“Sandwiches/Steamed Potato With Butter”
If the Earl of Sandwich could witness this spectacle of diner’s arguing about what makes the ultimate filling between two slices of bread, I reckon he would be really happy to see that people are still passionately enjoying his invention to this day.
Lionel and his dedication to Katsudon might have zoned him out of being a serious participant, which makes it too bad he doesn’t know about the katsu rice burger. Add in the eggs and katsudon juice, and he seriously has a legitimate foothold in these arguments. If I had to chip in myself, fried foods are great between sandwiches when they are freshly made. But I have to disagree with Sage Artorius about tonkatsu still being amazing after being left in a fridge overnight. Sure, it still tastes good, but inevitably comes nowhere near the original article. You lose the crispiness, which accounts for a good portion of the experience! Hence I would give my backing to Tatsugorou a.k.a Teriyaki Chicken, when we are discussing about what Nekoya menu item would make the best savoury sandwich.
Dessert sandwiches are different from your savoury ones to an incomparable extent, so I’ll talk about them separately. My first exposure to fruit sandwiches came from playing this game called Harvest Moon: Island of Happiness. Strange though they may sound, I have to say they are lovely little creations. But between Adelheid (Parfait) and Victoria (Pudding A La Mode), I would have to go with Adelheid on cream being the superior complimentary choice over custard. Custard would make the bread way too soggy!
At the end of the day, I would have to conclude that all the other diners are all wrong (Heh). They’ve clearly never tried some good old cheese and pickle, if I dare say so myself. That stuff undergoes a magical transformation not dissimilar to that of Cinderella, when wedged between two slices of bread. Not to mention, lacto-free soy cheese would mean even vegans like Fardania (Tofu Steak) could enjoy sandwiches, and would no doubt join my side!
Aletta’s lack of fond memories for Cobbler’s Tuber really took me back to History A2 (examinations we take over here in the UK to meet the grade requirements set by our university offers). I remember sitting in class, wondering how anyone could possibly enjoy eating plain potatoes for three meals a day, every single day of their lives. Anyhow, while it’s better than being hungry, I feel extremely sorry for people who live that kind of lifestyle. There’s so much more to the culinary world out there! So I felt extremely happy to know that Aletta now gets to enjoy the lovely food at Nekoya on days of Satur.
An interesting thing I discussed with my friend Robin6128 actually came in regards to steamed potatoes being Aletta’s favourite food. He makes a pretty good point in hindsight that I failed to consider amidst wholesome food stories. To quote him, what can be so impressive about a steamed potato with butter? If it had more seasoning to it, like you might find with jacket potatoes, maybe a better case can be made. Taking a step back, though some people may find Aletta’s tastes questionably simplistic, I personally think it lends a lot to her natural charm. I also find it fits with her character of being grateful towards Tenshu for what he gives her, while never asking for more.
Although I found ‘My dish is better than your dish‘ hilarious, relatable too if you replaced ‘dish’ with ‘favourite anime’, I really loved this episode’s focus on Aletta. Since she is illiterate, she can’t take notes on orders, so resorts to memorising all her orders. Sometimes it can get difficult, especially since she’s the only waitress. I can definitely imagine her getting overwhelmed! If the opening theme is anything to go by, next week’s elf girl from the moon will join Nekoya’s roster of waitresses, which could potentially alleviate Aletta’s difficulties. I’m hoping that the two form a strong bond in the remaining episode because although Tenshu is a kind and caring boss, what Aletta needs is a dear friend in her life.
Eat Tokyo’s Katsudon
Last week, I was out and about in Central London with some friends, when I had the chance to visit one of the Eat Tokyo chain restaurants you might find in London for dinner. While the fantastic plate of Japanese Katsu Curry Rice tempted me, I remembered that it was not the item that featured in Isekai Shokudou. No… it was the Katsudoom!!!
Duty called and I ordered the meal. First thing that arrived was the miso soup. Nothing special, it tasted nice but I’ve definitely had better in my life. Would have preferred it if it had arrived alongside my meal. Then, after everyone’s food had already come to the table, my katsudon was the final thing to arrive. You see, there was something I didn’t realise. I had always assumed those thin yellow sticks of vegetables were bamboo roots. While I was partially right, a nasty surprise awaited me. Oh god. I HATE GINGER. Since I was stupid and a bit too eager to eat, I mixed the whole thing in. Can’t blame anyone. I ruined my own experience.
Final Rating: 5.6/10 – Everything else still tasted pretty good, but with my trip to Japan starting tomorrow, I’m honestly expecting better katsudon that will fall surpass my experience from last week.