There is a perfectly restored VW Microbus at one corner on the Nishi
Shimbashi 1-chome intersection that has been converted into a chow wagon
(lunch truck) and is serving gourmet coffees and bagel sandwiches. I have a
client near there, and have passed by it a number of times since summer. I
never imagined, though, that they would be worth a look beyond the beautiful
restoration job on what was the classic hippie vehicle of my youth.
One day last month, though, I passed by just before lunchtime, and decided
to try one of their bagel sandwiches. Turns out they are made with H&H
Bagels, which are a cut above average here in Tokyo.
At lunchtime, a bagel sandwich with coffee is 540 yen, which puts it
squarely in fast food territory. There were six different sandwiches
available, so I ordered one only to be told that I could have a half each of
two different sandwiches for the same price. I ordered the steamed chicken
with cheddar (excellent combination since the chicken was very lean) and the
BLT (never mind how ironic pork n' bagels is). The bagel was perfectly
toasted, heavy and chewy, and the fillings were fresh and moderately
generous. I chose a cappucino for my coffee and it was quite fine, though
served in a paper cup. I ate at the little picnic tables they set up and it
was comfortable. I was impressed with the sandwiches, so I ponied up another
300 yen for a bowl of their clam chowder, which surprisingly did not taste
canned, and had other kinds of seafood (some kind of white fish) in it
besides clams, quite tasty.
The total bill was 840 yen, and it was all surprisingly of good quality.
I took pictures, which you can see at the link below courtesy of the Tokyo Food Page at www.bento.com