Oh Deer, it’s dinner time

Nara is a small place by Japanese standards and the Main Street leading up to the Deer park and 500 odd temples (well it feels like that many) has a surprising variety of food options.

Your standard Japanese style restaurants, a few Italian places, a German restaurant, an Indian restaurant and even an Indian curry van. The two things I haven’t seen that surprises me is the “Irish pub” and a venison restaurant, but maybe I just haven’t looked hard enough.

Curry if you’re in a hurry

Curry if you’re only in a bit of a hurry. We settled on this place. Great value, huge curry meal and a beer for ¥1452 (about AU$18). It does taste way better than it looks.

After dinner had another look in the supermarket just opposite the hotel. Found this in the snacks section. So what do you think? The people’s favourite 747-400 flavour, or the bigger, bolder A380 flavour? I’m going with Zero… flavour

If the Matcha isle is the supermarket equivalent of hell, I just found heaven. An isle dedicated to kewpie (and kewpie like) mayonnaise. It’s a verified scientific fact that Japan makes the best mayonnaise in the world.

But does it really need two lots of packaging. And they will put it in a plastic bag when they have sold it to you.

As much as Tully’s coffee isn’t setting the barista world on fire with their choice of roasted beans or dedication to perfection on their milk pouring methods, I’ll give them one thing from my breakfast today, not a single item of plastic was given to me with this meal. I think that is actually a first here.

Our hotel at night. It’s a “Dormy Inn”. I’d read that they were a really good value chain across Japan. I’d booked one and didn’t even know. I’ve got to say the Onsen is sensational. For obvious reasons I can’t take pictures in there to show you, otherwise I might be showing you the inside of a Japanese prison cell.

This is the Main Street up to the deer park with all the restaurants.