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Top Japanese restaurants in Tokyo

I am truy sorry for not updating you as I promised. Due to a cancer diagnosis I had to go through a stomach surgery and now midway through a chemo therapy. As you can proberly undersand my trip was postponed until further notice. My hope is to go through the same plan again exactly one year later than originally planned. We will have to see what the future brings though.

Dec 05, 2011
Roysen in Japan

Searching for information on these Sushiyas in Tokyo.

Thanks again. This is really great information. We decided on Sushi Noijma from the options discussed in this thread and skipped on Sushi Hashiguchi.

The choice was based on one of Sushi Noijma's specialities which will probably be a bit controversial here, but I am going to reveal it anyway - whale.

Aug 04, 2011
Roysen in Japan

Searching for information on these Sushiyas in Tokyo.

Thank you very much. Any knowledge about Sushi Miyako and Sushi Kozasa?

Aug 04, 2011
Roysen in Japan

Searching for information on these Sushiyas in Tokyo.

Thank you very much. I am replacing Sushi Hashiguchi from my list of restaurants shown in another thread and these were the options recomended to me by Shinji Nohara. I thought I should check what others think too before making up my mind. and Sushi Miyako sounds interetsing too.

Shinji prefers Sushi Noijma from the choices I mentioned.

Aug 03, 2011
Roysen in Japan

Searching for information on these Sushiyas in Tokyo.

If anyone have experiences or know a link to a review of any of these sushiyas I would be most happy:

Sushi Noijma
Miyaha
Kozasa
Sushi Shou

Aug 02, 2011
Roysen in Japan

Looking for food guide/translator in Hong Kong and Shangai

Thank you for this information. I will contact you.

Jul 23, 2011
Roysen in China & Southeast Asia

Need dining ideas in Oslo

Emma's Drømmekjøkken is supposed to be one of the best restaurants in Norway. If you have the chance to get a reservation you should not let the chance get away.

I have never been to Tromsø since I was a teenager but would certainly go to Emma's Drømmekjøkken if I were in town.

Jul 21, 2011
Roysen in Europe

Need dining ideas in Oslo

Catfish is highly regarded here. Are you sure its the same type used on the other side of the Alantic?

Jul 20, 2011
Roysen in Europe

Need dining ideas in Oslo

If I were to give only one restaurant recomendation for a tourist to try in Oslo it would have to be Palace Grill. This restaurant is very special. It is run and owned by the chefs in the kitchen, so food really is the main issue here. The environment is like a really old run down brasserie but don't be fooled by that into thinking the food is not top notch. The menu changes every day but there is only one choice which is a degustation of 10 courses with very high level French/Norwegian fusion cuisine based on Norwegian ingredients and French techniques. There is only one serving every day and it is not possible to make reservations except to show up at the restaurant in good time before they open and they will put you on a list and tell you what time to come back to dine. Otherwise you have to line up outside when they open and hope you get a seat. The dining room seats about 23 people. There is a bar with the same style interior beside the restaurant in the same building where you can enjoy a drink before they open. The people working the restaurant floor is very friendly and show intimate affection to their diners. Don't be surprised if she will give you a hug or a kiss on the chin if you compliment their food.

http://palacegrill.no/

Unfortunatly they are summer closed during the period

17th July - 8th August

Just across the street from Palace Grill is Alex Sushi which probably is a top two sushi restaurant in Oslo. The New York Times wrote a review about it a few years ago and their conclusion was that this had to be the best sushi bar in the world outside Japan.

http://www.alexsushi.no/

I do however think that the best sushi bar in Oslo is inside the Asian resturant Nodee which is right next to Wiegerlandsparken. The restaurant is devided into two spaces. One serves inventive Asian fushion style food and the other space is a sushi bar. During summertime they also open up a big outdoor dining area. The sushi here is a bit more experimental than at Alex Sushi but it also contains more options. This restaurant is open all summer.

http://www.nodee.no/

In addition to Solsiden these are probably my favourite four in Oslo in terms of food quality at the moment outside the high-end restaurants. Solsiden is a restaraunt which is only open during the summer.

http://www.solsiden.no/

Jul 20, 2011
Roysen in Europe

Need dining ideas in Oslo

Reindeer is indeed traditional Norwegian food, though very luxuary. Almost like truffles or foie gras for the frenchman living in the country. You will probably get Raindeer at some of the places you mentioned but beware thaty they change the menu frequently. What you will not get is probably the traditional way of serving raindeer. This is called "Finnbiff" and is cooked in cream and onions.

