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Where to eat in Fukuoka, Kurakawa Onsen, and Tokyo

Apr 04, 2014
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Where to eat in Fukuoka, Kurakawa Onsen, and Tokyo

You can try Sushi Osamu in Fukuoka. Different take from their Tokyo counterparts; more focus on Kyushu ingredients (such as fugu, whale etc). I had an amazing 2pm late lunch there (though I order the dinner menu) so being the only patron and received full attention from the chef. Price is almost half what you would pay in Tokyo.
http://www.sushiosamu.net/index.html

For other options in Fukuoka that I highly recommended: Yasugee for Oden (an old couple with their son serving very traditional oden) ; Satou for kaiseki (need to take a 30minute train ride from Fukuoka) Imahan for sukiyaki beef and かゆう美酒美食 for Izakaya.

BTW, Kurokawa Onsen is amazing. Which ryokan will you stay in?

Jan 18, 2014
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Trip report November

Hi Lucil:

How did you get your booking at KyoAji since I thought he insisted one has to be fluent in Japanese language before he accept the reservation (since you wrote yours is caveman like :-) )?

Just like you, I have no idea why Kabuto gets such a high rating.

I have more favorable rating on Den than you do. As to Harutaka, I agree with Ninisix that his nigiri is much more impressive than his sashimi. In fact, I was down right disappointed in the beginning of his meal when the sashimi was served. Sushi Sho wins in its varieties and some good mix but technically not in the top tier. I like to go there for its more lively atmosphere as well.

Have you been to Yazawa in Singapore? Similar to Jumbo, I was told.

Dec 02, 2013
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Singapore - best Kaiseki?

My favorite is Ki-sho at 29 Scotts road

http://www.scotts29.com/ki-sho/meetou...

Nov 24, 2013
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Crab feast (and pastry shops) recommendations?

Just remember, Kadowaki is offering Matsuba crab feast this month. I will try it soon. But Kadowaki has always been good, with or without the crab, so you may want to look into that. I think the course is Yen 25k.

Nov 07, 2013
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Visiting Tokyo from NYC for the first time!! (Researched)

Yoroniku is good. My fave yakiniku in town.

Nov 06, 2013
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Kegani/Horse Hair Crab

I love the crab at Seryna too. For Kegani crab, you may want to check at Sawaichi, love the seafood there: http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1307/A13070...

Nov 06, 2013
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Crab feast (and pastry shops) recommendations?

For crab feast dinner, you may want to check out Yukimura. Taizan crab should be in season during that period.

Nov 06, 2013
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High-grade beef restaurant options in Fukuoka/Nagasaki

Not sure if this is the type of high grade beef you had in mind but we had really decent experience in both these places.

In Fukuoka, we had sukiyaki at Imahan in Hakata station. Imahan is a high end sukiyaki chain originally from Tokyo:
http://www.jrhakatacity.com/gourmet/imahan/

In Nagasaki, we had very reasonably priced yet top quality yakiniku at Osakaya :
http://hitosara.com/0005046187/

Oct 07, 2013
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Singapore - Modern-Nyonya cuisine at Candlenut, Dorsett Residences (Outram Park)

So thumbs up or down from your traditionalist Baba Nyonya friends?

Sep 09, 2013
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Singapore - Modern-Nyonya cuisine at Candlenut, Dorsett Residences (Outram Park)

Second Candlenut, very good choice for Peranakan food. Also would recommend to all the tourists who are looking for decent local food beside Chilli Crab and hawker stalls.

Sep 08, 2013
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Singapore - Best Cantonese dinner (still!) at Taste Paradise, ION Orchard

Sorry, don't agree with your conclusion. Taste Paradise and Imperial Treasure (GWC) are not the top 2 Cantonese in town. In fact, I try to avoid visiting them anymore. These two are just in good location and convenient for those diners who like to dine at top shopping malls in town. I would say Lei Garden, Li Bai and Jade Palace (especially if you want reasonable pricing) are all superior to those two on your list.
And forget about Crystal Jade (Ngee Ann) and Hua Ting too. Tried both these places this year, they don't even deserve to be on my list anymore.

Jun 06, 2013
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Dons de la nature cost

Based on the info at tabelog, Shima is closed on Sunday, lunch is opened from 12 to 1pm (last order). I requested the hotel concierge to make the reservation for us. But the owner chef speaks fluent English so I assume you maybe able to make a reservation in English.

Jan 23, 2013
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Dons de la nature cost

@mitronix: I think that is the one.

Jan 22, 2013
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Dress code for Ogata -- fancy kaiseki dinner in Kyoto

Nice blog. We went there in December so the dishes are quite different from your description. The main feature is actually the Taiza crab which I think is available only during the winter.

