Growing up, rice was something I could very much leave or take, and to this day I will always order naan or roti with a curry over rice. My appreciation for rice has deepened since moving to Asia, and I am now far more experienced in what “good rice” is, and Thai style fried rice with tons of prik nam pla is probably one of my ultimate comfort foods.
It still caused much merriment for my Singaporean friend J, when I geeked out after discovering that there was a restaurant inside a speciality rice & produce shop with a bib gourmand, and she happily agreed to join me for lunch there.Akomeya is a beautiful culinary boutique filled with high end sauces, dried fish, tofu, sake, crockery, and of course a designated rice counter offering over a dozen different polish levels of rice.
I loved the small servings of everything, not least as we got to try so many dishes! My favourites were probably the ground cauliflower, which was almost like a cauliflower mousse, the peanut tofu, which was surprisingly similar to Shan tofu, as well as the seaweed, turnip & Ume salad which was a wonderful and unusual combination of flavours and the Sashimi bonito, surprising as I am not a fan of tuna at all, but this really was something else! Unsurprisingly, the rice was excellent, slightly sticky and wonderfully glossy, and we stopped off to buy a few bags before we left.
2 Chome-2-６ Ginza, Chūō, Tokyo 104-6601, Japan
Open daily 11am-8pm