The longer the friendship, the better it gets. I suppose I am rather fortunate in that while I get a lot of opportunities to meet new friends, I also get to spend a lot of time with old friends. These two types of gatherings give me very different feelings. Although an old friend may know you well, and you can talk about almost anything, these old friends had once been new friends, too, no? The friend who was accompanying me for this meal used to me a colleague of mine. We were both fresh college graduates. In facing the 'battlefield', we developed a friendship that would last a life time. There are many similarities between us, and many differences also. I guess that goes with all friends. I mean, if two people are so drastically different, they'll never agree on anything! And if two people are so similar, what fun would be in that!? Although we don't get to meet often, we always kept in touch (even before we became Facebook friends). I think that certainly says something about this friendship, don't you think?
This meal had been talked of for quite a while. But whenever I was in Taichung, either I was preoccupied, or it had been a very short stay, too short for meal. Finally, we set a date for this long awaited meal. My friend asked if a Japanese izakaya would do, and I said: anywhere with booze would do. She wondered if she'd spoil the fun if she didn't drink with me, and I replied: only if you won't let me drink, will you be a spoiler.
These are bottles of sake of different customers. They would pay for the whole bottle, drink what they can, then leave it there till their next visit.
Lager of indulgence
鮭魚生魚片 Salmon Sashimi
My friend did not dare to eat raw fish, so I had the entire plate all to myself.
But I did persuade her to try this salivating prawn dish!
也是招待的～ Another complementary dish.
泡菜炒麵 Kimchi noodles
照燒雞肉 Toriyaki (grilled chicken)
串燒香菇 Grilled mushroom
炸雞排 Fried chicken
Sauce for the chicken. 雞排的沾醬
半開放式的廚房 Half-open kitchen.
Would you consider this a lot for two people? My friend is also a reader of my blog, and so she would kindly allow me to take pictures of every dish before we dig in. She would even remind me to take a picture before starting. After I finished my first beer, she also talked me into having another! The food here is absolutely amazing. Apparently many Jappers like to come here. From the last names written on the Sake bottles, I'm pretty sure that's more or less true.
穿和服的服務生 Waitress in kimono
After this shot, a very unprofessional thing happened: both of my batteries were dead.... Oh, well... at least I got shots of the food!