Fukusaya, Daimaru, Tokyo Station

Before going to Japan, castella cakes from Fukusaya were on the list of things to bring home as gifts for friends and loved ones (including myself lol). I read these were originally foreign (Portuguese?) but pretty much became a staple (Nagasaki?), and are rather simple cakes.

I stopped by a Fukusaya store but I went so early they were not yet open for the day. Fortunately, the department store attached to Tokyo Station has them conveniently pre-packaged.

When I was in line to buy Fukusaya castella cakes, there was a man at the front of the line with an empty suitcase. He bought enough cakes to completely fill his suitcase lol. This helped me realize I was in the right place.

The packaging!

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Underneath the outer wrapping is a box.

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This is the logo to look for.

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Inside the box is more wrapping paper. This one helps keep it fresh.

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Inside the inner wrapping paper there is cardboard and more paper lol.

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Finally, this is what it looked like. It comes pre-cut.

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In particular, this cake had sweet crunchy bits on the bottom.

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I’ve tried castella cakes from a few other places, but none are particularly good. I only like the Fukusaya ones. They don’t always have crunchy bits, but when they do they are particularly tasty!

Fukusaya
Daimaru 1F
1−9−1 Marunouchi
Chiyoda, Tokyo 100-6701

Tonkatsu Saboten, Shinjuku

While staying at the Park Hyatt, I found out there was tonkatsu available in a lower floor. Had to check it out!

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I didn’t understand why I was given a stick in a tray, so I asked the staff. Turns out you use it to mix the sauce into the bowl with seeds.

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Lots of cabbage.

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Curry pork tonkatsu.

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Combination pork tonkatsu and shrimp

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It was ok. After Tonkatsu Maisen it’s hard to eat any other tonkatsu.

Tonkatsu Saboten
Shinjuku Park Tower B1F
3-7-1-2 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-Ku
Tokyo, Japan, 163-1055
http://www.shinjukuparktower.com/en/shops.shtml

Lattest, Omotesando

In pursuit of coffee, I went here.

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With a name like Lattest, I decided to try a latte. Iced.

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I liked it better than Bear Pond. Not as much as Streamer.

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Turns out the latest series of Terrace House featured someone who worked at Lattest at some point. I didn’t see her there when I visited lol.

Lattest
3-5-2 Jingumae
Shibuya, Tokyo

Tsurutontan, Roppongi

I barely ventured into Roppongi. A friend recommended this udon place.

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I decided to try the beef udon.

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The udon comes with a large ladle.

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Massive bowl to go with the ladle. Hand for scale.

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Previously, I disliked udon because the noodle texture was soggy and made me gag. This place didn’t make me gag though.

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Yen for scale lol. It was ok, a little on the bland side possibly since the noodles are larger than other noodles; I wish the beef udon was more beefy / savory. I suppose I prefer ramen to udon.

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Got some croquettes too!

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Once I was full, I looked at my bowl and it seemed as if I hadn’t even touched it lol. I felt like a wasteful American, but non-ironically this time. Then again, if I had saved it maybe the noodles would have become soggy, which would make me gag.

Tsurutontan
3-14-12 Roppongi
Roppongi 3 Chome Bldg.
Minato 106-0032, Tokyo Prefecture