Spent the Sunday in Nagoya. Interestingly enough, breakfast was suggested by my aunt and uncle and boy, did they do their research well! They had found a cafe by the name of Konparu which was famous for shrimp and miso katsu sandwiches. It was initially super hard to locate because though it was starred at Nagoya Station on Google Maps, there are countless small underground pathways in the labyrinth that is the station. Took a few failed attempts before we were able to finally locate it. The minute we got there we could see a pretty sizeable queue but I knew that it was going to be good just by the looks of it. Traditional Kissaten style, serving only varieties of katsu sandwiches and shrimp-mayo sandwich and everyone from youngsters to elderly people sipping their black coffee (and smoking the occasional cigarette) were in there. After about a 20 minute wait, we got in and it was soooo worth the wait!
This one was my absolute favorite. Fried ebi sandwich. With mayo and omelette… godss just looking at this photo makes me hungry again. If I were to go to Nagoya again I would definitely make a trip to one of the many outlets. So worth the wait and the hunt.
After that we met up with my friend, G, actually the son of a neighbour and they had all moved back to Japan about 2 years ago. He was finishing up his Bachelor’s in Nagoya and for a busy Uni student… it was really adorable that he decided to meet up with us. Not just me alone but the entire elderly folk gang. 😉 He’d booked us a place at arguably the most famous Unagi restaurant in Nagoya – Atsuta Horaiken , which was so famous that we were only able to get in at 1:40 despite going to get a table at 11:40. Reminds me a lot of the Unagi restaurant in Seto too with such a long waiting time. In the meantime, G, my uncle and I went to the nearby Atsuta Jingu shrine while the rest of them waited it out in a cafe, away from the scorching heat.
It turned out to be a lovely walk through the shrine, where we passed a huge tree that was apparently over a 1000 years old. According to G that is. We also got lucky because there happened to be a bonsai exhibition with some really gorgeous flowering bonsai. Never knew there was such a thing.
These just sparked such joy in me. ^___^ Oh, to be able to grow Bonsai like that for the house one day…
In the end we managed to get into the Unagi place and had a really sumptious Unagi rice bowl set meal… but not without even more waiting before being seated. My dad said it was the longest wait for any meal he’d ever had in his life. I would say that if I were to choose the overall satisfaction for the meal, I’d pick the smaller, cosier, smokier hole in the wall Unagi establishment in Seto over this one in Nagoya anytime. But as with all things, you only learn after trying it out!
Went back home that night via the usual route on the Meitetsu Line. Did a little bit of work in the studio by throwing some red clay. Always feels like a bit of an addiction that’s hard to break away from. 😉