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My plan for the sidetrip to Kyoto is finished

So basicly the consensous is that my first trip plan was too much food, too one-sided food, too long meals and no spontanous drop-ins at local gourmet, down-to-earth spots I pass along in down town Kyoto where the locals line up to dine which indicates it should be good. A stay at a high end Ryokan including dining has also been adviced. Advices on specific Ryokans would be valued highly. So would a some more knowledge about what a stay at a high end Ryokan would be like be.

I have also already received a specific advice on how to provide more variety by visiting Okariba. Any other specific advice.

I am also very interested in opinions about my plan for Yamashita as my late night snack option for just drop ins. Is that possible at Yamashita and how good is Yamashita really?

Your thoughts and knowledge would be highly appriciated.

6 minutes ago
Roysen in Japan

My plan for the sidetrip to Kyoto is finished

More people have given me valuable input on the itinerary I presented as my side trip to Kyoto. Based on these recomendations and this advice I am redesigning the schedule and will be back shortly with a presentation of the new schedule.

about 5 hours ago
Roysen in Japan

Teppanyaki recomendations in Tokyo

I decided to choose Ginza Miyama based on the fact that the menu at Ukai-tei Ginza is the same as at Ukai-tei Omotesando (at least according to their websites), that one of my fixers doesn't recomend Omae XEX, but mainly because of the writings on Ginza Miyama here. I would love to try that Grilled Abalone with liver in a tasting menu with their high quality Waguy:

https://tomostyle.wordpress.com/2014/...

Here is their website:
http://www.ginza-miyama.com/

about 6 hours ago
Roysen in Japan

Kurogi opening hours for lunch - Japanese language help

Yes, that is also the reason why we have changed Kurogi to go for dinner. I would preferable want to try their dinner menu.

about 7 hours ago
Roysen in Japan

My plan for the side trip to Osaka is finished

I am truly sorry. I now understand why you asked those questions much better. I now see that I did a mistake when I posted the OP. There were errors in the URL links I provided to Mille Carresses and they don't work. I have corrected them now. Please check out the Tomo Style writings about the two dishes recomended from Mille Carresses and I now also have linked in the correct Tabelog entry.

What is recomended at Mille Carresses is Roased Abalone with liver and the Waguy Katsu sandwich.

about 7 hours ago
Roysen in Japan

My plan for the side trip to Osaka is finished

Haven't been there. Only read about it, but their website shows their wine list. It is appealing.

about 7 hours ago
Roysen in Japan

My plan for the side trip to Osaka is finished

Because of the quality of the snacks and wine. I am open to suggestions though. Fire away.

about 11 hours ago
Roysen in Japan

My plan for the side trip to Osaka is finished

I plan to sleep late and get out of bed in time for lunch every day. So I'm skipping breakfast and the extra stomach fill that normally would be. In between lunch hour and dinner hour I plan to snack every day at some unknown local shop I pass while I stroll downtown Osaka on my sightseeing. Okonomiyaki and Takoyaki are among the specialities I certainly will try. I am open to tips on other local specialities I should try and also where I should try it in Osaka. The time between lunch and dinner is also when I will be doing all my tourist sightseeings of the local culture in Osaka. I will of couse have the lunch and dinner reservations during lunch and dinner hours too and finally I plan to snack at the winebar Mille Carresses after dinner every day. I am not entierly sure about Mille Carresses and if it is the kind of place which is suitable for that kind of plan and if it is possible just walk in without a reservation. I am going just to snack and have a few drinks after dinner. I do not have the capacity for any menus or full cources there after both lunch, mid day snacking and dinner. I would appriciate feedback if Mille Carresses is a place suitable for this or if someone maybe have alternatives or other suggestions if Mille Carresses is not suitable.

This is Mille Carresses:
http://mille-caresses.jp/
http://tabelog.com/osaka/A2701/A27010...

Here is also a very interesting article featuring some of the favourites served at Mille Carresses:
https://tomostyle.wordpress.com/2014/...

Then we have the lunch and dinner reservations I hope to make. I don't know how hard these restaurants are to reserve. I will only find out when I start trying. So eventually this list might have to change once I start, but this is at least the preliminary list I initially want to try to do. As usual I am very interested in feedback on the listed restaurants and their quality, on your thoughts on them and possible alterntives. I know there is some great knowledge among you out there, so any feedback would be highly appriciated.

