Roppongi, also known as the town for "the party people," has so much to offer but so less to find for me as a "non-party person." It was just an accident I booked a hotel room in the area at the last minute before our stay between 10th and 13th, July.
Well, Roppongi was indeed the city for people who never sleep. Unlike other towns in Tokyo, though, the streets were scattered with litter, including cigarette buds, candy wraps, paper garbage, and other unidentifiable objects (!?) Mega-shopping complexes like Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown also offered me little. Clearly, I was not a Roppongi personality.
So, today I would like to introduce you to only two places I enjoyed eating in Roppongi, here we go:
I never expected to encounter Pao de Lo, the Portuguese style of sponge cake, if I could Pastel de Nata in the name of "Egg Tart," in Tokyo! Eggcellent is located at the 1st Basement floor (B1) of Roppongi Hills "Mori Tower Hillside" building.
Avocado Toast - 1,100 yen!? Crazy!?
The place offers a range of "eggcellent" breakfast menu but the prices are way too high for me. I am just satisfied with a "Nata" (200 yen per piece) and coffee for the morning. Pao de Lo is available only for takeout, and I did so for my birthday morning. It was yummy, but I wanted them to stick to the original recipe; it was not necessary for them to add some lemony flavour.
Pao de Lo brought to the hotel room.
We stayed at "Sotetsu Fresa Inn Roppongi" near the famous landmark of Roppongi Crossing for the first time, and thus I was not aware of good and reasonable eateries around here. Picked up my Pixel 2 and asked Google Assistant "nearby restaurants," I found this "Kohi-en" right in front of the hotel. It's not a "coffee shop" as it sounds but a fine Chinese restaurant.
The most popular dish here seems to be "Soup Noodle with Chicken (Tokusei Tori-nikomi Soba.)"
We ordered it along with "Fried Rice with Chicken and Soup" and a medium bottle of beer (choices from Asahi, Kirin, Sapporo, and Suntory.) Both were sophisticated "Roppongi-sh" delicious.
Upper: Chicken noodle / Lower: Fried Rice with Chicken
Tables in Kohi-en at around 22:00 on a Thursday night were full with many all-nighters. The price was not as high as we were initially afraid of (we paid about 3,400 yen.)