Saturday, November 12, 2011

Day 15 - Prix Fixe Lunch and going to a real Izayaka!

Today we went for a set lunch with Megu's mom at a local western style restaurant known for their fresh baked bread.  We had a coupon (awesome, SO love deals!), so our prix fixe lunch was only 1300 yen (about $16 after exchange due to strong yen).  But the beauty of Japanese restaurants is that the 5% tax (vs. 12% in Vancouver) is included in the price and there's zero tipping in Japan.  So really you can ignore the conversion up from 1300 yen to $16 and just treat it like $13 bucks.  If the yen was actually weak like it was a handful of years ago it would be an even better deal!

On to the food!  At this price point, you're not exactly expecting miracles but the food was surprisingly good.  And for $1 more, it included unlimited drinks, albeit self-service.  I drank my weight in Calpis!  I'll quote wiki about what Calpis actually tastes like "The beverage has a light, somewhat milky, and slightly acidic flavor, similar to plain or vanilla-flavored yogurt or Yakult."  I personally love Calpis soda, which just carbonates it really.  It's branded as Calpico in North America so it doesn't sound like cow... well, yeah, you know what I mean.
First course was a simple green salad with a well-balanced vinaigrette.
This restaurant is well-known for making fresh baked bread around to your table every few minutes.  Fresh bread owns!!!  Tons of variety of flavours, from cheese to herbs to cherry to fish roe.  Yeah, fish roe.
Second course we had a choice, so I chose duck tomato pasta.  The flavours were surprisingly well-balanced and full-flavoured, rather shocking at such a great value.  You can see my glass of Calpis in the background!
 Main course was honey-mustard glazed chicken with veg.  Again, surprised by how well-prepared this was.
Later that night, we took the train into downtown Nagoya to meet up with friends of Megu's at an izakaya.  Yet again, I'll defer to wiki "An izakaya (居酒屋?) is a type of Japanese drinking establishment which also serves food to accompany the drinks. They are popular, casual places for after-work drinking."

Kinda sounds like a pub, no?  Well in Vancouver, izakaya's have exploded all over downtown in the last few years because they've essentially become over-priced Japanese tapas restaurants that serve a few drinks (WAY higher margins... $8 for deep fried prawns topped with mayo at guu, a vancouver standby for izakayas?!?  If you bought $8 of sushi, you'd expect a meal, not an appetizer)

Here's a shot of the inside of the izakaya with our friend Haruka.
Not glamorous in the least unlike most izakayas in Vancouver that are trying SO hard to be fancy schmancy.

Here's a shot of a random delicious beef dish topped with green onions:
Izakaya's also apparently tend to have nostalgic little treats that people would buy for pennies back when they were kids to munch on while you drink.
Yummy cheesey something.  Can you tell I'm like two weeks behind on blogging and don't remember much?!?  Ai-ya!!
Deep-fried chicken wings with Japanese Mayo!
Group shot with everyone :)

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