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Saturday, October 22, 2016

AOYAMA ICHOME: Menya Smith Ramen... hmm... chicken broth with very thing al'dente noodles. Not my style.

This is one of the very few ramen restaurants near my office in Aoyama-Ichome... there are always people dining here so on a Thursday night I decided to give it a try.

Pay before you enter.

If lost of course push the top left corner button... but I wanted the steamed egg so pushed the button right next to it.

Long spacious wood counter seating with tables at the windows.

A nice very creamy chicken broth soup.

Tender slices of boiled chicken.

Super thin al'dente noodles... I'm a huge fan of chunky chew ramen noodles like Ramen Tetsu

You get one chicken meatball.

If you want to source these noodles just call here!
Overall not my style... I'm still into thick chewy noodles with a muddy broth.
But unusually alot of women dining here... so maybe good to take your girl who is craving Ramen.

Brand new NSX on display on the same block!

Restaurant: Ramen Sumisu
Address J: 東京都港区南青山2-2-15 ウィン青山 1F
Address E: Tokyo, Minato-ku, Minami Aoyama 2-2-15

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

YOYOGI: Asian Smile Thai tiny counter only restaurant... easy in easy out tasty tasty

Co-worker introduced me to this very very counter only Thai restaurant.. he and his wife who live minutes away are super regulars.

All pictured pay in advance push button machine just like ramen shops.

Went for the Gapao... take out is about 150yen less so if you live around here why not.

All counter seating

Video playing of someone randomly filming the streets in Thailand...

Staffed by 2 people... they might be a young couple. Only one chef so if it gets busy you will have to be a little patient.

My gapao!  Super super flavorful... enjoyed every bite.

Cool little beer can with a tuk-tuk inside.  Overall the staff was super friendly but cost-performance and comfort wise this place might disappoint.  Its quite cramped... if you are in a mood to finish a quick meal in 10 minutes then why not.  

Restaurant: Asian Smile
Address J: 東京都渋谷区代々木1-36-6 代々木駅前ビル B1F
Address E:Tokyo, Shibuya-ku, Yoyogi 1-36-6, B1F

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Friday, October 14, 2016

ROPPONGI: TUSK Bar (formerly Heartland Bar) to watch DJ Sacra... very cozy with 1,000 yen draft beers.

Heartland Bar was such a watering hole for many of my friends in finance but after it closed down TUSK Bar took its place.  With premium prices for drinks many people started to goto Rigoletto or A971.

DJ Sacra's Set

Met up with some friends for just a few drinks.

Regular Japanese draft beers and white wine is 1,000 yen.

If you are in the mood for a quick drink in a nice atmosphere then why not.  They have the occasional DJ events that are quite nice.

Restaurant: TUSK
Address J: 東京都港区六本木6-10-1 六本木ヒルズ ウエストウォーク 1F
Address E: Tokyo, Minato-ku, Ropongi 6-10-1

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