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BBQ in Tokyo
Price: 6000 yen
A place where you can have a real BBQ experience in the Tokyo urban area; the-third-park. A two-minute walk from Shin-Toyosu Station. You don’t need to worry about bringing your own equipment here, it’s all laid on for you. For this reason, you could come here straight after work it you wanted. You get the BBQ started from scratch here, so it’s a fun place to come with colleagues or the family.
In the Area
The Kiba Park is just a view stations away from Tokyo Station. Take the Tozailine to Kibastation and walk around 100 meter to the park.The park is very beautiful with many cherry blossomtrees in spring and very nice autumm leaves viewing spots in autumm. You also can visit a small flower garden, which has many seasonal flowers.Families can enjoy the big adventure playground and a very nice barbequespot. There is also a big field for playing soccer or tennis. Just right next to the park you can visit to the modern art museum, which offers nice exhibitions.
The Ginza branch of this gym is about 5 minutes walk from Ginza Station (Ginza Line), and about 15 minutes walk from JR Shimbashi. In terms of equipment, there is a reasonable selection of free weights, 2 bench presses, and a Smith Machine rack. There’s a 7-Eleven convenience store in front of this Anytime Fitness, and loads of places to eat in the area, so this is a convenient spot to eat before you make the commute after work. The number of people using the gym depends on the day, but it’s comparatively quiet on Fridays. On the busy days, you have to wait your turn to use the free weights, which is a bit of a pain.
I’d seen a lot of images of pancakes loaded with a mountain of cream, on the web. I’d also heard of pancake specialist, ‘Eggs ‘n Things’ before. I had the chance to give it a try at the branch in Ginza. The shop was pretty easy to find, located as it is at one end of Ginza’s main drag. It’s on the restaurant floor of a small (but fancy) department store. After a bit of light research prior to arrival, I’d read plenty of complaints about the queues to get in. We arrived around lunchtime on a Sunday, and although there was a queue, we were seated within 15 mins. There’s a nice looking terrace, but it was so hot that day, so few people wanted to make use of it.The service was fast, friendly, and efficient. There was at least one member of staff who could speak English, and an English-language menu was offered to us. There were two of us. We ordered an omelet, two drinks, and a pancake, all between the two of us. I was struggling to finish everything. The omelet was fine, but really, the pancakes are the main event here. Ours didn’t disappoint. That mountain of cream is lighter than it looks, and an extra topping of ice cream went down pretty well. Our bill came out at around 3,700 yen. It’s not cheap.The restaurant is really comfortable. There’s plenty of space, it looks cool (especially in summer), and our chairs were really nice. They have baskets for your bags and coats. Ordering was done at the table. When is comes time for the bill, call the wait staff, and then pay at the counter on your way out.
I wanted to go on a diet, so I went with a friend for a first-time visit to this place. If you’ve got 1,000 yen, you can get all-you-can-eat veggies here. To this end, I recommend this place to those who want want to fill up on their greens. Of course, there are other items on the menu, but they are significantly higher in price. Ordering one of the regular dishes together with the all-you-can-eat vegetables doesn’t really bring any extra benefit. The food itself though, tastes good. You can choose from lots of dressings, and the vegetables look fresh. I think women will like it here. Of course, vegetarians, too.
Too expensive to be that place for a regular caffeine fix, but this branch of French cafe/bistro Aux Bacchanales is a great option for a classy treat.The highlight of a visit here, is a chance to take a table looking out onto the street so that you can see and be seen. It's a really nice experience on a fine day, and the cafe fronts a pleasant street in a well-to-do area on the edge of Ginza.The cafe always seems to have a good number of people, too; not so crowded that it's difficult to get table, but not so quiet that you feel conspicuous about being there.If there is a downside to this street side experience, it's that for some reason, from time to time you get blokes come here simply to park up their super expensive motors across the street, and then take a table and a coffee so that they can sit down and stare at them (the motors), and the passers by that stop to take pictures (again, of the motors). If you can get past that, and the prices, this is a really nice place to come and relax.I've never eaten here (can't afford to) so I couldn't comment on the food. They have the usual range of coffees on offer (although not as many as, say, a Starbucks) that come in at around 500 - 700 yen. Service comes with an authentic French brusqueness, and bills are received and paid for at tables. I think you need to wait to be seated, but I've never been quite sure about this.It's a fairly big place, so if you can't get a table by the street you'll surely be able to get one further inside. That said, you really come here for the tables out front, and the interior is a little dark.I've given Aux Bacchanales Ginza 4 stars because of the really nice street-side experience.