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  • Luxor : Shibuya (Bars / Shibuya)
  • 2011/01/13
  • The food was overpriced and it was the worst semblance of Middle Eastern food I've ever had. We ordered a four or five dishes to share between four and none of them were impressive. The decor was over-adorned in a good way. Each table is curtained off by gossamer curtains which gives your table a more intimate feel. The service was kind of slow but the waitresses were very friendly. I'd say the best thing about the bar/restaurant is the shisha. We ordered mint and it was both delicious and very strong. The atmosphere was relaxing and the best part of the experience would be the shisha. I would recommend going to Luxor to smoke and drink but definitely not to eat.
  • Freshness Burger: Ebisu (Fast Food / Ebisu)
  • 2011/01/13
  • Freshness burger is a chain of burger joints throughout Tokyo. I went in with high expectations and was not disappointed. Seeing that they use organic and fresh products I was excited from the get go, you can certainly taste the quality of the ingredients in their burgers. I decided to go for the freshness burger, a grape soda and an order of half fried potato and half onion rings (genius combo), the total came to 700. After ordering I didn't have to wait to long till my meal came. One word: Yes. Yes it was delicious, yes I'll be going back and yes I wanted another one when I had scarfed down my burger.
  • Subway (American / Roppongi)
  • 2011/01/13
  • Sometimes a girl just needs a sandwich and Subway fulfills those needs superbly. Simple and quick Subway offers all the fillings and dressings needed to make a delicious sandwich. I personally like to go for the Avocado and Veggie. When I first went to Subway I hadn't seen avocado in months, albeit it wasn't fresh but it was still the delicious pounded to mush with preservatives kind and it filled my avocado-longing delightfully.
  • Krispy Kreme: Shinjuku (Doughnuts / Shinjuku)
  • 2011/01/13
  • Krispy Kreme an American chain imported to Tokyo and made even more delectable if that is even possible. I don't know what it is about the Japanese but they're able to take American chains and multiply the deliciousness twofold, case in point Starbucks and now Krispy Kreme. This location of Krispy Kreme (they have many throughout Tokyo including Shibuya and Yurakucho), has a very looooong and tedious line to wait in before you reach your doughnut prize. Some may say it's worth the wait but perhaps it would be even faster to jump onto the JR and visit the Shibuya location instead.
  • Vanity Lounge (Dance Clubs / Nightclubs / Roppongi)
  • 2011/01/13
  • I went to Vanity Lounge on a Friday and it was free entry for women. The place was pretty full but the crowd was verging on the older side, I'd say mostly thirties. The music was truly abysmal, the DJ did not know what they were doing and continued to play crappy pop songs mixed in with some RnB which I could've got into if the choices had been better. The redeeming qualities of Vanity Lounge is the beautiful view of Tokyo and as the evening progressed some dancers got up on the bar and tables and proceeded to strip down to their teeny tiny bikinis. It was an unexpected and fun surprise, even counterbalancing the bad music. Since it was free I'm not too sore about the whole experience but I shall not be returning to Vanity Lounge.
  • Aladdin (Bars / Koenji)
  • 2011/01/13
  • I could most definitely spend One Thousand and One Nights in Aladdin, especially since it's located in one of my favourite areas in Tokyo. A great shisha bar which gets filled to the brim on weekend nights. Aladdin offers a variety of shisha flavours even having the option to mix two all for the sweet sweet price of 800 yen. You also have to order a drink but just like their shisha, their drinks are reasonably priced and delicious. There are three locations Koenji, Kasai and Kichijoji but I've only ever been to the Koenji one. Great atmosphere, awesome bar. I will definitely be going back again and again.
  • NYC Doughnut Plant: Jiyugaoka (Bakery / Jiyugaoka)
  • 2011/01/12
  • I picked up a doughnut at NYC Doughnut Plant never having heard of the chain and boy was I in for a tasty treat! There are two sizes of doughnut, a small version of the gigantic American size serving and the original gigantic square shaped delicacy. Not one to back down in the face of a doughnut I bought the latter. I shared it with none other than a New Yorker who put their stamp of approval on the fried dough and was happy such a creation came from their beloved city. So far my favourite flavour is Vanilla but I'm excited to try the many others they have on offer.
  • Soup Stock Tokyo (Fast Food / Yotsuya)
  • 2011/01/12
  • A little on the pricey side for bread and soup, Soup Stock Tokyo is a quick and easy spot for someone wanting lunch on the go. Though the ingredients are extremely fresh which shows in the quality of the bread and soup the prices verge on the extravagant considering you can get a larger and more filling meal in Tokyo for far less. This place is great if you're looking for something that's light and tasty.
