Nippon ✖︎ Tokyo – II

The insane crowd at Takeshita Street on a Sunday


I can’t get enough of that cheeky little face when I asked for a smile for the picture! 😍


“So is this what sushi tastes like?”


Tokyo, Japan

Dedicated the entire day around the hood of Harajuku, and Eggs ‘n Things was our first stop for our second day in Tokyo – and the start of queueing for almost every meal we were just about to have. Stacey recommended me to pop by earlier to avoid the rather long queue, and she was right. We had to queue for about 30 minutes despite arriving before 10am, and by the time we left the queue looked like it would have took about an hour at least! So we do recommend that you drop by early for the breakfast if you are keen on checking this place out. They do serve one of the fluffiest pancakes that we have tried, and while the food look really simple every bite was a burst of flavour! Everyone definitely enjoyed their breakfast.

Eggs ‘n Things
4 Chome-30-2 Jingūmae, 渋谷区 Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0001 (map)
Tel: +81 3-5775-5735
Operating Hours: 

Walked over to the famous Takeshita Street thereafter, and it may just be a mistake to visit Harajuku on a Sunday. The crowd was absolutely insane! The initial plan was to visit Harajuku on a Sunday because my Mother-in-law heard that we may be able to spot cosplayers along the street but sadly we didn’t catch any of them in sight. But we grabbed our share of freshly fried potato chips from Calbee+, so that made me a happy kid! Truth to be told, we couldn’t wait to reach the end of the street with the sea of people around and we made our way to the next food pitstop on our list – Luke’s Lobster! It was then that we felt like we have to queue for almost everything we eat in Tokyo, because we waited for at least a good 40 minutes before we could grab hold of these highly-raved lobster sandwiches. The lobster roll was really fresh (and sweet), and had a unique herb seasoning to it.

Luke’s Lobster
6-7-1 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo (map)
Operating Hours: 

Made our way to Dominque Ansel Bakery for their famous cronuts, cookie shot and frozen s’mores – but sadly the cronuts were all sold out. One thing that really amazed us was how the locals are so willing to queue for their food! We queued for almost an hour, and we saw some people just walking away with one item! I mean, that’s not something that we’d do so the food better be worth the wait! When we got our cookie shot, Tyler couldn’t help but to steal sips of milk from it. And while I try my best to give him the healthiest food options possible, it was hard to resist giving him a second sip with that adorable little cookie-milk stained lips! The frozen s’more was a pleasant surprise, but it can get a tad too sweet if you weren’t sharing. Then again, my sweet tooth ain’t complaining!

We decided to take a walk over to Yoyogi Park & check out Meiji shrine to burn of some of the (sinful) calories that we flooded our system with earlier, and as a way to empty our stomachs before another wave of eating begins! It was a pity that a part of Meiji shrine were under reconstruction, and with the older folks getting tired from all that walking we didn’t get to visit the part of the park filled with the cherry blossoms trees. What a pity!

And with that, finding somewhere to sit down sounded like a perfect idea and off to AFURI for some yuzu ramen for our first round of dinner sounded like a perfect idea since it was just right around the corner. With the open concept at the Harajuku branch, it was hard to miss how much the Japanese take pride in their food (or even the way the work)! The moment the bowl of ramen was presented before me, the aroma of yuzu was overwhelming in a very pleasant way. Jon ordered a mini bowl of donburi and he absolutely loved it!

Dominque Ansel Bakery
5-7-14, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001
Tel: +81-3486-1329
Operating Hours: 

AFURI
3 Chome-63-1 Sendagaya, 渋谷区 Tokyo 151-0051, Japan
Tel: +81 3-6438-1910
Operating Hours: 

We weren’t joking when we said that our Tokyo itinerary revolves around food and cherry blossoms, literally! Located just about less than three minutes from Seibu-Shinjuku Station, Jon was determined to bring us to this ramen place where his Dad & him dined at for supper the day before since it was just about a block away from our AirBnB apartment. They had yakiago stock (grilled flying fish stock) for their soup base instead of the usual pork bone broth, and it was really flavourful! Every meal we had in Japan never fails.

As I’m penning down the events that went through that day, I’m actually shocked at how much we ate that day it’s almost embarrassing! But we wouldn’t it any other way. That night we definitely went to bed with a bloated stomach, but a really satisfied soul. x

Yakiago-Ramen Takahashi
1 Chome-27 Kabukicho Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Tel: +81 3-6457-3328
Operating Hours: 11.00am to 05.00am

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