eating in Japan
Posted 16 December 2008 - 01:54 AM
I'm on the wait list for Molecular Tapas Bar in Tokyo and have a reservation for Ryugin.
We also love the cocktail bars!
Posted 22 December 2008 - 06:00 AM
Posted 22 December 2008 - 07:42 AM
In Kyoto, the Nishiki food market is definitely worth visiting and I was sent to a kai-ten place near Kyoto City hall called Moshashi, which is definitely one of the best I encountered on my trip.
If you have time, do what I did and spend a day with someone from the W.I.K, (Women's Institute of Kyoto) whose aim is to make connections around the world through a love of food.
I didn't warm to Harkone, but still remember the wonderful Gyoza at The Gyoza Centre of Gora, which are considered some of the best in Japan
In Tokyo, I had my best meals at the yaki-tori bars in the backstreets of Ueno, close to the station and became slightly addicted to the tori-karage (fried Chicken)
Also head to Ryogoku or "Sumo town" for the Chanko Nabe, the Sumo stew and make sure you spend time in the food halls of some of the larger department stores, if only to see square water melons and $100 bunches of grapes. Kappabashi is worth a trip to see the shops selling the plastic models of food that can be found outside just about any restaurant.
I am assuming you are visiting Tsukiji in Tokyo and that is definitely not to be missed. Get a guide and get there early. I thnk i was there about 5am and, with our guide had access to the auctions. Afterwards we ate at a place called Kujiro's
here are some posts from my EAT MY GLOBE blog
Hiroshima and Tokyo Fish Market
Hope any of this helps
Posted 13 April 2011 - 10:02 PM
Any recent recommendations in Tokyo?
Stay clear? No really, friends were there during the earthquake, stayed a week more and left a week early. Unless you have to go, this is a place that truly scares me right now. Okay, I'd go to Japan over the Middle East. Can I ask what prompts you to go? Humanitarian duty?
Posted 13 April 2011 - 10:23 PM
Posted 13 April 2011 - 10:44 PM
We have some meetings that we could avoid or postpone if we had to, but I'm not that worried. Right now we plan to go in about six weeks, by which time Godzilla will hopefully been defeated by Rodan, or at least sealed in a concrete jail.
As for aid, I think the truth is they don't need any and they certainly don't want any, except in saving Tepco's precious property.
prasantrin - not yet, but it's on the list. It's been six years since we went there last, so I don't really know anything newer than that and what I assume Michelin will tell me.
Posted 22 April 2011 - 01:41 AM
Some blogs we've run into:
http://foodsaketokyo.wordpress.com/ (also the basis for a book in the most excellent Terroir guide series)
Posted 22 April 2011 - 10:25 AM
I also take Chubby Hubby's reviews with a grain of salt.
I still think Aronia is worth a try if you haven't already been there. And although Yamamoto's style has changed quite a lot since my first visit, I'd go back to Ryugin again, too. As a whole, it's still one of my favourite restaurants (in part because the staff is always so charming and welcoming).
Posted 22 April 2011 - 07:16 PM
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Posted 22 April 2011 - 10:12 PM