  • Pakutch! (Bars / Shibuya)
  • 2010/12/08
  • Indeed Pakutch! does deserves its exclamation mark, because it is pretty exciting. This delicious burger bar is situated three minutes from Shibuya station. Eye-catching from the outside, I decided to try my luck and was not disappointed. I ordered a set where you get a burger, the choice of potato chips or a salad and a choice of drink. I was so hungry and the burger looked so delicious, that my intentions of taking a picture before I started the meal were forgotten the moment I laid eyes on it. I ordered the Pakutch! burger which comes with avocado and bacon, they compliment each other perfectly. The potato chips were hot and just the right amount of salty. The only downside to the burger was the mayo slathered all over the bottom bun.
    Apart from the burger being fantastic, Pakutch! is also a popular bar where it seems a lot of the Shibuya youth like to come. They have a range of beers and a great atmosphere, I definitely wouldn't mind spending an evening here and will probably be going back.
  • Hattifnatt (Italian / Koenji)
  • 2010/12/08
  • The MOST charming restaurant I have ever been to. I was meeting my friends here and one of them described it as a tree house with a hobbit door which is EXACTLY what it looks like. The restaurant is very cramped which only lends to its fantastical, child-like appearance. There are three floors, the bottom is the kitchen and the top two are filled with tables. They have a vast array of drinks, desserts and food, plenty of choice and lots of reasons to go here. The food was extremely delicious as two of my friends are vegetarian we ordered veggie-friendly food. We had lasagna, salad and pizza. All of which were delicious, the menu was pretty comprehensive so I'm sure there's something there for everyone. And I know that in Tokyo it's pretty hard to eat veggie so this restaurant is a great option. We also shared three desserts which rocked my world, the cocktails were fantastic too. The restaurant had a great atmosphere, it was a great place to spend the evening. The upper floors even have a telecom system so you can order without having to flag down the friendly waitresses. I hugely recommend this place, one of those tucked away treasure in Tokyo.
  • MaiDreamin: Saado (Maid Cafes / Akihabara)
  • 2010/12/08
  • Interesting experience. I'd heard about these maid cafes and my curiosity was definitely piqued. We were walking around Akihabara and just happened upon a maid who was so cheerful and peppy (almost creepily so) we decided to pay the 500 entrance fee and see what happened. Once we reached the 4th floor (the 5th is for smokers) we were greeted by a chorus of voices and shown to our table by Roa one of the maids. The place was decked out in pastels and there were a couple of other customers. There are several options on the menus. You can order food and drink or get one of the four set menus which offers food or a drink and a picture with a maid. I chose the dessert set which came with a choice of drink. The pancake was fine, nothing special while the ice cream was extremely good. They sang us songs and stirred our drinks. We were called princesses. It was a bizarre yet fun experience, I'd recommend this place for anyone in the mood for the surreal.
  • Oedo Onsen Monogatari (Super Sentos / Odaiba)
  • 2010/12/08
  • My first experience at an onsen was here and WHAT an experience. I loved it so much I came back a month later and took my sister who was visiting me! This place has been described as a pseudo theme park and that description isn't far off, because the old Edo setting gives the onsen a fun theme and gimmick. Go here with a bunch of friends or with one other person there are so many restaurants and desert shops to keep you busy in between dips in the baths. Both times I went after 6pm and the entrance fee was much cheaper than day-time admission at 1480. Definitely worth it. Once checked in they'll give you a wrist-band you can scan for food and drinks so you don't have to bring in any money. Choose your yukata and obi and you're good to go. Once you've changed and shed all your belongings you're transported to the streets of Edo with shops and games, and even an arcade to keep children occupied. There is a wonderful (slightly painful) foot bath, a spa offering many treatments and then the baths, about seven in total. I have never felt so relaxed in my life!! So many different baths to choose from, each as great as the next with soothing minerals and also a sauna and a steam room.
    The food is also delicious, there is a range of Japanese cuisine to choose from all reasonably priced. They also serve this shaved ice concoction which is to die for! Definitely get it if you're feeling a little over-heated from the baths, remember to keep hydrated too. You can stay here overnight too which will cost you an extra 1100 after 11pm. It seems that mostly men do this because those were the only people we saw when we were leaving. SUCH a great experience, I hugely recommend.
  • Tokyo Disney Sea (Amusement Parks / Kinshicho)
  • 2010/12/08
  • Disney Sea surpassed my expectations a thousand fold. We went after 6pm and bought the twilight pass which is a lot cheaper at 3,100. As it was much later there were barely any crowds. In the four hours we were there (it closes at 10pm) I got to go on ALL the rides, some even twice. The longest I had to wait was 25 minutes which just flew by. The setting is beautiful, Disney Sea really puts attention to detail in every world it creates. Mediterranean Harbor, American Waterfront, Mysterious Island, Mermaid Lagoon, Port Discovery, Arabian Coast and Lost River Delta all transport you to a authentic and magical realm. The food is delicious too. I tried two different flavors of popcorn, caramel and curry both of which were very tasty. All in all a wonderful experience, I want to go back!
