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My plan for the sidetrip to Kyoto is finished

But my dear Uncle Yabai, I would very much appriciate it if you could share some of your thoughts from the visits to the restaurants I have listed and if there are other options I should explore instead. Like I wrote in the OP and as you so rightly ponted out I have never been to Japan and my knowledge have got to be full of holes. You seem very knowledgable about this. I would need company to every restauarnt on my list anyway since I don't speak Japanese and would like to communicate with the restaurant staff in order to be able to enjoy the meal fully. I would very much prefer to dine with someone nice than to pay a guide for their meal and translational services, so I would be more than happy to treat you to a meal on my list if you would care to share some of your knowledge with me.

about 3 hours ago
Roysen in Japan

My plan for the sidetrip to Kyoto is finished

What you mean is that I haven't been to the actual restauarnts? That I haven't been to Japan hardly seems relevant. That situation is quite similar to other trips I have planned in the past, so that is nothing new to me. As always I have researched every restaurant choice in depth and in terms of the amount of food I know the menus in detail. As I said this is the type of trip I do a couple of times every year. For instance last October I went to Sao Paulo for three weeks and organized a similar schedule with lunch and dinner every day at restaurants with tasting menus all over. Additonally I had snacks and drinks after dinner most days. I skipped breakfast and had no mid day snack but I had no problems what so ever. Same thing for my 10 days trip to Barcelona spring last year and Paris October 2012.

It could be that our motabulism is fundamentaly different and that I burn my food quite rapidly compared to you. I have always been able to eat very big and because of that also have a very healthy apetite. I do however only weigh 75kg and are 180cm tall.

Let me ask you one question. How many pieces of nigiri would you normally eat and how many before you can't take any more. I normally would need about 30 to be satisfied and about 50 before I can't take anymore. If that was for lunch I would be ready for another round at dinner if I had 30 pieces at lunch.

Your point is noted and taken into consideration, but I don't think it will be a problem for me. Thank you for sharing your opinion with me. I appriciate the concern.

about 4 hours ago
Roysen in Japan

My plan for the sidetrip to Kyoto is finished

I have planned similar type of trips many times before for me as as a solo traveller well as for me with my family or with my friends throughout cities of the world. Similar reactions although maybe not as outspoken and sarcastic are normal for people just oberving the plan from outside. It might seem much if you don't take into account that we are only talking about two meals every day which is lunch and dinner. I am going for 7 days and there will be seven lunches and seven dinners. Don't you eat at least lunch and dinner with some in between snacks every day? When you are on vacation I also assume that you do the same and that food intake would be at restaurants? It is quite normal to eat both lunch and dinner every day. Most people also add in a breakfast. Secondly it is quite normal to have in between meal snacks at least a couple of times every day for everyone. That is also all there is to this. Nothing more and nothing less.

I do have a healthy apetite. I will admit to that, but there is nothing on this schedule out of the ordinary for most normal people. It is just that everything is planned ahead instead of going with the flow. That makes it seem like a lot when it is listed like that.

I also assume that these restaurants are quite hard to reserve and that I will most likely not be able to make all of them. When I can't make a reservation it will give a space in the schedule where I don't dine according to plan. It might be a suitable time for a break.

I have cancer and certainly don't weigh 400 pounds. Actually my weight is just right for my height.

To show it more graphicly it might be easier to understand:

Lunch - time = 11:30
Mid day - time = 15:00
Dinner - time = 18:30
Evening - time = 22:00

Monday: lunch - Nakamura
Monday: mid day - Small snack somewhere
Monday: dinner - Kikunoi Honten
Monday: evening - Nothing because Yamashita is closed

Tuesday: lunch - Akazai Tsuruya
Tuesday: mid day - Small snack somewhere
Tuesday: dinner - Gion Sasaki
Tuesday: evening - Small snack at Yamashita

Wednesday: lunch - Il Ghiottone
Wednesday: mid day - Small snack somewhere
Wednesday: dinner - Gion Suetomo
Wednesday: evening - Small snack at Yamashita

