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Roppongi Hills to kill some time. It is literally a city within a city, and it has it all- offices, theater, apartments, restaurants, a shopping center, an art museum, the Grand Hyatt Tokyo. As I made my way back to Zara, I made a mental note that I must come back soon and fully explore it.
Console. It was a quaint little spot with a loungey vibe. There was one actual table that I saw in the place, but otherwise it was all couches and comfy chairs. They seated us in a room off to the side that could be closed off from the rest of the space if need be but which still allowed you to see what was going on in the other areas. It worked out well because there was no one else in the entire place while we were there and the area that we had was conducive to an intimate gathering (in this case, old friends catching up). Our reservation included a set menu and all you can drink for 2 hours (for 5000 Yen). The food was good (or I could've just been really hungry); we had a cru de te followed by a salad, french fries, and then pasta. Dessert was a birthday cake, and rather than cut it up and serve on plates, we ended up just digging into the whole cake with our forks and passing it around to each other (not very classy, but it definitely made it more fun). Overall I think everyone liked the place except for the fact that they didn't have ketchup, tobasco or crown royal (which is what the bachelorette/birthday girl wanted to drink).
As it got later and later, I kept my eye on the time and eventually I said goodnight to the girls (who were off to do the real celebrating), giving me lots of time to find my way back to the train station. The train was totally packed from Tokyo all the way to Yokosuka (anyone who knows Japanese trains at rush hour knows that packed really means packed), but luckily I had gotten on at the very first stop and was able to get a seat. Funny that in addition to before work and after work during the week, midnight on the weekends is also considered rush hour on the Tokyo trains! All in all it was a great time - I successfully made it to/from Tokyo at night by myself, I got to see a new part of Tokyo, I got to try a new restaurant, AND I got to see old friends and meet new ones.