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High End Sushi in Tokyo (or should I stick with Sawada?)

Thanks for this. Sushi-Ko Honten sounds great. Do you know if they are open on Wednesday March 20th?

Thanks!

Feb 22, 2013
talker32 in Japan

High End Sushi in Tokyo (or should I stick with Sawada?)

Ninisix I need your help. You were very helpful the last time I went to Japan regarding your advice on a sushi restaurant and I would love your help again.

Here is the situation.. I am going to Japan March 20-22nd with my 9 year old son and I need a great place to go for sushi. I have been to Sawada and Taichi but I am thinking about somewhere else with the following challenges:

1-) My son doesn't like all kinds of fish so I think that it is better for us to order a-la-carte as opposed to Omakase.

2-) We have an opening for dinner on March 20th but I understand that this is a national holiday (does this mean that most places will be closed)?

3-) I love great sushi (especially Toro and Uni) so I really don't want just normal stuff - I want something great.

I know that this might be a difficult task but I thought that if anyone can help me it would be you ;-).

Thanks in advance.

Regards,

Jonathan

Feb 21, 2013
talker32 in Japan

Tempaniaki or Other Kobe Steak in Tokyo

Thanks for the feedback. Can you recommend any places that aren't a set menu? I think that a la carte might be a better option for my son...

Feb 21, 2013
talker32 in Japan

Tempaniaki or Other Kobe Steak in Tokyo

My 9 year old son and I are going to Tokyo in March and I need some serious advice. This is my fifth time going to Japan and I have never truly had a great steak experience outside of my time in Kyoto and Osaka.

My questions is hopefully a simple one. I would like a recommendation for one truly great japanese style (either Tempaniaki or other) steak experience. I want great beef and I am willing to pay for it. That said, it doesn't need to be crazy expensive. I am looking for authentic and not touristy. I want a place that a Japanese person would go to.

Thanks in advance!

Feb 20, 2013
talker32 in Japan

Chow-Child Needs Your Help: Sunday or Monday Dinner

John thanks for the response -what time do you suggest is early?

Aug 17, 2012
talker32 in France

Chow-Child Needs Your Help: Sunday or Monday Dinner

Hi Chowhounds,

I am going to be in Paris with my 8 year old son on Sunday and Monday night and I need help. My usual places like Le Regalade, L'Ami Jean and Chez Denise all seem closed for the August holidays. My son is a serious lover of food as am I and I want his first meal alone with me in Paris to be a memorable one.

Any suggestions (I know that this is last minute) but please help the little Chow children ;-).

Thanks!!

Aug 17, 2012
talker32 in France

Dinner By Heston or Pollen Street Social - Strong Feelings [London]

I have a lunch coming up and I am torn between these two places.

Any strong comments or feelings between the two of them?

My gut after doing some research is that Pollen Street Social seems to get better reviews overall but they both seem controversial and both engender some hate....

Mar 07, 2012
talker32 in U.K./Ireland

High End Sushi in Tokyo (or should I stick with Sawada?)

Thanks Ninsix. I also like the thought of doing something in terms of lower price but still nice and intimate. Does Taichi have only Omakase or can I order A La Carte?

Dec 26, 2011
talker32 in Japan

High End Sushi in Tokyo (or should I stick with Sawada?)

Thanks for the advice so far. I have heard great things about Sukiyabashi Jiro as well as Kyuubei (which is enticing because I understand that you can order A-la-Carte...

So what would choose between Sawada and the two others mentioned above?

Dec 16, 2011
talker32 in Japan

High End Sushi in Tokyo (or should I stick with Sawada?)

I am going to Tokyo again in February and I would like to know if anyone has any strong opinions about high-end Sushi. Last time I was there I had the privilege of eating at Sawada which was amazing. The husband and wife team, the food, the ambiance - everything was top notch.

I am interested in other places that compare (or ideally people think are better and why)... Any advice would be much appreciated.

Thanks!

Dec 14, 2011
talker32 in Japan

Black and Blue Review (it's really bad)

This is tragic - the concept is right up my alley. I have been waiting for an old fashioned steak place with table side service and great meet. it just so happens that Black and Blue is also right across from my office. I went for the first time in the opening week for lunch so I was willing to overlook a LOT on my first visit. They are now almost a month in and I went for lunch again today.

Here's the good news (and there ain't much)...

I like the decor, it is hip and the meat locker is fantastic.

Now the bad news (brace yourself)....

I would assume that given that this is one of the many Glowball restaurants that they would have figured some basic things like service style and speed. Lunch is generally not the kind of meal you want to linger about, especially when ordering only one course. I was having a business lunch both times I went and both times the service was really bad. Repeating specials, asking for drinks twice and most importantly really, really slow food service. We waited half an hour to forty five minutes both times I have gone for our food. I would be willing to wait if the food was any good but honestly it has been very poor.

First time I ordered a rib eye steak (medium rare) - the meat was grey (my comment at the time was that they should actually turn on the grill). It was so bad and slightly embarrassing for a steak place to so badly underchar the outside of the steak that I could really only laugh and shrug it off as the first week blues.