Solsiden is the best seafood restaurant in Oslo. They also have great atmosphere as they are located right on the waterfront with huge windows they can slide away on days with nice weather. Then you will sit right on the water. However they are not cheap. Their seafood plate for two is great. Great selection of Burgundy white wines as well.

You also mentioned whale which is traditional Norwegian food too, but its becoming less served at restaurants because of worldwide reactions to the whaling.

Jul 20, 2011
Roysen in Europe

Need dining ideas in Oslo

Well, if you ask any Norwegian what Norwegian-style food is you will probably be suggested two, three typical dishes. Most of these you will not find in any restaurant because the more modern Norwegian of today don't eat these dishes anymore. We are so influenced by the food of the world that we have lost our own gastronic identity. The only traditional Norwegian food I can think of which is served at restaurants are almost all typical of Christmas. These dishes are also mostly served in the restaurants around Christmas time. These are dishes served on Christmas eve in different parts of the country. Several typical Norwegian ingredients are used in a lot of fushion style restaurants though where they try to get the most out of those ingredients by combining them with foreign tastes but traditional Norwegian food is like looking for an extinc animal'.

If you put a gun to my head and I had to give you a name of a restaurant which seves what is most close to Norwegian style food, I would say that you could pick any of those listed in the cafe style or rustic category except Palace Grill which is more french inspired but with a very rustic environment.

The restaurants on my list are from mid to high priced. Very few restaurants in Oslo is what foreigners would call budget-friendly. That would be like hamburger joints, kebab-shops, hot dog kiosks and that sort of places. Again if you put a gun to my head and I needed to give one budget recomendation, I would say try Bruscetta with tomato, garlic, basil and fresh mozarella at the Italian restaurant called Italo's Pizza and Pasta on the upper floor of the shopping center Byporten which basicly is part of the same building as the Oslo Central Train Station. It is good, cheap and fresh.

Jul 19, 2011
Roysen in Europe

Non Edomae style sushi in Tokyo

Thanks. Yes to keep cost down a little I have no problems living with a little lower quality fish if their creations are interesting. Also I like the interior very much - especially at the Shunjuku branch.

I also thought I should ask if you guys know if they serve any fushion sushi at Zipangu - http://www.nadaman.co.jp/english/akas...

Jul 19, 2011
Roysen in Japan

Non Edomae style sushi in Tokyo

That is probably a good idea - to go there without thinking about it as a sushiya and stick to smallish meal like your suggesting.

Jul 19, 2011
Roysen in Japan

Non Edomae style sushi in Tokyo

Thank you so much. Shari The Tokyo Sushi Bar looks interesting. I might also skip Potager. What you describe seems reasonable. A meal with only vegetable sushi might not fulfill "the sushi need", but it could be an interesting place to just pop into for a light snack. What do you think about that Robb?

When I did a search on Katsu I found this info page:
http://www.sunnypages.jp/travel_guide/tokyo_restaurants/conveyor_belt_sushi/Mawashi+Sushi+Katsu+Meguro/113

When I navigate to the Katsu homepage there I am redirected here:
http://www.sushinomidori.co.jp/index....

Is Sushi MIdori the same as Katsu?

Anybody with experience from Daidaiya?

Jul 19, 2011
Roysen in Japan

Barcelona Itinerary 7 night in May - any suggestions?

Make sure you get the bear served in glasses chilled in the freezer (which is a Spanish speciality) and which really makes a differance.

Jul 18, 2011
Roysen in Spain/Portugal

Barcelona Itinerary 7 night in May - any suggestions?

Please understand that is not my intention to not share. I would gladly share if I had made notes and could write something useful. I am also in total agreement that once you have inquired about or used information on this board for your own benefit it is only good manners to return the favour. Which I would have done also if I had known about this forum when I was there and made notes.

I would also like to add that if any of you have any questions in regards to any of the restaurants I visited, please don't hesitate to ask and I will do my best to answer.

What I am trying to say with the live-for-the-moment don't-take-notes comment is that I usually don't bring my notebook around to every restaurant I visit and write down my impressions. This is something I only would do if I know I am going to write something about my visit. This was not the case in Barcelona. It would have been if I had been a member here at the time. I also think that making notes could be a distraction to the experience. So i would prefer not to but would do it anyway to share the information here now that I am a member.

