Pintokona is a Japanese kaiten sushi – a restaurant where the plates with the sushi are placed in a revolving conveyor belt where customers can simply pick their selections from the stream of fresh sushi moving around the restaurant counter. If you can’t find what you like from the conveyor belt, orders can also be placed through the waiters/waitress or directly through the chefs if you are seated near the counter. The sushi plates come in different colors which determines the prices and thus the final bill is calculated by the number and type of plates of the consumed sushi.
Hokkaido known as “The Kingdom of Food” is having it’s 24th food fair in Yoyogi Park from October 5-8, 2012. We were lucky to find time to visit the event today. The park is filled with booths featuring the island’s specialties and delicacies – crabs, lamb, sushi, seafood, sweets, dessert, and sake. The park is definitely packed with a lot of people and each booth possesses very long queues. Choosing what to eat and where to buy food became quite a difficult decision because everything seemed delicious.
“Cold weather, hot food”! Ramen, a noodle dish with Chinese origin adapted to Japanese taste is surely one of the most popular choice during the cold weather. As we felt the first strike of the cool breeze of autumn, we found ourselves heading to a Kohmen shop in Roppongi. The shop looks small from the outside but it has 36 seats inside with 21 counter seats and 15 table seats. The interior is pleasant, clean and with stylish atmosphere. Staffs also welcome customers with a smile. English menu is also available for non-Japanese speakers so you don’t have to guess what the ramen choices are.
Situated behind the busy main street of Roppongi lies Pizzeria Baggio, a small restaurant which is easy to miss if you are not looking for it. The place is very cozy with its 1960s ambiance and with jazz music playing in the background. Equipped with only 10 tables, the place can get very packed during lunch time and only Lunch set is served. The set ranging from ¥1,000 – ¥1,500 comes with a choice of pizza, salad and a coffee or tea. We were lucky to come around 1pm as the crowd had subsided and several seats are available.