japan » day 4 » local asakusa-ish restaurant
Walking around Asakusa makes European people hungry. There are lots of eateries and restaurants lookalike things few meters away from Senso-ji temple. It looks that wondering around makes also the locals hungry: these places were full of them. Japan is not famous for being packed with English-speaking humans, but this area was devastating: giving the fact that it is a huge tourist attraction it was surprisingly hard to find a place to eat. It just feels surrealistic that showing the universal sign of “me wants food” might not work everywhere, but here it didn’t. They wanted to give us beer even though we were pointing to the images of foods. Had the feeling that we were not welcomed here but probably this wasn’t the case.
The afternoon was saved by a small restaurant with a Spanish-looking girl with Japanese English (practically non-existent) was inviting us in. It was an old restaurant with short menu, most of the food cost 500 yen (about 5 EUR), the portions were small but they had unique taste. I wasn’t thinking before that I am paying with my own will 500 yen only for chicken skin.
Best thing last: we had sake for the first time and there was no problem with the exotic tastes.