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Restaurants open in Melb over Christmas/NY period?

Expat Melbournian visiting over the holiday period, and finding out that many of the restaurants mentioned here are taking their breaks at the same time!

Certainly don't begrudge hardworking staff/chefs their hols, but does anyone knows of any resource saying what's open/closed late Dec/early Jan?

And on that note, am I better off trying gastropubs? If so, which ones, and who does the best veal parma/fish and chips?

Thanks in advance,

Ms JK

Dec 09, 2011
MsJK in Australia/New Zealand

Sydney questions, visiting Jan. 5-8.

Thanks mangoannie,

Looks good, but I doubt I'll be able to fit it in!

Dec 09, 2011
MsJK in Australia/New Zealand

Sydney questions, visiting Jan. 5-8.

Reassuring Camw, thank you!!

Dec 09, 2011
MsJK in Australia/New Zealand

Sydney questions, visiting Jan. 5-8.

Thanks PhilD for your reply.

Sepia looks fantastic, but un/fortunately they'll be closed when I'm in Sydney. Will also check out your other options.

There are also a number of items on their sample menu I'd be unsure of because I'm pregnant.

Which brings me to your fish question. Surprisingly, my ob/gyn here is okay with me eating sushi although he advises moderating the tuna. Pregnant Japanese eat raw fish all the time.

My concern with fish in Japan these days is the contamination of water from radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Greenpeace conducted studies on fish from five supermarkets and found varying levels of cesium. I can't wait to eat some barramundi!

Will go to Chat Thai in the evening and have lunch at Mamak as suggested.

Thanks too for the coffee tips and the Tets update. Much appreciated.

Ms J.

Dec 09, 2011
MsJK in Australia/New Zealand

Sydney questions, visiting Jan. 5-8.

Hello,

I'm an expat Melbournian now based in Tokyo and hoping the Sydneysiders here can help me with a couple of eating q's. Have searched previous topix and resources such as Time Out, but am now confused!

We arrive in time for dinner on the 5th and leave the morning of the 8th. May hit the Sydney Fest. opening festivities on the 7th, so unsure what that means vis dinner on Sat. the 7th.

1. Hoping to visit both Chat Thai and Mamak while in town. Is one particularly better for dinner/supper over lunch?

2. Have a booking with friends for Tetsuya's on the 6th. There are some dismal reviews here in the boards; has anyone who's been recently have anything good to say?! Despite living in Japan, we don't really do the high end French/Japonaise thing, so Tets *is* something different for us.

If Tets really is a no-no, would go somewhere cheaper rather than Quay. Unfortunately will miss out on Momofuku Seibo.

3. I'm pregnant, so getting too caffeinated is a no-no, but where in the inner burbs (Surry Hills, CBD) is best for coffee and a decent brekky? NOT interested in Bill's at all.

On that note, has anyone been to Kazbah and had their brekky degustation?

4. Japanese options worth trying? (This may sound silly being in Japan, but we're not eating the fish here at the moment).

Taa muchly in advance!!

Ms. J.

Dec 08, 2011
MsJK in Australia/New Zealand

Tsukiji tuna auction ban until May 8

Thought this may be of interest to the board:

http://www.japantoday.com/category/na...

NB: It's not a ban on the market and environs proper.

Apr 06, 2010
MsJK in Japan

Breakfast in Tokyo

Hmmm. Another reason I'm a 'failed' Australian: can't stand said chef, nor his indifference to grammatical conventions!

Apr 01, 2010
MsJK in Japan

Breakfast in Tokyo

I must be the exception to your rule. I'm Australian, and have never been a huge fan of brekkies out or brunch... Having said that, if you find a decent flat white, please advise!

But back to your original question: A friend dragged me to Lobros in Kichijoji for brunch early 2009. At that time, they had everything you're after food and beverage-wise. Unfortunately they're not open before 11:30am:

http://www.bento.com/rev/2814.html

and

http://lobros.co.jp/cafe/access.html

Hope this helps, and don't forget the flat white!

Ms. J

Mar 29, 2010
MsJK in Japan

Australian Cookbooks

I can't get by without Stephanie Alexander's Cook's Companion:

http://www.stephaniealexander.com.au/...

Dec 29, 2009
MsJK in Australia/New Zealand
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Tokyo's best yakitori/chicken restaurants?

Ninisix,

Thanks for such an informative reply!! More food for thought indeed.

Dec 25, 2009
MsJK in Japan

Tokyo's best yakitori/chicken restaurants?

Thanks Robb S.

FYI: I have since been told that some of the Hanamasa outlets sell quail too.

Dec 25, 2009
MsJK in Japan

Tokyo's best yakitori/chicken restaurants?

I understand your yakitori theory, no worries. I usually end up at the cheaper more raucous places when with friends!

Torisei looks and sounds great, but the egalitarian in me would be uncomfortable if my friends weren't able to partake in the same delights as everyone else.

Dec 25, 2009
MsJK in Japan

Tokyo's best yakitori/chicken restaurants?

Thanks FS,

What stood out: ambience, service, etc?

Dec 23, 2009
MsJK in Japan

Tokyo's best yakitori/chicken restaurants?