As you can see there are a great variety of restauarnts listed for Osaka. I haven't focused on anything local I should try several restaurants of to get a full assesement of that particular cusine. Instead I have opted for variety to dine at the most significant and best of the restauarnts in Osaka.

The top priority restaurants I want to go to in Osaka are Hajime and Kahala. Both are what I would call kaiseki restauarnts of the very inventive and innovative type although very different from each other. They have both been listed on the Pellegrino Top 50 Asian restauarnts list the last years. I hope to dine at both restaurants for dinner. I think both Hajime and Kahala used to have three Michelin stars but now they both have two. It is still my beleif though that they will be the best in Osaka according to my preferences.

Then I want to go to two fugu restaurants. One was the Tabelog top ranked restaurant last year any category and is called Takuyasu. The other is run by the Chairman of the Japanese Fugu Society and is called Kitahachi. I have not been able to find Kitahachi on Tabelog. If anyone would help me I would be most grateful. I hope to dine at Kitahachi for dinner and Takuyasu for lunch. According to Tabelog Takuyasu is open for lunch even though the Michelin guide says otherwise. Both have two Michelin stars.

I have an Italian restaurants on my Osaka schedule too. I want to go to this restaurant for lunch. Qunitocanto has been a top five restaurant on the Tabelog restaurant end of year listing any category the last years

I also want to add in a Spanish influenced restaurant called Fujiya 1935. It has got three Michelin stars and was highly rated by Robbie Swinnerton on his blog Tokyo Food File from a visit to Osaka. I want to reserve this restaurant for lunch.

Then I have also added a French inspired restaurant called Point. It is a new two Michelin star restaurant this year and the chef did his training at Taillevent (where I have dined previously) and La Tour d'Argent in Paris before returning to Japan. I would like to reserve Point as a lunch spot.

Then there are two kaiseki restaurants chosen for my Osaka visit. They are Sakurae Toyonaka and Momen. I hope to dine at Momen for dinner and Sakurae Toyonaka for lunch. I know very little about Momen other than what is written on this forum. It seems the writings about it here were done before Osaka became a regular Michelin guide city. The writings indicate that the Michelin guide would probably include it (I assume because of its quality) and that once it gets known through Michelin it will get impossible to reserve. So I put my money on the fact that it is very good. The Tabelog description suggests so. It eventually got included in the Michelin guide, but it is not currently listed. Sakurae Toyonaka has two Michelin stars and seems to serve some very inventive cusine.

Then I have added Taian as a dinner spot. Taian has three Michelin stars and specialize in char-grilled dishes.

I have also added Koryu which is a Michelin three star restauarnt for lunch. Koryu specialize in seafood.

I have chosen two sushi restaurants for dinner. One is Sushi Harasho which is the highest ranked sushi restauarnt in the Michelin guide. It is the only one with two stars. The other sushi choice is Sushi Saeki which is highly rated on Tabelog although not listed in the Michelin guide. It has consistantly been ranked in the top end of the year ranking any category on Tabelog the last years. It has even been ranked the top restaurant a few years. Last year it was ranked number two.

Finally I have added the Kitcho Osaka Koraibashi Head Office in Osaka as a lunch restauarnt. I hope to be able to compare the Kitcho head offices in all three cities Kyoto, Tokyo and Osaka.

The research tools I have used to identify where I want to dine have been this very fine forum, the website Tabelog, the Michelin guide, the outstanding website Bento (thanks Robb) and a lot of googling on blogs and articles on the web. My knowledge are certain to be full of holes though and I might have missed some very significant restaurants that I definetly should have added to achieve my goal of dining at the best and most significant restaurants in Osaka. So I am hoping for your contributions by passing along recomendations, corrections, replacement advice and general information about my choices or other alernatives that you might think of as helpful.

If anyone should be in Osaka and wants to meet, the most easy spot to find me would be to go to Mille Carresses late evenings or just send me an e-mail to royovehagen@gmail.com. I will stay at the Hotel St.Regis.

about 19 hours ago
Roysen in Japan

Teppanyaki recomendations in Tokyo

I would like to have two Teppanyaki restaurants on my schedule for my Tokyo visit. One will be Ukai-tei Omotesando but what should the other be?

