One spot I never miss in Kichijoji is Rose Bakery, for their hearty, organic breakfasts and selection of teas. I had a scrambled eggs plate with savoury scone, and rooibos cinnamon tea. I skipped their delicious carrot cake as I was so full, and went for a stroll around the neighbourhood. Yesterday was a combination of scorching heat and rain, but it was easy to avoid around the covered shopping arcade.
I was introduced to this famous katsu restaurant called Satou, where people queue to get a taste of their Matsuzaka beef. You can also reserve and sit inside for a proper meal, but we chose to take out some of their menchi-katsu, which is practically a breaded meatball. It was the most delicious, juiciest meatball I've ever had, complete with huge chunks of onion and the right amount of seasoning. Thankfully the queue was not too long, only a few minutes, but sometimes it takes over an hour. I highly recommend getting in the queue (you can't miss it, right in the middle of the shopping arcade, where it crosses with a street) and trying their katsu. We couldn't wait to get home, so we ate it right in the street.
Since it was too wet to go for a picnic at Inokashira Park, I scoped out the shops and did a bit of shopping at Uniqlo. I'm really liking their current collections, they turned it up a notch with the styles and quality of fabrics. I've always thought of Uniqlo for basic t-shirts and lounging clothes, but I really like their latest designs, it looks really good (read: expensive) and tailored, unlike their usual pajama-like dresses. Somehow Fast Retailing, which owns Uniqlo, also owns J Brand and Theory, so maybe there's influence there? And everything is like, under 2,000 yen!
No trip to Kichijoji would be complete without a stop at the taiyaki stall for a take out, cream-filled fish-shaped cake (that we also ate in the street). You can try making it at home, I love this video demonstration.
|Steak House Satou|
|Don't miss it|
|A Croc-filled queue|
|Waiting card for the katsu|
|A bag filled with goodness at Satou|