Category Archives: Japan

Tokyo: Rakutei (**)

There are tempuras, and then they are tempuras. The former are the soggy, greasy, tasteless, rubbery, silicone implants they serve in Vancouver all you can eat places. The latter are ultra fresh, Michelin stars worthy affairs cooked by chefs that … Continue reading

Kobe: Wakkoqu

Those who follow this blog will know that Kobe beef on a menu will attract me like mosquitoes to a fly light. This is the most revered the type of beef which all other mortal beef will cower over. Since … Continue reading

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Kyoto: Kichisen (**)

Kyoto, the ground zero of traditional kaiseki. I stopped here for little less than a day and I wasn’t going to leave this place without having a perfect and the most intricate kaiseki. I succeeded in finding a beautiful, two … Continue reading

Kyoto: Shoraian

Since ancient times, Kyoto was renowned for its tofu. It is said that the quality of its soft spring water allowed Kyoto to produce the best tofu in the country, perhaps the world. It was a given then that I … Continue reading

Tokyo: Nihonryori Ryugin (***, #22)

Sampling a variety of Japanese cuisines was one of my main goals during my brief stay in Japan. Having already booked a traditional kaiseki in Kyoto, I opted for a more modern interpretation in Tokyo. I picked one of the … Continue reading

Shibukawa: Cafe Restaurant Gusto

It was the midpoint through my Japan trip and so far, all of my restaurant recommendations came from the usual suspects: Michelin guide, World’s 50 Best Restaurants, Tabelog, Chowhound, etc. This restaurant came from none of that. It was bought … Continue reading

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Tokyo: Tapas Molecular Bar

I had my doubts about these molecular gastronomy restaurants. Over the top presentation but chemical like tastes was what I gathered from the ever reliable interweb. At the same time, there was this coolness about it that compelled me to … Continue reading

Tokyo: Toriki (*)

Juicy chicken grilled over slow flame topped with sauces and other usual suspects, trying a proper yakitori place in Japan was unavoidable. What were pretentious and overpriced affairs back home are humble and down to earth neighborhood joints in Japan. … Continue reading