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Animal's disregard

It's amazing articles like this are so debatable.

Just make a reservation... and go to the restaurant. It's not likely they'll turn you away. They have such a long line of standbys anyways.

Apr 24, 2013
andrew_eats in Los Angeles Area

Any NON-sushi places carry amaebi, with the deep fried heads?

Masan has it. Korean sashimi style restaurant.

Apr 24, 2013
andrew_eats in Los Angeles Area

Littlefork?

strong Canadian influence in the menu, incase you're wondering about the theme

Apr 24, 2013
andrew_eats in Los Angeles Area

。best ramen in south bay area

hard or soft yolks should be up to the customer's preference. props to ramen restaurants who are willing to do both.

Apr 24, 2013
andrew_eats in Los Angeles Area

Three New Taiwanese Restaurants in Arcadia

the 85 degrees name was not exactly something that would draw crowds from miles away anyways. bubble tea is more about convenience of location.

Feb 04, 2013
andrew_eats in Los Angeles Area

Never Done Omakase But I'm Ready to Try!

You may want to consider, a lot of 'omakase' restaurants are quite predictable. They don't give you surprises, just common things you find at all sushi restaurants. Not really impressive for a 'chef's choice' dinner event. So indeed save up some money for a higher caliber place, which typically seek out more interesting ingredients. Hopefully, it will be a place where they try to acquire rare imports, and justify the chef's choosing from a variety of selection, not just common standby items. You already know tuna and salmon; perhaps barracuda, needle, and red sea urchin fish would be more exciting.

Jan 28, 2013
andrew_eats in Los Angeles Area

Never Done Omakase But I'm Ready to Try!

The person who began this thread is inexperienced in course style Japanese dining. I'm just stating it would be useful to have better understanding of this style of eating before spending so much cash. Like kids who eat spaghetti and tomato sauce before jumping into bolognese. Urasawa is actually more similar to a Kaiseki in the early part of the meal.

Jan 28, 2013
andrew_eats in Los Angeles Area

Never Done Omakase But I'm Ready to Try!

To be honest, saving up for Urasawa would probably result in an unforgettable experience. But do so after more experience. Otherwise its similar to a person drinking a $20 bottle of wine vs. $20,000 bottle. Waste.

Generally speaking, if you can stomach raw fish, you'll do fine at omakase at most sushi places.

This is not Japan, if you cannot finish something, just leave it alone after trying it. Sushi however can be swallowed in a bite. You can let the chef know you've never done this before, they will understand.

Jan 22, 2013
andrew_eats in Los Angeles Area

Never Done Omakase But I'm Ready to Try!

too bad they are so slow. great otherwise

Jan 22, 2013
andrew_eats in Los Angeles Area

Dress code for Ogata -- fancy kaiseki dinner in Kyoto

Taiza crab is an extremely rare and luxurious ingredient in Kyoto. You're lucky to be there at the same time.

He used to cook at Wakuden Kodaiji, and their specialty happens to be Taiza kani.

Jan 21, 2013
andrew_eats in Japan

Best restaurants to sit at the bar and eat?

Wow Kathryn, you sure do eat well.

I thought Salumeria Rossi was pretty fun when in a casual mood.

Jan 20, 2013
andrew_eats in Manhattan

Suggestions for HK family dining in Tsim Sha Tsui

I also agree. There's so much linked to Harbour City, that you're bound to find something. But, It's more of a high class neighborhood in my opinion and more western.

If you're ok with venturing off, Mong Kok just north of you is an affordable adventure for street food and casual dining. Although it is very very busy. It also feels much more like being in a foreign place.

Varieties of Chinese (esp. Cantonese) cooking in Hong Kong

Fine dining Cantonese - there are lots to go around, like Lung King Heen, Fook Lam Moon, Summer Palace, etc...

Countryside Cantonese - all thoses food stands on the street, its best to search by specialty, egg tarts, won ton noodles... list is huge

Shanghai - Ye Shanghai and Crystal Jade are on the finer side, but there are cheaper options too

Sichuan - spicy region food, theres a place called Chili Fagara

Northern Chinese - like handpulled noodles, i'm sure if you ask around there should be some

Modernist Chinese - Bo Innovation

Taiwanese
Chiu Chow
Hakka
Beijing royal cuisine

Honestly, if you tried to list every cuisine, you might surpass 50 something regions. But I think this small list is a good start.

Best Bites of 2012

Hmm? I listed them. Forgot to number them.

Sh&t happens

Do link that post to this thread. So everyone can review it. Otherwise, this is a bit vague.

Jan 20, 2013
andrew_eats in Site Talk

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Jan 19, 2013
andrew_eats in Site Talk

Worst experience at a "fancy" restaurant and why?

3660 On The RIse, in Honolulu.

Fish arrived with a smell of ammonia. We all could smell it. We worried it was rotten. When asked to take the dish back, the waiter came back and replied the chef said the fish is fine... 'but, we'll let you order something else.' How rude.

The owner was sitting at another table at that time. Hopefully, he has discovered the incompetency of some of his staff by now.

Jan 19, 2013
andrew_eats in Not About Food

Pork Chop - LA Dish of the Month (Jan 2013)

The pork chop at Salt's Cure, by a landslide, in my opinion.

It's huge, impressive, you get to watch it cook in front of you. It comes with this refreshing apple sauce.

