really is dessert, the food is pretty good, too. If feels a bit like a school cafeteria, but the food certainly doesn't taste like the stuff you ate in elementary school.
  • Pink Sweet Berry (Cafes / Shibuya)
  • 2008/12/26
  • Tasty fro-yo is a nice break from the heavy ice creams at places like Cold Stone or even Baskin Robbins. They've got lots of topping options and the staff is friendly with limited English ability (you can order easily, but asking for directions might get a bit more difficult). Prices are pretty much what you'd expect at a place like this. There is usually space available for sitting. Nothing majorly special.
  • Saizeriya (Family Restaurant / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/17
  • You know those days when your boss just drives you crazy and you want to have a drink with your lunch? Well, 200 yen glasses of wine at Saizeriya make it possible to do just that without blowing your clubbing budget. It's a pretty standard fast food Italian chain, but like most places in the city, it is absolutely packed during lunch. This is mostly due to, not to the cheap wine, but the very cheap food. And the best part is, the food isn't actually that bad. 500 yen is enough for a filling lunch, and 800 to 1,000 yen will get you a steak with veggies.
  • Club Pure (Dance Clubs / Nightclubs / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/17
  • Pure...what is there to say besides ALL-YOU-CAN-DRINK. Maybe you didn't hear me...ALL-YOU-CAN-DRINK! What kind of club offers this? What club can afford to offer this? Who cares! I got my booty-shakin' on and if you know somebody who knows somebody, VIP is pretty chill. The thing about VIPs, though, is they pay for their drinks. Have fun with that.
    If you're a foreigner looking for a one-night stand, happy hunting. Most girls who go here go to get picked up...don't be afraid to close a deal or seem lecherous.
  • Club Asia (Dance Clubs / Nightclubs / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/17
  • Pumpin' every night of the week...house music, hip-hop, and I've heard that some nights are even rock and roll...but don't quote me on that. During the weekends there are not many foreigners in the place, but during the week there's a good mix.
  • Club Atom (Dance Clubs / Nightclubs / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/17
  • Three wonderful floors of entertainment. From hip-hop on top to psytrance down below and nothing but house music all night long on the ground floor, this place is amazing. It is a club that caters to booty-shaking in all its glorious forms. And with enough room to dance, bounce, grind, and drink all night long, it absolutely has one-up on other clubs in Shibuya. Bartenders speak English, and you get one free drink at the door. Cover is 3,000 yen. Aaaand, for your convenience, it is located in the center of the love hotel district and is right next to a convenience store. Absolutely foreigner-friendly, as long as you don't act like a bunch of jerks who just left Gaspanic.
  • Womb (Dance Clubs / Nightclubs / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/17
  • For everything from private events to headlining DJs from around the world to local talent, this is the place to go. Although it is sometimes so tightly packed that breathing can be a struggle, they do a great job of making it feel like it's underground. If you can last until first train and the club closing, you can become one of the few who get a discount by signing up for the Womb VIP club. Oh, and be prepared to be sshhhhhh'd if you have to wait outside the building to get in. People who live in the neighborhood have complained about the noise of the clubs so much that you'll feel like you're lining up for a school assembly. Drink prices are average, but cover is a bit pricey (around 5,000 yen).
  • Condomania: Shibuya (Fun Shops / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/17
  • Like other locations of Condomania, the shop is small. But in a small space you can have quite a selection of condoms. And they do have a nice selection. They've got a wide variety of conventional brands, colors, flavors, lubricants, etc. It is much more of a novelty shop than a toy shop, though. Penis straws, gag-condoms, boobie stress toys, etc. are much more condomania's thing. All in all, a pretty fun place to go.
  • Tokyu Hands: Shibuya (Fun Shops / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/17
  • A great department store with a little bit of everything, Tokyu Hands is a great place to start looking for anything you might need if you don't know where to get it. It is particularly good for DIYers, but has an extensive selection of items for home decor and furnishings, traditional Japanese collectibles and gifts for friends back home, and a fantastic "seasonal" section for Halloween costumes and Christmas decorations. The only thing to remember about Tokyu Hands in Shibuya is that, like all stores in Shibuya, it is extremely crowded, particularly when compared to other locations in the same chain. Also, the split-leveling of the store makes it less friendly for navigating (the floors are offset from each other by half flights of stairs...so there's 2A, 2B, and 2C, with 2A and 2C on the same level, 2B offset by half a floor). Awkward layout aside, is really is a great store.
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