This is what happens when the Christmas rush kicks in: you find yourself scrambling from one mall to another trying to find appropriate presents (or, if you’re like me, the appropriate ingredients for whatever it is you’re planning to give away as presents), you hop aboard public transport, get stuck in two hours of standstill traffic, scramble like a madwoman from store to store, hoist several bulky packages on your person, get stuck in an additional two hours of traffic, manage to get home, and slump to the floor in exhaustion.
Fortunately, in between rushing to and fro, one can fuel up and rest those flagging feet and spirits for a while. In this case, I was off to my old standby: Tokyo Cafe.
TC offers a selection of set meal menus that feature a bowl of soup, a small salad, a saucer of pickles, hiyayakko-doufu (cold tofu salad), rice, and a main course. Throwing in P 60.00 gets you a drink and you can opt for iced or hot coffee or an iced orange juice. Shown here is the Namban chicken set which features torikatsu (breaded chicken fillets) and ebi furai (deep-fried breaded prawns). Seriously, it may not be at the top of the class given that the breading was heavy and the soup tepid at best, but it was enough to add a bit of spring back into my step and get my Holiday shopping done.