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Prague

Sansho looks great, going to make a reservation there for sure, what is the best traditional czech food place, Lokal sounds awesome

Le degustation seems a bit pricey for what it is, is there something similar to look at with traditional food done well

Lokal seems great, i also found this link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/des...

not sure how updated that is

How is: V Kolkovne (looks appealing) and Hergetova Cihelna and Cafe Savoy, The Savoy menu seems very appealing as well

Will we need reservations and Cafe Savoy and Lokal?

Aug 22, 2015
Dapuma in Europe

Manchester for 3 days + Old Trafford + West Ham (London)

Well I had a long response ready to go when flash crashed...okay to try to shortly recap

Cloud 23 looks interesting, certainly good to stop off for a cocktail - How is Phetpailin? It is very hard to get good Thai in the US that isn't "dumbed down" so to speak.

Manchester House looks like a fun place to check out, will the food live up to the glam billing. The French menu didn't inspire me and it would be a tough sell for my buddy. Hawksmoor would be a easier sell if that would be better than Manchester House.

I looked at the NQ restaurants on Time Out, nothing really struck my fancy.

I will certainly give Lou Macari's a shot, last time in London had some horrible fish and chips from a highly recommended place (and tracked halfway across London) so I have to give it another shot, although I realize Tikki Masala is the new UK Fish and Chips so to speak. Other than Indian food, is there anything else regional that I should try that Manchester can uniquely deliver.

How is Hula in Manchester, that looks like an interesting rum / tiki bar

Aug 22, 2015
Dapuma in U.K./Ireland

Manchester for 3 days + Old Trafford + West Ham (London)

My buddy and I are making a trip to Manchester for the Utd Liverpool match and will be there Wed - Thur - Fri before the match. Then we are headed to London for the West Ham Newcastle match before flying back to the states. We are looking for some fun high energy places to check out in Manchester. One night perhaps a nice dinner, the rest can be casual or mid-range places. I assume we will be going into the city center most nights that are non game days. From my understanding there is not a lot around OT, we are staying at Hotel Football. If there are any good places to check out around the hotel please let me know. What should I be looking at in Manchester for lunches and dinners. A cocktail bar or two would be nice, last time I was in London I really enjoyed Purl cocktail bar.

After the game we traveling to London on Sunday and then going to the West Ham Newcastle game Monday night, and flying back on Tuesday. Sunday night I have taken care of dinner reservations (harwood arms), I was wondering what is good place to check out in the West Ham stadium area after the game or if it is better to travel back into the city. I wanted to check out Worship street whistling shop if possible, not sure if fulham, westham, and shoreditch are in the right area to make that easy, as there is obviously a time cruch. Another gastro pub might be good after the game, is there one in those areas? Caveat the place has to be open on a Monday.

Thanks for any assistance

Aug 16, 2015
Dapuma in U.K./Ireland

Prague

Thanks, that is a great resource for bars there, I will def check out Hemmingway Bar, am mainly a rum drinker and I enjoy absinthe

Aug 13, 2015
Dapuma in Europe

Prague

My buddy and I are going to Prague and then Old Trafford, and we are looking for a few places to eat and drink at in Prague

Perhpas 1 nice dinner and the rest mid range or casual spots, and a good beer and cocktail place as well, or some unique spirits, I enjoy mixology

What are a few places to start reseaching, we are going at the start of September so nothing that takes 1+month to get a reservation at

Aug 09, 2015
Dapuma in Europe

Kyoto - Waygu Steaks - mixology

We are looking for a top steak house in Kyoto for top grade Waygu a5

What are our options?

It is for this Saturday so we are flexible on the hours (late or early) - we do have a Japanese speaker to help us make reservations

Are there any good mixology places in Kyoto ?

Jun 10, 2015
Dapuma in Japan

Japanese Whiskey Shops: Tokyo or Kyoto

I am looking for the best spots to get Suntory 21 year (or 30) and some Nikka year specific bottles (items they don't export to the US) to take back

Does anyone have any recommendations in either city I would prefer to pick up the items in Tokyo since I have more days there and if i fail in my quest I can always try Kyoto

Does anyone have other ideas other than Suntory Hibiki 21 / 30 year to take back? What else is not possible to get in the US

May 31, 2015
Dapuma in Japan

What to bring back from Japan

Are there any unique spirits that aren't available in the US that are worth bringing back from Japan

Apr 11, 2015
Dapuma in Spirits

Kaiseki in Kyoto

I switched it up to Nakamura that is in the price range and it sounds like that will be just as good so we are excited - Is there another style of cuisine we should try in Kyoto, we will have one more night (a Saturday) in Kyoto to sample some cuisine. I believe we will be doing a lot of sushi it Tokyo, along with one night of tempura

Apr 05, 2015
Dapuma in Japan

Tan Tan Ramen

I do not want soupless tan tan, part of the reason I love the ramen so much is the delicious broth, along with the great pork, it was a very meaty soup, with a thick rich broth, that had tons of flavor

I meant Goma Tei in Honolulu above, I do not think they have a Japanese outpost and I am sure there are other Tan Tan places in Japan, I was told that Honolulu was about as good of Ramen as you are going to get outside of Japan

@ Gargle, if the picture in the lower right is the tan tan, what is the crumble on top of the soup? Is that ground pork...i would prefer a place that had char sui the big chunks of pork

Apr 02, 2015
Dapuma in Japan

Kaiseki in Kyoto

Sorry I meant Arashiyama Kitcho

I believe that is their high end venue

What is the difference between Hana Kitcho?