Thursday: lunch - Sojiki Nakahigashi
Thursday: mid day - Small snack somewhere
Thursday: dinner - Kitcho Arashiyama Honten
Thursday: evening - Small snack at Yamashita

Friday: lunch - Yonemura
Friday: mid day - Small snack somewhere
Friday: dinner - Kichisen
Friday: evening - Small snack at Yamashita

Saturday: lunch - Chihana
Saturday: mid day - Small snack somewhere
Saturday: dinner - Mizai
Saturday: evening - Small snack at Yamashita

Sunday: lunch - Hyo-tei
Sunday: mid day - Small snack somewhere
Sunday: dinner - Ogata
Sunday: evening - Small snack at Yamashita

Remember now that what is mentioned as snacks are very small bites of something. Like six oysters, a couple of pieces of Takoyaki, a very small Okonomiyaki (certainly not a whole full size), a botan ebi, a small bowl of vegetable tempura etc. This is also absolutely everything I will eat during the entire week. There is nothing else going into my stomach during the entire week except drinks. There is also of course some adjustment possibilities here should I feel very full. Every snack listing can easily be dropped since there is no reservations involved for them.

This is just an example of how the days could be organized since I haven't done any reservations for lunch or dinner yet. So it will most likely not be exactly like this. I just gave an example to show you graphicly how it could be.

Now can we please get back to what this thread is actually about?

about 5 hours ago
Roysen in Japan

Masuta sushi in Tokyo

Thanks, Ninisix.

You wrote Masuda. From my research on Tabelog the restaurant I am refering to is called Masuta. Are they the same and if so what is the actual name?

May I also ask how your experience at that restaurant was?

There is also one other sushi-yasan I would like to ask about. It is called Irifune. Apparently it is a tuna specialist. They might not be a sushi-yasan but more of a tuna restaurant. They do serve sushi there though. Do you know it?

about 6 hours ago
Roysen in Japan

Osaka

Since this thread didn't spark a whole lot of interest I would actually have prefered to rewrite the opening post, but it is too late to edit that now. So I will just write what should have been the opening post now instead and hope that will spark som more interest among the knowledable people on this forum:

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 are also some very tempting writings about some of Mille Carreses dishes: https://tomostyle.wordpress.com/tag/m...

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 added two Italian restaurants to my Osaka schedule. I want to go to both restaurants for lunch. Qunitocanto has been a top five restaurant on the Tabelog restaurant end of year listing any category the last years and Ponte Vecchio gets some very nice feedback in general on the internet. Ponte Vecchio even was voted the top restaurant at the end of year ranking any category on Tabelog a couple of years ago. The Ponte Vecchio group has opened up several restauarnts in Osaka and I hope Ponte Vecchio is the best of them. I almost picked Modo Di Ponte Veccho instead because of its spectacular interior but from what I have read later Ponte Vecchio the main branch and where they serve the best food. I hope somebody can confirm this.

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 dinner.

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.

I have picked a Kushiage restaurant next. The only Kushiage on my entire Japan trip. It is called Bon. It has one Michelin star and I have chosen it only because of the mouth watering description of one of the dishes in the Michelin guide. This could be a contender for deletion or substitution if you have alternative suggestions and you advice me to delete for substitue. Bon I hope to reserve for lunch.

Then there are three kaiseki restaurants chosen for my Osaka visit. They are Sakurae Toyonaka, Kashiwaya and Momen. I hope to dine at Momen for dinner and the two others 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 didn't get included in the Michelin guide. Sakurae Toyonaka has two Michelin stars and seems to serve some very inventive cusine. Then there is Kashiwaya which is a three Michelin star restauarnt of the more traditional ryori kaiseki type alhough the dishes have some twists.

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.

Finally 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.

From this list there is one lunch spot and one dinner spot too many for the number of days I will stay in Osaka. So I will need to remove two restaurants from the mentioned list. Any suggestions to which I should remove?

