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Sapporo food blogs and or restaurant review sites?

What is tsukune?

I took note of a few recommendations on chowhound for food in Sapporo and headed to those we could find and that were not too far away :) Your recommendation of Fujitori was convenient as it seemed very central - and the fact that it was always rather packed whenever we walked by it attested to it being a very good izakaya!

I have no recommendations, unfortunately, as I find walking into a random izakaya rather overwhelming, as they are usually so local and intimate! I did not have any yakitori when I was in Tokyo or Osaka, so all the more I wanted to try an izakaya when I was in Sapporo. I do have one or two yakitori recommendations in Singapore... but it would be nothing compared to Japan.

Dec 28, 2011
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Sapporo food blogs and or restaurant review sites?

I've replied to Dave's post in another thread - I do want to provide an up to date tip and comment about Dave's recommendation of Fujitori in Sapporo. Thanks to his tip, we hunted down the shop (it is next to an organic cafe/bar), and the chicken yakitori is superb - truly out of this world. Great little izakaya too, as the owner and staff are generally foreigner-friendly, smokey atmosphere. Even their ramen salad is refreshingly good.

(Try the chicken liver, heart, gizzard, innards with soybean paste. The beef is also not too bad, and so are the quails eggs).
(We had meals there twice in the four nights we were in Sapporo)

Dec 27, 2011
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Ordering in a yakitori restaurant

dave: I agree. We had a second dinner (yes, I try to eat that much when I'm in Japan) at Fujitori, and the chicken yakitori were amazing. If you're game, go for the chicken liver, heart, gizzard, or innards with soybean - all crazily delicious. Smoky, tight little bar: good luck getting a place as it's constantly packed! We went back twice as it was that good.

Dec 27, 2011
reisende in Japan

Please help recommend a 'normal', Parisian bistro?

Oh, thank you so, so much Oakglen and mstringert! Are reservations needed at any of these bistros?

May 18, 2011
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Please help recommend a 'normal', Parisian bistro?

Thanks to all posters (especially souphie, uhockey) for the tips and reports on Paris. Will be heading to Paris in mid-June, and have secured reservations at Gagnaire, Le Cinq, and will be calling two weeks in advance (9am sharp!) for Jean Francois Piege.

I will also be trying to secure reservations at La Bigarrade (lunch) and La Chateaubriand (dinner).

I then realise that I have to have a meal in Paris of just good, French food, no-Michelin-starred. Of duck confit, sauces, creme brulee, in a bistro where English is barely spoken (my partner can speak French) and wine is good and relatively inexpensive and flowing.

Can anybody help, please? Or do the restaurants I have listed also serve good ol' French chow? I just want a meal without any molecular twist, or 'fusion', or anything too modern.

Thank you so much in advance! I will provide a report of my trip when I am back.

May 18, 2011
reisende in France

uhockey's thoughts on Paris Restaurants - Part 1 - La Bigarrade, Le Chateaubriand, Le Cinq, Chez L'Ami Jean, Pierre Gagnaire

hi uhockey,

echoing hundreds other readers, thank you very much for your detailed and wonderfully written accounts of your meals in Paris. they are a big help.

just a question: you write "On his return we requested our bill – one tasting, one lunch tasting, one bottle of water despite all the extras". does the tasting meal mean a full dinner tasting menu ($230E), or is it something else? and does the lunch tasting refer to the ($85E) lunch menu?

thank you very much if you could help!

May 17, 2011
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Best of the 3 Stars...Is it still Pierre Gagnaire?

Thank you very much, Souphie, for your great detailed review.

I have less than three days in Paris in mid-June, and I am torn deciding which restaurants to choose. My husband (non-foodie) is allowing me two 'nice' dinners (read: $$$) - and I definitely want to try L'Astrance, but not sure of the other. I'd like to have dinner with food that is not just superbly delicious, but also have a magical evening of beautiful ambiance. Which will be better? Le Bistrol, Le Meurice, L'Arpege?

I would so love to have a meal at Gagnaire, but I've seen (in photos) that ambiance wouldn't rate that highly in my books. I know, I know - it's all about the food, but again, I only have three days in Paris and it's a 13-hour flight away.
Is lunch at Gagnaire worth it?

Please, please help!

May 12, 2011
reisende in France

Tokyo's Chic and Cool Izakaya: Toki no Ma [Review] w/ Pics

sorry for the late report back - but there won't be a report unfortunately. I had a wad of print outs of restaurants researched painstakingly, only to find that most of these restaurants were shut when I was there (it was 31 December 2010 till 5 Jan 2011) (I did suspect it would be shut as I know Japanese treat 1 Jan as a big thing). I even took the subway to some out of the way area in Tokyo just to get to the best ramen restaurant, but it was similarly shut. My husband (a non-foodie) was not amused, to say the least.

the one good thing? Ryugin! :D

May 10, 2011
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Xmas in Japan

Just to report back -
Yes, the time frame I was in Tokyo was horrid in that most restaurants were shut. I managed to have a dinner at Ryugin (brilliant - and somehow what stuck to my mind most was the 'filler' dish of rice or soba; I had rice, and it was magical rice - sorry, not very eloquent).

Tsukiji was bustling, though, and I did the touristy thing of waiting in line at Sushi Dai (worth the queuing).

May 10, 2011
reisende in Japan

New Eating Places in Singapore

wow, there's actually a discussion on Singapore food on chowhound! thanks for all the tips; will check these out in the next few weeks.

FourSeasons - if there's going to be a meet at Robuchon, please count me in.

May 10, 2011
reisende in China & Southeast Asia

Need a fine dining recommendation in Singapore

Agree with klyeoh: Andre is a good recommendation, and so is FiftyThree. But I'm not so sure that the ambiance at both these restaurants are 'classy/formal'. It's definitely uppity, very fine dining food - it's really almost all about the food, a little on the gorgeous tableware, and a bit on the charming shophouse (both restaurants are in these conservation gems).

If you're out to impress a true, serious foodie date, Andre will be a good bet.

Last I had Iggy's (about 9 months ago I think), I didn't find the food as memorable anymore. The first two times I went (years ago), were much better experiences.

Les Amis - more if you're out to impress with .. impressions. Ah, there're chandeliers and French modern style furnishings, food is top notch, but if I had a choice.. still Andre, sorry.

Gunther - my sis' went there very recently, cost a bomb, but it was really all about the freshest seafood. She said she would return, but this time be more selective in her choices.

Have fun and report back!

May 10, 2011
reisende in China & Southeast Asia

Xmas in Japan

FourSeasons: Do you mean all types of fish will be fatty during that season, or only some fish? If so, what fish specifically? (Other than fugu). What about uni? I thought it's more of a summer 'dish'. And ika? Do squids actually get fattier during winter? (ha ha).

I will also be in Tokyo from 31st December till 6th January. I hope to be able to secure reservations at Ryugin, Mizutani, and maybe Kanesaka from 3rd or 4th January onwards..

Aug 01, 2010
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Tokyo's Chic and Cool Izakaya: Toki no Ma [Review] w/ Pics

Thanks for this - and ALL your other reviews! I'm going through all of them, getting more green eyed by the minute. I am planning for my trip to Tokyo this year end and already I think I'd better start saving up for all these amazing restaurants.

Just one question - What's the price range like at Toki no Ma?

Aug 01, 2010
reisende in Japan