By coincidence, I’d chanced upon a flyer about an order-all-you-can summer dinner deal at the Miyuki Restaurant of the Chinzanso hotel in an old part of Tokyo.
My favorite toro sushi…
It offered all the delicious things that people want to eat when they think of Japanese food — like toro sushi, high-grade beef teppanyaki, crab and shrimp tempura, and grilled seafoods.
It cost something like 9500 yen per person.
Grilled crab in a shell with rice and miso soup
This may sound like a lot in some countries, but in Japan, that’s practically a steal if you’re talking about unlimited high-quality food in a luxury hotel.
So off my friends and I went to have some of this.
BETTER THAN EXPECTED
Teppanyaki beef and scallops, and my choice of assorted sushi all came in one blow
I have to say that this Chinzanso order-all-you-can summer dinner exceeded my expectations.
When you eat out in restaurants all the time and live half your life in hotels, you tend to take buffet spreads with a grain of salt.
Most places are after the greatest impact for the least amount of money, and that’s just a fact of the hotel or restaurant business.
I also ordered tempura and egg custard
THE GREAT ADVANTAGES
But several things were going for this buffet.
First, it wasn’t really a buffet but an order-all-you-can deal, so food was made fresh only whenever someone ordered it. This is the land of just-in-time production, after all, and there’s simply no storage for advanced mass production, especially of food.
I tried to think about some kind of a diet. So I ordered sushi by the piece. The trouble is, I kept re-ordering and re-ordering….
Second, this was the Chinzanso, a famous luxury hotel in Tokyo that was, until January 1 of this year, part of the Four Seasons Hotel chain — so a certain quality control was guaranteed.
The Chinzanso wasn’t the kind of establishment that was going to cut corners on food.
Thought I’d have at least some really healthy food…
MY FAVORITE THINGS
Everything was good, but I certainly had a field day on the grilled crabs and the toro sushi, on just another wonderful dinner in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.