We’ve managed to eat at every restaurant at the city shop complex on Tianyaqiao Lu and Xingeng Lu, except the Applebees, Babydoll–a restaurant apparently geared specifically for Girls’ Night Out–and Kissho of Tokyo.
Here are some tips, from me to you, to help you learn how to avoid the landmines of surprise and dissappointment you may encounter if you choose to dine at Kissho of Tokyo.
- Don’t forget to check for a sushi-conveyor belt when you walk into a sleepy Japanese place during what should be a busy day.
- Don’t order mackerel despite seeing the conveyor belt.
- Don’t assume that, just because there’s a Sushi chef working behind the counter, he’ll actually make you fresh sushi since he’s not doing anything at all.
- Don’t eat the Mackeral that said chef pulls off the conveyor. When you send it back, don’t sneer, because your limited Chinese skills will make it hard to express why you didn’t eat it, and it will still be on the bill.
- WHATEVER YOU DO, don’t watch the sushi chef pop the lid back on the mackerel and put it back on the conveyor. That will cost you a good chunk of faith in humanity.
- Don’t order an udon dish named for a real/mythical creature with a huge scrotum that stars in, among other things, a bad Tom Robbins book. It turns out they ruin perfectly passable udon in broth by putting tons of fried tempura batter–not things fried in tempura batter, just little bits of fried batter themselves–on top, long before the soup gets to the diner and they are thus soggy and the oil to broth ratio of the liquid becomes 3:1.
- Don’t go to Kissho of Tokyo across from City Shop on Tianyaqiao and Xingeng lu. Just don’t.