This one is a special mention and more than taste,needs to be experienced. After hours of walking around achibara in Tokyo, do yourself a favour. Let your feet rest at this quiet restaurant named Platinum Fish in Akhibara. The restaurant, though serves fish delicacies, but also has a cafe with glass facade. Why the glass facade, to see trains passing by both on the left and right side of the cafe. This one cafe is strategically located between two metro lines operating from the achibara station. Sit in this open air cafe, sipping coffee, on a drizzling afternoon in tokyo. It is the quiet you search for, amid all the hustle bustle.
Before I bring my vegetarian in Japan series to a close, here is your quick guide on dining etiquettes and some pro tips for eating in Japan.
1. Do not eat while walking; always ask the shopkeeper for an eating corner.
2. This holds true for any country, pay close attention to other guests at the restaurants. A good amount of outlets have a self-service for both picking food and also returning the tray once the meal is over
3. Almost every restaurant I dined at, served water with ice cubes. In case, you belong to the rare categories who like regular water, make sure you mention it in advance.
4. Japan, to the best of my knowledge, does not have a tip culture. Yay.
5. Always place the money, which is most often in the form of coins (100, 500 denomination) in a tray offered at the counter, not in the hands of the person you are paying to.
For the record, on my return flight to India, my ‘hindu’ meal on ANA flight had chicken in it. But, this time I was wiser, I just set aside the chicken pieces and had the gravy Travelling requires small, tiny sacrifices you see. Happy Eating.
Vegetarian in Japan- salads and munchies -is the fifth part of my new travel series on Japan- documenting the food, people, nature, beauty and culture in the land of the rising sun. This is the final part of Vegetarian in Japan - the first two were about meals and sweet delicacies.
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