Kagetsu is the best place to go if you’re looking to get some good fried rice while in Japan! … And I will argue you down if you say different, lol. My family goes to Kagetsu at least once a week! It’s so cheap; an order of fried rice (which comes with onion soup) and gyoza cost about ¥860! I think that’s an awesome deal! Even though, fried rice is all I order when we go, there are other things to choose from, like: ramen.
One of the things I find cool about Kagetsu is the ticket vending machine! It’s fast and simple. Place your money into the machine, choose what you want, then a little ticket with your ordered on it pops out from the bottom. You can sit wherever there is space and a waitress will come bring you water and collect your tickets.
The rice comes on a hot plate with eggs on the bottom, green onions, and butter on top. Once you get your food, you have to mix it using two giant ( okay, not giant but big) spoons. You want to mix your food while the plate is sizzling hot, so it will cook properly. The process is so fast, that I never have enough time to snap a picture of mixing it.. Maybe I’ll try next week! (You know, since I go so much, lol.)
Kagetsu is fast, cheap, and just plain ol’ good! With so many Kagetsu restaurants around, I’m quite sure you will be able to find one without any troubles!
So Tell Me…
Do you like fried rice? Or Gyoza and Ramen?
Do you have a favorite place to get good food at a reasonable price?
Before arriving to Japan, one of the place my husband and I were most excited to try was McDonald’s. Yes I know, out of all the cool, and unique restaurants to try we were excited about McDonald’s. So, when we got off that 10+ hour flight, that was the first thing we ate! Don’t judge, lol.
Like many of the restaurants here in Japan, there are strange items on the menu. One burger had shrimp on it and another one had avocado, which probably isn’t bad, but the shrimp burger didn’t sound too good and I love to try new and strange things. One thing that I notice was the meal sizes. A large size meal is actually a medium size compared to The State and a small is a kids size. It’s very tiny.
I tried a Chicken Filet-o and it was tasty, but my favorite part of the meal was the drink. I ordered a cherry blossom flavored drink and my husband got a pineapple one. The drinks were made with cherry blossom and pineapple flavor syrup mixed with Sprite. I did not like the cherry blossom drink. It tasted like the flavored cough medicine your parents would try to get you to take as a kid. Yeah, that bad. The pineapple was great! It tasted exactly like pineapples and none of the cough medicine taste. There were other flavors but when we came back to try them, they were gone. Hopefully they will make a return, so I can share them with you!
So Tell Me…
Would you be interested in trying any of the drinks?
What’s new at McDonald’s in America?
Am I missing out on anything cool?
At the beginning of the summer my family and I took a trip to Aoyama. Aoyama is an upscale shopping and entertainment district not too far from Harajuku and Shibuya. While exploring, we found a small narrow alley that expanded into a larger sized space called Commune 246.
Commune 246 is host to about 11 food stands, each having their own special style. I was so amazed by the area. it was stylish, cool, and hip. There were different varieties of stands ranging from: vegan, organic Hawaiian food, Indian, and Thai.
With so many places to choose from it was hard to pick just one place to try, but we agreed to try Brooklyn Ribbon Fries. The ribbons fries came in two different sizes: small and large. There were 4 signature flavors: Sea Salt & Black Pepper, All Spice, Cinnamon Sugar, and Onion Gratin Soup. My husband and I both tried a large Sea Salt & Black Pepper, which cost about ¥550 each. The ribbon fries were delicious and fun to eat! If you decide to check out Brooklyn Ribbon Fries, I would recommend making it the first place on your list while in Aoyama; they run out of potatoes pretty fast. I cannot wait until we head back to try the other stands. I had my eyes on the organic Hawaiian food truck =)
More of Commune 246:
Before moving to Tokyo my husband and I loved to hit up our favorite breakfast spots. You know, everyone’s favorite breakfast spots: Denny’s, IHOP. When we finally arrived here we quickly realized there weren’t any places to get pancakes in our area, so we settled on making pancakes at home. Months had gone by and we were fed up (YES, fed up. Lol) with making pancakes and decided to search for a place. I mean, we live in Tokyo, there HAS to be at least one place to get pancakes, right?
Well, one weekend while exploring Harajuku we came across a restaurant named Eggs ‘N Things. Super excited about our find, we stood in line waiting to get our hands on some PANCAKES! We both ordered a pancake/omelet combo and dug right in. The pancakes were small (which is fine because we have gotten use to smaller portions here) but just what we needed to extinguish our cravings. Our omelets on the other hand, we didn’t like. But, overall I would still recomend stopping by to check it out for yourself.
* Eggs ‘N Things is located at 4-30-2 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo. Open Mon-Fri 9am-10.30pm, Sat, Sun 8am-10.30pm.
So back to the drawing board.. We found a place named Sunday Jam and we love it! The restaurant is small, located on the second floor at 4-28-27 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo. Open 9am – 10pm daily.
The atmosphere gave off a hipster vibe. The menu isn’t in English but it wasn’t hard to figure out what to get. My husband and I ordered the Honolulu Pancake Nuts and Maple and a mojito. Everything was DELICIOUS! Served with whipped cream and your choice of Bacon ( I wish I would have gotten the bacon. I tried a bite of my husband’s and it was good) or sausage. The waiter also offered maple syrup! I would definitely recommend this place to anyone visiting Tokyo looking for a good pancake breakfast!
*Excuse the baby hand. She was going for the sausage! lol
*Stairway leading to the restaurant
Okay, I must admit I’m a foodie! I love food and whenever I find a good spot with great food and good service I get overwhelmed with excitement. The Great Burger in Harajuku is by far one of the best places to get a burger in Tokyo! Its a little tricky to find but thank goodness for Google Maps! =)
*The Great Burger is located at 〒150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya, 神宮前6-12-5. Open 11:30am – 11pm Mon-Sun.
I absolutely love the inside of this restaurant! Its junky but in a cool funky kind of way! We love to eat in the back of the restaurant where there are two couches and a table in between them. It almost feels as if you are eating at home on the couch in front of the tv.
*(Sorry for the bad crop job. lol)
Let’s get to the best part: THE FOOD! The Great Burger just doesn’t have burgers. They have sandwiches, pancakes, steaks, and salads. There is also a featured Burger of the Month. With so many different types of burgers its hard to choose which one to try, but I’d recommend trying the cheese burger or the grilled chicken sandwich, if its your first time visiting.
*Cheese burger. Yummm! Not too many potato wedges but that’s okay… Trust me!
* Grilled chicken sandwich. Another Yum! (The Hubs takes the best pictures)
So, if you are in Harajuku for a day of shopping and get hungry, visit The Great Burger! You won’t be sorry.