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Jan 19, 2013
andrew_eats in Los Angeles Area

Thoughts on kaiseki recommendations in Kyoto

If you're willing to spend, Kikunoi Honten seems to have a great reputation, though I've never been.

If you're ok with REALLY spending, Arashiyama Kitcho is phenomenal. Unforgettable.

Ogata is a counter dining omakase experience, I think its very memorable and intimate.

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Jan 19, 2013
andrew_eats in Japan

Dress code for Ogata -- fancy kaiseki dinner in Kyoto

I wore slippers. It is fabulous. The service is so gracious, and the food is eye opening and inventive. This was my second best overall meal in Japan last summer, second only to Arashiyama Kitcho.

By the way, the place is really hard to find. It's down a long dead end street, with an old wooden building at the beginning of the path.

In case you want some more details, I've blogged it here:
http://www.raw-emotion.com/blog/?p=159

Jan 19, 2013
andrew_eats in Japan

Uosaburo in Kyoto?

By splurge, how much are we talking?

If you're visiting Kyoto, its recommended you make a careful choice. There are so many kaiseki to choose from, and they are all different. They also focus on seasonal offerings.

In my opinion, it takes many many meals at kaiseki restaurant sbefore you can judge quality. So depending on how experienced you are, you might have a fantastic meal anywhere, or be disappointed if you've had kaiseki a lot.

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Jan 19, 2013
andrew_eats in Japan

michelin-starred izakaya

It can be really subjective, in terms of whats "better". I have friends who swear by whole in the walls over fine dining, its a matter of preference. Michelin does seem all over the place with their reviews.

Although I went to Horigakidou in Osaka, another izakaya, and I would say the preparation was on par with a lot of French or American fine dining establishments.

Michelin inspectors in Japan (they are all Japanese) seem to favor delicate and ornate cooking. It's hard to pinpoint, but if you visit enough restaurants in Japan rated by Michelin and analyze them, you start to notice some reoccurring themes, versus great restaurants that have been left off the list. And indeed, many have been left off the list.

Jan 19, 2013
andrew_eats in Japan

Sh&t happens

I am quite confused here. What exactly did you do wrong?

Jan 19, 2013
andrew_eats in Site Talk

Best Bites of 2012

If everyone lists 10, this will become a daunting read.

I visited Kyoto/Osaka/Kobe this summer, the entire trip could be pasted here. But the highlights were:

Roasted uni on sour rice nigiri, Matsumoto in Kyoto, it dissolves in your mouth.

Miso and sake cooked eggplant, Ogata in kyoto, its not uncommon, but far superior to any I've ever had.

Teppanyaki Kobe beef, Misono in Kobe, like a caramel meat candy.

The entire meal at Arashiyama Kitcho in Kyoto, one of few flawless meals I've ever had... also, the most expensive.

Sesame oil seasoned raw beef kidneys, Takashi in New York, they do amazing things with offal.

"Vongole", Marea in New York, a play on clam spaghetti, but it was a single appetizer crudo bite using geoduck, hearts of palm, and chili.

Huli huli chicken, a stand in Haleiwa, Oahu, Hawaii, reminded me of my youth.

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california uni, geoduck sushi and dim sum w/ great service

I from Vancouver and live in Cali. Uni is pretty good around the west coast. But you really need track down the darker red kind from Japan. It's even more amazing.

Back to your question, seafood restaurants like Blue Water, C, Kirin, and Tojo's should have everything. Personally, I liked how they made geoduck at Sea Harbour, but last time I passed by, the name had changed.

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Foodie areas in Hong Kong

There are lots of food stands set up for lunch on the streets in Central. You can basically walk around and order random stuff. Conveniently, they are located by many famous restaurants. You should have no limit to choices.

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Recs for wagyu / kobe beef restaurants in Osaka area

May I suggest taking a train directly to Kobe? It's a pretty short ride, under half an hour. I like Misono. There's also branch locations in Osaka I think.

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Jan 19, 2013
andrew_eats in Japan

Anniversary meal in Kyoto?

I don't know if he could dine at Arashiyama Kitcho even 1 time at a $2k budget :)

I think Kikunoi will certainly exceed your ¥20k budget. That being said, its one of the best. His book is called 'Kaiseki'. So he'd better be dammed knowledgeable on the subject.

If you're also open to Kappo (counter dining), can I suggest Ogata? The food is exciting and eye opening. Only if you're daring though.

I've also heard many stories about Wakuden Kodaiji, I personally want to go. Again, not really kaiseki.

Also, see if when you go, the Kamo River restaurants have their outdoor dining set ups. It's really great to sit outside on a mat and dine on a summer evening along the riverside.

Kyoto is an extraordinary city. Have fun.

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Jan 19, 2013
andrew_eats in Japan

Tokyo sushi lunches for $100 or less

I agree. And it might be the most famous sushi restaurant in Japan, over the course of its life.

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Jan 19, 2013
andrew_eats in Japan

Top 5 Ramen Joints in Tokyo/Kyoto/Osaka

When I was in Osaka during the summer, King Emon was one of the most popular places, they serve black soy ramen. I went to Maru Joe, which was uniquely sour.

In Tokyo, you just can't go wrong with Ramen Jiro.

I recommend going past top lists, and researching places that have stood the test of time.

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Jan 19, 2013
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