9-008 Arrived in the city (5)

"Well, why don't we go out for dinner soon?

 When Haruka suggested this, Toya and I looked at each other with a reluctant look on our faces.
 When we got back to the inn, the three of us were talking about various things, and we could hear a lot of noise coming from downstairs.
 The old man of the inn told us that we could come and eat whenever the dining room was open, which would normally be a fun time to eat, but .......

Ugh, is it that black bread again?

 Yes, that's the reason for the look on our faces.
 I'm getting pretty hungry, and I think I can put up with a little less than delicious, but that thing is .......

It's 80 rare for two meals, so it's possible.
Seriously? I'm not much of a picky eater, but I'm not a fan of that bread either.
Well, if you're lucky, you might get some white bread or mashed potatoes or something.
"Potatoes?" "Potatoes are also eaten as a staple food. I don't think it's that good.
I don't care if it's not that good, as long as it's easy to eat. Sour bread is a little tougher. ......
Hey, Haruka, can you make me some?

 It's not the same as the original world, but there's hope that Haruka might be able to make you a meal you can eat.
 At least, she has the same taste as us.

In that case, we should earn enough money to rent a room with a kitchen.
"Surely. You can't do that living in an inn.
In a way, it gives me more motivation to do my job!
Well, motivation is a very subtle thing.

 While we were talking, we went downstairs and sat down at a table. Without saying a word, the quiet old man in question brought a meal for three people and laid it out on the table.

Extra food and drinks are extra.

 That's all he said, and he dug his heels in.
 That's all he said.
 And there is no sign of the girl.

 A large plate of soup and a drink were placed in front of each of us.
 The soup was a clear, light brown color and contained several kinds of vegetables.
 The main course was served on a platter with several lettuce-like leaves and mashed potatoes on top of them.
 In addition, there were two pieces of meat the size of the palm of your hand, more than an inch thick, and dripping with juices.

This ...... looks good?

 If it's just for looks, it's as good as anything you'll find at a steak restaurant.
 The only problem is that you can't tell what kind of meat it is. .......

"Yummy! It's so good!
"Oh! He's already eaten!

 While I was examining the food, Toya was already biting into the meat.

No, you should eat it too! It's so good! I've never tasted meat this good before!

 I've never tasted meat this good before!" Toya said excitedly as he stuck his fork into the meat and bit into it.
 To be honest, it's not the best way to behave, but since it comes with only one fork, it can't be helped to some extent.
 Haruka and I looked at each other and bit into the meat with our forks as well.
 As soon as we do, the meat juices overflow.
 The meat is not so soft that it can be cut easily, but it is not so tough that it is difficult to bite through.
 It doesn't have the rich fat and flavor of Wagyu beef, but it tastes like a lean loin steak.
 No matter how poor the breakfast is, if it tastes like this for 80 rare, it is very cheap. If there was one in my neighborhood, I would go there at least once a week, maybe two or three times a week.

"Hmm, what kind of meat is this? The meat itself isn't bad, but it's quite tender, as if it's been prepared properly.

 Compared to Toya, who was eating it as if she was stuffing it into her mouth, Haruka was savoring it as if she was calmly examining it.
 Seeing this, I calm down and try to taste it too.

"Well, it is. Is it seasoned with salt and herbs? I didn't use any pepper. But it's still pretty good.

 Then I scoop up some mashed potatoes and put them in my mouth.
 Yeah. ...... light taste. It's a little moist, but refreshing.
 You can't really taste the potato itself like a potato.
 However, it is easy to eat because it has no lye or peculiarity.
 It goes well with the thickly seasoned meat.
 The soup is not as good as consommé, but it is much better than the thin salt water soup I had for lunch.
 It's good, but it's not as good as .......
 If you think about it, the mashed potatoes are no better than regular bread, and the soup is better than powdered consommé soup.
 The meat itself is not bad, but the seasoning is simple, so the family restaurant is superior in terms of the taste of the sauce.
 I take back what I said before.
 It tasted good to me because my expectations had been lowered to the lowest level, but I wouldn't go there once a week if it wasn't for the one-coin price.
 The portions are more than enough, though.

But it's probably the right place, in this world. To be honest, I didn't like the guy who sold me the bad food at lunch, but good job for not introducing me to another inn.