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 Robbie) 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 either the Hotel St.Regis.

about 7 hours ago
Roysen in Japan

My plan for the sidetrip to Kyoto 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 Kyoto on my sightseeing. I am open to tips on local specialities I should try and also where I should try it in Kyoto. The time between lunch and dinner is also when I will be doing all my tourist sightseeings of temples and the local culture in Kyoto. Then I have the lunch and dinner reservations for each day before I plan to snack at the seafood restaurant/bar/Izakaya Yamashita after dinner every day. I am not entierly sure about Yamashita and if it is the kind of place which is suitable for that kind of plan. Is it a place where you can just drop in or do you need 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 want my regular hangout spot in Kyoto for this late snacking to be a seafood place with focus on shellfish and crustaceans over fish. You know oyster (preferably bellon), sea urchin, scallop, prawn, razor clam, percebes, abalone, sea snail, different type of crab, different type of lobster, langoustine, crawfish, sea cucumber, all types of shells and clams etc. and of course a nice selection of sake or wine. I would appriciate feedback if Yamashita is a place suitable for this or if someone maybe have alternatives or other suggestions if Yamashita is not suitable.

From what I understand this is Yamashita:
http://tabelog.com/kyoto/A2602/A26020...

I would be interested in the current seafood ranking in Kyoto on Tabelog if someone could help me to a link showing that. I don't know how to do it myself. Sorry.

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 no sushi restauarnts listed for Kyoto. It seems to me that the quality of the sushi restaurants are better in Tokyo and Osaka and that it might be better to focus on sushi there and instead spend most of my time on kaiseki here in Kyoto.

The top priority restaurants I want to go to in Kyoto are Kitcho Arashiyama Honten, Kikunoi Honten, Kichisen, Mizai, Gion Suetomo and Gion Sasaki. All are kaiseki restaurants. I hope to make all dinner reservations. These were all highly recomended by Shinji Nohara as his favourite restaurants in Kyoto. They are all listed in the Michelin guide with three stars except Gion Suetomo which has two stars and Gion Sasaki which has one stars. The entire trip to Kyoto was originally based on the fact that I had the Tokyo branches of the restaurants Kitcho and Kikunoi on my restaurant list for Tokyo and Shinji suggested that it would be better to visit the main restaurants in Kyoto since Kyoto was just a short ride with the Shinkansen away from Tokyo. Additionally Shinji describes Gion Suetomo as his top favourite restaurant in Kyoto. Gion Sasaki he describes as super conservative yet very inventive and Mizai as also very inventive. Both Shinji and I like inventive and contemporary cuisine. Kitcho of course is extremely expensive and some might find it is not much of value in dining there. I am not going to argue about that, but will just add that I am going to try to reserve it to experience it once in my lifetime. The cost doesn't really matter that much for a once in a lifetime experience.

Other than that I also would like to dine at kaiseki seafood restaurant Ogata for dinner where I am hoping to special order the Taiza crab if its not on the regular menu at the time I will be there and hope that will be possible.

Additionally I will try to reserve Hyo-tei, Nakamura, Chihana (all Michelin three star restauarnts), Yonemura (one Michelin star main office of a restaurant I also want to visit in Tokyo), Sojiki Nakahigashi (two Michelin stars) and Akazaki Tsuruya (two Michelin stars but used to have three) as lunch reservations. All of these are also kaiseki restauarnts. When I write kaiseki restaurants here it doesn't mean that they all are traditional ryori kaiseki restauarnts. Some of these are very inventive and serve kappo kaiseki meals. It will be a mix. Akazaki Tsuruya used to be an inn inn for members of the Houses of Lords and Representatives on the occasion of the enthronement of Emperor Showa, held at the Kyoto Imperial Palace.

Additionally I want to mix it up with a dinner meal at the french restaurant Misogigawa (not listed in the Michelin guide but seems highly regarded on bento.com), lunch at the Italian restauarnt Il Ghiottone (not listed in the Michelin guide but highly regarded on the web and on Tabelog) and a lunch meal at the suppon specialist restaurant Daiichi. Suppon is one of the specialities of Japan I would like to sample while I am there. Daiichi in Kyoto was chosen as the best option I have found on my research in all three cities I will visit (Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo). If you have options in Kyoto or the other two cities which you consider better I would very much appriciate that input.

From this list there is one lunch spot and one dinner spot too many for the number of days I will stay in Kyoto. So I will need to remove two restaurants from the mentioned list. Any suggestions to which I should remove?

