Today we headed out to Kamakura, a city outside of Tokyo. After walking through the Hōkokuji Temple which will be tomorrow’s post we went to downtown Kamakura.
One of the main reasons I was able to convince my wife to go back to Japan was to get these custard pastries in the shape of fish called taiyaki. Outside the train station is a small shop where a man makes these magical custard fishes. We went all out and bought 23 fishes for ¥1614 (~$13).
We got a mix of the traditional custard, chocolate and caramel. They were everything we were anticipating and more. Glorious. Worth the 14-hour flight and 6,800 mile journey alone. If you go to Kamakura you must get these.
We walked the streets and alleys for awhile longer. We bought some glass and wooden figurines and engraved chopsticks. Yeah, yeah it’s kinda touristy but my chopsticks of Fuji with my name engraved in them is pretty BA.
We made our way through the moderately packed streets and mostly empty alleys in search of lunch. Down one random alley right in the middle of town we stumbled upon a cafe. There were Polaroids of lattes with Disney characters drawn in the cream. They also served food with just enough English on the menu so this place looked like a solid spot.
Walking in there’s five tables that sit four people each. All the tables were full but one so we were ushered there and given water and a menu. The decor is all mismatched but went together. A Taylor Swift album was playing from a hidden speaker in the corner of the cafe.
I ordered the “hamber steak, egg and rice” and a honey latte. My wife ordered the pork with rice and a caramel latte. We ordered lattes hoping we’d get one of those crazy designs from the pictures outside. We had no idea if we would. Honestly we were doubtful.
It took maybe 10-15 minutes to get our food. Mine was decent. 6/10? My wife’s was better but there wasn’t a ton of pork. I’ll give hers a 7.5/10.
Then we waited for our lattes. And waited. We had just finished our bowls when the waiter/host/cashier/bus boy/barista brought us my honey latte. The latte had Mickey Mouse! I’m not a huge Disney or Mickey fan but it was incredible what he drew in my latte!
Five or so minutes later he brings out my wife’s latte and it’s Minnie Mouse! They even faced each other when you put the mugs next to each other! As far as taste goes, I’ll give it a 7/10. But for uniqueness and design, an 11/10! It was outstanding and one of a kind.
This guy could setup shop in Georgetown and sell these easily for $12 each. Instead they’re ¥600 (under $5). Our lunch total was ¥2400. Not expensive at all and well worth it for the lattes.
Kamakura is a bustling little city with gems hidden between some touristy stores. The gems are worth searching for.