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Buta no kakuni

Thanks Robb.I will try Tama on my next trip

Jan 26, 2014
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Buta no kakuni

Thanks Tripeler.On my last trip I did have it at Nihonbashi Yukari.It was quite good,but I am sure it can be better.Any particular Okinawan izakaya ?

Jan 26, 2014
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Buta no kakuni

I realise that Buta no kakuni is typically a home cooked dish,but can anyone recommend an Izakaya in Tokyo which excels in this dish?

Jan 26, 2014
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Shabuzen Shiwa Omotesando

Has anyone been?It is rated highly in Tabelog.
Any other recommendations for Shabu shabu?
I have searched the Forum and there isn't much on this

Aug 08, 2013
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Lunch omakase at Sushi Iwa

I went last December.Lunch lasted about an hour I recall

Apr 04, 2013
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Bacar,Shibuya

Has anyone been to Bacar in Shibuya?It has been highly rated in Tabelog for quite some time

Feb 03, 2013
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Tokyo Restaurants - Jun 2012 part 2

I requested the concierge at the hotel to make the reservation at Den about 2 months in advance and they succeeded.We went last night.I certainly agree with CW Foodie on the salad,probably the best salad I have ever eaten.I also thought the yam was fantastic.The chef was very friendly,and with the help of one of the staff,described every dish to us.
The cost at Den is about 2/3 the cost at Ishikawa,which we visited a few days ago.I would return to both when I am next back in Tokyo,both fully deserving their Michelin stars and high Tabelog ratings.

Dec 19, 2012
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Need help with Kaiseki decision: Ishikawa Kagurazaka or Ryugin

I have not been to Ryugin.I went to Ishikawa tonight.It was a wonderful meal ,and the experience was enhanced by the friendliness of Ishikawa san himself and the manager,Chihiro san,who advised us on the choices of sake.Overall,the best dining experience of our trip so far this time,slightly ahead of the Osaka duo of Taian and Fujiya 1935(the latter being slightly disappointing).

Dec 14, 2012
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Taian,Osaka

We went to Taian in Osaka last night.Every course wad very good,except the dessert.And it was very good value for Yen 13000(add on Y2000 for the main course if you choose the Matsusaka or the Kinki-both superb).The pork rib option for the main course was also perfect,falling off the bone and not too sweet as ca be the case in the Chinese interpretation of such a dish.The service was also good,with English spoken.
We look forward to trying Fujiya tomorrow night

Dec 09, 2012
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Sushi Iwa Mid-August Break

Thanks Takoyaki.We had intended to go to Sushi Saito in December but the hotel concierge has told me that they have not even been able to get through over the last 4 days!After hearing from you we will switch to Iwa and try to secure a reservation there!

Nov 04, 2012
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Sushi Saito in Tokyo for lunch or other sushi places in Tokyo for $50-75pp?

V1cky84,how was the 8500 yen lunch at Shimizu?Apart from the quality of the sushi,how was the atmosphere and was any English spoken?

Nov 04, 2012
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Sushi Iwa Mid-August Break

Takoyaki how was the 8000 yen lunch at Sushi Iwa?Did the chef speak any English ?

Nov 04, 2012
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Ultimate foodie trip TOKYO DEC 2012!!

The concierge at the hotel where I will be staying informed me yesterday that they had managed to book Den for December 18 .So it is about 2 months in advance

Oct 16, 2012
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Has anyone been for dinner at L'Effervescence?

Yes I have read his reviews.He was definitely impressed!
I will definitely make a visit for lunch when I am back in Tokyo in April

Jan 30, 2012
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Has anyone been for dinner at L'Effervescence?

Thanks for your comments which I found to be very helpful.I thoroughly enjoyed Aroma Fresca which I felt had just the right amount of Japanese influence.I intend to try the lunch at L'Effervescence ,which appears to be extremely reasonably priced.

Jan 28, 2012
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Has anyone been for dinner at L'Effervescence?

Thanks Jem589.Was the long course as memorable as the Y4800 course?I notice that there are 2 choices for the Y4800 course.Is one a seasonal course?

Jan 25, 2012
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Has anyone been for dinner at L'Effervescence?

I will be in Tokyo in April and plan to have dinner at L'Effervescence,Ryugin or Aroma Fresca
I have been to Aroma Fresca before and it was superb.The reviews on Ryugin are consistently excellent.Has anyone been to L'Effervescence?How does it compare to the other two ? I do realize that that the set at Ryugin costs significantly more

Jan 22, 2012
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Aroma Fresca-as good as before?

I went to Aroma Fresca in December 2010 and I thought that every course was superb.
I notice that the rating on Tabelog has fallen significantly.Does this reflect a drop in the restaurant's standards?

Jan 08, 2012
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