Today however I order a steak sandwich (medium rare) again. The meat was medium-well - it tasted cheap and had very little flavor and the potato wedges were soggy. I would have sent it back if I hadn't waited 30 minutes for it in the first place.

Seriously people this stuff isn't rocket science. It makes you feel like the chef, the outside expo, the food runners, the server and the manager must think that i am a total idiot who simply doesn't know a good piece of meat from an overcooked, cheap piece of SH!T that takes 45 minutes to actually make it to your table.

Try it for yourself and please, please, please prove me wrong. I wanted so badly for this place to be at least decent.

Nov 17, 2011
talker32 in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Thierry Busset's New Place is Open (Review)

Thierry Busset is a very well known pastry chef (West, Cin Cin) who has recently opened a very high end Chocolaterie and Pattiserie on Alberni Street (Between Burrard and Thurlow). I happened to be walking by today and they opened the door and said we are open for business (soft launch).

My impressions:

Overall this place is impressive. The coffee was excellent (had both an espresso and an Americano. The croissant was very good (second only to the croissants at the Bakery on Granville Island). I had a salami sandwich with cheese and pesto on a baguette for lunch. Great sandwich the only problem was that they used mild orange cheddar (I would have expected something white and aged).

I also bought some Macaroons for the office which were amazing.

This place will be a popular fixture in town... let me know what you think of it...

Aug 10, 2011
talker32 in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Saturday Night Help

Hi Chowhounds,

My wife and I are back in Paris this Saturday night for one final meal before heading home to Canada. On the earlier leg of our trip we had wonderful meals at La Regalade and Chez L'ami Jean (trip report coming).

My top choices for Saturday are all no-go's (Chez Denise - closed, Josephine - closed, Chez L'ami Louise - only time available is 22:00, Le Severo - closed for dinner)..

My wife and I are looking for great traditional bistro food (Steak tartare, esgargot, roasted chicken, pot au feu) that is actually open on a Saturday night.

Please help!

Thanks.

May 12, 2011
talker32 in France

Paris Oysters (Garnier vs. L'Ecailleur du bistrot)

Which one is better? Going for a Friday lunch.

May 05, 2011
talker32 in France

Le Regalade or Chez Denise

I have both reserved for Friday night of this week but I would like some Chowhounds perspectives... which one would you go to and why?

Also anyone have a good recommendation for a dinner on Saturday night? All the places I have tried are either closed or full... not looking for anything super fancy but just great food.

Thanks!

May 02, 2011
talker32 in France

Where to buy good lamb

Armando's at Granville Island - best local rack of lamb in town. Amazing! Don't cook it too long.

May 01, 2011
talker32 in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Austin CH visiting Vancouver for girls weekend

I would highly recommend Phnom Penh Restaurant located at 244 E Georgia St in Chinatown. If you want a seriously amazing lunch and a reasonable bill this is the place to go. You can't miss the deep fried squid or the deep fried chicken wings, the pea shoots of the marinated butter beef. The noodles are also incredible. Don't be put off by the ambiance - this is the best food in town.

Apr 29, 2011
talker32 in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Need Inspiration - Late Night Meal Tonight

Thanks for the recommendations - the Pubs look great! No neighborhood or budget considerations... just looking for inspirational food.

Apr 11, 2011
talker32 in Manhattan

Best Bistros in Paris (Chez Denise, L'ami Louis or Aux Lyonnais)

We are coming to Paris for two days and want to eat at one of the best bistros.

I have heard great things about Chez Denise, L'ami Louise and Aux Lyonnais... anybody feel strongly about any or a different one that I should really consider?

Thanks!

Apr 11, 2011
talker32 in France

Need Inspiration - Late Night Meal Tonight

Hi,

I come to New York every couple of months for business and always go to the same places.

I need some inspiration for a post theater meal this evening. Here is where I would usually go:

Tia Pol or Bar Jamon/Casa Mono
Any of David Chang's places
Blue Ribbon

Please somebody help give me an inspirational recommendation!

Thanks!

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Tia Pol
205 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Apr 11, 2011
talker32 in Manhattan

Looking for 1 or 2 star up and coming place.

Thanks for the replies so far - John you make a very good point, I am not really that interested in a fancy place or a place that is striving to be a 3 star. What I am most interested in is something very special in terms of food. A place where the chef is in the kitchen, a place where the food is good, honest and wonderful Thanks again.

Sep 27, 2010
talker32 in France

Best Steak Tartare and Frites in Paris

I love a great steak tartare and frites. Can you please help me out with some of your favorites in Paris?

Sep 26, 2010
talker32 in France

Bologna - if you could only go to 1 place for dinner

I am travelling through Bologna in the Spring and only have 1 night in the city. I want some suggestions on the single best place to eat in Bologna. I am open to either a famous place or an out of the way lesser known place. I just love real authentic food, price is not an issue.

Sep 26, 2010
talker32 in Italy

Looking for 1 or 2 star up and coming place.

My wife and I will be in Paris in May and I am looking for some recommendations for a 1 or 2 star place that is up and coming, not too pretentious and is fantastic food. Any recommendations on a future Ducasse or Gagnaire?

Sep 26, 2010
talker32 in France