Jan 21, 2013
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Dons de la nature cost

@Asomanianc: I went there for lunch. Certainly the bill isn't in that range, my recollection is that the meal is slightly above 10,000 yen per person including salad, crab croquette, french onion soup and 200g steak.

Jan 21, 2013
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Dons de la nature cost

@Asomaniac: I have never tried Dons so I can't make a comparison. But since you are curious for other steak recommendation, I will recommend Shima. Never had such a tender steak before. Its tabelog review and rating:

http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1302/A13020...

Jan 18, 2013
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Recs for wagyu / kobe beef restaurants in Osaka area

I like this yakiniku place: Nakata. It is opened on Sunday.

http://tabelog.com/osaka/A2702/A27020...

Jan 14, 2013
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Dress code for Ogata -- fancy kaiseki dinner in Kyoto

I don't think there is a dress code. I was quite casual when i dined there and it was not an issue.

Jan 02, 2013
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Tokyo - Dec 28 - Jan 3

@akated: I would be very interested to read your review of Shimizu when you returned from the trip.

Dec 12, 2012
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Tokyo and Kansai report, part 2 - Kanda, Fujiya 1935, Seisoka, Chez Inno...

I second Kanda. Very good food there. Not much mentioned here and the ranking at Tabelog is not so favorable. But I did really enjoy the food there. Half the clientele on that evening is actually Taiwanese.

Dec 12, 2012
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Tokyo report, part 1 - Sushi Yoshitake, Imamura, Mao, Hirosaku, Kagura, Ranjatai...

Re Hirosaku: there is also a private room on the 2md floor that can sit 4 persons. There is one time that I got rejected booking 3 weeks in advanced and I have been there a few times so they know me, so yes, I would say reservation is needed.

Dec 12, 2012
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Tokyo - Dec 28 - Jan 3

I seriously doubt if you will be able to book most of the restaurants you mentioned above. Most are closed beginning from 30th and not reopen till Jan 5 or later. Good luck.
For ramen near your area, my preferred place is Akanoren, I prefer it to Ippudo. It is about 10-15minutes walk from your hotel: http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1307/A13070...
You may want to check out the tempura place Shimizu in your hotel. It maybe open on holiday period since it is located right inside Ritz Carlton. I have never tried it but it is ranked very highly on Tabelog.

Dec 11, 2012
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Kyoto - Nakahigashi Report and Pics

Thanks for all the information. I did get a reservation for December at Nakahigashi today though the counter seats are full so have to settle for tatami floor.
Did not try Mizai; I was told 6 months advanced reservation is needed.

Nov 08, 2012
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Continuing with Kyoto

@CWFoodie:
Re Ogata: what do you mean by "the best ingredients"? How is Ogada compared to the other kaiseki places you have visited in Tokyo, such as Den, Hirosaku?
Re Isshin: they mentioned their highlight is the raw beef, is that true?

Nov 06, 2012
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Kyoto - Nakahigashi Report and Pics

How many months in advanced do you have to book this place? I seem to read somewhere 5 months needed. Is that true? And how is the food here compared to Yamashita?

Nov 06, 2012
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Kyoto - Yamashita Report

The hotel concierge said they insisted that we have to select a set menu though I am trying to persuade them to waive off that requirement since I prefer to order ala carte basis. How much was your course: 9k, 11k or 13 JPY?

Nov 06, 2012
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Kyoto - Yamashita Report

Does Yamashita serve ala carte menu?

Nov 04, 2012
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Beppu or Nagasaki for 1 Day

Yes, it is quite isolated. I don't think there is a train station near there. You either drive or take a bus.

Oct 17, 2012
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Ultimate foodie trip TOKYO DEC 2012!!

Re Sushi:
Sushi Araki was already full till January 2013 when i tried to book a month ago for Nov reservation. Sushi Mitani left me on waiting list for Nov when I tried to book in August. I gave up last month on Mitani when I checked again and they told me they are booked till Sept 2013 (yes, no typo error there). One Taiwanese blogger, who had tried most of the top rated sushi, raved so much about Umi but then they will accept reservation if only you speak Japanese language or a regular there. So that will probably leave you with Yoshitake and perhaps Umi (if you speak Japanese). You may want to consider Dai San Harumi (which many raved here) or Sushi Shio (which I like a lot for their different varieties).

Re Japanese:
You may want to elaborate the style of your preference. Ryugin and Takazawa tend to be more artistic than others. Are you looking for value for money? Traditional style? Modern style? Those that pay more attention to ingredients? Ishikawa is a no brainer; I think his apprentice has started Den, which is the hottest new restaurant now.

Tempura:
My top choice is Yokota.

Italian:
May want to try Aroma Fresco for a change.

French:
My favorite is Quintessence, followed by Edition Koji Shimomura and Florilege.

Oct 15, 2012
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