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Sushi dilemma

I ate at hashiguchi a couple of weeks ago for dinner. his sashimi was outstanding. for his nigiri, i would say that his neta was great as well. the texture of his shari is very nice, but depending on your taste, you may find it blander in flavor than the jiro or kanesaka schools - he's not as heavy on the vinegar. overall an excellent meal which i'd highly recommend.

May 29, 2013
sg_foodie in Japan

Which hotel(mid tier) in tokyo best for making difficult reservations

i've had luck with the four seasons. they got me into matsukawa in a couple weeks time, which is supposed to be by invitation only.

a lot of popular places are just kinda impossible to consistently get into no matter how connected the concierge is. i haven't been able to go back to quintessence (pre-michelin guide) or sushi saito (esp after it got its 3rd star) no matter which hotel concierge i use.

in my view, the most important thing that knowing the chef or having a well connected concierge will help you with is that they may let you book earlier than the official opening of that night's tables for reservation. but when the place is already full, there's nothing to be done about it.

May 04, 2013
sg_foodie in Japan
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5 days in Tokyo - Want to eat lots of sushi!

you probably already know this, but hirosaku is not a sushi place. it is kaiseki with some outstanding soba. lunch can be pretty cheap under 3k yen, but dinner is pretty expensive >30k.

May 04, 2013
sg_foodie in Japan

Yamada Chikara

the chef even asked me at the end how hungry i was feeling and sized the soba course appropriately. my friend made the mistake of saying he was still hungry and got a MASSIVE bowl of soba

May 03, 2013
sg_foodie in Japan

Great izakaya in Ginza/Marunouchi area?

i really like moromiya on the edge of nihonbashi and ginza (http://www.moromi-ya.jp/). great selection of sake and outstanding food (loved the grilled buri cheeks last nov).

Mar 07, 2013
sg_foodie in Japan

Restaurant tips for Hokkaido in summer?

Furano milk is pretty damn delicious and I also second the lavender soft ice cream.

Bistro Le Chemin has good bistro food using mostly local ingredients. I had some excellent Furano pork there a couple years ago.

Jun 20, 2011
sg_foodie in Japan

Japanese Chef at Michelin-rated French Restaurant in Tokyo -- Which one to choose?

I've been to both Koji Shimomura and Quintessence. I really loved Quintessence, but there's no way that you are going to be able to get a reservation this late. Koji Shimomura is also excellent, but slightly more traditional than Quintessence. I was there in Feb 2010, not sure why he lost his stars.

I must echo Blacken's high praise for Aronia De Takazawa...I've been there twice and those meals rank #1 and #2 on my all-time list. Just outstanding creativity and execution, plus great service from Akiko-san.

Jan 19, 2011
sg_foodie in Japan

Vietnam Recommendations -- need help in multiple cities

Yeah, I really enjoyed my meal there. Dishes were pretty traditional but very well-prepared, and ingredients were super fresh.

Vietnam Recommendations -- need help in multiple cities

Not sure if you're still there, but I was recently in Ho Chi Minh and had an excellent meal at Cuc Gach (http://en.cucgachquan.com/)

Tian Tian Hai Nan Ji Fan 天天海南雞飯 – My Favorite Hai Nan Chicken Rice in Singapore

For me, the best part of Tian Tian's offering is actually their condiments, esp the chili, which is miles better than the usual watery type of chili served with chicken rice.

Chengdu China - do you have any restaurant recommendations???... PLEASE

I've heard absolutely rave reviews of a place called Yu Jia Chufang ("Yu's Family Kitchen") in Chengdu. Check out some of the his handiwork here: http://www.spreadmybutter.com/yus-fam...

Laut - World's First Michelin-starred Malay restaurant

i haven't been there personally, but my friends who have tried it were quite disappointed with the food...they felt the execution was quite poor. has anyone else been there yet?

Singapore - Best Mexican in Town?

I found the food at Spruce too clean/healthy...I guess I'm too used to greasy tacos from living in California!

Anyone tried Waku Ghin yet?

ouch. i'd rather eat 2 meals at gunther's or shinji!

Laut - World's First Michelin-starred Malay restaurant

haha if they use the same inspectors in singapore, then we may have several michelin starred hawkers!

but seriously, it makes a joke out of the michelin guide. how on earth is the french or american inspector in NYC going to credibly rate a cuisine that he's probably only sampled a couple of times in his life..michelin should preserve what's left of their credibility and not rate cuisines outside of their domain of knowledge.

