Akasaka Umaya Shinjukku

It was my last night in Tokyo and I lay tired in my bed around 10 at night. I make a call to the reception to order some food from the restaurant downstairs. The receptionist was very sweet. In her sweetest and most polite way possible informed me that the hotel does not provide room service and the restaurant will close in 30 minutes.

I had to rush.

I got 5 minutes to checkout a Japanese menu with English translations. And here is  what I ordered.

  1. Sake ( Japanese rice wine ) – I am not a wine expert and so I can not comment much on that. All I can say is it tasted good and went well with the dishes I ordered.
  2. Karashi Renkon  ( Japanese mustard filled lotus roots fried )  – It has a very strong burning spicy taste that is strong enough to shoot through your nose. The lotus roots were crispy. I will never try it again!
  3. Hakata Hot Pot – Motsunabe ( Stew made with pork/beef intenstines ) – I never knew what I ate until I googled it for this blog entry. I was totally sold just by its picture on the menu. It was so flavourful and tasty that I slurped even the last drop.
  4. Assorted Pickles  – Japanese style pickled carrot, cucumber, radish and some sea weed. Crunchy, sweet and sour.
  5. Caramel Pudding – I can never end a meal without something sweet. Caramel pudding is my latest love among puddings. People apply different cooking methods to prepare it. You can bake it in a water bath, steam it or add a gelling agent and allow to cool. Not sure how the one I had was made. It was smooth, mildly sweet and totally my kind of dessert!
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