While most events had been cancelled or postponed due to the dangerous driving conditions, my own activities had not. Neither had the Coffee & Tea Expo that I was eagerly anticipating.
While I had once complained of the Euro-Asian bakery's steep prices, I can only admit that much relief was sustained in discovering that their regular croissants (you know, the tastier ones) were priced lower than that of the Charcoal variety.
There is no direct correlation between the state of their bathrooms and overall product hygiene, though it remains a factor to be kept in consideration.
Instead of the filty, tattered sheets of paper tacked onto wooden clipboards, the udon specialty restaurant finally adopted hardcover menu booklets! The offerings were more or less identical, with the exception of a Tonkatsu appetizer; all listings were now accompanied with images and categorized for added clarity.
MeNami's case is not dissimilar to other establishments. Over the course of its two-year operating period, some items have been removed, while others promoted. Trendy additions were tested before earning a permanent spot.
My high degree of familiarity with the menu led to the consolidation of this firsthand acquired data. Below is a comparison of the menu prices observed at three different points in time. (View the high-res versions below.)
There isn't a single patron that would necessarily appreciate gradually climbing price tag. However, I sincerely hope that the quality of food and service is upkept given these unfavourable price adjustments.
The top layer consisted of airy, whipped potato piped ever so beautifully using cake decorating techniques. It was smooth and creamy, yet devoid of the usual satiating starchiness of mashed potatoes. Underneath was a mound of chewy Sanuki udon bathing in a flavourful, luscious curry sauce; hitting the ideal notes of sweet, savoury, and mild, the dish was a winner despite its minimal broccoli content.
Shellfish does not rank high on my list of loves, though select pieces of mussel were proven tastier than expected. The sweetness was not perceived in all pieces, though, indicating a lack of uniform freshness. Cuttlefish rings (from Fresh Fried Ika) and bits of octopus were consumed with glee.
Unstable is my current mental state, as it has been - and shall continue to remain - until ticket sales take place this woeful Saturday.
Having wished to try the beverage since my last visit with a certain lovely potato, I caved and purchased the largest size possible for five dollars. Thinking about it in retrospect, this was immensely reasonable considering Bake Code's prices.
Just as indulgent as the shop's signature Vietnamese Iced Coffee, it looks like I'll be returning for more in the near future. Encased within the 2L plastic cup was resolute milky goodness with minimal ice and just the right dose of sweetness.
Double Fromage Cheesecakes, Cheese Tarts, and Original Japanese Cheesecakes were regrettably not included in their grand opening promotions. However, the ever-popular Uji Matcha Tiramisu that had stole hearts last November made its return, and at 50% off too!
Each canister carried a 6-dollar price tag (as opposed to its original $12) for the duration of the weekend; the sole restriction was that each customer was limited to purchasing a maximum of one unit.
Primarily my fault, the tart was left sitting in the fridge for a few days after purchasing, thus causing the jiggly interior to separate from its puff pastry shell.
Reheating the tart did little to salvage its cracked appearance. The shell was flaky but excessively dry and firm. A ratio of insufficient filling to pastry shell was observed upon slicing.
While I shall not forego the possibility of textural differences arising as a consequence of over-chilling, I can confidently conclude that the puff pastry shell occupied too large of a proportion in the baked treat. Moreover, it did not exert the comforting buttery aroma I was anticipating. Cheesy indeed was the filling, though I was not fond of the yellow film on its surface (it had been present even at the time of purchase) nor its lack of structure.
To enable customers to fully experience the dessert in one's home, small containers of Uji matcha powder were provided with each cylindrical container. The purpose of this step was to ensure freshness of the topmost layer, as extensive refrigeration can cause the matcha powder to moisten and sink.
Every spoonful provided profound enlightenment of the mind and soul.