1st Time Singapore Visitors

There are also a bunch of good Chinese restaurants for dim sum. My personal favorite is Imperial Treasure (the branches at Great World City, Takashimaya and Paragon are all pretty good).

Singapore - Nicolas le restaurant

Interesting, thanks for the tip. One of my most memorable Italian meals was at Ristorante Aso, would love to find something similar in Singapore. Are you in contact with any of the other Singapore-based chowhounds? Perhaps we can organize a chowmeet at Alba.

Singapore - Nicolas le restaurant

Yes I am actually based in Singapore. But I've been having my most memorable meals in Japan these last couple of years, hence the posts on the Japan board.

Singapore - Nicolas le restaurant

Has anyone been to Nicolas le restaurant (www.restaurantnicolas.com) ?

High-end Tempura in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka

I just had lunch at the honten (in Kayabacho) last sunday and it turns out Mikawa-san has shifted to his newest branch called Mikawa Zezankyo. Has anyone been there yet? The photos the waitress was showing me made it seem like the new branch is mostly tatami rooms instead of counter seating.

Feb 11, 2010
sg_foodie in Japan

Aronia de Takazawa

I just ate there again last friday, another amazing meal. I had the 24k menu and the wine pairing chosen by Chef Takazawa came up to another 12k (mostly with Japanese wines as their list is at least half Japanese...quite an impressive variety).

Enjoy!

Feb 11, 2010
sg_foodie in Japan

Hiroo Restaurant Recommendations and Log

Les Vinum is a great little sumiyaki place with a very good and interesting wine list: http://www.les-vinum.com/english.htm

Feb 11, 2010
sg_foodie in Japan

Have to assume it is me, definitely missing something

I meant that Aronia de Takazawa would not be classified as kaiseki in my eyes, whereas Ryugin would.

Dec 17, 2009
sg_foodie in Japan

Have to assume it is me, definitely missing something

I'm not sure that I would call Aronia de Takazawa modern kaiseki as it doesn't really follow the structure of kaiseki unlike Ryugin for example. I'd characterize his style as somewhat closer to modern French. Still an outstanding restaurant though, I had the finest meal of my life there.

Dec 15, 2009
sg_foodie in Japan

Yamada Chikara

Baron, how did your meal at Yamada Chikara end up going?

Dec 14, 2009
sg_foodie in Japan

Tempura restaurants in Tokyo

Kondo is excellent, especially for his vegetables. Really outstanding tempura. I think the chain you're referring to in Roppongi Hills is actually a branch of Mikawa. I haven't been to that one, but the honten was pretty damn good as well. I'd say Mikawa's seafood was probably about the same level as Kondo (more variety than Kondo iirc), but Kondo-san's vegetable tempuras set him apart.

Dec 12, 2009
sg_foodie in Japan

Best Trattorias and Osterias in Milan

I'll be in Milan with some not so food-obsessed friends and have been tasked with planning meals. Given the preferences of my company, Michelin-rated restaurants are probably out of the picture. Any advice on good reasonably-priced trattorias/osterias in Milan worth checking out?

Dec 12, 2009
sg_foodie in Italy

San Sebastian on a Monday

It seems like most of the haute cuisine type restaurants in/around San Sebastian like Akelarre, Arzak, Mugaritz etc are closed on Mondays. Any recommendations as to where to eat on a Monday? I'd be especially interested in traditional Basque cuisine for lunch and will probably do tapas for dinner. Which actually leads me to another question, are the tapas places in the Parte Vieja open on Monday nights?

Nov 23, 2009
sg_foodie in Spain/Portugal

Yamada Chikara

Are there any other similar restaurants doing kaiseki with molecular techniques other than YC and Ryugin? I was extremely impressed with Aronia de Takazawa earlier this year, but I'd say Takazawa-san's cuisine is closer to the French part of the spectrum.

Nov 17, 2009
sg_foodie in Japan

Aronia de Takazawa

No idea about lunch, I had dinner there. That was the price range when I was there in Feb this year.

As for getting a reservation, like prasantrin says, can't hurt to try!

Nov 16, 2009
sg_foodie in Japan