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 Robbie), the advice of The Tokyofixer Shinji Nohara 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 Kyoto. 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 Kyoto and wants to meet, the most easy spot to find me would be to go to Yamashita late evenings or just send me an e-mail to royovehagen@gmail.com. I will stay at either the Ritz Carlton, the Grand Hyatt or the Mume. I have not decided yet. I also plan to stay one or two nights at a high end Kyoto ryokan. I have not given any thought to which ryokan yet. I will not dine at the ryokan while I stay there because my dining schedule is already full.

about 9 hours ago
Roysen in Japan

Osaka

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. Okonomiyaki and takoyaki are among the delights I want to try in addition to anything else I might find. Then I have the lunch and dinner reservations for each day before I plan to snack at the wine bare Mille Carresses after dinner every day.

If anyone should be in Osaka and wants to meet, the most easy spot to find me would be to go to Mille Carressess late evenings or just send me an e-mail to royovehagen@gmail.com

about 9 hours ago
Roysen in Japan

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

Yes, in Europe the healt authoroties are requiring the sushi restaurants to freeze the fish before using it to kill bacteria from the fresh products. It is mandatory here.

about 14 hours ago
Roysen in Japan

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

I am trying to find something about this opening in the London press, but I can't find anything. Is he keeping it a secret for now?

I am actually hoping he might temporarily reopen in Tokyo again. He would definatly find better seafood there. But I guess it is a lost cause to belive in that for now.

about 14 hours ago
Roysen in Japan

High End Indian restaurant in Tokyo

The similar Thai thread has been very popular of late. I thought I would bring this back to life. I hope to revive it if I tell a little bit of what I am looking for.

It doesn't really have to be very high end, but the food has to be good and they need to serve Chicken Tikka, Lamb Tikka Masala, Lamb Corma and Rhogan Josh of good quality. As I wrote earlier and they decide to go fushion/contemporary and make special version of these dishes based on novel ingredients I am all in. Like Lobster Tikka Masala or Deer Tikka for instance.

On the side I really like a freshly tandoori baked Naan bread. My preferance for Naan here is something called Peshawari naan. It is a nan bread filled with nuts and honey. So its sweet. I also really like different kinds of rice and preferably saffron rice. Mango Lassi is a favourite and Indian Cobra beer.

about 20 hours ago
Roysen in Japan

High End Thai restaurant in Tokyo

Thank you, Robbie! That was really great of you. Any chance I could invite you out for a meal when in Tokyo? Your choice of restaurant on my list. On me of course. You seem like a very nice guy and I am looking to expand my gastronimic contact network in Tokyo.

about 20 hours ago
Roysen in Japan

Thai restaurants in Tokyo

A new prospect for a good thai restaurant in Tokyo? At least it seems local thai people like and it has an all thai kitchen staff. The menu sounds almost too huge to manage too. Very nice!

Keawjai: Kotobashi 1-15-4 1F, Sumida-ku, tel. 03 3634 9991

Keawjai's Meguro branch: Meguro Kowa Bldg B1, Kami Osaki 2-14-9, Shinagawa-ku, tel. 03 5420 7727

http://travel.cnn.com/tokyo/eat/keawj...

1 day ago
Roysen in Japan

High End Thai restaurant in Tokyo

1 day ago
Roysen in Japan

High End Thai restaurant in Tokyo

Thanks! I certainly will.

1 day ago
Roysen in Japan

Kyoto - Yamashita (#1 on tabelog for seafood)

Would walk-ins be accepted at Yamashita. My intention is to make it my regular after-dinner hangout for snacks and sake the week I am in Kyoto. The atmosphere described from the visit in this thread is really what I sm looking for in addition to seafood with a priority of shellfish an crustaceans over fish.