I will be back in Barcelona during a week in september/october. I will write about the restaurants I visit then which will probably be some of the same as last time, but since I will travel with four other people and renting an apartement this time I assume there will be less restaurant meals and more home cooking.

Jul 18, 2011
Roysen in Spain/Portugal

Need dining ideas in Oslo

I have been more busy than anticipated, but I will be back with more on this.

Jul 18, 2011
Roysen in Europe

Looking for a Tokyo food guide

Now Sinji will tell you that his fee is partly fixed and partly performance based. The peformance based part you pay him according to how satisfied you are with his services.

Jul 18, 2011
Roysen in Japan

Barcelona Itinerary 7 night in May - any suggestions?

I have been scolded in another thread where I plan a trip to Tokyo for not sharing more about my experiences in Barcelona from the trip mentioned above. I would like to point out that when I was in Barcelona I was not a member of this forum. During my restaurant visits I was not prepared to write anything about my visits. Several of the restaurants didn't have English menus and a lot of the ingredients I wouldn't know how to name in English since English is not my native language.

Since it is now quite a while since I returned from this trip and because I wasn't prepared to write anything, didn't take any notes or pictures and since I had two great meals every day much of what I experienced is a blurr. Of course I do remember some standout details but I am not sure those details in themselves would be of any help to you. That is why I have not come back with a trip report as promised and it is also why the comments I initially made have not been more detailed.

The fact that we went out drinking almost every night after dinner did not help making it easier to remember details.

I do believe like I wrote earlier that it is living in the moment which is important. What you can remember later is not equally important and any of you or I should not go to a restaurant and take notes and pictures unless it is our job or we owe it to someone. It will distract us from the experience and make us enjoy the experience less. At least that is what I think.

Jul 17, 2011
Roysen in Spain/Portugal

Nobu in Tokyo

I see. It might be a review from the first try I have read then.

Jul 17, 2011
Roysen in Japan

Nobu in Tokyo

This is understandable. However I do have the impression that it is mostly tourists or foreigners on business visiting Nobu in Tokyo anyway, so why not give them what they are expecting which is what they have experienced at the branches in NY, LV and London?

I did however also read a review on the internet somwhere that the menu actually is much closer to the mentioned branches than what is shown on the Nobu Tokyo internet site.

Jul 17, 2011
Roysen in Japan

Nobu in Tokyo

Any experiences with this restaurant? I have quickly looked at their website and what strikes me is that all the really great options from the New York, London and Las Vegas branches where I have been is not available in the Tokyo branch. In face the menu at the Tokyo branch seems very limited by comparison to the other branches. Is that so? Why?

Jul 17, 2011
Roysen in Japan

Need dining ideas in Oslo

Hi AnneMpls,

I am glad I can be of help. I will try to write down everything I know about the dining scene in Oslo in one post. All my favourite eateries, where they are located and their webpages (the ones that have a webpage.

First I'd like to start off by saying that the Norwegian professional restaurant and food industry used to have a big shining star. A leader everyone else was looking up to and tried their hardest to emulate the quality of. This restaurant was called Bagatelle and it was run by the chef Eivind Hellstrøm who is the big father Norwegian fine dining. All the Norwegian chefs who competed at Bocuse d'Or has trained with him. He has also awarded the French honour "Ordre National du Merite" from the French embassy in Oslo. This is the highest French honour given by the French legislation. Eivind Hellstrøm is the first non-French person receiving this honour. Restaurant Bagatelle had two Michelin stars. Then about two and a half years ago Mr. Hellstrøm left restaurant Bagatelle after a long disagreement with the major sharholder. Bagatelle closed and reopened one year later newly renovated and with a complely new crew with much lower ambition than with Eivind Hellstrøm in charge. Mr. Hellstrøm himself decided not to open a new restaurant or join somewhere else. Instead he is now dedicating his time to writing cookbooks and making cooking shows on TV.

I used to be a regular guest at Bagatelle and I think both to me and the fine dining industry in Oslo this change of direcftion for Bagatelle came as a shock. There will be a long time before anything of the same quality opens in Oslo again.

However Bagatelle was not only Eivind Hellstrøm. Most of the people working in the kitchen and on the floor of restaurant Bagatelle is still working at different restaurants in Oslo. These people are kind of spreading a little bit of Bagatelle magic on the places they work. I will let you know where that is.

