It's tough finding turkey in Japan. In a previous blog post, I wrote about how many Japanese have chicken here, instead of turkey for Christmas. You just can't find turkey. I've only found slices of turkey being sold in Costco. There are 2 supermarkets close to where I live and none of them sell turkey, so I got pretty excited when I saw this food item on the menu at New York Deli. Where does Tokyo Disney Resort get their turkey from? Do they have a little turkey farm hidden in the depths of their resort? Does Mickey also have a part-time job as a turkey farmer? Pictures of turkeys being held in little cages, deep underground in Tokyo Disney spring to mind. Nevertheless, it was really cool that you can find turkey on the menu in some establishments in Tokyo Disney. Being the bodybuilder that I am, turkey would help me keep this amazing physique. Today, I'll be reviewing the healthier than chicken, Turkey Pastrami Panini.
The Turkey Pastrami Panini goes for 740 yen. It comes on a plate with a few slices of pickled capsicum. The sandwich itself contains turkey pastrami, cheese, tomato, cabbage, red onion and creamy chili-tomato sauce. Doesn't that make your mouth water? It certainly got me hungry. I got my sandwich, got myself a seat and wiped the excessive amount of saliva off my face. Then came the big moment. It was time to take a bite.
The melted cheese oozed into my mouth and the saltiness of the turkey pastrami blended well with the cheese. It gave me a really homely feeling, but something was missing. It tasted way too simple. I felt that the taste of this sandwich could be easily replicated at home. It reminded me of breakfast that I occasionally prepare for myself. I take two pieces of toasted bread, put some slices of ham and melted cheese in between and voila! Maybe, Tokyo Disney could give it a little oomph by modifying that chili-tomato sauce. I couldn't taste any of that sauce. It was masked by the saltiness of both the cheese and the turkey pastrami.
At the end of the day, this sandwich did not leave a lasting impression. To tell you honestly, it was a rather forgettable dining experience. Given the choices available at New York Deli, I'll forego this sandwich in the future, unless I'm in my bodybuilding mood. If you ever see a crazy rat doing push-ups outside the Tower of Terror, you will know that I have just devoured the Turkey Pastrami Panini. If you do see that amazing display of manliness, don't be a stranger.
Honorable Rating: Don't Break Your Notes (3/5)