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Japanese Bars (similar to Star Bar and Bar High Five in Tokyo)

Thanks so much for the info! I will certainly try your suggestions.

I do love these boards...

Jul 06, 2010
vpg in Los Angeles Area

2 week foodie trip to Japan in April (Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and Fukuoka)

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 -

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

Jul 06, 2010
vpg in Japan

Best Kyoto restaurants

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.

Jul 02, 2010
vpg in Japan

Japanese Bars (similar to Star Bar and Bar High Five in Tokyo)

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...

Jul 02, 2010
vpg in Los Angeles Area

Restaurant recs for Healdsburg or Guerneville area?

Don't feel bad about not getting a reservation at Cyrus. It is more about service than food.
Great service, mind you, but no wow factor to the food.

We were much more impressed with the food at Madrona Manor. Just our two cents...

Madrona Manor
1001 Westside Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448

Jun 23, 2010
vpg in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Kyoto restaurants

We highly recommend Kyoto Spoon!

Jun 23, 2010
vpg in Japan

good restaurant around Disney?

I highly recommend Napa Rose at the Grand Californian

Here is a detailed discussion of Disney food (and local restaurants):

Napa Rose Restaurant
1600 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802

May 24, 2010
vpg in Los Angeles Area

recommendations in/near ueno

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).

Apr 12, 2010
vpg in Japan

Detailed meal itinerary for our 2 week trip through Japan - for your info and critique

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!


Day 1

Dinner - Birdland Yakitori

Day 2

Breakfast - Tsukiji Market (Sushi Dai, Sushi Bun, Daiwazushi, or Tsukiji Sushisay)

Lunch - Yanmo

Dinner - Tsuki no Shizuku

Day 3

Breakfast - Henri Charpentier Pastry Shop

Lunch- Mitsukoshi department store

Dinner- Midori-no-Sushi


Day 4

Breakfast- Bento box at Toyko station

Lunch- Houraiken (Nagoya)
Dessert?- Cafe Tanaka or Chez Shibata (Nagoya)

Dinner- Kani douraku

Day 5

Breakfast- bakery to be determined

Lunch- (was Masamichi- now open for suggestions)

Dinner- Kodai Suzume-zushi Sushiman


Day 6

Breakfast- Bento box at Osaka station

Lunch- Hassho’s Original Okonomiyaki or Chiichan (next to Hassho)

Dinner- Oyster Conclave


Day 7

Breakfast- Bento box at Hiroshima station

Lunch- Iso Gai (Tenjin)

Dinner- Yatai

Day 8

Breakfast- Bakery to be determined

Lunch- Teraoka

Dinner- Chikae


Day 9

Breakfast- Bento box at Fukuoka station

Lunch- Chunagon (Osaka)

Dinner- Shiraume Kaiseiki (our Ryokan)

Day 10

Breakfast- provided by Ryokan

Lunch- Ten-you

Dinner- Kyoto Spoon

Day 11

Breakfast- provided by Ryokan

Lunch- open for suggestions

Dinner- Izuu


Day 12

Breakfast- Bento box at Kyoto station

Lunch- Yoshihashi

Dinner- Nabura

Day 13

Breakfast- L'Atelier Robuchon Bakery

Lunch- Kyubei

Dinner- open for suggestions

Day 14

Breakfast- Sembikiya or Takano Fruit Parlor

Lunch- Tonki

Mar 26, 2010
vpg in Japan

2 week foodie trip to Japan in April (Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and Fukuoka)

Thank you very much! It looks like we will be rescheduling our trip (for the better)...

Feb 03, 2010
vpg in Japan

2 week foodie trip to Japan in April (Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and Fukuoka)

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...

Feb 02, 2010
vpg in Japan

2 week foodie trip to Japan in April (Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and Fukuoka)

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

Feb 01, 2010
vpg in Japan