Hmm, food. Lately I’ve been spamming my blog with foodie posts. You don’t mind right? 😉
Since I left Japan, I miss the food terribly. I was so lucky because my school fed me during the day, and a lot of the time I would be invited to dinner with the principal or one of the teachers after school. I really appreciated that because navigating a restaurant is pretty hard if you don’t know Japanese.
In fact, my most embarrassing moment going to a restaurant in Japan was enough to make me nervous to ever enter one alone. I had decided to treat myself to some sushi, so I went down the street to a huge 100 yen place. It was a Saturday night, so it was so crowded! I stood in line like a dummy, then realized that everyone was signing their name on a paper and sitting in a waiting room.
I panicked. I can’t write in Japanese! And I wouldn’t even know if they called me… thankfully, one of the waiters just seated me. He look terrified when I told him I couldn’t speak Japanese. I felt so bad because I cut all of those people. 🙁
Although I loved Japanese food restaurants in Japan, I occasionally got the chance to visit western style restaurants as well. During my first week in Japan, all of the staff at the school took me to a restaurant called Cannery Row, an Italian style restaurant that is ‘viking’ style. I was so confused when they first told me it was viking… then the other English teacher told me that viking means ‘all you can eat buffet’. No wonder they were excited!
The interior of the restaurant was very cutesy. They had a dessert buffet that had so many different kinds of cakes, puddings, flan… you name it, they had it. As the dessert ran out, they would bring a different type of sweet out to replace it. I consumed way too much sugar this night. 😀
Along with the buffet, we ordered a set that came with a pizza and risotto or salad. I decided to go with the risotto. It was really cool, because the waiter came over with the risotto in this HUGE chunk of parmesan and then started cooking it over a fire. Fancy!
We also got a cheese fondue that came with an assortment of things to put in it like bread.
We all had a really lovely time, and it was a nice welcome for me. One of the best things that I noticed about Japan is that hospitality is so important here. Since I am a guest, I am always showered with help and gifts in an attempt to make me feel more comfortable. At times it can be uncomfortable, but I really had a super easy stay because of that.
I have no idea how much this cost in the end, because they paid for everything but I imagine it was quite expensive. It isn’t really a restaurant for small groups because you typically order in sets that come with huge amounts of food. Overall, I thought everything was delicious and the idea of a dessert buffet is the best thing I’ve heard of in awhile!
Just looking at these pictures is making me salivate! What do you think? Would Cannery Row be the kind of restaurant that you would visit?