Turning Japanese -Part Eleven

We’ve been pretty lucky with the weather here. Yesterday really was the only day where we had to change our plans due to heavy rain.
This morning, after a decent caffeine hit, we started on our way to the Shitennjoi Temple.
Unfortunately some of it is covered – for restoration I’d imagine, but we were still able to take in some sights.

By the time we were done there, we were looking for some lunch so we decided to walk back to the Dontonbori area.

13315704_10153631295766288_4227150575096631857_nWe’d seen the area by night but were yet to see it by day.
Last time we were here, we’d tried to go to Hiday’s Texas BBQ but it was closed. Today, it was open so in we went!

Immediately we saw this was a teeny tiny place and there was only Hiday – owner and chef – in there.

Normally we’d back out slowly in this sort of situation but we’d been seen and greeted so we couldn’t really go.

It ended up being a really entertaining couple of hours! Hiday told us his life story while he prepared our lunch and we shared our own experiences.


He took his time but that was ok too because we were talking and time passed quickly.

The food he prepared was amazing!!! I ordered a sloppy jo – western food in a western restaurant. I’ve not had one before so I have nothing to compare it to but it was soooo delicious! The meat was beautifully seasoned and the bread was toasty crunchy. YUM! Hiday makes his own bread! He also makes his own sauces for all the food he prepares.
Hubby had another type of meat sandwich. I can’t remember exactly what it was but he said his meat was really tender and well seasoned as well.



He gave hubby a pickled plum to try too. I wasn’t game but Hiday says he has these for breakfast.

He showed us the photos of “famous” people he’s cooked for. He’s obviously very proud of the food he prepares and rightly so!

It was kind of sad to leave there. I felt we’d made a friend. Definitely a recommend from me if you ever find yourself in Osaka!

We were looking to eat Japanese tonight and I’m sorry, but if it’s not in English, I don’t know how to tell you what we’ve ordered but here are the pictures


Of those three dishes, the middle one was the best. It was some sort of noodle omelette.

The bottom one had some sort of strange tasting “meat” and a spice on top I could have done without.

The first one… Well I didn’t try that one but I’ve noticed a lot of theses type is dishes are served with an egg on top.
Tomorrow we leave for Australia.

I’ve been thinking about what I’m going to eat when I get there all day!!


Turning Japanese – Part Two

Everything is new for us right now. I’d love to be able to claim that I’m food adventurous but I’m probably not.

Hubby and I spent a good hour at least, walking the streets of Narita, looking for a place to have dinner.
It should be easy right? Lots of places look interesting..
Lots of restaurants look full but they’re small restaurants so put 16 people in there and they’re crammed!
Other restaurants didn’t have many people in there but then you have to think, “why aren’t people in there?”
So we walked… and walked… and walked…. and finally our choice was either to pick up some sandwiches from the seven eleven or try this one last place that had both Japanese and a couple of Western food options.

The other thing that’s confusing us slightly is the money. We’re never quite sure exactly what we’re paying for things…
In any case we ended up going into this last resort place.

The menu was up on the footpath but to get to the restaurant you had to go down a set of dark dingy stairs. We had no idea what was going to be at the end of that stairwell…
As we were going down we heard a bell.  The bell is to alert the staff that people are coming down.

When we got into the restaurant it looked more Western than any of the others we’d seen and that made us feel comfortable.
A non english speaking waitress brought us to a table and gave us a couple of menus.

FullSizeRender-1There were about eight pages of food, all in Japanese.

We kept looking and looking, trying to decide what we were actually going to order.

We were going to see if the waitress, even with her limited English, would be able to help but but she never came back.

Finally, after some time, another waiter came to our table and gave us some English menus!! Oh thank god!!!
So we looked through there and picked some dishes with more confidence, including “pizza” (which ended up being sooooo delicious!!) It was quite some time again until he came back however when he did, he showed us an item on the table that said “press to order”. It was a bell to alert the Waiter that you wanted to order. Arrggghhh would have been nice if we’d known that!

But more interesting than that was how this place worked. Hubby and I ordered four things to share but what the other tables were doing, were ordering one dish at a time, calling the wait staff after each dish to order their next one. It was quite interesting to watch.
The people at the table next to us had a tag each so when they ordered, the wait staff put their order against their tag, therefore they would all get a separate bill.

Speaking of the English menu, it was quite lucky we had that as I would have hated to have ordered the item below by mistake…

I’m not sure if my nervousness to eat is just that we’re in Narita (a relatively smaller place) or if it’s going to be the same in Tokyo… I’ve not even been here twenty four hours and I’m craving Western food.

We’re in Tokyo tomorrow so time will tell!


I’ll leave you with a pic of some of the English menu…