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Roysen

Passed away late last month, in his home in Norway.

May 13, 2015
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New Taco Bell in Shibuya

This is really exciting news. How do they get their "meat" past Japanese customs?

May 09, 2015
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Looking for a Traditional Soba or Udon Shop in Kagurazaka (near Iidabashi)

Teuchi (手打ち) soba refers hand made soba. (but teuchi isn't that commonly used for other hand made things, so don't generalize).

May 09, 2015
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Question on Sushi Reservations

Yeah

Apr 18, 2015
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Question on Sushi Reservations

I'd skip Kanesaka for sure. In keeping with Robb S's comment - this seems like a rather silly dining itinerary unless you have some academic interest in sushi.

Apr 17, 2015
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Good source for tofu making ?

Yes, I only mentioned them because they carry this tofu :)

They've recently changed one of their places into a hawaiian themed joint, which proudly features what seems to be an array of turds for sale (glazed poi, apparently). Better yet, the name of the place is Kaka something...

Apr 14, 2015
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Sushi Saito second counter?

If you can't get the pole position @ Saito, you might as well not come to Japan.

Apr 14, 2015
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Good source for tofu making ?

These are rakuten purchases to me so I can't recommend individual shops, but I can recommend that you purchase the raw yuba tofu from:

http://www.tashiroyatofu.com/index.html

It's available at a few locations in Tokyo (I get it at the kurkku / lawson combo http://www.kurkku.jp/foodkurkku/ )

Now you have a point of reference for your tofu making.

I think the beans and process are the most important parts, though, as opposed to the quality of nigari, so you might want to pick up some excellent beans, perhaps the dried hidenmame from the aoyama farmers market.

Apr 08, 2015
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High-End Restaurants: Taking Leftovers? (Tokyo)

The average Japanese female fiancee weighs 111.4 lbs*

The only thing you take home is rice at the end of a kaiseki meal if you haven't finished it, or various nonsense the expensive French places will give you.

* as of 2013. May have increased due to the pancake plague.

Apr 05, 2015
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Ten Commandments of Sushi

Thanks, that's a good place to know!

I liked the piece despite the mandatory "hidden away" comment, which of course is only true if you can't read the big sign with the name of the place up in front.

Apr 02, 2015
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Japan April 2015 - (Yet another) Suggestions thread

Another place visitors might consider - Yuudzuki in Nakameguro. They have course menus for 6300 or 8300. What we tried from the menu was between very solid and excellent (uni rice, fried oysters, terrific sashimi of sayori and shimesaba, hamaguri ball soup, cesar salad) even though they were somewhat stressed out by hanami craziness. I still don't know much about sake but felt like the ones they recommended were not as good as in wekabeka approved places (but they might have been trying to recommend cheap ones). Somewhat English speaking staff available.

Mar 29, 2015
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Which Top Sushi Places in Tokyo book more than 1 month out

Most sushi shops will book May on April 1. (other than allowing regulars to book ahead, which may mean they're already fully booked...)

I assume by Saido you mean Saito. You're not getting in.

Sawada and Yoshitake shouldn't be a problem, except Sawada will not take your friend's booking if said friend is not a Japanese resident with a Japanese credit card.

Mar 25, 2015
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Dress code issues

There are many onsens, gyms, etc. that will happily accept tattooed customers.

http://tattoo-spot.jp/

Mar 25, 2015
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Tan Tan Ramen

Also, some nice info and listings in this back issue of brutus:

http://magazineworld.jp/brutus/brutus...

And here:

http://matome.naver.jp/topic/1M0bX

Mar 23, 2015
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Tan Tan Ramen

I think this place had the best non-restaurant tan tan men I've tried:

http://tabelog.com/hokkaido/A0101/A01...

