Earlier this month, I was asked to participate as a monitor and sample food from ALZE for free. As part of this offer, I was also able to try some ALZE take-out a little later in the month. Here’s my report on take-out from ALZE. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page for an exclusive offer from ALZE for Wander Tokyo readers!
ALZE Take-out Report
The sun was shining when I stepped out of my door, but by the time I arrived in Roppongi, rain was pouring down. The take-out order from ALZE was scheduled for 1pm, so I had a bit of time to kill. Luckily, Roppongi has a lot of indoor activities; I wandered around inside Tokyo Midtown, a shopping center in Roppongi, which is super close to ALZE. After a cup of hazelnut cream coffee at McDonald’s, I scurried over ALZE, while trying to dodge raindrops.
The menu hadn’t been decided beforehand, so I got to choose what to try once I got to ALZE. Last time, my dinner partner and I had a whole rotisserie chicken and a ton of assorted samples, so this time, I decided to try something I’d normally order when doing take-out.
The whole chicken was good last time, so this time, I went for the half chicken with roast potatoes. For a side dish, I ordered chicken over rice with yogurt sauce. We enjoyed the chicken over rice with mixed yogurt and Southern country sauce when we went for eat-in, but the yogurt sauce was was impressed me most. For a drink, I went with orange juice, because why not?
The order took less than ten minute to prepare, but I still had a bit of time to chat with the waiters and have a glass of water. Once my bag was ready, I steeled myself for the rain and headed outside. While I was taking a photo, one of the waiters came out and handed me an umbrella.
“Don’t worry. It’s not mine; it’s just one that the shop keeps around.”
My walk back to the train station was much more pleasant (and dry) than the walk from the train station. Once I got inside the train, I noticed that the aroma coming from the take-out bag was quite strong; I was torn between wanting to eat the food on the train and wanting to apologize to other passengers for crowding their airspace.
The food was still fairly warm when I got home, but we microwaved it for a few seconds just to get it steaming again. After said microwaving was finished, my boyfriend and I sat down for a chicken lunch.
We attacked the chicken rice first and left the half chicken for the main course. The TV linner (lunch + dinner) program for that evening was “Darwin Ga Kita” (Means something like “Darwin’s Here!”), which is a nature program that may or may not be aimed at kids. The baby cranes learning to fly made me tear up.
Getting back to the ALZE take-out, after the meal, my boyfriend declared that he wants to go back again as normal non-blogging people to have more of their chicken (it was the herbs that did it for him). I think I’d probably get the chicken rice with yogurt sauce. Oh, and of course, I’d take back the umbrella.
If you’re thinking about doing take-out from ALZE, I think half-size chicken plus one of the meal dishes as a side is a good amount of food for two.
Have you been to ALZE?
Shop name: Rotisserie Chicken ALZE
Hours: 11:00-24:00, all year round
Address: 〒106-0031 Tokyo, Minato, Nishiazabu, 3−2−13, Court Annex Roppongi 1st Floor (Next to Grand Hyatt Tokyo)
Map: Google map to ALZE
Website: ALZE Official Website
Facebook: ALZE Official Facebook
Eat-in (walk-in and reservation), delivery and take-out are available at ALZE.
ALZE has an English and Japanese menu. Some of the staff speak English, so you may be able to make a reservation or order take-out over phone (although reservations aren’t required).
If you plan to do a take-out order for more than two whole chickens or more, be sure to order at least an hour in advance to allow for cooking. While walk-in take-out is available, it is best to call in an order beforehand even if you aren’t ordering more than two chickens.
ALZE Promotional Offer (Exclusively for readers of WanderTokyo!)
As a promotion coupon, if you let the staff at ALZE know that you saw this article on WanderTokyo, you can receive one of the following for FREE:
- Glass of wine
- Glass of beer
- Glass of any other alcoholic drink
- Soft drink
This offer is available until July 31st, 2015.
Have you visited ALZE? Let us know in the comments!