You can enjoy hard.
Description of diced onions from the menu at Nathan's Hot Dogs, Shinagawa Station.
Tonight, I was in the neighborhood of Shinagawa Station, so I decided to stop by the Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs stand in the "New York-style" shopping galleria at the east end of the station (see New York State of Mind). I knew it was there, two floors below the Grand Central Oyster Bar (and since they're across from the Dean and Deluca, I could get in a bit of shopping while I was at it), but I hadn't been there before, so I got a bit of a surprise when I stepped up to the counter to order my chili-cheese dog: I was refused counter service.
Instead, a waitress seated me at a table* and gave me a menu.
It was an honest-to-God fold-out menu, with a list of sandwiches, salads, cocktails (what the hell was a "Godzilla"?), desserts, and, oh yeah, hot dogs with toppings and fries. A couple of little inserts in the menu had, in Japanese with scattered bits of English, specials and a descriptions of hot dog toppings, like sautéed onions, relish ("Minced sweety pickles. Good for a customer who likes plain taste"), and diced onions ("You can enjoy hard").
I pretty much knew what I wanted when I walked in the place, so I didn't deviate from that: chili-cheese dog with fries and a Coke. The waitress took my order, and shortly returned with it. On a china plate. With my Coke in a glass. And a real fork for spearing the French fries. You can see the picture on the right.
The ketchup and mustard containers, at least, were ordinary plastic squeeze bottles -- though they were labeled "KETCHUP SAUCE" and "MUSTARD SAUCE."
And the taste? Well, it was a Nathan's chili-cheese dog with fries, and the presentation doesn't change that. And, of course, it didn't cost any more, near as I can tell, than any other Nathan's I've been to in Tokyo -- this is Japan, there's almost no tipping in restaurants.
Of course, I did have the tiramisu and coffee for dessert, so I guess that added to the cost.
*All right, she seated me at a counter, but that's all there was available in the no-smoking section.