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Cafe Frangipani // Roppongi

Photo Credit : 福本英樹

Cafe Frangipani is ingeniously situated in a corner roughly opposite Starbucks Roppongi. When most stuff around Roppongi looks expensive. It is the most affordable when you have no where to go.

Frangipani – it’s a very unique place in Tokyo.

What miss HB and I did was we went to Roppongi in Tokyo by Taxi (¥1500), the purpose of hitting day wants to look at the Christmas lights. Upon reaching miss HB did not like the lightings so we got stuck there, we didn’t know what to do especially when we are hungry, so we went around to look for cafés restaurants and some bars. And you know what you found out?

Just main course will cost at least ¥3000, I wasn’t prepared to pay about ¥5000 (per pax) for my dinner. So we just walk and spotted a panel with photos huge omelette rice. We good outside, the fragrance got our attention, so we went to find out about the pricing, low and behold it’s not expensive!
The place was fully packed, so we have to poke in and out of the store to see if anyone notices us. Finally I think the boss noticed us and asked if we are interested to enter to have dinner. We have to wait for at least 15 minutes. Finally it’s our turn.

Anyway you see mini Volkswagen bus set up from nowhere and in there, a set of tables for four pax.

First order was always beer. 1/2 Pint Asahi. Something to note in Tokyo not many places serve Asahi Beers. Sapporo or Kirin are more common in Tokyo.

Next was salad, taste light and refreshing.

The following dish was Pizza, it is exceptionally and surprisingly nice. the portion was enough for two. We always enjoyed my pizza and spaghetti with Tabasco sauce, lots of Tabasco sauce.

Now, we come to the main dish, giant omelette curry rice. The portion was so huge, we will wondering how are we able to finish this dish. The whole presentation looks very appetising.
So we went ahead with our first bite, okay…you can skip this dish.

What’s nice in this place was the whole atmosphere where everybody just talks loudly, every tables were merry people, one Birthday Celebration and one Post Wedding Celebration (Bride dressed in Traditional Japanese Ceremonial costume, up close view). We stayed in Frangipani Cafe for close to two hours.

Got to speak to a Japanese girl which you can send in my gallery, who speaks good English. She returned from her studies in Australia. And we ask if there’s any clubs in Roppongi Hill which are fun and affordable. She suggested a few and we come to know that she is staying in the Roppongi hill Area. This is just a part time job for her. Rich Girl!

We went to look for clubs according to her instruction. Unfortunately, stumbled into a dubious one. So after looking around for bit more. We decided to call it a day.



Japan, 〒106-0032 東京都港区 六本木6丁目8−21 六本木眞興ビルSK六本木ハイム


Gontran Cherrier Tokyo // Shinjuku




MISS HB sudden craving for croissants led her to use google to search for a good place to satisfy her desire. It’s a rare occasion that this girl will lift her finger to google search for something. She took one full day reading reviews to decide for a place to go the next morning. So i know this itinerary have to be fulfilled. LOL!

And so she have decided for Gontran Cherrier Tokyo. I did raise one eyebrow, like what’s that? Ok, time to go into Navigation mode with Google Map, it’s my best trip companion beside MISS HB.

After the search for this elusive place for close to 40 minutes. It has always been right in front of us, but we didn’t perceive a pastry store to be so secluded (in a nice way).

Croissant, Financier, Pain Au Chocolat, Almond Pain Au Chocolat, Mount Blanc

Ok you see the piece of bread with white icing, I think it’s Almond Pain Au Chocolat (See picture above) That one takes the cake, i can still remember the crunch on it’s sides and how chewy the insides were. The taste was amazing. My Favourite. SUPERLIKE!
Me being a Chocolate lover. No love for Miss HB’s croissant for me.
Mount Blanc was all right.

I highly recommend Gontran Cherrier Tokyo. Like DanielFoodDiary hinted. You can skip Tiong Bahru Bakery in Singapore

Gontran Cherrier Tokyo Official Website

Ranting Panda on Gontran Cherrier Tokyo

NABEZO – Beef Sukiyaki // Shinjuku Tokyo


Beef Sukiyaki have always been my favourite when it comes to Japanese cuisine.
So I made having Sukiyaki my compulsory itinerary.

We asked our hotel manager to suggest some Sukiyaki store for us to visit. He first asked me for budget, because Sukiyaki can cost between entry level of 2000¥ to over 10000¥. We asked for mid entry with quality meat. After he drew some circles in the map and finally introduced the place he frequent, Nabezo.
Tip: Always take recommendations from locals over blogs (mine included)
Tripadvisor is quite accurate. Just that they don’t discuss about obscure topics.

Took us about 15minutes walk to reach.

We quickly settle down and ordered Japanese Beef Beef and Pork Course // Sukiyaki and Pork Broth Soup Stock.
Since i’m already in Japan, i would of cos want to taste the authentic local beef and pork!

The quality of Nabezo Japanese beef and pork did not disappoint. I like my Beef rare – medium rare.
One thing odd, i have to mention here. In Singapore, I don’t like the practice of dipping my beef into the egg, because it tasted slimey and tasted quite bad.

But in Nabezo. I kept dipping my cooked beef slices into the beaten eggs! The thin layer of beaten egg actually enhanced the sweetness of my beef slice. Clean aftertaste was made me going for more.
Don’t take my word for it. Go Japan and try it.

It’s buffet if i haven’t mention. I had 6 servings of Beef and 2 Pork.


Overall pricing is quite steep for lunch. But it’s worth it for Beef and Pork lovers.
I will definitely do Sukiyaki in Japan again. It’s under my SuperGood and SuperLike list. 

Beef and Pork Course
90 mins 
(pls add 500¥ for 120mins course)
Above 13 year old // 2600¥
7-12 year old // 2100¥
Above 65 year old // 1600¥

Japanese Beef and Pork Course
90 mins

Above 13 year old // 4500¥
7-12 year old // 3500¥
Above 65 year old // 4000¥

Pork Course

Above 13 year old // 2400¥
7-12 year old // 1900¥
Above 65 year old // 1400¥

Soft Drinks Only (Unlimited) 400¥
Soft Drinks + Standard Drinks 1000¥
All Drinks + Draft Beer 1500¥

I recommend 120mins course if you’re going for beer and end your night with heavy dinner. It’s definitely worth it. 
For 120mins sitting, pls add 500¥ for on top of the listed price above.
*All prices listed not inclusive of tax (about 8%)

Search in Google Maps // 鍋ぞう
新宿三丁目店, Japan, 〒160-0022 Tokyo, Shinjuku, 3 Chome−30−11 新宿 高野 第 二 ビル 8F

List of Nabezo Outlets Click Here


Tokyo2015-Starbucks x x100

Starbucks Tokyo is quite a charming place. But don’t stay in there for too long. Cos you will be too lazy to get back up and on your day’s itinerary. It’s cozy enough for you to take a good break (because Starbucks in Japan are quiet enough for time of solitude, everyone speaks very softly. And you should too.)

Coffee is pretty standard across Starbucks. I do suspect Starbucks Japan is more accurate with the recipe concoction.
I had really bad tasteless ones in Singapore, also a fair share of overly sweetened coffee.
Can’t say too much about the quality of coffee as I only had it once.

I kinda like Roppongi Hill Starbucks.

Question: Can your Starbucks card be used overseas or internationally?
Answer: Starbucks Cards from Greece, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, or Turkey cannot be used internationally. 

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