Archive for April 16th, 2008

P.G.A. Pub Cardinal Akasaka – Tokyo

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Akaska Biztower 1F (Akasaka Sacas),
5-3-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11:00am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-4:00am;
Sun 11:00am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-11:00pm
Tel. 03-5545-7767
Prices: Moderate

Kitchen - P.G.A. PubI just wandered into this place in the newly opened development in Akasaka. It seemed as if it would be a good spot to wait for my next appointment. It lived up to all of that, and I stayed for more than one glass of a very pleasant house white wine called Biancello del Metauro ¥800 and few small dishes. The tapas menu ranges from ¥500 to 1600, small dishes such as: Caprese on a toothpick ¥700, Galycian style octopus ¥800, Mixed peas salad ¥500, Russian potato salad ¥500.

Hidemi Sugino, Pâtissier – Tokyo

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Kyobashi daiei bldg., 1F, 3-6-17, Kyobashi, chuo-ku, Tokyo Japan 104-0031
Tel 03-3538-6780 Fax 03-3564-5010

Hidemi is the top pâtissier in Tokyo at the moment, and believe me, once you have tasted one of his little works-of-art you will immediately know why. The stock is usually sold out before noon for take out items, as he makes a limited number of pastries and when they are gone – they’re gone.

His pricing is not that much more than other shops and considering the incredible quality the prices are more than fair.

Closed every Monday and sometimes Tuesday depending on . . . well, on

Taimeiken – Tokyo

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Branches around Tokyo
Prices: Inexpensive

Open Kitchen
Hayashi RiceServing Yoshoku (Japanese style Western Food)

Any of these places are good to have a quick bite. There is the main store and in addition many satellite branches around Tokyo (go to website for addresses).
Hayashi rice, hamburger steak, omu-raisu (rice filled omelettes) are a few of their specialties.

Sapporo Beer Museum – Sapporo, Japan

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Sapporo Beer MuseumKita 7-jo, Higaashi 9-chome, Higashi-ku,
Sapporo-shi, 065-8633
Tel. 011(731)4368
Prices: Inexpensive-Moderate

We took a look at the beer museum, briefly studying the model of the various stages of beer production, and spending a great deal of time perusing the colorful posters of women holding beer glasses from the turn of the century to the present at the beer bar, where a wide selection of their brews are available to sample in small or medium sized glasses. I always prefer to drink beer from a small glass, as provided in most Japanese restaurants, one glass, and then on to sake or shochu. Nothing is more unappealing to me than drinking beer from a big, thick mug; but then I am not really a beer drinker, and realize that I probably am in the minority.

We then walked upstairs to the cavernous dining room, which looked and felt very Germanic. Each table has a permanently seated gas-grill in mid-table. Sausages and various meats were listed on the menu with sauerkraut and Hokkaido potatoes available as side dishes. The toilets, at least the mens, are fitted with puking urinals with stout handles reminiscent of the ones I have seen in the great beer halls of Munich.