Today we are going to examine some department store takeout.
Prepared meals are readily available everywhere in Tokyo, which is great when you don’t feel like cookin’ on a hot summer day. A lot of department stores and train stations have entire floors dedicated to takeout food, freshly prepared (of course) and teeming with old women looking to feed their families.
Roy was one of those old women on Friday, as he picked up a few items from Eashion–a portmanteau of “eat” and “fashion”–on his way home from work in Shibuya. They sell Western-style Japanese food, which means burgers with rice, salads with sliced ham, and California rolls. Let’s take a look, shall we?
First up, a Nice-style salad that boasted 15 different ingredients. We didn’t count for ourselves, but it was pretty robust!
Because Roy grabbed these at the end of the day, they were all discounted. This salad was ¥200 off, making it a total cost of ¥397 (about $3USD).
The labels indicate that they’d expire at midnight. Good thing we ate them before then. Who knows what would’ve happen? Either they turn into pumpkins or gremlins. We didn’t want to find out.
Check out that egg! I did use a filter on these images, but the color of the yolk is pretty accurate. I’ve gotten so used to seeing orange yolks from eggs that it weirds me out to see yellow ones on Western television. Orange yolks mean that the chickens eat a varied diet (including delicious bugs).
Next up, a R A I N B O W R O L L. Americans should be pretty familiar with this. The size is a bit smaller than what I’ve had in the States, but the ingredients were top notch.
I didn’t take a note on the price of this, but the sticker has it marked down by ¥100.
It looks like smoked salmon + cream cheese + lettuce (romaine?) in the top row, and crab with cream cheese and avocado underneath. I like how they sprinkle the egg balls on top for a decorative touch. #decorativeballs
Finally, we have a burger simmered in a demi-glace sauce made with reduced red wine, complete with a soft-boiled egg, rice, and potato salad. ¥200 off of the price tag, making it a total of ¥556 for the whole shebang. A Japanese burger is normally made with ground meat mixed with egg and panko by the way! So it was less heavy than a straight up American burg.
All this for about $5USD.
But let’s be honest, you didn’t come here to learn about discounts. You came for this:
Can’t beat that, nossir.
All in all, everything came to about $15USD, which is a pretty good deal for two hungry-ass adults on a Friday night. And everything tasted as good as it looked! Which is why we keep going back to Eashion when we’re craving some Western-style Japanese food.