Robb S.,

I did like Kusibeh; my husband took me there for my birthday one year so it was a memorable occasion. Although a novice when it comes to nihonshu, I do like trying to food/booze match, and Kusibeh worked out well in that regard. Coincidentally we ended up at the aforementioned Roppongi yakitoriya the next night, which Mr K. preferred. I'm pretty sure 'better seasoning' was one of the reasons, so it was interesting to read Lost Squirrel's comments.

Thanks for your comments re: the other places I mentioned. I haven't been to Birdland so am eager to hear from those in the know. Ditto for Yebisu; having read the above, it's now off my list.

Souten sounds really interesting; regarding the other game birds, did anything stand out? (Speaking of which, where does one buy quail in Tokyo?) How would you rate this place versus Kusibeh, fuku and Birdland? The lack of English isn't a problem as I will also be attending, and hopefully Mr. K who is Japanese.

Apologies Robb S. for continuous questions!

Dec 23, 2009
MsJK in Japan

Tokyo's best yakitori/chicken restaurants?

Kikisakura-san,

I'll be heading out for dinner too, and have no issues speaking/reading most food-related Japanese. That food dies look rather amazing! Assuming that you once ate our feathered friends, how did you rate Torisei at the time?

Dec 23, 2009
MsJK in Japan

Tokyo's best yakitori/chicken restaurants?

Lost Squirrel,

Thank you for such a detailed response to my original post, most informative!! I have been meaning to get to Fuku - and now that I've read your post, even more so. Erm... if you and Uncle Yabai are up for an eating partner - all in the name of research - feel free to let me know!

Dec 23, 2009
MsJK in Japan

Tokyo's best yakitori/chicken restaurants?

Hello Japanese Chowhounders,

I would love to hear your opinions on Tokyo's best yakitori etc. A quick search of the boards revealed numerous mentions of Fuku, but how does that compare to other places such as Birdland?

Context: I have some friends visiting mid-late Feb who are poultry/game providores at Melbourne's Vic Market. They deal in high-end product so would like to take them somewhere the same. The restaurant doesn't have to be fancy, as long as the food is great. They are only in Tokyo for a week or so, and I suspect that they may only eat yakitori once, at the most twice while they are here.

I went to Kushibeh a while back (thanks Robb S./bento.com) and liked it. Have also been to an unnamed restaurant in Roppongi (not on bento.com) that prepared amazing vegetables to accompany the chicken.

Other points: Can't say that I am a fan of Toriyoshi... and a Japanese friend mentioned Yebisu in Nishi-Ogi as that's where said friends will be staying.

Thanks in advance for any comments!

Ms J.

Dec 20, 2009
MsJK in Japan

Yet another interesting experience, donuts

I saw that Doughnut Plant had a peanut butter/chocolate combo doughnut, but it didn't really do it for me.

Delucacheesemonger, you might want to try Hara Dougnuts as a localised option. The company brand themselves as a healthier doughnut company, and use soy and okara (tofu lees) among their ingredients.

I live near a Hara Doughnuts and the queues never fail to amaze me. My husband bought some once - plain, spinach, yuzu and Earl Grey kinds - and they were light, non-greasy yet filling.

Am attaching a shop list but it's only in Japanese:

http://haradonuts.jp/shoplist/

Dec 17, 2009
MsJK in Japan

Recommendations for visiting foodie family please

Having been to Ivan Ramen, I tend to agree with Robb S. re: this one. Sadly, I don't think it quite fits the bill re: large groups and location.

But yes, the pork/roasted tomatoes over rice is fantastic! I broke my own rules eating that and ramen at the same meal. Ivan is very personable too, which made for a great dining experience.

Considering there is no real ramen to speak of in Melbourne, I think it's on the agenda, most likely the ramen museum. Other suggestions welcome too!

Thanks again everyone for commenting, much appreciated.

Dec 17, 2009
MsJK in Japan

Recommendations for visiting foodie family please

Thanks Silverjay and lost squirrel!

Kaiten-zushi is another must-do, yes.

Re: izakayas, I once saw a local family numbering 6-7 people at Seigetsu; I do think that this was an exception to the rule, however. The nabe/shabu-shabu restaurants are also a great idea so I will look into nabezo.

Dec 17, 2009
MsJK in Japan

Recommendations for visiting foodie family please

Eaterri,

Thanks for the great suggestion. I haven't eaten at Maisen since the early 1990s, but do recall it being good and an 'experience' for a Tokyo newcomer.

Re: burger chains, Freshness or Mos will be go!

Dec 17, 2009
MsJK in Japan

Recommendations for visiting foodie family please

Hello everyone:

Longtime lurker, first time poster. I enjoy reading the Tokyo posts and although my budget doesn't always extend to dinners at the Michelin restaurants frequently mentioned here, one of the things I looovvvee about Japan is that great food can be found on any budget. However, I digress:

Some foodie friends are visiting early-mid January; including children, their posse amounts to six pax! I know that they're getting a sitter a couple of nights, but does anyone have foodie recommendations suitable for families in Tokyo?

The gyoza stadium and ramen museums are being looked at; we are more concerned with decent kid-friendly izakayas or other restaurants deemed suitable for a family with four children ranging from 5-11 years. The family is from Melbourne (AU) and fairly cosmopolitan when it comes to dining, so I am unsure whether so-called family restaurants would be appropriate!

I'm childless so am pretty much stumped re: this one.

Thanks in advance for any help!

Ms J

PS. I did search through previous posts, but didn't see anything relevant in the first few pages

Dec 13, 2009
MsJK in Japan