I've always wanted to go on a picnic date - you know, the romantic kind where you stretch out on a picnic rug next to your date, overlooking a mesmerizing view with the summer breeze caressing your hair while you feed each other chocolate strawberries?
Yeap, that's my idea of a perfect picnic.
So we did it the easy way, and went on a Cheat Picnic Date last Sunday to mark the end of The Boyfriend's two weeks break.
It was perfect weather, The Boyfriend picked me up and we drove to The Botanical Gardens. All I did was prepare green tea in a thermos flask and grabbed a bottle of water from home. Easy peasy.
Ichi Ichi Ku Izakaya which is located just a two minutes walk away from the park at Entrance D and took away a bento box and The Boyfriend's fav spider roll (yeap, soft shell crab again!).
The bento box came with a big bowl of miso soup, and they were packed neatly in a large brown paper bag with cutlery and serviette prepared for you.
The only bit I got annoyed with were the flies! Pfft, they would not stop attacking my food, it felt like I was dancing on the chair just trying to move away from them!
But the overall experience was fun, and different - we weren't sitting at the table at a restaurant, playing with our respective phones (tsk tsk I know) whilst waiting for the food to arrive.
It was healthy, filling and tasted so so good, I felt like it was worth every penny spent. I'd go back in a heartbeat.
Needless to say, The Boyfriend had to put up with me going, "hmmm... hmmmm.... so yummy... hmmmm" with every bite I took.
I was all smiles after I was done with my bento, which only goes to show how much I enjoyed it. :D
You'll thank me for one day for saying this yet again, but I highly recommend Ichi Ichi Ku Izakaya.
But if you're not up for the bento, there are many other items on the menu - such as sushi rolls with brown rice, crepes, and they even have a breakfast menu if you arrive before 11am.
Oh, and just a little tip if you're keen to go on a picnic date at The Botanical Gardens too - I would highly recommend that you do it on a Sunday because you've got unlimited and free street parking where you don't have to worry about moving your car/putting in extra coins etc.
And that's a wrap. I hope this post will inspire you to head out, enjoy the sun and go on a picnic date too. Happy Summer!! :)