The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Sushi and Ice cream, Tokyo

I mentioned previously that my sister Honey recently arrived in Tokyo to stay for a while. Naturally I've been taking her to our favourite eats, including to our favourite sushi restaurant at Sushi Zanmai in Tsukiji.

On our first visit, Honey and I shared an order of the Sashimi Set as an afternoon snack (we had the 1 year old with us, so we chose a table instead of sitting at the counter). The set included kohada (gizzard shard), maguro (tuna), ikura (salmon roe), ika (squid), akagai (ark shell) and botan ebi (spotted shrimp). All were fresh and delicious. On our second visit only a week later with my friends visiting from Australia, we left Zak at home with Rob so that Honey and my friends could have the counter experience. As always, the quality was excellent, and everyone enjoyed the variety of sushi that is not available back home in Australia, such as uni (sea urchin roe/gonads), ama-ebi (sweet shrimp) and joh-anago ('top quality' sea eel).

The Zanmai Sashimi set; and Joh-Anago (grilled sea eel), which is one of my favourite sushi items at Zanmai:

After our sushi brunch, we headed into Ginza on foot, past the Kabuki theatre, and by pure chance we arrived on the main street (Chuo-dori) at 12pm on the dot which is the the time when the street becomes a "pedestrians paradise" (only on weekends). We watched as the police waited for the nearby clock to start chiming and then set up road blocks to cordon off motor traffic for pedestrians-only access on the street.

With Honey on Chuo-dori in Ginza:

I brought our group to Pierre Marcolini Chocolatier where we indulged in delicious (but pricey) ice cream (I've had ice cream from this chocolatier twice before).

Poring over the ice cream menu in front of the ice cream cafe section of Pierre Marcolini (next door is the chocolate cafe); Honey's 2-scoop ice cream cone:

The display case inside, showcasing cakes and eclairs as well as ice cream;:

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