1 day ago
Roysen in Japan

High End Thai restaurant in Tokyo

Very good post. I plan to spend plenty of time between lunch and dinner for walking around near Namba in Osaka and stop in for snacks like okonomiyaki and takoyaki. I want to do the same between lunch and dinner in Kyoto - trawling around and snacking local specialities. Similarily I plan to spend after-dinner hours in Tokyo to trawl Izakayas and have a few sakes and some snacks in addition to sampling the excellent cocktail bar scene in Tokyo during late hours. It is after all just lunch and dinner that are pre-planned. For your information since I plan to get to know the cocktail bar scene with mixing in a cognac and cigar once in a while I plan to stay up late. That also means sleeping late, skipping breakfast and get up in time for lunch. That means I will also not have the additional stomach fill breakfast normally would be. Instead I plan to snack between lunch and dinner as well as after dinner as already described. Having said that I plan to have a regular hangout in each city. Between lunch and dinner in Tokyo I will spend a lot of time snacking in the Izakaya Kanemasu. In Osaka after dinner I will spend a lot of time snacking in the wine bar Mille Carresses and in Kyoto after dinner I will spend a lot of time snacking in the seafood bar Yamashita. If anyone wants to meet to discuss food or anything really I will most likely be found at these places at these hours.

1 day ago
Roysen in Japan

High End Thai restaurant in Tokyo

Ok, I understand and accept your point of view. I am not going to argue with you. My point though is that I really like thai food and even really bad scandinavian thai food. I actually prefer that over any korean food.

I will look into the excellent idea of a couple of days in Bangkok though. Thanks for that suggestion.

1 day ago
Roysen in Japan

High End Thai restaurant in Tokyo

Exactly. I think thai restaurants in Tokyo has at least got to be better than at home in Scandinavia.

I am certain Thai, Indian and Chinese would be better in a lot of cities in Asia than Tokyo. You do however have to consider where I come from and what my expectations will be. I am sure Tokyo will be thai restaurant heaven to me.

Having said that. The idea of going to Bangkok, Hong Kong. Shanghai or New Dehli a few extra days after Tokyo is a very good one. I agree completely. I just whish my health situation was different.

In regards to the thai dishes I normally order in a scandinavian thai restaurant, I applogize if I seemed disrespectful by mixing together dishes and cultural aspects that don't belong together. Lacking knowledge of these things I just mentioned what I like to order at a thai restaurant at home. I also hoped to be able to order the same dishes but of higher quality at in Tokyo. Please forgive me if that seems ignorant since those dishes are from very different regions of Thailand.
What I was looking for was some familiarity too among all the unfamiliar Japanese food I will eat. I think that will provide a welcome break in between.

If there is any thai restaurants of high "Tokyo thai standard" (which is likely to be heavenly compared to Scandinavian Thai) where they serve chicken satay, tom ka gai, som tam and duck curry in coconut milk I would be very grateful if someone gave me a hint. I looked at the meny on the Mango Tree Maronouchi webpage. It was very small and they did not offer chicken satay, nor som tam with prawn which is what I am used to nor curry with duck in coconut milk. Maybe it is possible to ask them for the possibility on reservation. I am not so hopeful though so my search continues. I have not been able to find the menu of Jim Thompson's Table Thailand.

1 day ago
Roysen in Japan

High End Thai restaurant in Tokyo

I understand. It is very likely that we have different preferances. After all our tasteorgans and everything else involved in a diining experience give us subjekctive experiences. It would be almost strange if we would agree on everything related to dining. So I certainly understand your point of view even though my point of view differs slightly. My view on Italian for instance seems different than yours. It seems to me as if Tokyo has not all that much high quality italian restaurants compared to what we have here in northern Europe (alhtough with my limited knowledge I might be very wrong) and I would rather think the Chinese, Indian and Thai options (since being in Asia afer all) seems more appealing even though not on the same level as in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Bangkok or New Dehli.

Jul 24, 2014
Roysen in Japan

High End Thai restaurant in Tokyo

I am afraid you need to read my previous post again where I explained why I have included one thai restaurant in a schedule for experiencing the best Japan has to offer.