I have three options. One would be Omae XEX (former Morimoto XEX and former Michelin star), the other would be Ginza Miyama (highly recomended by Tokyo blogger Mesubin) and the third would be another Ukai-tei branch - the one in Ginza. Any suggestions? Ukai-tei Ginza seems to have almost exactly the same menu as Ukai-tei Omotesando and because of that might provide little in terms of variation. The interior in the Ukai-tei restaurants is however maybe worth the visit anyway. Ginza Miyama sounds like they have especially good beef according to Mesubin although he didn't compare it to the two others I am now. Omae XEX should also probably be good.

Anyone with an opinoin and advice on this choice. Especially Ginza Miyama is unknown to me.

about 19 hours ago
Roysen in Japan

Kurogi opening hours for lunch - Japanese language help

Hi Silverjay,

Like a few others here you have been very helpful with me since I started posting on the Japan forum on chowhound a few years back. I wanted to show my appriciation and if you are a permanent resident in Tokyo, would you be interested in me taking you out for a meal when I am in the city?

about 23 hours ago
Roysen in Japan

Kurogi opening hours for lunch - Japanese language help

I am considering going to a highly rated seafood restaurant in Tokyo called Kurogi for lunch. It seems their system for opening hours during lunch time is quite complicated. Can someone with good Japanese skills help me translate when they are actually open for lunch in an accurate way:

http://www.kurogi.co.jp/information.html

http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1311/A13110...

Thanks in advance.

1 day ago
Roysen in Japan

High End Indian restaurant in Tokyo

I have checked out both Dhaba and Khyber on their websites now. Although they look interesting, they are not completely what I am looking for.

I have one question for you though. I have mentioned some dishes in a previous post in this thread I would normally eat at an Indian restaurant at home. On the menu on the websites of the Indian restaurants in Tokyo I have been visiting I am not able to find these dishes anywhere. Are the dishes I have mentioned known to you guys here as a normal part of the menu at an Indian restaurant in Tokyo. Are the dishes I have mentioned even Indian. I am talking about Chicken Tikka, Lamb Tikka Masala, Roghan Josh, Lamb Khorma, Peshawari Naan, Mango Lassi and saffron rice. I suspect many of the local "Indian" restauarnts where I come from where they serve these dishes the staff and ownership might actually be Pakistani. On the menu of the Indian restaurants in Tokyo many dishes are usually called just curry with the main ingredient also in the name. A menu item like that can't be found anywhere on a meny of an Indian restaurant where I come from.

1 day ago
Roysen in Japan

Top 100 ranking at the moment all categories in Tokyo at Tabelog

That would probably be more valuable, yes.

1 day ago
Roysen in Japan

Top 100 ranking at the moment all categories in Tokyo at Tabelog

Thanks, yes that is very interesting. I also find the comparison Tabelog vs Michelin quite interesting.

However comparing restaurant scores on Tabelog accross several cities might prove to be a misleading adventure. Keep in mind that it is the scoring from visits of the local population which is the basis of the ranking a restaurant gets on Tabelog. The score a local person would give a restaurant after a visit would be highly dependant on the average level he/she is used to be dining at. I assume the average level of restaurants in Tokyo would be much higher than in a smaller city. Because of that a restaurant of objectively the same level in Tokyo as a restauarnt in a smaller city would most likely get a lower score by a local from Tokyo than a local from a smaller city where the average retaurant quality level is lower.

1 day ago
Roysen in Japan

Top 100 ranking at the moment all categories in Tokyo at Tabelog

I guess it is how people have valued their visits. Nothing more nothing less. In the end it is worth something although it might not be possible to figure out how a personal preferance might match up with these scores. So in a way you are totally correct.

