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The Demise of the Rusty Trombone

November 9, 2015

This week we have our first non-family visitors from the United States. My good friends Chris and Carrie decided to spend some airline miles and visit one of Chris’s favorite cities, Tokyo. I’ve known Chris for a long time and he is no stranger to this blog. We’ve enjoyed several good meals together over the years and I was looking forward to showing him some of the things I have found and some of the things I want to try while he and Carrie are here.

Chris is also very familiar with my great butter chicken quest and in fact he is responsible for the Butter Chicken Battle. His trip to Moti’s, on my recommendation, in 2009 kicked off my search for recreating their signature dish. Which made our joint trip to Moti this past Saturday, six years after his first trip, a momentous occasion. Chris and I both ordered the butter chicken and would do so again tomorrow.

Our original plan after Moti’s was to meet Will and Chika at our new place, the Rusty Trombone. We’ve met there three times since arriving in August and we were making a conscious effort to make it our place. The Rusty Trombone is a wine bar that plays jazz music in Omotesando. Or at least it was. When we arrived last night the one room bar had been gutted and we could see workmen remodeling everything through the open door.

Distraught by losing one of our few landmarks we rallied by going to the neighborhood pizza joint. The pizzas looked interesting, but we were still full of butter chicken so we just had some drinks and conversation. The pizza place was nice enough, but it didn’t quite have enough character so we left in search of something more interesting. We walked over to a British pub down the street, went in and then back out again after seeing the crowds of rugby fans. Just downstairs from the pub was an izakaya (japanese tavern) named Toan that specializes in fresh tofu.

TuoanTofu

We had definitely found something more interesting. We dithered a bit on what drinks to order but we all quickly agreed to try the tofu. It came in two large cakes and we could spoon some into out bowl and then add various flavors. I tried each one expect the very fishy smelling topping. I think Chris was the only one brave enough to give that one a taste. The tofu was interesting and probably the healthiest bar food I have ever eaten, but even with all the different toppings it was a little bland. To wash it down I kept things simple and ordered a beer, but Will won the drink lottery with his sake order. They brought the bottle over and poured it into a large cup that had a spout draining into a smaller cup from him to drink from. the waiter poured exactly enough that it filled the smaller cup to the brim as he was filling the larger cup. We were all impressed.

 

 

 

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  1. Janet Koplos permalink
    November 10, 2015 1:07 am

    Curious. What do you think the purpose was of pouring it into a larger cup first?

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