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Old 09-08-2012, 09:06 PM   #91
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Tokyo Dining - lunch



Tokyo Dining Lunch






I made a 2pm ADR for Tokyo Dining since we wanted to leave plenty of room between our large breakfast and lunch. I think I am starting to learn to lighten up on the big meals since they just make me sluggish and I obviously don’t feel well after eating so much food. We still pretty much kept 2-3 ADRs a day even if it was to have a lighter meal since we needed a break from the heat. The other motivating factor was that all of these restaurants (except HBD) were new for Michael so I wanted to share as much of our favorites with him as possible. I don’t think he fully paid attention in the past when I recounted our dining line up and showed him photos of what we ate… In fact, I think he wasn’t paying much attention when I was planning the trip and would rather go to his man cave and watch Swamp People on TV versus looking at dining menus with me! Hmph!!

Back to lunch….. Both Tokyo Dining and Teppan Edo have consistently delivered great service and good food; therefore, one or the other has been in our dining rotation since our first girl trip. Since Michael is a huge sushi fan I decided to not only book Teppan Edo (dinner) but to also make an ADR at Tokyo Dining for lunch.

We checked in downstairs/outside and were handed a card and told to go on up to the restaurant. After a brief wait, we were escorted to our table by the lovely hostess. The table had beautifully folded linen napkins in the form of the Sydney Opera House awaiting our arrival. Actually, I’m trying to decide if it is supposed to be a bird or a flower??





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The hostess provided hot towels – sheesh! I was a little worried that Michael would do a repeat of his airplane antics and start washing his feet or the windows. However, I was pleased that he maintained his decorum and simply used them in the manner for which they were intended.


Seeing as how I wasn’t that hungry, I decided to see if Em would split an entrée. Wouldn’t you know it, she ordered exactly what I wanted to eat but she declared that she was hungry enough to eat it all by herself! Ok, plan B. I will order an appetizer and we all decided to split edamame as well.

Starting with the edamame ($4.50), it was so simple but fabulous. I’m a huge edamame fan so these were delicious. Seeing as how 3 of us were sharing 1 little app it did get a little like feeding time at the zoo! No one got hurt during this meal so all was well.


Emily ordered the Grilled Breast of Chicken ($21.95) – fresh boneless breast served with teriyaki sauce, fresh veggies [broccoli, carrots, & green beans], and a scoop of steamed rice. I ordered this entrée last time we ate at Tokyo Dining and I loved it. Em’s opinion was that the chicken was a little dry but otherwise fine. She didn’t eat a lot of the veggies since they were cooked so al dente that she didn’t like the crispness. (I prefer my veggies al dente to soggy and overcooked!)


Michael ordered two sushi plates; Sampler Sashimi ($12.95), the Smoked Salmon Roll ($8.50), and Cucumber Rolls ($4.) I don’t eat sushi or sashimi so I can’t comment on what he ate, how it was served, and how it compares to anything; HOWEVER, I can say that he really liked his lunch choices! And he got to eat with some nifty chop sticks!

Smoked Salmon and Sashimi Platter:


Cucumber Rolls:

I ordered the Shrimp Tempura ($8.50) with an extra piece of shrimp ($5) and a side of steamed rice ($2.) My appetizer size meal included 2 shrimp tempura + the 1 extra that I ordered, 1 tempura zucchini, and 1 tempura chicken strip. I really liked the shrimp that was perfectly cooked as well as the zucchini. I honestly wish I had asked if I could get extra veggies instead of the chicken tempura since I just don’t prefer my chicken to be dipped in things and fried. It tasted ok, I just thought more veggies would have been a lighter option.


Our server did a great job keeping our drinks filled and making sure we were well taken care of. (I hate it when I end a sentence with a preposition but I don’t care right now.)

It was during this meal that I got out my List of 18 from Jabead and texted her this photo to show that I was actively working the list. Also, I had to announce that I had already accomplished item #14!




Our lovely server, Mami T. according to the receipt, brought us a slice of ginger cake that was aglow with a candle and an adorable origami heart and flower. How very thoughtful and kind of her!!

Pardon the PDA - just look away kids!


Ginger Cake:


Origami:

I'm not a chocolate fan so I passed on partaking in this dessert. Em and Michael devoured it so I am assuming it tasted good.

The bill was $75.65 with 18% auto gratuity which included $14.66 in TiW savings. Definitely a meal worthy of showing off to Michael.

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Old 09-08-2012, 09:14 PM   #92
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Old 09-08-2012, 10:26 PM   #93
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That edamame was NOT enough to share!! Everything looked yummy!
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Old 09-08-2012, 10:46 PM   #94
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The meal looks good! I'd lean towards the sushi! I had never had it before moving to CA and now I love it!


More vegetable tempura would have been good! I love it when they do squash tempura! And Broccoli is good too!
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:00 PM   #95
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This is my first DR that I'm subbing into!