1 day ago
Roysen in Japan

Top 100 ranking at the moment all categories in Tokyo at Tabelog

1 - Sushi Saito (Sushi)
2 - Matsukawa (Kaiseki)
3 - L'Effervesence (French)
4 - Kyoaji (Japanese)
5 - Florilege (French)
6 - L'Osier (French)
7 - Apicius (French)
8 - L'Equateur (French)
9 - Kawamura (Steak)
10 - Joel Robuchon (French)
11 - Hachigushi (Sushi)
12 - Miyako Sushi (Sushi)
13 - Kuroki (Seafood)
14 - Esquisse (French)
15 - Ishikawa (Kaiseki)
16 - Fugu Fukuji (Fugu)
17 - Shinbashi Hoshino (Kaiseki)
18 - Restaurant Bacar (French)
19 - Jimbocho Den (Kaiseki)
20 - Takajo Kotobuki (Game)
21 - Tomura (Kaiseki)
22 - Sawada (Sushi)
23 - Quintessence (French)
24 - Kozasa (Sushi)
25 - Les Saisons (French)
26 - Kohaku (Kaiseki)
27 - Sushi Ichikawa (Sushi)
28 - Torishiki (Yakitori)
29 - Code d'Or (French)
30 - Mitani (Sushi)
31 - Ginza Okamoto (Kaiseki)
32 - Les Creations de Narisawa (French)
33 - La Tour d'Argent (French)
34 - Mao (Sushi)
35 - Prisma (Italian)
36 - Sukiyabashi Jiro Honten (Sushi)
37 - Harutaka (Sushi)
38 - Ecrin Ginza (French)
39 - Zheng Zhu Chinese Shiquan Ryori Zhao Yang (Chinese)
40 - Aronia de Takezawa (French)
41 - Sushi Sho (Sushi)
42 - Sushi Nakamura (Sushi)
43 - Tsujitome (Kaiseki)
44 - La Barrique (Italian)
45 - Kikunoi Akasaka (Kaiseki)
46 - Yakitori Shinka (Yakitori)
47 - Chez Inno (French)
48 - Sushi Mizutani (Sushi)
49 - Crown (French)
50 - Morikawa (Kaiseki)
51 - Yukimura (Kaiseki)
52 - Biodinamiko (Italian)
53 - Seizan (Kaiseki)
54 - Miyawa (Sushi)
55 - La FinS (French)
56 - Ànu Retrouvez-vous (French)
57 - Le Jeu de l'Assiette (French)
58 - Convivo (Italian)
59 - Kabuto (Unagi)
60 - Il Teatrino Da Salone (Italian)
61 - Incanto (Winebar)
62 - Antica Trattoria Nostalgica (Italian)
63 - Mutsukari (Vegeterian)
64 - Akasaka Eigetsu (Kaiseki)
65 - Le-Mange Tout (French)
66 - Ginza Hadsburg (German)
67 - Shinbashi Shimizu (Sushi)
68 - Ryugin (Kaiseki)
69 - Icaro (Italian)
70 - Ristorante Hamasaki (Italian)
71 - Chawanbu (Kaiseki)
72 - Pellegrino (Italian)
73 - LA's (French)
74 - Chinese Tapas Renge (Chinese)
75 - Azabu Kadowaki (Kaiseki)
76 - Ichie (Kaiseki)
77 - CHIC peut-etre (French)
78 - Sushi Garyu (Sushi)
79 - Le Bourguignon (French)
80 . Edition Koji Shimomura (French)
81 - Fiocchi (Italian)
82 - 81 (Innovative)
83 - Seika Kobayashi (Japanese)
84 - Muroi (Japanese)
85 - Toriki (Yakitori)
86 - La Blanche (French)
87 - Mikawa Zezankyo (Tempura)
88 - Lyla (French)
89 - Aladdin (French)
90 - Doka (Soba)
91 - Akasaka Kitafuku (Kaiseki)
92 - Madame Toki (French)
93 - Le Jardin de Saveurs (French)
94 - Restaurant L'Asse (Dining bar)
95 - Chef's (Chinese)
96 - Hayashi (Sushi)
97 - Maison Aimee Vibert (French)
98 - Tagetsu (Kaiseki)
99 - Kinryuzan (Meat)
100 - Nakano (Soba)

1 day ago
Roysen in Japan

Kitcho Tokyo

This is the Tokyo main branch webpage:

http://www.kitcho.com/tokyo/top-p/top...

2 days ago
Roysen in Japan

Kitcho Tokyo

This is the main Tokyo branch written about in Richieast. The address, telephone number etc can be found here but opening hours is not listed.

http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1313/A13130...

2 days ago
Roysen in Japan

Kitcho Tokyo

There are several Kitcho restauarnts in Tokyo and Kyoto in addition to branches in Osaka and Kobe. The main restauarnt is located in Kyoto.

Richieeast, do you have address, phone number and opening hours to the establishment you have written about in Tokyo? It would be nice information to have in the article you wrote.

Jul 28, 2014
Roysen in Japan

Sushi-yas offering something comparable to "The Sawada Experience"?

