Today's Meeting Spot is Flying Books, a Unique Bookstore.
We meet up at a secondhand bookstore, Flying Books. (In Shibuya, it’s not easy to find secondhand bookstores.) On the first floor is Sanei, a classic bookstore established in 1947. On the 2nd floor is Flying Books, which has a collection of unique odd books from all over the world. It has a counter too where you can enjoy coffee and alcoholic beverages.
They have pretty weird books, such as the introductory book on ‘restroom studies’ and the one on ‘fartology’. I wonder what is written in them…
At My Girlfriend’s Request, We Head to Toritake, an Old Yakitori Bar.
Toritake is a classic yakitori place established in 1963. It’s located within a minute walk from the Flying Books. You can see smoke rising in the sky in Shibuya.
Toritake has a Japanese room in the basement, counters (and a few tables) on the 1st floor, and tables on the 2nd floor. There is no need to wait long to be seated even when the place is filling up, since most customers leave quickly as soon as they finish drinking and eating. The above photo is ‘Kawa-ponzu’ (boiled chicken skin with Ponzu, citrus flavored soy sauce.)
The staff who is taking us to the table is a middle aged lady, and she is stunning! I wish I could have seen her in her youth! (Her eyes are a little too sharp, though…) The above photo of food (from top to bottom): ‘Bonjiri’ (chicken tail), ‘Negi-ma’ (chicken and leek skewers), and ‘Piman no niku-zume’(green peppers filled with a pate of hamburger steak.)
Many foreign customers are enjoying Japanese traditional yakitori, too. This is ‘Tsukune’ (chicken meatballs).
If you are on a date, Japanese room (B1) or tables (2F) are recommended. Sitting next to each other at the counter is good too, because from which you can see the staff grilling yakitori just in front of you. They have vegetables on skewers, too! Shishito peppers.
Next, Head to a Beer Bar, Abbot’s Choice Shibuya.
Abbot’s Choice is located within a minute walk from Toritake.
‘Hoegaarden White’ is my girlfriend’s favorite. It’s so fruity and easy to drink! The beer is originated in Hoegaarden, the small Bergian village.
Guiness Beer is a must for men! Look at the thick smooth foam in the glass!
I’m already full, but how can I resist these sausages?