Secondly I would also like to tell you that Oslo really is an expensive city but as with most other cities it is not like the most expensive restaurants have to be the best. I will give my advice based on my opinion of their quality of food.

Summer is not the best time for restaurant visits in Oslo though. The reason being that many restaurants close from mid-june to mid-august. This is because Oslo is not a very big touristic attraction pulling in a lot of tourits during summer and at the same time a lot of the inhabitatnts in Oslo tend to spend their time outside Oslo during summertime. So Oslo is in general a little empty during summer. I will try to indicate if the restaurants I recomend are closed during the summer.

HIGH-END
- Restaurant Oscarsgate
- Maaemo
- Statholdergaarden
- Restaurant Haga
- Feinschmecker
- Eik Annen Etage
- Oro
- Le Canard
- Argent
- Julius Fritzner
- Baltazar
- Ekebergrestauranten
- Holmenkollen Restaurant

FRENCH
- Brasserie France
- Brasserie Hansken
- Brasserie Blanche

ITALIAN
- Ruffino Ristorante Italiano
- Ristorante Primafila

JAPANESE
- Alex Sushi
- Nodee
- Art of Sushi
- Sato
- JoNoe
- Nippon Art
- Bambus

THAI
- Plah
- Som Tam

ASIAN
- Dinner
- Four Seasons
- Xich Lo
- Cosmo Thai Sushi
- Mr. Bay Asian Cuisine
- Oriental Cuicine
- Hanami

DIM SUM
- Taste of China
- Beijing Palace
- Tabibito
- Peking Garden

TAPAS
- Salsa Restaurant & Tapas Bar
- San Leandro Vika
- Toro Toro

RUSTIC
- Palace Grill
- Bristol Grill
- Markveien Mat og Vinhus
- Grefsenkollen
- Engebret Cafe
- Stortorvets Gjæstgiveri
- Gamle Rådhus
- Südøst
- Frognerseteren

SEAFOOD
- Solsiden
- Brasserie Mares
- Lofoten Fiskerestaurant
- Tjuvholmen Sjømagasin
- Havsmak
- Restaurant Fjord

INDIAN
- Agra
- Natraj
- Gate of India
- Mister India
- New Dehli
- Mehfel

FUSION
- Posthallen
- Ylajali
- Klosteret
- Eik
- Nobilis
- Bølgen og Moi
- VitIs Vinifera
- Cru
- New Orleans
- Elvebredden
- Oslo Spiseforretning
- Arakataka
- Madu Raw

CAFE-STYLE
- Cafe Christiania
- Theatercafeen
- Grand Cafe

STEAKHOUSE
- Hereford Steakhouse

WINE BARS
- Barolo
- Enoteca Baltazar

I will be back with a post for each category with the description of the restaurants later tonight.

Jul 16, 2011
Roysen in Europe

Non Edomae style sushi in Tokyo

I read somewhere on the internet that Sushi of Gari in Tokyo closed in 2009. Can anybody confirm?

Jul 15, 2011
Roysen in Japan

Non Edomae style sushi in Tokyo

Thanks for that information. I certainly will not want to waste time going somewhere bad. How was it bad?

Jul 15, 2011
Roysen in Japan

Non Edomae style sushi in Tokyo

Thanks Robb. Great review btw. I assume it was written by you.

Jul 14, 2011
Roysen in Japan

Non Edomae style sushi in Tokyo

Thanks. I think Potager and Daidaiya sounds very interesting. I might also try Rainbow Sushi Roll. It was something like the latter I had in mind but maybe a little more "high end" - by that I don't mean more costly.

Jul 14, 2011
Roysen in Japan

Non Edomae style sushi in Tokyo

I am hoping to find a good place for fushion sushi in Tokyo. I am specificly looking for place with a good variety of different kinds of maki rolls with different kinds of ingredients like fruits, vegetables, dressings and seafood of course. Like in a western world sushi bar or like in Nobu (except Nobu in Tokyo has a very limited menu compared to the other Nobu restaurans around the world).

Jul 13, 2011
Roysen in Japan

Looking for a Tokyo food guide

As Shinji oranizes every trip individually according to the customers request, the price will also be individual. You have to contact him to check what you want would cost.

Jul 13, 2011
Roysen in Japan

Looking for food guide/translator in Hong Kong and Shangai

It sould of course be Shanghai or Hong Kong. It doesn't have to be someone knowing both places.

Jul 11, 2011
Roysen in China & Southeast Asia