Apr 02, 2015
Dapuma in Japan

Kaiseki in Kyoto

I had planned on booking Arashiyama, however I am getting a little sticker shy based on it being $600 not counting drinks US, and that is with a favorable exchange rate

What else should I take a look at that is in the $300-$400 range

I already found out that Mizai is booked the two days we are there

If I went with Nakamura it seems half the price...however it is also 3 stars...how is this possible?

Hyo-Tei looks pretty amazing but says "it starts at" so is it really any less than Arashiyama

Does any of those specialize in a different style or particular dish that the other doesn't have...that could sway our decision

Thanks for any advice

Apr 01, 2015
Dapuma in Japan

Which Top Sushi Places in Tokyo book more than 1 month out

My friend (who speaks Japanese) just tried calling for Yoshitake Saido and Sawada for reservations in June and they wont book until May 1st

Is there any top places that book further out than May 1st

I have a 5 day Window Thursday - Monday so we are pretty open on getting in, however as a backup and/or additional option should I look at booking some place else

Thanks
Dapuma

Mar 25, 2015
Dapuma in Japan

Yet another "Please help me plan my meals" thread - at least I've done some preliminary research!

Are all the 3 star Michelin places Kaseki -- How did you rank them to come up with those as your top 3, we are only looking to do one in June...so it is hard to tell - do the chefs specialize in one particular item versus another other than the tofu one?

Kikunoi Honten

Kichisen

Kitcho Arashiyama Honten

Chihana

Nakamura

Hyo-tei

Mizai

Mar 22, 2015
Dapuma in Japan

Tan Tan Ramen

I had Char Siu Tan Tan Ramen and Goma Tei in Japan and fell in love with it

Where are some great Tan Tan Ramen places in Japan?

http://www.tastyislandhawaii.com/imag...

Mar 21, 2015
Dapuma in Japan

Japan in June

Chartreauxx,
We will be about an hour away from Akita, but going into the city. Our friend's family is from there. So we will be staying with them. I don't know the geography enough to give a better answer, however we will have access to a car in Akita, however not in Tokyo or Kyoto. We are well versed with public transportation and will try to use that over Taxi's for the most part

Also it Tokyo we are looking for some of the top mixology bars, as that is a passion of mine: It seems like: Bar High Five looks pretty amazing, their menu looks very fantastic

Tender and Star Bar look pretty traditional with Tender being a no brainer to check out.

Imbibe also had a blurb about Tokyo and started Bar Orchard and Bar Gen Yamamoto are also worth checking out (ingredient focused) and some

Radio Bar (Hard to understand the website) and Mori Bar (also no real website) are hard to figure out, however Imbibe also mentioned they are pushing the cocktail scene forward...anyone have any first hand experience at either of these places?

Mar 16, 2015
Dapuma in Japan

Japan in June

Headed to Japan for the first time with another couple and we will have 1 native Japanese speaker with us. We will have 6 days in Tokyo, 2 days in Kyoto, and 2 days in Akita. We will be visiting with their family in Akita so I don't think I will need too many recommendations there (maybe 1 at most) however I am looking for some good recommendations for Japan. Price is not really an object, we all love traditional Japanese food. We are going to be stay right near the city business center

The musts are:
Tan Tan Ramen, I got a taste for it in Honolulu at Goma Tei, their char sui tan tan was amazing, and I have been craving it ever since.

Traditional tasting chef's sushi: I am going to try to have our friend and their family call May 1st for Jiro, however we have to get pretty lucky. Outside of Jiro, and the fish market for Sushi Dai, where else should we consider.

Tempura: I know there are a few good tempura places, which are the best

If there is anything outside of those 3 that I am missing, please let me know

I would also like to go to Nikka or Suntory distillery for a tasting or a tour, OR if anyone knows a place that specializes in a flight tasting, i would love to taste all of their wares. I particularly love the Nikka Coffey Whiskey (it is not Coffey flavored, that is the type of still used to distill the spirits) however there is so much more to try in Japan that is very hard or expensive to get Stateside.

Same goes for Sake and Sochu, my hobby is mixology so anything along those lines is right up my alley.

Thanks
Dapuma

Mar 12, 2015
Dapuma in Japan

LH 151

Just went to look for some Lemon Hart online and it seems to be nowhere. I thought Ed Hamilton was taking care of supplying it to the US - however it appears to be sold out everywhere.

I still have a half a bottle of the yellow label and 1 and a half of the new stuff...however is this the last of it

Does anyone know what happened

JMF?

