Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Aronia de Takazawa, Tokyo

The coolest restaurant I've been to.  Ever.  Incentive, creative food with flashes of theatre that provides a bit of humour, invokes memories and provides plenty of smiles.  The intimacy of the venue allows the chef and his partner on the floor to interact with guests on a personal level, where you can sense their passion and warmth for the dishes and you, as if treating you like old friends.  This is what sets this place apart from other places I've been to.  Truly honoured, privileged and lucky to have been selected for a seat.  An amazing experience.

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

つけめん 六厘舎 (Rokurinsha), Tokyo

The most intense tsukemen I've ever had, the rich dipping sauce clings effortlessly onto the welcoming noodles.  Eating it was like a marathon through flavourtown, hitting the wall before a second wind to polish it off.

Monday, 7 September 2015

Tendontenya (天丼てんや 新宿東口店), Tokyo

Cheap, fast, tendon and tempura.

Friday, 4 September 2015

Italian Tomato Café Jr, Sunshine City, Tokyo

It took 30 mins to wait in line, order, wait while seated, for this Hoji tea latte to arrive.  Positive?  Cheap way to rest your feet...

Thursday, 3 September 2015

松六家 (Matsurokuyo), Tokyo

A slow lunch that's worth the wait.  Fine slices of flavoursome, melt in the mouth Kuroge Wagyu, in a set that's one of the best value meals ever.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Kyushu Jangara Ramen, Tokyo

Not my favourite char siu, but an excellent pork, chicken, veg stock ramen.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Sushi Kanesaka, Tokyo

First Michelin star sushi restaurant.  That feeling of having been in economy all your life then getting a taste of business class.  Can't go back now.....  

Monday, 31 August 2015

Toritake (鳥竹), Tokyo

If your parents were salary persons, this could have been their go to place.  

Friday, 28 August 2015

Tsurutontan (つるとんたん 六本木店), Tokyo

Very good udon.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

MOS Burger, Tokyo

It's boss.  MOS > Maccas

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Ramen Jiro, Tokyo

OK, prefer others.  

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Fancy Oriental Chinese Restaurant, Box Hill

Singapore Chilli Crab - it's all about the crispy vermicelli.

Yama No Chaya, Hakone

Atmospheric ryokan, sublime kaiseki dinners, and breakfasts make sure you start the day well.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Gionhitsujikafe (祇をん ひつじカフェ), Kyoto

Wasabon sugar crispy puff; Hoji tea ice cream ; Just the right amount of sweetness.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Kyoto Gogyo (京都 五行), Kyoto

Burnt... miso... ramen... ?  Sounds crazy but good in a rich, bold, in your face kind of way.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Hakata Gensuke, Melbourne

Tsukemen would have been alright if I hadn't been spoilt by the standards in Japan only 2 weeks ago... Just not quite the same. Interesting idea with the hot pot option though.

Sukiya (すき家 円町店), Kyoto

Not again, but i suppose the chain of shops says it ain't that bad.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Akagakiya (赤垣屋), Kyoto

The local.

Monday, 17 August 2015

Salon De The Au Grenior D'or, Kyoto

Cute, petite desserts.

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Nobu, Melbourne

It's been a while... And they still got it.

King of the Roast, Oakleigh South

Generous, quality roasts, served with a side of charm.

Friday, 14 August 2015

Daiichiasahi Honke (第一旭本店), Kyoto

A clean, soy based ramen that's very tasty. ;

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Ootoya, Universal Studios, Osaka

BAU goodness - katsu don, egg just cooked.  

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Osaka Takoyaki Museum, Universal Studios, Osaka

Threesome: original, salt, tempura crisps.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Monday, 10 August 2015

Japan Food Map 2015 and Quick Tips

This is the map I used for my recent trip to Japan  It was created using various sources on the net.  Most points have additional information such as the sourced site.  Please check to confirm opening hours, estimated costs and exact location.  

Also, other quick tips:
- Get a SIM or a pocket WiFi device, made traveling Japan so much easier!
- With the GPS and internet, Google Maps got us around
- Google Translate app saved my non speaking ass
- Hyperdia is awesome for navigating the train system

Hope you find this useful!  :D

Gyunabe M (Matsusakagyu Yakiniku M), Osaka

Matsusaka beef is freakin awesome.

Friday, 7 August 2015

Gion Kinana (祇園きなな), Kyoto

Kinana ice cream - roasted soy bean mmmmmmm

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Omen (おめん 高台寺店), Kyoto

Classic udon and seasonal noodles.  

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Royal Hawaiian, Osaka

Do the steak, not the roast beef.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Kyuushuuramenkiou (九州らーめん 亀王 梅田総本店), Osaka

A less intense tonkotsu broth but it's the caramelisation on char siu that makes it so good.

Monday, 3 August 2015

Genrokuzushi (元禄寿司 道頓堀店), Osaka

Cheap sushi train, about average.

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Dotonbori Konamon Museum, Osaka

Tourist fun.

Friday, 31 July 2015

Thursday, 30 July 2015

TM Chicken, Takamatsu

Kaarage, fresh, crispy.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Kinzanseimenjo (欽山製麺所), Takamatsu

Chicken ramen, a little spicy.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Bakery Lamp, Himeji

Old school burgers and funky bakery.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Dantotsu (ダントツラーメン 岡山一番店), Okayama

Thick cut pork, hand made el dente noodles, soy based garlicky broth... A ramen that ranks right up there.

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Aeon Mall, Okayama

Bunkered down to avoid Typhoon Nangka.  

Friday, 24 July 2015

Hassei, Hiroshima

The table is really hot.  

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Ueno (うえの), Miyajima

Anago goodness.  

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

KFC, Hiroshima

Just once, underwhelming hot and spicy.  

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Yering Station, Yering

Stunning views.  Entrees > Deserts > Mains

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