Well dear reader (dare I hope, readers?), the food battle twixt your faithful scribe and the Rotund Gourmet (RG), otherwise known as Tokyo Terry, seems to be on. All in good fun and all with a good Heart, of course as I do cherish RG's friendship & generous spirit (and the wine he shares with me from time to time).
Let me be the first to say that RG definitely knows his Tokyo restaurants and he has led me to many a grand gourmet place many times (well, he's told me about them and I went; sometimes he led, sometimes I had to draw him a map).
So, after regaling RG with my tales of San Francisco and winery dining he has told me about a place he frequents in Tokyo that I don't recall having been to yet. Read more about it at Gaishoku.
Not to be outdone, Madam Wife & I headed down the hill from our SF digs with friends from Denver in tow to one of our favorite Spanish Tapas restaurants, Alegrias. Settling in with a bottle of fine Spanish Crienza from Rioja we started with a few tapas from the generous menu. A dish of imported Spanishi anchovies in olive oil when down quite nicely as did the Manchego flambe - ya gotta give that one a try. A few more tapas and the main dishes were before us - the grilled lamb chops were especially nice, but Madam Wife found the paella a bit watery for her taste (she is comparing it to the excellent paella she makes!). Topping off with a bit of ice cream in caramel sauce it was then time to do the huff n puff walk back up the hill to our SF abode. Oh my - those streets are STEEP - I mean, our street is so steep that there are actually steps in the sidewalk. Try THAT (the climb) on a full tummy oh, RG!