Jul 24, 2014
Roysen in Japan

High End Thai restaurant in Tokyo

It is a good idea. Thanks. Keep in mind however that there is only one thai restaurant on my plan for two whole months in Japan. It would probably be a little stressful to go to Bangkok just for one meal and it would probably also make it impossible to catch the planned Japanese restaurant in Tokyo on the same day. This trip is really all about experiencing the best Japan has to offer. The reason why there are single thai, indian etc restaurants on the plan is because it will probably make me appriciate the Japanese restaurants more and avoid tiring of the same type of food for such a long time if I mix it up with some alternative cuisine in between.

A good plan for someone of good health might have been to go on a gastronomic adventure to Thailand, China and India after my trip to Japan. I am however instead thinking more and more about a second trip to Tokyo in January to try to gather up the restaurants I can not reserve for the first upcoming trip. I would prefer to make that a priority than going to Thailand, Chaina and India.

A trip further into the future than January is not possible at the moment of health reasons.

Jul 24, 2014
Roysen in Japan

High End Thai restaurant in Tokyo

Thanks, Robbie. Very valuable. Are prawns or chicken the most common main ingredient in a thai curry in Tokyo or are other main ingredients usual as well?

Jul 24, 2014
Roysen in Japan

High End Thai restaurant in Tokyo

Like I wrote in an earlier post in this thread, what I usually order at a thai restaurant would be a Chicken Satay, a Tom Ka Gai soup,and a Som Tam salad as starters and a curry as main course. I really prefer my thai curries in coconut milk with duck. Would that be something they serve at the thai restaurants in Tokyo? Would it also be possible to choose level of how spicy I want it?

Jul 24, 2014
Roysen in Japan

Masuta sushi in Tokyo

The alternatives would be:

- Sushi Ichiyanagi
- Daisan Harumi
- Miyaha
- Sushi Totoya
- Sushi Matsunami

These are not all with an average score above 4 and their lunch and dinner price are different meaning the lunch service will most likely not be the same for lunch and dinner. Sushi Matsunami does however meet the criteria in the OP.

Jul 24, 2014
Roysen in Japan

Masuta sushi in Tokyo

I tried to find a lesser known sushi-ya to include as a lunch spot on my schedule for my Tokyo trip. I used tabelog as a tool and searched for sushi-yas in Tokyo with an average score above 4 and where the lunch and dinner pricing were the same in order to asure the very best and similar service at lunch as at dinner. Masuta came up as one of few alternatives. Apparently the chef is a Jiro Ono kohai. Anyone with experience or knowledge about Masuta?

Jul 24, 2014
Roysen in Japan

Sushi at lunch time

Thank you Ninisix! This is very educational. If I have understood you correctly, what you get served at lunch normally isn't an omakase but rather a nigiri/donburi experience. May I ask then how you define an omakase and what the difference to a nigiri/donburi experience might be?

Jul 24, 2014
Roysen in Japan

High End Thai restaurant in Tokyo

Are dishes like chicken or shrimp Satay sticks, Tom Kha Gai, Som Tam salad, different types of curries with duck or chicken and coconut milk in addition to ingredients like lime leaves, lemongrass, thai basil, chilli, bamboo shots, curry paste, nuts, coriander, galangal etc. This is what I normally like to eat at a Thai restaurant here. There are quite a few. That is also what I would be looking for in Tokyo too. I am just checking if this is authentic thai cuisine and if its also available in Tokyo or if thai restaurants in Tokyo typically serves something else?

Jul 24, 2014
Roysen in Japan

High End Thai restaurant in Tokyo

Hi Robbie,

Would you mind sharing your personal ranking of the Thai restaurants you have visited?

I have set aside one spot for a Thai restaurant for lunch on my Tokyo schedule. At the moment it is Mango Tree Maronouchi occupying that spot. It is a close call with Jim Thompsons's Table Thailand. I am however very flexible and follow your adventures in this thread with eager eyes, ears and tastebuds.

Jul 23, 2014
Roysen in Japan

Osaka

Thanks! That is great tips. I certainly will try that.

Jul 23, 2014
Roysen in Japan

Osaka

Thanks for the tip. I will check up those suggestoins.

The biggest challenge is also that in my first post I have two restaurants too many for my schedule if I want to do lunch and dinner every day.

So instead of adding new options I would actually have to remove some of the those mentioned in the OP.

Jul 23, 2014
Roysen in Japan