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Pita the Great - Yep, that's right...
Filed in: Current Affairs, Good eats, Japan

I suppose that it's possible for any of us to think a certain way about a place - kind of get stuck in it. I recently realized that's what I've done relative to Tokyo and food. Because, noodle, sushi, and tempura are so ubiquitous it's easy - at least it has been for me - to think that it's all there is. Now, I love the noodle, sushi, and tempura - don't get me wrong. I just thought it'd be fun to check out some, well, really different kinds of food in Tokyo.

Here's one (and Scott, I think you'd love it):


It's a little hole-in-the-wall place near Tamaike Sanno station (Ginza Line and other subways here - central Tokyo area) - somewhat at the base of the ATT (that's not Ma-Bell) twin towers in Akasaka - I had to walk around to towers to see it - kind of up on the second level from the street.

The guy who runs the place is Israeli - think he's been at it for nearly 20 years. It's very, very small. There's one community table inside. Flour is EVERYWHERE - it's on the floor, on the chairs, on the table, on the walls. If you go in you are going to get flour on you. Just accept it. You can pat it off when you come back out.


The menu is simple - you get a sandwich or a set (sets are common in Japan) - a set here being a sandwich, drink (you help yourself to a bottle of pop or oolong tea from the cooler) and fries or some out-of-this-world hummus.


That's the table - it sits next to one of the pita ovens - he does mostly a to-go business - and he had about twenty to-go orders working when we go there.


This guy is a craftsman - obviously lovingly bakes these beautiful pita breads. I got the Big Pita, it's stuffed with falafel balls - OK they aren't really balls, they are more like all kinds of odd shapes, but I don't think they'd roll anywhere - they remind me of the very best seasoned hush puppies that I grew up with in the south - along with something very like sauerkraut, and a kind of very spicy middle eastern salsa that I'm pretty sure is heavily laced with sumac.

It was astonishingly good - especially in the land of noodle, sushi, and tempura.

I was there with my business manager who had lunched there some a dozen years ago. He asked our friendly proprietor if anything had changed. The guy said "Well, I did start washing my hands a couple of years ago."

Fun place.

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Hey, you're blogging again!!!!! Street food in Japan totally kicks ass.

eMCee: Hey Scott! It would be fun to try to duplicate this - I haven't found any falafel since this place that compares to it.

Posted by: Scott P at Mar 10, 2008 6:45:07 PM

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