Street Food is off to Tokyo to fall in lunch and solicit pats at nekobukuro. We warm up our tastebuds with a quick pre-trip feed at Menya Oiden.
What happened to McDonalds? Once upon a time you'd nip in for a quick QP-With and be out in 30 seconds. Now you have to order, go stand in a corner like a naughty child as they microwave it for you, and hope that nobody nicks off with your lunch and you have to start again, as has happened to us before. A busy Maccas is stressful and we have found ourselves waiting 10-15 minutes for crap we really didn't want in the first place. Screw you Ronald.
A bad Maccas experience earlier in the day highlights just how freaking good Menya is. Now this is fast food! It's just such good value - less than $5 gets you a bowl of rice and beef. It's quick and organised. And if you can possibly avoid all the deep fried extras it's kinda healthy.
The new Menya Oiden has opened right next door to the much loved Menya Mappen. We stopped in for a quick blood-sugar top-up before a gig (hail Sebadoh!). Sorry we weren't arsed taking a million pictures of the decor, for a more comprehensive rundown checkout foodblog queen Grabyourfork's post....
Tuna tataki bowl $5.90 (medium). A blob of mushy fish putty on rice.
Beef bowl - $4.90 (medium). Slow cooked finely sliced beef with sweet slow cooked onions. Alison reckon's it's the best in town but Shawn much preferred the beef bowl at Kimama Kitchen in Eating World. But for $5 it has to be one of the best value feeds in town.
Deep fried eggplant - $1.50. Alison liked it while Shawn though 'meh' - mabye the old fart was just in a grumpy mood.
Lemon tea - joy!
We'll be away for about 10 days of typhoons, earthquakes and radiation on a fast dropping Aussie dollar. Wish us luck.