  • Tonki: Meguro (Teishoku, Yoshoku / Meguro)
  • 2010/12/07
  • BEST.TONKATSU.EVER. We came before it opened at 4pm on a Sunday and boy am I glad we did, there was already a queue starting to form. Downstairs you can sit at the bar where you can watch the factory line of seasoned tonkatsu professionals make your meal. It's fascinating to watch. At 4.30pm the bar was already full and many people were waiting for seats to open up. I've also been here at 7pm on a Sunday and what a line! Definitely go on the early side. If not you can sit upstairs but you don't get the joy of watching the makings of the perfect tonkatsu. You can also book if you have a larger party which they can accommodate with private rooms.

    Now for the tonkatsu, there are three types of Tonkatsu you can order. The Hire-Katsu lean meat, the Rohsu-Katsu with some fat on the pork and Kushi-Katsu meat skewered with onions. I've ordered the Rohsu-Katsu and the Kushi-Katsu both of which were so tasty I got so sad when the meal was over. The place also gives free refills for rice and cabbage. The staff are very friendly and the restaurant has a great atmosphere. The only downside is after you leave you'll smell like tonkatsu but how's that a bad thing? A great Japanese experience for those looking for somewhere authentic and DELICIOUS.
  • Tsukiji Tama-sushi: Shinjuku (Sushi / Yoyogi)
  • 2010/12/01
  • MMMMMMM, my mouth is watering just remembering the joyous meal I had at Tamasushi! We had to wait in line but it certainly was worth it. We sat at the bar where we watched the skilled sushi chefs at work. The fish! Oh my the fish was very fresh, straight from Tsukiji fish market that morning and you could certainly taste it. The proportion of rice to fish was perfect and each piece of sushi just melted in your mouth. The service was excellent and the waitresses were constantly re-filling our water and tea and helped us with the menu since it was our first time there. The view is great and it made for a relaxing and MOST enjoyable lunch.
  • Trump Room (Dance Clubs / Nightclubs / Shibuya)
  • 2010/12/01
  • Trump Room is a little hard to find, if you see the club Camelot that's a good sign, you are close by! Dressing up is a must, the people watching is extremely fun, like everyone has come right out of a street-style blog but the real scene-stealer is the club itself. The decor is amazing with chandeliers taking up every inch of the ceiling. Mirrors on the walls make the rooms look bigger and create a sense of the fantastical, like one just walked into a fairytale. There are three different floors all with the same small, intimate rooms. The night I went the DJ was playing hits from the 60's and 70's which is right up my alley. The atmosphere was great and I danced the nigth away.
  • New Lex (Dance Clubs / Nightclubs / Roppongi)
  • 2010/12/01
  • The entrance fee is pricey, 4,000 for men, 3,000 for women both with three drink/food coins however, the three free drinks makes it worthwile compared to other clubs where you only get one free drink for the same entry price. And for all you ladies out there, New Lex has Ladies Night on Mondays and Thursdays where the admission is free with two complimentary food/drink coins. The club is pretty small, one room with limited seating area which is mostly cordoned off to create a semblance of a VIP area. The cocktails are delicious and they offer a wide variety, I also hear the food they serve is pretty tasty in case you're ever in need of an energy boost after burning all those calories on the dancefloor. The club also has lots and lots of pictures of celebrities and models plastered all over the walls. It's fun seeing pictures of celebrities of yore and their fresh faces when they were young. The atmosphere was great and New Lex was playing the best music I have so far heard in a club in Tokyo. The DJ was on fire playing his own mixes of current pop mixed with trance and dubstep. I shall definitely return especially since I still have a drink coin I can use up!
  • Mori Art Museum (Museums / Roppongi)
  • 2010/12/01
  • The Mori Art Museum is a great space for exhibitions conveniently located at the top of Roppongi Hills Tower. When you reach the top the view is simply breathtaking as Tokyo's tangled metropolis continues for miles and miles. Though I enjoyed the space itself and the flow of the rooms, the art exhibition I went to was disappointing, (one man's collection whose taste levels I simply didn't agree with). However, I will certainly be back as it seems The Mori Art Museum changes its programs frequently and usually holds interesting and provocative exhibitions.
  • Edo-Tokyo Museum (Museums / Ryogoku)
  • 2010/12/01
  • The museum is well set out, the flow takes you from the very early stages of the Edo period into different aspects of culture like books, prints, theatre, trade and prostitution. You then walk to the other side of the museum and the later stages of the Edo period which explains the modernization of Tokyo, The Great Kanto Earthquake and WW2. The format becomes a little monotonous, there is a LOT of information they offer on each object. The real stars of the museum were the miniature and life-size replicas of Edo Japan. The attention to detail is staggering and really gives you an idea of life in Tokyo during an earlier time. The Edo-Tokyo Musuem is a great place to spend a quiet afternoon and will keep you intrigued for hours.
  • Tully's Coffee (Cafes / Shibuya)
  • 2010/12/01
  • Though Tully's Coffee is pricey it uses good quality beans. I've also had the iced matcha tea which was so so, I've had better at other places. Quiet enought to study or read a book, this coffe shop is nothing out of the ordinary and just another chain with many locations, others including Shinjuku and Ikebukuro.
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