Sometimes we just need to get back in touch with the homeland --
-- by going to a restaurant like TGIF and ordering off the dessert menu.
Say Hello to "Oreo Madness", double portion. It's overly sweet. It's messy. It's e-NOR-mous. The very antithesis of a Japanese dessert.
The place pulls no punches, really, with the red and white balloons, and a wait staff that wears suspenders with just the right amount of flair.
Don't get me wrong. I liked Fujimamas, which used to occupy this building just off Omotesando dori and close to Cat Street, but I must confess: I totally dig this over-the-top replacement. You know, in an ironic sorta way.
Who am I kidding-- this is comfort food! We're talking Cobb Salad the size of my head!
In any case, it's an easy way to get my boys on their bikes on a sunny Sunday afternoon, if they know this is their destination.
"Happy Birthday, dear (customer)...."
And the decor is nothing if not inspirational.