Friday, December 19, 2008

Tucano's, Shibuya (Shi-Boo-Yah!)

I was asked several times during this end-of-an-era team dinner if I was going to remember everything the next day. And I remember now exactly what I said I was going to remember when asked: MEAT. That's not very original, but we don't claim or strive to be original every day, folks. It's not original for the simple reason that Tucano's is churrascaria - also known as 'that Brazilian thing where the cowboy-looking guys bring around huge chunks of meat on skewers and slice off pieces until you beg for mercy. Plus buffet.' Plus it's in Dogenzaka, which I'm told is a fun place to hang out if you're young and hip as opposed to old and creaky.

That pretty much says it all. Can I stop now? Just to spite the doubters, I'm going to list all the meats I can remember. Y'all are all a buncha haters, alright? One note before we start - 90 minutes of all-you-care-to-eat-with-buffet is more than enough. Don't go the 2 hours.
  • Sausages. This sounds normal, but several people agreed that it was the tastiest meat of the meal (me and Ponkan, and those are the opinions that count!).
  • Chicken hearts. While I heard about chicken hearts around 1989 from Andy LaFountain (real spelling folks! His family lived in Brazil before moving back to good ol' Pitman NJ. But I see that I'm mentally conflating his memory with the other semi-Brazilian guy I knew in the past, Dan Abrahamson.) this was my first time to consume the genuine article. Considering the quality of the other meats at this meal, I think they must have been reasonable examples of the genre, and this means I plan to avoid the genre in the future. Edible, even tasty, but with a disturbing squishy texture, and a noticeable artery sticking out the top of each one like a small rubber hose.
  • Beef 1: Rump roast, I believe (ランプ on the menu, so it may have something to do with light bulbs instead?)
  • Beef 2: filet with onions and peppers (yes, I mean 'capsicums', you miserable convicts)
  • Beef 3: cold roast beef with onion salsa on top. Looks for all the word like the plates of negi-tongue you get at yaki niku
  • Beef 4: Brisket, roasted on the skewer. A little dry and not as good as boiling your own corned beef at home, but still with the characteristic flavor that I love, and you can't get those brisket-in-a-bag-with-spices things that I used to love to make when I was younger and lived in the land of cotton.
  • Beef 5: Brisket, oven roasted? Very dark with more more flavor, served from a plate instead of a skewer (blasphemy!)
  • Pork: I think some kind of roasted belly? Lashings of fat, crackled around the outside
  • Chicken 1: wings. I dislike eating wings, but these were delicious
  • Chicken 2: Chunks wrapped in bacon
  • Sausages: That's right, it just keeps coming...
  • Pineapple: on the 7th day, God had finished with the meats, so he served skewer-roasted pineapple to his guests
The meat is really tasty, I found the caipirinhas to be very good, and the company was excellent as always. Monday things start over in year in Jerusalem!

More than one man finished the meal with a girlish cry of "I don't feel so well..."

Picture of Der Meistersinger used without permission. I'll take it down if asked nicely and bought a beer next week.

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