Thanks so much for the info! I will certainly try your suggestions.
I do love these boards...
We had a wonderful time! We cannot possibly list all of the little places we stopped to eat, including anything resembling a french bakery, but here are a few of our favorites:
Birdland Yakitori - amazing selection and variations of chicken yakitori
Tsukiji Market - Sushi Dai and Sushi Bun were outstanding, but Daiwazushi was not up to par when we went there
Star Bar Ginza - worth mentioning as the drinks were amazing and owner, Hisashi Kishi, was a wonderful host
Takoyaki and Ramen at local restaurants - http://4-the-love-of-food-overseas.bl...
Gekkoukamen Steakhouse - one of our best experiences. more than just amazing beef, Chef Owner Shigeyuki Aoki was a wonderful host
Fried Oysters at Miyajima Island
Yatai - next to the Naka River, for incredible point and taste food including tonkotsu ramen
Chikae - white squid - live and tempura, very fresh, very good, and very fun
Kyoto Spoon - pork and salmon sashimi dishes were incredible. The Chef/Owner was very nice and a big fan of surfing!
Izuu - great Kyoto style Sabazushi
a portion of the menu is posted here:
We had many dishes. I recall the pork, the sashimi, and salmon with egg dishes being wonderful. Have a great time.
We just got back from Tokyo and we are craving some of the incredible drinks we had at Star Bar and Bar High Five. Are there any bars similar to these in Los Angeles?
It seems a bit much to fly 12 hours for a Moscow Mule...
Don't feel bad about not getting a reservation at Cyrus. It is more about service than food.
We were much more impressed with the food at Madrona Manor. Just our two cents...
We highly recommend Kyoto Spoon!
I highly recommend Napa Rose at the Grand Californian
Here is a detailed discussion of Disney food (and local restaurants):
Konaya (inside the JR Station - second floor) has an amazing Curry Noodle lunch w/ Shrimp Tempura. First you eat the thick noodles with a spoon and chopsticks (slurping with these noodles can be tiring and messy, but they give you a bib). After you finish the noodle, you place the side of rice in the bowl and eat it like curry (it is more like soup, than thick curry).
Thank you to everyone for your great posts, which has allowed us to put together the following detailed meal itinerary for our 2 week trip to Japan. Let us know what you think. We will certainly let you know what we think, when we get back!
Dinner - Birdland Yakitori
Breakfast - Tsukiji Market (Sushi Dai, Sushi Bun, Daiwazushi, or Tsukiji Sushisay)
Lunch - Yanmo
Dinner - Tsuki no Shizuku
Breakfast - Henri Charpentier Pastry Shop
Lunch- Mitsukoshi department store
Breakfast- Bento box at Toyko station
Lunch- Houraiken (Nagoya)
Dinner- Kani douraku
Breakfast- bakery to be determined
Lunch- (was Masamichi- now open for suggestions)
Dinner- Kodai Suzume-zushi Sushiman
Breakfast- Bento box at Osaka station
Lunch- Hassho’s Original Okonomiyaki or Chiichan (next to Hassho)
Dinner- Oyster Conclave
Breakfast- Bento box at Hiroshima station
Lunch- Iso Gai (Tenjin)
Breakfast- Bakery to be determined
Breakfast- Bento box at Fukuoka station
Lunch- Chunagon (Osaka)
Dinner- Shiraume Kaiseiki (our Ryokan)
Breakfast- provided by Ryokan
Dinner- Kyoto Spoon
Breakfast- provided by Ryokan
Lunch- open for suggestions
Breakfast- Bento box at Kyoto station
Breakfast- L'Atelier Robuchon Bakery
Dinner- open for suggestions
Breakfast- Sembikiya or Takano Fruit Parlor
Thank you very much! It looks like we will be rescheduling our trip (for the better)...
You bring up a very good point. We have not yet booked our hotels, so changes are possible. We intended to take day trips (Nagoya from Kyoto and Nara from Osaka). But, since food is our real objective, we are open to all suggestions!
Without taking this off topic, do you think 1 night in Fukuoka is enough (or would you add a night in Okayama)? Do you suggest an overnight in Nagoya (or several day trips)? We had originally thought of going to Toyama Bay for the Shiro Ebi, but that seemed to take away too much time from other cities.
We have read your other posts on this board and we respect your opinions. Thank you, in advance, for any guidance...
The wife and I are heading to Japan, for 2 wonderful weeks, this April. We eat a lot of Japanese food here in Los Angeles and love it all. We want to try traditional as well as unusual food. The only requirement is that is taste good! We can afford a few expensive meals, but we also know that the 'mom and pop' restaurants have great food as well. This trip, without the kids, is really about eating our way through Japan. While we are trying to learn, currently our Japanese is next to non-existent... All suggestions are greatly appreciated!
Here is a brief travel itinerary (we also intend to take day trips from the main cities):
TOKYO - 5 nights (3 nights at the beginning and 2 nights at the end of our trip)
KYOTO - 4 nights
OSAKA - 3 nights
FUKUOKA - 1 night