I am ashamed to say that I didn't know that Tokyo Dining existed. I guess I just haven't heard a lot about it??? In my defense, I am still learning a LOT about the dining in WDW… Growing up, we never had a "real" meal at WDW. I'm willing to learn though!
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Old 09-09-2012, 12:32 AM   #96
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Wow, you are two for three on the impression scale it seems!! My goodness, I am not a sushi person, but your tempura and the chicken/rice combo look wonderful! I've not eaten there yet, as it is hard to bypass Teppan Edo.

Looking forward to more yumminess!!
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Old 09-09-2012, 12:45 AM   #97
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I tried Tokyo Dining for the first time last year and really liked it. The ambiance was modern and peaceful, the food was solid, the service was great, and the view of the lagoon was awesome. I'm so happy to see that your meal there was very good overall! I have to try that chocolate ginger cake sometime. And the origami is beautiful.
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Old 09-09-2012, 08:06 AM   #98
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Joining in..a little late. Tokyo dining looks so yummy! I will have to place that on my list. The Tempura shrimp looks very light (well as light as fried food can be). We loved Cape May for breakfast too. Keep your wonderful reviews coming!
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Oh my, I can't believe I hadn't realised you had started your reviews. My apologies for my tardiness, I will try to do better as we go through.

Great start to your reviews. Your plane food looked WAY better than ours - obviously the difference between first class and economy. And a real glass as well. My, how the other half live

That pizza from the BW pizza window looked completely gross. And how grumpy is that pizza window guy. I think there should now be an open DIS challenge to try and get the guy to crack a smile

Tokyo Dining looked great (apart from that gross-out kissing picture ), as did your breakfast at Cape May. Although we ended up quite liking the Beach Club, the one thing I hated about it was the smell from Cape May in the evening. We are NOT fans of fish and seafood and the smell of the clam bake made us both feel rather ill so we tried to avoid that area while dinner was being served. I think I might try breakfast though, it looked really good. You can't go wrong with any meal that involves Mickey waffles
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Old 09-09-2012, 10:18 AM   #100
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Great meal at Tokyo Dining! We really like it there too. We go out for sushi alot at home so we usually don't make a reservation in favor of places that have food we can't get as readily at home, then by the end of the trip we find ourselves craving it. Fortunately, we've been able to walk-in with no reservations the last few trips (even on a Saturday night!). I love the atmosphere and the service is always so gracious.
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I haven't seen many Tokyo Dining reviews. That looks quite good as I am a huge sushi fan.

Great, great review. Look forward to more!
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Awww...another great family photo!



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I don’t think he fully paid attention in the past when I recounted our dining line up and showed him photos of what we ate… In fact, I think he wasn’t paying much attention when I was planning the trip and would rather go to his man cave and watch Swamp People on TV versus looking at dining menus with me! Hmph!!

I loved this! Sooo funny!!!







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The hostess provided hot towels – sheesh! I was a little worried that Michael would do a repeat of his airplane antics and start washing his feet or the windows. However, I was pleased that he maintained his decorum and simply used them in the manner for which they were intended.


I was about to pay Michael a compliment regarding this but then after looking at your other pics, I'm thinking now that you were not seated by a window. So perhaps this was more a case of "out of sight, out of mind"???






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Seeing as how I wasn’t that hungry, I decided to see if Em would split an entrée. Wouldn’t you know it, she ordered exactly what I wanted to eat but she declared that she was hungry enough to eat it all by herself!


Emily ordered the Grilled Breast of Chicken ($21.95) – fresh boneless breast served with teriyaki sauce, fresh veggies [broccoli, carrots, & green beans], and a scoop of steamed rice.


Whoa, you really weren't very hungry if you wanted to share this meal! Let's see, that would be 3 bites of chicken, 1 piece of broccoli, 1 1/2 baby carrots, 6 green beans, and a tblsp. of rice! Now I know why you are so slim and trim, Brenda!
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It was during this meal that I got out my List of 18 from Jabead and texted her this photo to show that I was actively working the list. Also, I had to announce that I had already accomplished item #14!


Yay, it's the first picture text I received from you!!! Well, actually that isn't completely true because my DS actually got it first. We had gone out for lunch that day and he had forgotten his phone at home. Of course, he couldn't possibly be without a phone (and in constant contact with his friends) so he borrowed mine. When your text came in, he announced to everyone..."Mom just got a text from someone named Brenda with a picture of a pretty lady." Boy did I get a strange look from my DH right about then!







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The tempura shrimp and edamame at Tokyo Dining look very yummy to me.

You and your husband are so cute! Looks like everyone is having a good time.
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I feel like a DISBoards hobo hopping on the dining review train after it has already left the station, but here I am! :D

Loving it so far! That chocolate ginger cake looks scrumptious. ^.^ Can't wait to read more!
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I'm late, but here!! LOL! I'm loving your dining report! I am so anxious to read more!!

Love the hot towels!! LOL! I can't wait to read more!! I'm laughing hysterically at your kissing photo. Too funny!!
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