Grobblefruit Appreciation Society (scjody) wrote,
Grobblefruit Appreciation Society

An American (restaurant) in Tokyo

I've been in Tokyo since last Sunday. 2 nights ago I passed by an Anna Miller's - I was hungry so I figured this was a good cultural experience: an American restaurant, as imagined by the Japanese. Maybe this is how Chinese people feel about the cheap "Chinese" restaurants that populate any North American city.

I was greeted at the door by a waitress wearing the Anna Miller's uniform, which is hard to describe but doesn't resemble anything I've ever seen in America. Apparently the waitresses are a major selling factor for the restaurant. To each his or her own, I suppose. I was shown to a table and presented with a menu in both English and Kanji. I decided on the steak special, which came with my choice of turmeric rice or bread - fries or potato weren't listed as options. I wasn't asked how the steak should be cooked, either. I also ordered a beer. The waitress entered my order into her little computer, disappeared briefly, then dropped off some western cutlery, a moist finger napkin of the type usually offered by Japanese restaurants, and a glass of water.

After about 15 minutes, she reappeared with a glass of local beer, a plate of yellow rice, and a large plate containing steak, fries, a slice of lemon, and an unidentifiable herb as a garnish. I was also invited to choose my desert from a menu: lemon pie, or lime pie. The steak was rare, but should have been at least medium given the quality of the meat. The lemon pie showed up as I was finishing the steak. As advertised, it was just lemon, no meringue.

So all in all, a deeply weird experience, like Japan itself. Unlike Japan; however, it left me with no particular desire to visit again.
Tags: geekiness, trips

  • ...and so it begins.

    The difference between dreams and plans is when you book a ticket :) I'm traveling in Asia next year! Air travel booked so far: Thu Dec 24,…

  • Teen Sleuth is back!

    If you missed it at fringe, or (like me) saw it at fringe and need to see it again, Teen Sleuth and the Freed Cyborg Choir is playing Wednesday…

  • Last Minute Birthday Dinner

    My birthday snuck up on me this year but I still want to do something. If you're free on Friday, come out for dinner! If not, no worries, I'll have a…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.