On this special occasion, we went to the tea house "Mariage Freres" for the first time.
Why the first time??
It's quite expensive!!!!!!!!!!!!
They do have a hundred kinds of tea on the menu, though.
After the waiter brought us various teas to smell, we finally ordered one ice tea, an "Earl grey with blue flowers", and one hot tea called "Himalaya rose".
The former was 945 yen, the latter 1575 yen. Wow wow.
He told me that Himalaya rose is only harvested in tiny quantities and isn't perfumed in any way. But it did smell beautifully of roses. It's a miracle!!
But I can say, from inside, it's better than I thought it would be.
Many beautiful tea pots and lots of kinds of tea in the shop next to the tea room.
I asked the guy if there is a branch in England expecting him to answer yes and thinking, "then where it would be??... perhaps in Leicester Square? Hampstead??"
Then I heard him said "No".
"No, there isn't one in the UK, because, I guess, they have their own quite unique tea culture..."
"Yes, it's true. But in Germany, we have..." , he continued.
Wow. Very interesting.
Their own quite unique tea culture??
Maybe the Mariage brothers didn't like England and left a will which says to stay away from England.....
By the way, I used to think that the name "Mariage Freres" means "brothers who get married".
Then last summer when I saw the Mariage Freres in Marais in Paris, where it originated, I thought "Yup! I knew it!" as Marais is the big gay culture area.
But today I learnt it was actually the family name, and 2 brothers founded the company together.
And Mariage wasn't Marriage.
6:45 PM, we were in a hurry to go home.
Because Nick needed to take a shower and change from sandals to leather shoes.
Because we had a reservation for 7:30 PM at the french restaurant "Comme ci Comme ca"!!
This is the appetizer, "Shrimp in Dashi gelee".
Actually it was my favorite course.
With a slightly sour plum accent, it was sooooooooo nice.
Very cool and refreshing and, as a dish to make you hungry, it was perfect!!
That's a real appetizer, isnt't it?!!
The wine, a Sancerre, reminded me of Paris.
Crispy skin and spices with marinated vegetables.
It was Nick's No 1!
By the way, this was Nick's plate. His lotus root was mini and very cute!
The truth is, I wanted to exchange it with my plate, but I didn't ask.
Because it was his birthday...
This was mine.
Sounds quite something, doesn't it?
The foie gras and mango melted together in my mouth, and I thought I would melt too...
Veal with bechamel sauce.
Look at the pink!!!
You can tell how soft it was.
Good model. Very photogenic.
When I heard that, I had to say, "Curry???!!! Now??!!"
Anyway, we ordered them both again, and I let Nick chose again.
It says "Happy Birthday, Nick! Enjoy being 34!" in chocolate on the very cold plate.