In Narita Airport, on the way to the gates for flights to the US, there is a small sushi restaurant. It has a sign which bills it as your “last chance to enjoy good sushi and sake before you leave!!”
This sign is a lie. I fell for it on my last trip. The sushi was of questionable quality, and the prices were exhorbitant – they would only have been slightly above average if they were the price for a pair of pieces of sushi, which is the way that sushi is normally priced, but they go the extra step in fleecing you – they’re priced by the single piece.
On the other hand, there’s also a McDonald’s restaurant in Narita airport, and they serve both sandwiches that I had mentioned to me the other day – the Teriyaki McBurger and the Ebi Filet-O.
How could I pass up this last chance to subject myself to potential intestinal discomfort?
Neither one is particularly complex in construction, so I’ll skip the bulleted list format for them.
It’s the work of a few bites to finish off, and reasonably tasty – not something I’d get hooked on, but inoffensive.
The Ebi Filet-O doesn’t mess with the bun + patty + lettuce + dressing formula, though the dressing is mayonnaise-based (I think, perhaps, Thousand Island dressing, a choice I have no complaints with) and the
patty is, well, it’s shrimp covered with breading and deep-fried. Presumably, it’s lots of shrimp mushed together into each patty, unless there actually ARE shrimp that flatten out to be a circle roughly 3 inches in diameter. I guess that’s not huge, and I don’t know much about shrimp.
It’s nice and crunchy and shrimpy; it wouldn’t be out of place on an American Skipper’s or Long John Silver’s menu really. For McDonalds, though, I suspect it will remain a uniquely Japanese offering.
Actually, in America I’d expect cocktail sauce, which sounds quite good on this thing now that I think about it.
Overall verdict: If you like shrimp, you won’t be done wrong by the Ebi Filet-O. If you like Teriyaki, there are worse choices than the Teriyaki McBurger.