A Japanese meal

Japanese food in Japan is so not the chicken teriyaki or California rolls that are often passed off as representational in the west.

A Japanese meal it is as much an aesthetic experience as something to eat. Tiny portions of one or all of a simmered, a deep fried, a grilled, a steamed, or a vinegared dish, served with rice, miso soup, and pickles all usually based on seasonal ingredients. I always leave a Japanese meal satisfied, but never over stuffed.

Below the lunch set (“runchi seto”) is presented in a cube shaped lacquer jewelry box at the Cube Zen restaurant in (where else) Omotesando.

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9 thoughts on “A Japanese meal

  1. Top level is fried pork, middle is sashimi of raw scallops and shrimp (not as awful as it sounds), bottom is four kind of “salads” mostly vegetables, one or two with fish, definately one pickle. On the left is a small bowl of white short grain rice (it’s sticky, but not the same thing as Thai “sticky rice”), on the left miso soup. In the back on the left is desert, a sesame pudding as I recall, that’s what the small fork in the front is for. Chopsticks are generally placed in front of you, not at the side, and you place them back there while resting.

  2. Before Nadine gets back, I am going to guess about 3,000 yen or about $25.00 u.s. dollars since it is lunch.

  3. Actually, it’s much less, 1,200 to 1,500 yen ($10 to $13) which includes tax and tip, or rather there is no tip, wait staff are paid hourly. Japan is expensive, however, lunches are a bargain. Even the super pricey places will do a reasonably priced lunch set. Tourist books even advise if there is a great restaurant you want to try go for the lunch, it is nearly the same food and a fraction of the price for dinner.

  4. Good try, Dave, but halve that. That lunch at Cube Zen is about 1200 yen (about US$10). The great thing about Japan is that virtually all restaurants offer tasty lunch sets which are charged at a significantly lower rate than their evening meals, or other dishes off the set menu. A lunch set at a nice restaurant will generally be 900 – 1200 yen (occasionally 1500 yen) and will often include a salad, bread, main dish, hot/cold drink, and possibly dessert. It’s a great way to sample your favourite local restaurants without breaking the bank.

  5. Hi Nadine, I’m a new italian reader of Your great site! I’ ve been in Japan for holiday 4 times, and I also found out that most of the lunch sets are convenient; however, some kind of restaurants like chinese ones (here in Italy are very cheap) are quite expensive in Tokyo!!
    Thank You
    P.S.: maybe it is out of topic here, but have You read the last japaneze blog review about Your last article? If it is a joke, it’s a bad one. I found Your comment interesting (next time I will visit cube zen), it did not deserve such a hard reply!

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