TOKYO day 1: Arrival & Alice Restaurant
Well, it’s 4AM in Tokyo and I can’t sleep. lol Might as well write this now or else I’ll end up writing two posts at once!
Arrival at Narita was smooth, no delays or anything. We went with Air Canada and surprisingly the entire flight was quite quiet. No crying babies this time!
After getting our luggage, we exchanged some money and headed over to the airport limousine. Don’t be fooled by the name, it’s actually just a shuttle bus. Luckily there was a bus that stopped right in front of our hotel, the Shinjuku Washington Hotel.
The hotel is nice I suppose. We’re on the 20th floor so the view is decent (although the windows don’t open). The free wifi is great and there’s a Family Mart on the 3rd floor (that’s the lobby for the hotel).
So we arrived at Narita at 2PM, checked in at around 5:30PM and left to go look around at 6:30PM.
We went around the two Odakyu buildings but didn’t buy anything (way too pricy).
At around 7:45 we went over to the Odakyu HALC to go to the Alice in Wonderland themed restaurant. I made a reservation online a week beforehand but when we got there, they didn’t have it in their books. Really. Embarrassing.
Luckily there was a table for 3 available.
The waitress who served us was really really nice. Didn’t understand everything she said, but she always had the nicest smile on her face. ^^
The food there isn’t that great…
“White Rabbit” is a cup sushi. Basically a lot of sushi rice with too much vinegar, cream cheese, crab meat, mayo, tomato, and lettuce for the ears. I thought it was only 1 per order but to my surprise it comes in a set of 2.
“Black Tail” pizza with potatoes and chicken with teriyaki sauce and cheese. I ordered this because the beef stew I ordered for my mom (forgot to take pic with ipod) didn’t come with any bread or rice. Pizza was ok, the beef stew…… when they say tender, they mean it. It was the most tender beef I’ve ever had. It didn’t really look like the pic on their website, but tender beef = I loved it.
Really, this was the best part. This chocolate Alice cake is more like a brownie with whipped cream and vanilla ice cream. Sounds normal, but the texture of the brownie was perfect. Some places make then too moist or too dry. This one was dry, but not too dry. It was very dense and rich. Probably the best brownie I’ve ever had.
Yep that’s it for day one. I should probably try to sleep more… got a busy schedule tomorrow! Or… today. Haha
PS I think this is the first time I’ve traveled to a place where I don’t fully understand the language. First time feeling like a complete foreigner. It’s a weird feeling.