Friday, October 29, 2010

Isetan Market Restaurant AGIO in Shinjuku, Tokyo #HIasia #FB

Last night after checking into our awesome hotel (not), we went for a walk around the Shinjuku area.  We decided to use the evening to browse Isetan Department Store.

When we got there, we went up to the 7th floor to check out the restaurants because we were hungry.  Most of the stuff looks like overpriced regular food, displayed attractively.  We opted for the Italian restaurant, AGIO. 

The prices at AGIO were moderate, 1500-3000 yen a dish (around $20-40 at current exchange rates :-/).  We had the AGIO pizza and the meat sauce type spaghetti.

The spaghetti tasted too much like beef stew (concentrated beef flavor) with spaghetti noodles.  It wasn't impressive at all.  In fact I don't recommend it. :P

The AGIO pizza thing was OK.  The crust was OK, but not really a pizza crust.  Seemed more like a flour tortilla with hamburger helper and cheese on it.  The cheese didn't really match the "pizza" flavor. 

Anyway, that's my experience at AGIO.  I doubt I would eat there again.  It is rather surprising considering how obsessed, for so many years, Japan has been about creating this Japanese style of Italian cuisine.  While this place isn't a Japanese flavored Italian restaurant, it certainly wasn't an authentic Italian flavored one either.

Hope we have better luck with breakfast.  We are cooped up in Starbucks right now because the typhoon changed or Disney Sea plans.  Nothing else in Shinjuku is open yet, other than convenience stores, and it's almost 9am!!  Don't really want to eat Starbucks for breakfast! :P


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