Price: 800 yen
Payment: Cash only
Dishes: Ginger Pork Teishoku
Smoking:Yes (extremely likely)
|Or go outside and point at the fake food...|
Laurier ("bay leaf" from the French word for it) is a Japanese Chinese restaurant right outside Womble Gate on 16. It has a distinctive neon sign with a bay leaf and is directly below a giant Zero Tattoo sign, easy to find. For all that, it's not a particularly gaijin friendly place, with no English menus to speak of. They are happy to serve you though, and I was ushered outside to point at my dish with no attempt to see if I could navigate my way through the Japanese menu.
The ginger pork teishoku was quite good actually, ignoring the little pile of ketchup spaghetti and the pickles were not my favorite. The pork is a bit thicker and fatty (which I like), and the sauce was thick and strong. It really hit the spot today. It's a bit far, so I don't usually go there for lunch, but sometimes my son and I eat there on Thursdays, when no one is smoking (he can't take even a little smoke in the air).