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Dean & Delusional in Tokyo

Bryan Harrell | Nov 9, 2003 08:23 PM

After checking out the Japanese microbeer selection at the Shochu Authority (thanks Robb!) in the Marunouchi-Yaesu passage of Tokyo Station last week, I passed by Dean & Deluca on the way to the subway station. Having never checked it out since reading the Tokyo Food Page report on it (thanks again, Robb) some months back, I went in to have a look at the expensive things.

Most of it was ridiculous, and I couldn't help but gasp out loud at the 2,800 yen (U.S. $25) can of "gourmet tuna."

On my way out, I was surprised to see they offer a plain cup of coffee for 250 yen. I bought one and took it to the little counter and drank it. Very good coffee, nice and strong, with a not-too-dark roast -- likely a blend of dark and lighter roast beans. Compared to Starbuck's and Tully's versions, it was quite a bargain. Of course, at 250 yen it is the smallest, but is big enough and strong enough to give you everything you want from a plain coffee.

Then I perused the bagels, priced from 150 to 180 yen, and bought a blueberry, an everything and an onion. They looked good, but upon eating them at home, I found them not good enough to be sold at a place as fancy and as "authentic" and D&D. There was no solid chewiness, and the flour used had a cheap saltine cracker taste. These are not worth buying, though they are soft enough for the general public here.

Dean & Deluca: Coffee YES! , Bagels, not quite.

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