The thanksgiving special set was most excellent over at the Four Seasons. The turkey and fixin’s – quite brilliant. The bread – quite a disaster. They would have been better off going to a convenience store for that. I was extremely shocked. Another surprising thing is the entrance to the hotel. I expected some grand hall, but the one in Tokyo feels more like a service entrance way around the back of the building – apparently this location has no ‘front.’ Of course, a deluge began without warning over the course of the meal, but the concierge was kind enough to provide umbrellas from the lost & found to aid us in our egress.
As I was born at 3:54 am in America, this would be the actual birthday dinner. We went to だんまや, a local Asakusa izakaya. Every thing was quite brilliant. Shrimp and tuna sashimi, salmon sushi, potato salad, a wonderful salty fish, surprisingly good shrimp/cheese rolls, skewered scallop, and a huge salted prawn. The shocking thing was a tofu pizza. It sounds horrible, but it really works! It’s deep fried tofu with tomato sauce and cheese and peppers. I also tried for the first time a kiwi sour … you grind up a kiwi and put it in the drink. Very nice indeed.
We went to Lawry’s The Prime Rib for my birthday and had … prime rib. Here they have cuts ranging from Tokyo to Lawry’s. We had the Tokyo cut (they vary only in size apparently), which is the smallest possible portion and it was HUGE! It was absolutely incredible … so unbelievably tender, but even the small bit was well impossible to finish. The “chef” cut’s and serves it all at your table. Unfortunately they have an absolute fail on things other than prime rib. For 2000 extra you can add lobster (fried or steamed), but the steamed was pedestrian and the fried … well, whoever thought that up should be shot – it tasted to me like peculiarly bad plastic. We somehow got the only waitress with poor English and the Yorkshire pudding was dismal. They also seemed to be pushing an English – British – champagne. Just don’t! The birthday fetish at the end was a song and a pathetic piece of cake. To end up, yes, you should go to Lawry’s, but have the prime rib and don’t condemn yourself to any other offerings or else you’ll be angry at the quite extreme expense.