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#796 The Flon

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Posted 03 December 2018 - 08:40 PM

any thoughts on cocktail bars at the moment? 

 

Bar Gen Yamamoto was getting a lot of attention during my last visit almost three years ago.  It was a fine experience, and he is terrific but I did find the progression of drinks to be on the sweet side. 



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Posted 03 December 2018 - 08:45 PM

We will be visiting Seoul and Sapporo in February. If anyone has any recommendations, we'd be grateful.

 

As of right now I am looking to book Soigne in Seoul.  When we were at Atomix in October, Ellia recommended Mingles.



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Posted 03 December 2018 - 09:42 PM

There are many excellent bars, sushi places, ramen shops, izakaya, etc. in Sapporo, mostly conveniently located in or close to Susukino... how long will you be there? any style in particular you're interested in? 


sandwiches that are large and filling and do not contain tuna or prawns

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Posted 04 December 2018 - 05:10 AM

What do you think of Lature?



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Posted 04 December 2018 - 11:09 AM

Great choice during game season.
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Posted 04 December 2018 - 01:07 PM

There are many excellent bars, sushi places, ramen shops, izakaya, etc. in Sapporo, mostly conveniently located in or close to Susukino... how long will you be there? any style in particular you're interested in?


Thanks so much, Orik. We will be in Sapporo the 7th through the 13th of February. We have a night in Otaru at Kuramure Ryokan before arriving in Sapporo.

This will be out third time in Japan but our first time this far north. When it comes to bars I love them all (a very long evening at Mr. Kanso in Osaka was one of the best impromptu birthdays I've ever had) but I'm sure my lady friend would lean towards a cocktail bar and (when available) places with no or minimal cigarette smoke.

We are up for trying any food options at all price points and settings. We realize there are many places in Tokyo that won't accept a reservation if you don't speak some Japanese but it doesn't feel like that would be as much an issue here as most places seem informal enough to not require advanced booking but I could be misreading that.

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Posted 04 December 2018 - 02:03 PM

Thanks, Orik.



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Posted 04 December 2018 - 03:28 PM

 

There are many excellent bars, sushi places, ramen shops, izakaya, etc. in Sapporo, mostly conveniently located in or close to Susukino... how long will you be there? any style in particular you're interested in?


Thanks so much, Orik. We will be in Sapporo the 7th through the 13th of February. We have a night in Otaru at Kuramure Ryokan before arriving in Sapporo.

This will be out third time in Japan but our first time this far north. When it comes to bars I love them all (a very long evening at Mr. Kanso in Osaka was one of the best impromptu birthdays I've ever had) but I'm sure my lady friend would lean towards a cocktail bar and (when available) places with no or minimal cigarette smoke.

We are up for trying any food options at all price points and settings. We realize there are many places in Tokyo that won't accept a reservation if you don't speak some Japanese but it doesn't feel like that would be as much an issue here as most places seem informal enough to not require advanced booking but I could be misreading that.

 

 

It's still Japan, so serious places absolutely requires advance booking, although winter should be easier if you're not there exactly during the ice sculpture festival or such. I'll post a list later today. 


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Posted 16 December 2018 - 02:06 PM

The gentlest of reminders to Orik about any recommendations. We still have time but I'm also eager to get his thoughts.

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Posted 17 December 2018 - 04:30 AM

Sorry, will do it tomorrow.
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Posted 21 December 2018 - 05:49 PM

any thoughts on cocktail bars at the moment?

 
Bar Gen Yamamoto was getting a lot of attention during my last visit almost three years ago.  It was a fine experience, and he is terrific but I did find the progression of drinks to be on the sweet side.

Agreed. Strongly recommend Bar High Five and Ben Fiddich.
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Posted 21 December 2018 - 05:54 PM

I will be back in Japan in January. Ordered a JR Rail Pass. Intent is to do some combination of Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, and maybe something else (the snow monkeys in the onsen or something). Then finish with a couple nights back in Tokyo. Open to any thoughts on food and drink (will be traveling solo).
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Posted 25 December 2018 - 08:23 PM

Kikunoi worth doing?

Think I’m going to start my trip in Fuokan, then Hiroshima, Osaka, Kyoto and back to Tokyo.
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Posted 03 January 2019 - 03:34 AM

There are many excellent bars, sushi places, ramen shops, izakaya, etc. in Sapporo, mostly conveniently located in or close to Susukino... how long will you be there? any style in particular you're interested in?


Thanks so much, Orik. We will be in Sapporo the 7th through the 13th of February. We have a night in Otaru at Kuramure Ryokan before arriving in Sapporo.
This will be out third time in Japan but our first time this far north. When it comes to bars I love them all (a very long evening at Mr. Kanso in Osaka was one of the best impromptu birthdays I've ever had) but I'm sure my lady friend would lean towards a cocktail bar and (when available) places with no or minimal cigarette smoke.
We are up for trying any food options at all price points and settings. We realize there are many places in Tokyo that won't accept a reservation if you don't speak some Japanese but it doesn't feel like that would be as much an issue here as most places seem informal enough to not require advanced booking but I could be misreading that.
 
It's still Japan, so serious places absolutely requires advance booking, although winter should be easier if you're not there exactly during the ice sculpture festival or such. I'll post a list later today.

A gentle reminder as we leave in a month!!

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 12:18 PM

I’m in Fukuoka. Significantly less formal town then Tokyo. People will start talking to you at the bar in a way I haven’t experienced before in Japan or Korea. Shin Shin for ramen. Broth is more subtle than the ubiquitous Ippudo or Ichiran, considering they are all technically the same style. I like it.
Bar Oscar has a mainly Japanese clientele (unlike its well-known Tokyo equivalents). Problem is, it’s not as good.
Now I need to find some Mentaiko.
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