In my ongoing series on “Mexican” food in foreign lands, I cannot help but to add a Tokyo installment. This one’s a stretch, though.
It was my business partner’s first time in Tokyo and I wanted to show him the famous Shibuya Crossing.
The taxi driver dropped us off nearby the famous intersection…right next to a Taco Bell.
Taco Bell in Japan? Seriously? I do try to avoid fast food in the USA, but make a few exceptions…once in a while…for Taco Bell (as well as In-N-Out, Five Guys, and Shake Shack). I wasn’t even all that hungry, but had to try it.
The menu has some overlap, but is notably different. You start by picking out the meat you want: beef, pork, or chicken, then you choose what you want around it.
My favorite item is a quesadilla, so I chose that. The cashier did not speak much English, but I used a pictorial menu card to point to what I wanted. It was about $4.
The quesadilla was wrapped just like in the USA and looked the same. But it tasted different…no jalapeño sauce and the chicken had a more spices. It wasn’t bad at all.
Do I recommend it? I recommend it about as much as I recommend Taco Bell here. It’s not healthy, but it’s a nice dose of comfort food if needed.
We had already eaten a full meal earlier that evening at a Persian restaurant called Bol Bol.
The owner emigrated from Iran over 20 years ago and displayed warm hospitality that reminded me of my trip to Iran. This was a nice treat.
Why not Japanese food in Japan? Because we wanted to take our client to a Persian restaurant and I could not resist the low-quality fast-food “Mexican” food…
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