My friend and her sister wanted to meet for lunch, so we agreed to meet at Nene Goose Cafe again because it’s central to my friend’s house and to mine. Today I decided to try something different to what I ordered last time. I got the Korean Bibinbap-style casserole dish; my friend got the curried ground beef and vegetable casserole, and her sister got a seafood pasta casserole.
The casserole lunch sets were 1,100 Yen for the main dish, a side salad, and a drink. Again, I opted for an iced tea since the tea I ordered on my last visit was really good.
Verdict: It was pretty darn good, and very filling. The casserole had a rice base, and included cooked vegetables, sliced beef, a Korean-style sauce, a poached egg, topped with white sauce and cheese, and garnished with Japanese mizuna. The salad was good, but the dressing didn’t have that “Wow!” factor that it did the first time we ate at Nene Goose; it definately needed more sesame oil and chili oil. The tea also was so-so, and lacked the rich flavor that it did on the first visit.
For dessert my friend and I got the roll cake, which came with a side of vanilla ice cream. The dessert was an extra 200 Yen with the lunch set.
The cake was very fresh: the sponge was soft and dense, the whipped cream and custard was fresh, and the fresh fruit (ruby grapefruit and orange) was really nice. But it was really bland. This cake looks very pretty but it needs a bit more sugar to bring out the flavors of the creams and the fruit.
Still, I really like the interior of this cafe, especially the flooring. Here is a photo of the entrance area and the dessert case:
As with the service on our first visit, the servers were really friendly and outgoing.
I guess it just goes to show that something that seems great maybe is just so-so, depending on the day that you visit.
Date revisited: July 18, 2013
***For shop information, map, etc., please see the original post on this cafe (in June 2013 of the archives).