enigmatic's Reviews ( 1 Stars )

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  • Le Cafe Doutor (Cafes / Ginza)
  • 2009/01/30
  • Disappointment. Say it with me now.... dis-a-ppoint-ment. It felt slightly less like a fancy Denny's, but it is still just a Dotour. The things I hate about "regular" Dotour still exist in this one...it's smokier than a run-down bingo hall. I do not enjoy going in to a place for a simple cup of coffee or sandwich only to leave reeking worse than a night out in Roppongi, sore throat and red eyes included. If you're in Ginza, there are much nicer places you can go for a cup of coffee. I suggest you try them out.
  • Tokyo Tower (Night View Spots / Azabu-juban)
  • 2009/01/28
  • The Monet of tourist attractions: cool from a distance but a total let-down when you see it up close. It is nothing more than a radio tower surrounded by stinky tour buses with a pathetic shopping center crammed underneath it. The only people who actually go here are tourists who allow Lonely Planet to jerk them around and foreign guys who think their Japanese girlfriends actually want to go here. Let me clue you in: IT'S NOT THE EIFFEL TOWER, DUMMY! There is absolutely nothing romantic about a giant orange radio antenna. If you want play off of a city view, don't be a stingy schmuck: go to Roppongi Hills.
  • Shakeys: Ikebukuro (American / Ikebukuro)
  • 2008/11/11
  • It doesn't matter which location you go to. Shakey's is equally bad all across Tokyo. It is an American chain that has been localized far too well. The pizzas lack adequate cheese topping, and choices run the gamut from classics like the wasabi barbecue chicken pizzas with corn to mochi dessert pizza. They've attempted nachos, but the toppings come on pre-seasoned Doritos. And the sausage doesn't sound too bad, until you look at the picture and realize the coiled shape is far too similar to some less desirable aspects of human digestion. The restaurants are perpetually loud and chaotic, with a frantic staff doing their best to accommodate all demands. If you're forced to patronize this chain, go for the curry fries. It may be the only decent thing on the menu.