So in January I found this Nagoya Lunch Passport in the bookstore. It cost 980 yen, but with all the lunches going from 700 to 1050 yen down to 500 yen, if I went to 5 restaurants, I'd make up for the cash. 5 restaurants in about 2 months sounded doable. And I liked having the excuse of going to new restaurants. In the end, it took only 3 lunches to save the 980 yen. Continuing my quest to sketch, I decided to sketch a page for each of the lunches.
Now that November is over and my Nagoya Lunch Passport has expired. I thought I'd post some comments and the photos of my sketches from this little adventure. It's been fun. I hope they do it again. I'm splitting the 12 lunches over two posts. Under the cut are lunches 1 through 6 and 7 through 12 will be up on Friday.
A cute little Chinese place near Hisaya-odori Station. The daily lunch was stir-fried vegetables, which was mainly bean sprouts, but they were yummy bean sprouts, so I have no qualms. It was a good amount of food even for the regular 750 yen. The tea on the table also made me really happy.
Lunch #2 - Shark Fin Ramen @ 竜竹 Dragon Bamboo
This restaurant is part of a chain which includes my favorite tan-tan men place. The service was really good and the food was pretty decent, though there was a bit of false advertising. The picture in the guidebook was a complete shark fin, while what came out was pieces of shark fin. The best part was the almond tofu that I really like. Love the cute bowl it comes in. For 1000 yen, it's a bit steep, but that's what the Lunch Passport was for. I might go back to try some of the other lunch specials.
Lunch #3 - Daily Special @ Flat Cafe
This place was right next to work. I thought the serving size was a bit small, but it turned out to be just right. I had the 4 mushroom omu-rice with demi-glace. They have a daily pasta, omurice, pizza, curry, and rice bowl. Service was average. Overall, it was pretty good and it's close enough to work that I might drop by once in a while. Also, a note on the sketch, I purchased a fine tip pen while I was working on this sketch, so the lines from here on out are thinner.
Lunch #4 - Spinach cream sauce spaghetti (A-type) @ パスタひろば Pasta Hiroba
It was good and I liked it. It really tasted like the spinach cream pasta I make for myself. While I was there, a couple of regulars came in and I can understand why. The service was good and I liked the feel of the place. But for the regular 980 yen price tag...unfortunately, I don't think I'll be going back.
I pass by this place a lot because it's across the way from CoCoIchi. And when I'm in the area before 11am, it makes more sense to go for curry. But I gave this one a try and I rather like the flat noodles. The tan-tan men was good, but it's going to take a lot to win me away from my favorite place. That being said, I might drop by for some of their regular ramen and try the gyoza as well.
You really can't miss the giant red sign in front, which inspired me to try my hand at perspective. I have a fear of drawing perspective. But after this, it's not too bad. As for the ramen, it was pretty good. I was not really impressed, but everything tasted pretty good. Unfortunately, I went there just when it opened and there was no one else and it just felt awkward. The ladies' ice cream service was a nice surprise, but I don't think I'll be going back soon.