Maybe it is possible to hope that Araki in London eventually will be just one of several Araki shops and that the main shop will eventually find its way back to Tokyo. I mean if he is not happy with the quality of the ingredients available in London. But of course speculation will eventually never lead to anything firm, so it really is no use but to realize that he is now in London and that the quality of what he is serving there will probably not be the same as it was in Tokyo.

Jul 28, 2014
Roysen in Japan

High End Indian restaurant in Tokyo

Thanks I am checking out Dhaba and Khyber.

Jul 28, 2014
Roysen in Japan

Best Italian

Prisma is number one on tabelog. It looks very promising to me. Anyone with experience or knowledge about that place?

Jul 27, 2014
Roysen in Japan

Sushi-yas offering something comparable to "The Sawada Experience"?

I see. What a shame.

Jul 27, 2014
Roysen in Japan

Salmon at any sushi-ya in Tokyo?

Gargle,

I took a look at the sushi restaurant you recomended here again. This choice seems very attractive to me. Not only do they offer Keiji salmon, but they also offer tail meat from whale which is also something I am looking for. I think this sushi-yasan actually will end up on my list.

I think I might have found out the name myself. It seems to be called Sushi Tsu.

http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1307/A13070...

Anyone with experience or knowledge of quality. I can see that Tokyo Concierge Service recomends them as a top 10 in Tokyo.

Jul 27, 2014
Roysen in Japan

My plan for the sidetrip to Kyoto is finished

No olympic athlete, no.

Jul 27, 2014
Roysen in Japan

High End Thai restaurant in Tokyo

Looking forward to that. I'll be in Japan from October 13th to December 7th.

Jul 27, 2014
Roysen in Japan

My plan for the sidetrip to Kyoto is finished

Thanks! That is great advice. I will definetly include it. Do you know if it is a hard reservation?

Jul 26, 2014
Roysen in Japan

Sushi-yas offering something comparable to "The Sawada Experience"?

There is a culture for making cheese here so people know those bacteria aren't harmful. The culture here does not involve service of raw food, so that kind of bacteria is unknown and considered harmful. I am not so sure there is a sound scientific reason why cheese bacteria is considered okay and bacteria in fresh raw fish is not. My guess is that it is more of a fear of anything unknown and wanting to be on the safe side. That is also very typical of the culture at least in Norway. High End sushi restaurants serving Japanese delicasies like squid, abalone, octopus etc have to redesign their menus and take out items like that because people don't dare to try eating it and it is not sold. All they want is tuna, salmon and prawns. Everything unknown is dangerous. That is a cultural thing here.

Jul 26, 2014
Roysen in Japan

Sushi-yas offering something comparable to "The Sawada Experience"?

I am not in the EU, but my country is part of a cooperation deal with EU I don't remember the English term for. We call it EUS. It means we pay a fee to EU every year to get some of the EU benefits and obligations which are negotiated on a regular basis. We still are a very idependant nation financially but most rules and regulations of the EU still applies to us too. That way our industry can compete with the EU member countries inside EU on equal free trade terms.

So any freeze fish to avoid bacteria rule from EU would apply to Norway too. I don't know however if this is a EU regulation or if it is just something the health authoroties have copied from its neighbour countries. Remember that most EU countries don't have anything close to resembling a Tsukiji fish market and their culture does not involve raw food, so distribution infrastructure is not set up to handle deliveries of raw food with delivery times that would be acceptable in Japan.

Another equally strange rule enforced in my country on the sushi restaurants is that all handeling of ingredients which are to be served raw to the customers needs to be handled with plastic gloves to avoid bacteria spreading from the chef to the raw ingredients.

Here there is also a rule that at the sushi bar there needs to be a wall (normally glass) or usually solved with the refridgerators containing the raw fish between the area behind the sushi bar where handeling of the ingredients served raw to the customers is done and the customers to avoid bacteria spreading from the customers to the raw ingredients.

A sushi restaurant here was also temporarily shut down until they had fixed heir sink for tap water. It was not completely isolated from the area where the raw ingredients to be served to the customers was handled.

Jul 26, 2014
Roysen in Japan

High End Thai restaurant in Tokyo

Tom Kha Quail - very interesting

The idea of taking out everything relating to Chinese, Thai and Indian restaurants from the Tokyo list and cut a week of the Tokyo travel plan seems more and more appealing to me. If I should use that week and add another week using that time for a few days (lets say 5 days each) in Bangkok, Hong Kong and Shanghai this might be real interesting.

Jul 26, 2014
Roysen in Japan