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Ok, I can totally foresee myself lunching at Cityshop Delicatessen at least once a week. I love the fresh salads, the bold flavours, the gorgeous colours! Plus they go beyond the usual salad greens; think roasted pumpkin and brussel sprouts, fennel and kale with hijiki seaweed — basically salads not commonly found in Japan. Wish there’s more such delis in Tokyo to take my money ha.

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Pierre Marcolini needs no introduction. His chocolates were top on my to-try list 7 years ago when I travelled to Brussels, Belgium and they didn’t disappoint. And then 3 years ago was when K and I first tried his chocolate (duh!) soft serve and we liked it more than Godiva’s and Lindt’s. This time, having had Le Chocolat De H’s and Cacao Sampaka’s in the same week, I have to be honest and say that this is no longer the “best” hmm… Let’s see what other chocolatey softies come my way next!

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I know it’s early days (only Day 18!) but I think I’ve found my firm #1 favourite gelateria in Tokyo. Buon’Amore ブオン・アモーレ supposedly churns “healthier” gelato with low/no sugar and what got to me were the beautifully smooth texture and deep intense flavours. I sampled a few (moringa matcha is a funky one) and settled on pistachio and dark chocolate. This is one of those times when I just want to keep on eating and eating. So sooo good.

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Like Midori SushiUoriki 魚力 is one of those reliably good sushi joints reserved for days when I just want sushi and I don’t feel like exploring somewhere new. Tourists flock here (it’s Shibuya!!), but locals dine here as well so I won’t say it’s super touristy. The menu has a selection of fixed sushi platters and dons but I prefer ordering my favourites a la carte — anago, chutoro, hotate, kani, uni, negitoro, otoro, tamago, ikura, ebi. Sounds good right! Very pleased with my choices except kani and ebi (not fresh enough) so will skip those next time.

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Hey, if it’s good enough for the Spanish royal family, it’s certainly good enough for me! Cacao Sampaka is the appointed royal chocolate supplier in Spain and カカオ サンパカ at Marunouchi Brick Square is their first boutique store in Japan. I’ve got no one to share the chocolates with (waiting for K!!) so only the soft serve is doable for now. The blend is obviously quite different from Le Chocolat De H’s and I’ll need to try both side by side to pick a favourite ha.

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Oh man, the beautiful aroma when my uni omelette was served. I really wish you can smell it! うに屋のあまごころ at Tokyo Station specializes in uni and the menu is all about sea urchin. I was plenty pleased with my choice — fluffy and runny ふわふわ omelette topped with briny uni sauce (though the piece of uni ain’t worth raving about). So much love for this and less than half the price of Mercer Brunch’s!

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Libertable‘s porcini mushroom mont blanc was ok but I like the “veggie in cakes” concept enough to give it another go. This time, the dark chocolate with black truffle cake got to me. In a good way. It’s such a dramatic cake; both sweet and savoury flavours are so wonderfully balanced.

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