Today's Google Japan logo, it's for the Sendai Tanabata festival. Thinking about the damage from 3/11, it is amazing to have the festival again this year.
MIST is the first ramen shop in the world to receive a star in the Michelin guidebook. Their menu contains ramen and new items like ramen sushi, etc. The shop was in Omotesando Hills until January, but now it's closed and will re-open somewhere in Tokyo this summer.
The shop is produced by French chef Yasuji Morizumi, who has another ramen chain called "Chabuya". Compared to MIST, Chabuya has more reasonably priced ramen and I went there in Machida last night.
I don't eat ramen so often but this time Groupon had a 50% discount ticket, so that's why I was there. Actually with the discount it ended up being just 380 yen. And of course I wondered how ramen made by a Michelin star winner tastes. :-)
Here is the ramen, I ordered half a boiled egg on top (80 yen). The soup was a fish-based sesame blend, and the noodle was really thick. Toppings included zucchini, asparagus and shiitake mushroom. It was good, but not super good to me. I prefer regular soy sauce or tonkotsu ramen.
I got a good tip. In Japan, ethnic foods are really expensive and Indian, Vietnamese, and Thai dishes cost around 1000 yen for an entree and if you want to eat Greek or Turkish food you will pay over 3,000 yen at least. As for Muslim foods, I have no idea where I can find them or how much it would cost. But I read that we can eat such foods for a reasonable price at one place. The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is advancing its activities around the pillars of field-oriented approach, human security, and enhanced effectiveness, efficiency, and speed. It is located in the Yokohama Minato Mirai area (which has nice vistas, good shopping, and is in a lovely seaside area) and they have places to stay for foreigners who come to Japan to study and also provides restaurants for them. The restaurant has various types of international foods and beverages to appeal to people of many different cultures: vegetarian, Halal, African, etc. And it's not restircted to hotel customers, regular people can eat lunch and dinner there. The good thing is that beyond the reasonably priced food, there's a really nice view of the Yokohama port. A guy on Nifty Portal wrote about it and he says that this lamb is only 390yen (!?) I will try it soon.