 It was the gatekeeper who introduced us first, though.
 You can forgive the fact that he was subtly flirting with Haruka, but you can forgive him for this meal. I can eat like a normal person!

But thanks to that meal, I can really feel how good this meal is.
"Is that a good thing? I mean, what does a typical meal taste like?

It's not that [common sense in other worlds] can't help you understand individual tastes, but based on the knowledge that black bread is common and salt is the basic seasoning, the taste of that food cart might be more common. ......
"Ugh. I think I'll make meat my staple food now. You're a beastman, you can do it, right?

 I don't know.
 I don't know if it's because I'm a beastman or because my lunch is too bad. Or is it a reaction to the bad lunch?
 But isn't it true that carnivores are healthy only on meat because they eat herbivores' organs as well? It's different from cooked meat.

It's not the same as cooked meat. "Maybe if you eat raw meat and drink the blood? Do you want to?
"Yeah, breast milk is blood without hemoglobin, right? Is it nutritious to drink the blood? I thought I heard somewhere about a tribe that lived on milk.
No, that is indeed .......

 When I heard about blood in raw meat, Toya grimaced and shook her head.
 I don't care if it's rare meat, I don't want to drink blood unless I'm in an extreme situation.
 In the first place, considering parasites, it seems dangerous to eat food without cooking it thoroughly.
 Of course, raw eggs and sashimi would be absolutely wrong.

"Oh yeah, speaking of drinks, what do you think this is?

 In an attempt to divert the conversation, Toya pointed to the drink that came with the meal.
 It was a brownish liquid in a wooden cup.
 I smelled it, and it smelled a little sour.

It's an ale.
"Oh, this is the famous...

 It's a fantasy classic.
 Toya would have been happy to drink it, but he was cautious because of the black bread, so he didn't sip it, but held it close to his nose to smell it.

"Alcohol, right?
"Yes, but it's probably lower in alcohol than beer. A glass or so won't get you drunk. ...... You guys aren't extremely weak at drinking, are you?
It's ...... what's up with that? You look different, don't you?
Yeah, I guess so. Your body is changing, too.

 I'm not sure what to do with it.
 The question is, what about my body? .......

"Well, let's drink with caution.

 I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to do it, but I'm going to try.
 Toya didn't notice us, and sipped from the cup fearfully.
 Then he makes a very subtle face.

...... Well, what can I say? It's like a bad quality beer-like drink. ...... Oh! You guys don't drink!
"Oh, so it's not undrinkable.
"Thank you, Toya.

 Thanks to Toya's poisonous taste, I'm going to drink it too.
 ...... Hmmm, this doesn't feel like alcohol. It's not really a drink.
 It's warm, a little sour, and not very tasty. Water would be better.
 It seems that Haruka felt the same way, and frowned.

...... If I'm going to pay for this, I'd rather have well water.
"Is the water safe to drink?
"I think well water is safe to drink. We are also in this world's body, and we all have [robustness].
That's right, you're right.

 I'm really glad I have it.
 As an ex-Japanese, it's too difficult for me to live in a place where I can't even drink water without worry.

I'm going to get some water.
I'm going to get some water." "Oh, please get some for us.

 Fortunately, we were not charged extra for water.
 Fortunately, we were not charged extra for water. Although it is not as easy as in Japan, it is somewhat easier to get safe water than in Europe.

But I didn't expect the ale to be so bad. "But I never thought ale would be this bad... They're really ruining my fantasy dreams with this black bread.

 Drinking this stuff is like a punishment.

No, wait. "No, no, no, wait.
I'm not so sure about that either. I'm sure it tastes better in the original world. I mean, do you even like wine?

 Haruka dismissed our hopes with a shrug.
 It's true, I didn't think the expensive red wine tasted very good when I was given it to drink.
 And it seems that Toya felt the same way, so he stumbled over his words.

No, it was just a little bitter.
You don't have to drink alcohol if you don't want to. Do you think it's safe to get drunk and lose consciousness in the first place?
You're right.

 It's different from Japan where there is no danger even if you are drunk and sleeping on the street.

At least until you get used to this world and feel safe, you are not allowed to drink. Understood?


 That's what happened.