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Tokyo, Shibuya: No Nationality: Who's Food's 
1st-Feb-2006 10:37 pm
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Who's Food's
Tokyo, Shibuya
Type: Dining bar
Genre: No Nationality(無国籍)
Cost: Food: 500-1500yen, Drinks: 500yen+
Ratings:
Food:★★★☆☆
Atmosphere:★★★☆☆
Service:★★★★☆
English OK:★★★☆☆(?)

Description:
Who's Food's is located right next to Tower Records in Shibuya, and is probably familiar to anyone who has walked by and seen the huge plastic honey toast outside. The restaurant is located in the basement, but it looks like the entire building is owned by the same company, and includes a couple other restaurants, a sports bar, and karaoke.

The place itself looks pretty smooth, with large fishtanks and moody lighting. Pretty typical for Shibuya, I think. The thing is, this restaurant is small, and we had to wait for quite a bit before they could find a table to seat three people.

While we waited, though, the staff was extremely hospitable, getting out a space heater to place next to the bench where we waited, and bringing us tea. All through the meal the service was excellent, very attentive and very prompt!!

The food itself was pretty good, not anything terribly special, which was a shame because it was sort of expensive. The items on the menu are all izakaya-sized dishes with restaurant prices, so a hungry group of people will end up with quite a bill. There's a pretty good variety of food, though, from Mexican to Vietnamese to Italian, and it was pretty difficult to choose what to get. I ended up with Jumbalaya Spicy Chicken and Spicy Sausage Pizza, both of which weren't bad. The drinks were reasonably priced, though, and they had a rather large variety, including a lot of imported beers.

After dinner we had Honey Toast, a crazy dessert consisting of an entire Japanese-sized loaf of white bread toasted, with your choice of toppings. I chose "ハニトーレアチーズ&ブルーベリー" because it had the most toppings, something that wasn't the most wise decision. It was pretty delicious, and quite an experience to eat, though I wouldn't recommend taking one on alone.

The menu in front of the restaurant is in English in Japanese, however we were only given a Japanese-only menu once we entered. If you're secure in your katakana ability or don't mind choosing from some pictures, you're fine, and they probably have more menus in English hidden somewhere. I can't imagine any of the staff speak English, though.

All in all, Who's Food's is a little on the expensive side, but the food isn't bad and there's a good variety. Give the honey toast a try!
Comments 
1st-Feb-2006 11:20 pm (UTC)
I wasn't going to join the group because I figured Gourmet Navi and Bento.com probably have things covered, but you mentioned honey toast, so I officially love you. *g* Joined!

I hope you promoted this on community_promo.
1st-Feb-2006 11:23 pm (UTC)
gnavi is good for people who speak Japanese, but I was always sort of dissatisfied by the reviews on bento.com. They're so short!

Thanks for the link, I'll go put a post there :D
1st-Feb-2006 11:28 pm (UTC)
Gnavi's got a little English content ( http://gnavi.co.jp/en/ ). But yeah, I really like the detailed structure for the reviews here. :) Unfortunately, I don't think I recall enough about the places I visited in Japan, plus it was almost 2 years ago ... but if I go back this summer as I'm planning to, I'll try to contribute.
1st-Feb-2006 11:34 pm (UTC) - :D
Did you ever eat Who's Food's honey toast? It's the only kind I've ever had, so i hope honey toast other places is a little more managable, ha.
1st-Feb-2006 11:42 pm (UTC) - Re: :D
Yeah, we had it at a Kyoto ninnikuya (yes, a garlic restaurant...luckily the honey toast didn't have garlic). It was basically just the butter and honey, and I think a small scoop of vanilla ice cream. Among the three of us, it was doable. But I'm pretty certain on some days I could eat a whole one myself. Heaven help me if I ever figure out how to make it at home. It was so comforting and delicious.

The ones at Who's Food's (I can barely type that name without twitching) look totally over-the-top!
2nd-Feb-2006 05:12 pm (UTC) - Re: :D
funny you'd mention honey toast with garlic. my English friend said he couldn't imagine bread as a sweet food, which led us to the concept of garlic honey toast with ice cream on it...
as much as like garlic toast and honey toast...the two together seem like a bad couple.
2nd-Feb-2006 05:31 pm (UTC) - Re: :D
Well, you could always use some garlic ice cream from the Gilroy Garlic Festival down the road from me. ;)

I have to admit bread with ice cream on it at all is a weird notion even for an American.
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