Mar 21, 2015
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Japan April 2015 - (Yet another) Suggestions thread

Just learn some Japanese already :)

Mar 20, 2015
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Japan April 2015 - (Yet another) Suggestions thread

Of the ones on your list, Kotaro will put together a course menu at a concierge request. Potsura^2 has a course menu on offer. Akaoni... well they'll try and do something for you, but the usual mode of operation there is to order as you go.

Mar 20, 2015
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Help! Arriving in Japan on March 31, have no restaurant reservations!

It's a very busy week. Probably one of the busiest of the year.

I'll reiterate a tentative recommendation of sushi Arata, which your concierge may not know yet:

http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1301/A13010...

Mar 19, 2015
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Casual eats In Kyoto/Tokyo, preferrably around attractions?

I guess you're from Boston?

There are twice as many restaurants in Shibuya and Ginza each than in all of Boston.

You can find many recommendations for notable ramen on ramen specialist blogs and sites. Google is your friend.

I don't know from mochi tempura.

The notable soba places are not in same class, and you need to reserve them.

Same for notable Izakaya. You have two days, so you're going for one-ish Izakaya - book a good one.

Mar 11, 2015
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Tokyo & Kyoto Eating Plan (Reservation Secured!)

Only trouble is, there's better sushi than Kyubey to be had in nyc, LA, even Paris by now, so sending people there is like recommending chains and train station joints... (might be okay when you're convinced the person doesn't care anyway and is just looking to stamp their foodie stamp card)

eta: "What's wrong with chains?" you ask - the food, the atmosphere, everything really.

Mar 11, 2015
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Tokyo Sushi-ya with no cancellation policy (hotel requirement)

Change hotels.

Mar 10, 2015
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Tokyo & Kyoto Eating Plan (Reservation Secured!)

There's the grilled oyster place in nishiki (Daiyasu?) and a couple of others where you can have a nice light lunch.

Mar 10, 2015
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Mid-day omakase in Tokyo?

Sure, why not. I also had one good meal at recently opened Arata, but need to go back to make up my mind about it (they'd only been open for a couple of weeks when I went so still some rough edges).

Mar 09, 2015
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Mid-day omakase in Tokyo?

Reservations are always recommended, more so since you won't have time for running around Ginza looking for a place that'll seat you.

Mar 09, 2015
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Mid-day omakase in Tokyo?

Sushiya, Ichiyanagi, Kyubei, many other places in Ginza/Shinbashi are open, and I you should be able to get to Narita by 3:30 easily from any of them.

Mar 06, 2015
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Top Gaijin eats or Non-Japanese foods in Tokyo

I had the Devilcraft deep dish pizza recently - it was by far the worst food item I've had in Japan. Every ingredient was subpar (olives, especially, were bad even for Japan) and the dough was amateurish with very strong yeast flavor coming from too short and hot rising. I don't know if it used to be better, but I would strongly recommend against it. Nice beer selection, though.

Mar 03, 2015
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Kurogi Reports?

Finally made it here. I like the style and some of the ingredients and preparations were excellent (gigantic uni from Hokkaido, goma doufu with fukinotou) but overall I felt like the gap between what we got here and at Matsukawa (in terms of ingredients) last week, for almost exactly the same price, was substantial in Matsukawa's favor, and also that the better meals at some of the other high end places on the rotation are much better than this in terms of dish composition... still I have a feeling that coming back and sitting at the counter the experience will be quite different. We'll see.

Mar 03, 2015
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Kagurazaka Ishikawa reservations

They do not take reservations two months from the date, except for allowing regulars to book in advance. Sometimes friends make stuff up.

Feb 28, 2015
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Eating in or around Tsukiji Market

It's just a couple of hawkers on the curb, you should be done in 15 minutes.

Feb 25, 2015
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Tepito in Shimokitazawa -- Good Mexican food?

By now there are more good Mexican places in a 4x4 block area around our place in New York than there are in all of Tokyo, and New York still isn't the best place for Mexican food.

I think that's more or less the right perspective on Mexican in Tokyo. Tepito if you must.

Feb 24, 2015
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