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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

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Restaurant Review;

We finally tried an adorable little dumpling place near our apartment that opened late last year. Modern warm design, with a lovely Japanese maple tree out front, and a great menu of steamed and fried Chinese dumplings, as well as steamed buns, salads, and a good drinks menu. We did not go to this one for a long time because we were not sure about figuring out the menu… I can read Japanese menus ok, but sometimes if they are done in calligraphy font it is quite hard. The menu on display outside of this Nakameguro restaurant was in that kind of script font, but finally today, we decided to give it a try anyway.

After we sat down at the large communal table, Much to my surprise the server came and asked us if we wanted to see the English menu! That of course made things much, much easier. I can speak fairly decent Japanese, but the writing and reading is pretty daunting. Anyway with the English menu in front of us we decided to try a nice sample. We had steamed shrimp dumplings, steamed tomato dumplings, fried Chinese meat dumplings, a char sui pork omelet, and a steamed Chinese bun filled with wonderful simmered pork meat.

We washed it all down with Japan’s King of Beers, KIRIN, and a Lemon Chu Hi, which is a drink made of Sho chu, and lemon.

I am thrilled that we finally tried Cha Ca Poo and I can’t wait to go back and try more things. Since it is less than 5 mins. From my place, I am sure it will go on the frequent list.

About the picture above. From the top left, clockwise. Fried Dumplings, Steamed Chinese bun with pork, steamed shrimp dumplings, and an exterior photo.

Cha Ca Poo
Meguro Ku 1-15-8
Tokyo 153-0051

Atmosphere 4.5 excellent, warm and friendly but with clean design, not clutter!

Food 5 These are just perfect dumplings and steamed buns. I can think of no need for improvement.

Service 2.5 it was fine, they were nice, but the staff spent more time talking to each other than the guests… I know it was a Monday night and slow, but that is a good time to get to know your customers and try to work to make sure they become regular guests! Definitely could improve on the staff front.

Dessert- NA had cookies and tea again at home.

I will definitely go back and hope to take some friends as well!

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