Dec 18, 2014
Dapuma in Spirits

DFW - lunch & dinner - one day

We ended up at Lonesome Dove Western Bistro for lunch which was pretty disappointing for the price

The lobster hush puppies didn't taste much like lobster and were a touch dry

The foie gras was good, a very savory version, could have used a touch more sweertness but I did like the thickness of the toast beneath it, often times the foie gras needs more bread/toast point

We split the stuffed beef tenderloin which was cooked well but not mind altering and the sides it came with were pedestrian

The chocolate bread pudding for dessert was good but nothing new and I have had better

For how famous Tim Love is, I expected more, especially for that price point.

Aug 23, 2014
Dapuma in Dallas - Fort Worth

DFW - lunch & dinner - one day

We will be driving north from the airport if that helps narrow down some options, but we have all day

Aug 23, 2014
Dapuma in Dallas - Fort Worth

DFW - lunch & dinner - one day

We are coming in to pick up our new Puppy from the breeder flying into DFW

We are looking for a good lunch place, and then something simple for dinner dog friendly

No tex mex we are coming from PHX

Aug 23, 2014
Dapuma in Dallas - Fort Worth

1970s cocktail?

Aug 18, 2014
Dapuma in Spirits

Mai Tai Help

I like to sub out the Appleton for Smith and Cross

I will try JMF's variation next weekend - just got my new bottle of Orgeat

JMF have you tried using ED12 + Coruba versus LH151 + Coruba?

Aug 10, 2014
Dapuma in Spirits

Mai Tai Help

Beachbum recommends (in the books at least):

1oz Appleton V/X for the Jamaican
1 oz Rhum Clement VSOP for the Martinique
1/2 oz senior curacao of curacao (orange)
.25 oz 1:1 simple
.25 oz orgeat
.5 oz lime

I up the orgeat to .5 and skimp the simple, I use Small Hand Foods Orgeat

JMF has spoke with the Bum and has another variation

I prefer Senior Curacao of Curacao over Bols, but bols is much easier to source

Aug 09, 2014
Dapuma in Spirits

Call it something else, but please don't call it a margarita.

I do believe there can be a bit of debate in regards to dark or silver rum in a mojito as well as white or muscavado sugar, I believe I recall reading something about it in Potions of the Caribbean (Jeff Berry)

I do prefer Barbancourt 5 star in my mojito's

Aug 05, 2014
Dapuma in Spirits

Best source for online liquor and wine sales?

I like Hi Time Wines, if you are in the Southwest they have great shipping pricing ($10 for 12 bottles) and they deliver in 1-2 days. They are based in CA so they have a fantastic selection. They are my favorite

K & L will not ship spirits to certain states - I know AZ is one of them they will not ship spirits to (although wine is okay)

I have also used DrinkupNY - they have a good selection as well, probably good to use if you are East Coast - they do carry a few items that are tough to get on the west coast.

Aug 04, 2014
Dapuma in Spirits

When do you send a drink back?

That would be great if you put that rum out!

I will give the LH 151 and Coruba a shot next time I make one and report back

I think LH 151 and Smith and Cross would rename the drink "lights out", because that is what happens after you have a couple :)

Aug 04, 2014
Dapuma in Spirits

When do you send a drink back?

If I get a Mai Tai served in a collin's glass with an orange wedge (it drives me crazy!), before I taste it I generally know it is going back because so many things are already wrong with it and it will be very orange-ey

I would not put Demerara rum in a traditional Mai Tai, it should be agricole and would use gold Jamaican rum not a dark jamaican rum

Beachbum's recipe is:
1 oz Rhum Clement VSOP
1 oz Appleton V/X (I sub in Smith and Cross sometimes)
.5 orange Curacao (Senior Curacao of Curacao)
.5 oz lime juice
.25 Orgeat (i generally up the Orgeat to .5 and skip the simple)
.25 1:1 Simple

Not that your variation does not sound delicious, I assume you up the orgeat and add more simple to compensate for the heavier rums so the orgeat isn't lost

Aug 01, 2014
Dapuma in Spirits

Have a recommendation for a good go-to bourbon or whiskey cocktail?

If I was in SF, I would drink rum at Smuggler's Cove :)

Aug 01, 2014
Dapuma in Spirits
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Monkey 47 Gin

I finally got a chance to try this gin (friend brought it from CA), and it is very good. It is a more floral gin, like Nolet's but not so over the top. It is more balanced (doesn't taste like you are eating a perfumed flower) and can be consumed neat. I also got some John's Tonic Syrup and gave it a try in a gin and tonic. I thought a lot of the flavors got lost in a gin and tonic, so I do not think that is the best use of this gin (especially for the price point)

I think this might be good in a traditional martini with a good vermouth, however I did not have a chance to try that yet. There is a lot going on here and it has good depth of flavor. Any suggestions on recipes to try so the flavor does not get overwhelmed

Aug 01, 2014
Dapuma in Spirits