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Sunday Lunch near Hagia Sophia, ISTANBUL

Excellent, thank you very much, especially for the shopping tip. I'm marking Arasta Bazaar as an essential stop. Cheers!

Oct 07, 2013
janixes in Europe

Sunday Lunch near Hagia Sophia, ISTANBUL

Awesome, thanks for the photo! It is Tarihi Sulltanahmet Koftecisi - Selim Usta ... Since 1920! Wooohoo. Hagia Sophia is top of my list, I agree with you, the historical significance really resonates with me. Thanks for taking the time to reply and also for sharing your photos.

Oct 07, 2013
janixes in Europe

Sunday Lunch near Hagia Sophia, ISTANBUL

thank you so much, I just came across a discussion on tripadvisor about which is the legitimate one, so confirmation from you would be optimal, so excited, thanks!

Oct 06, 2013
janixes in Europe

Sunday Lunch near Hagia Sophia, ISTANBUL

thanks c oliver, just google mapped it, could it be
Tarihi Sultanahmet Koftecisi Selim Usta?

Oct 06, 2013
janixes in Europe

Sunday Lunch near Hagia Sophia, ISTANBUL

Hi everyone, we're in Istanbul for a weekend and one of our tours is on a Sunday. Any suggestions as to where to have lunch in Sultanahmet near Hagia Sophia? We're looking for something light as have a booking for Meze by Lemon Tree that evening.

Is Matbah worthwhile or will it just be packed with tourists?
What's the absolute standout kofte nearby?
Any lokanta that may be open on a Sunday?

Thanks in advance for your help and recommendations. Turkey is delicious (pardon the pun), can't wait to go back.

Oct 06, 2013
janixes in Europe

TAIPEI MUSTS

This is sensational. Klyeoh, I'm so glad I posted this question, your recommendations are great, and they're adding to the excitement of the trip.

Aug 03, 2013
janixes in China & Southeast Asia

TAIPEI MUSTS

I love Sadaharu Aoki, will most definitely be eating a sweet or ten there, cheers!

Aug 03, 2013
janixes in China & Southeast Asia

TAIPEI MUSTS

I'm staying in Xinyi. In the words of a close friend "that's very caucasian". I laughed, it's a choice based on convenience, more than anything. I'm happy to travel near and far for good food, but always like to know about good, simple options nearby.

Aug 01, 2013
janixes in China & Southeast Asia

TAIPEI MUSTS

Thanks Peech, the seafood at Lu Sang looks great. I have Mandarin speaking friends so hopefully I'll be able to venture beyond Shin Yeh and go discover more local specialties like the ones from Yilan which you're also recommending. Cheers!

Aug 01, 2013
janixes in China & Southeast Asia

TAIPEI MUSTS

Formosa looks good! Just went through your photos on the other thread. Thanks for the recommendations!

Aug 01, 2013
janixes in China & Southeast Asia

TAIPEI MUSTS

@klyeoh this is excellent, thank you so much. I've starting devouring these links and jotting down notes. Can't wait for Taipei!

Jul 28, 2013
janixes in China & Southeast Asia

TAIPEI MUSTS

From street food to fine dining, I'm all ears! Best place for Xue Hua bing?

(No Din Tai Fung, please)

Thanks!

Jul 27, 2013
janixes in China & Southeast Asia

OSAKA and KYOTO - yakitori and oyakodon suggestions please!

You are not going to believe me, but I read your article this afternoon, and saved it. That's awesome, I'll make sure to mention you, Barry. I've asked a friend to book on my behalf ASAP. Aiming to go on a Monday night, so fingers crossed it won't be too hard. So excited, muchas gracias! Arigato gozaimasu!

Jun 03, 2013
janixes in Japan

OSAKA and KYOTO - yakitori and oyakodon suggestions please!

Brilliant, biwakobarry! And thanks for the link :)

Jun 02, 2013
janixes in Japan

Suggestions for Sydney's Finest Dining

SEPIA, also have a look at Gastro Park in KX/Potts Point

Jun 01, 2013
janixes in Australia/New Zealand

Suggestions for Sydney's Finest Dining

I second SEPIA, Martin Benn is brilliant, and now you can also have a more casual dinner by the bar.

Jun 01, 2013
janixes in Australia/New Zealand

OSAKA and KYOTO - yakitori and oyakodon suggestions please!

I'm on my way to Osaka and Kyoto, and would very much appreciate input on good yakitori in Osaka Umeda (I've noted Ayamuya 1-michelin star, but would like an option near Umeda Station).

Any noteworthy oyakodon in Osaka? Or should I just head to Kyoto for that?

In Kyoto, I'd like to know if anyone's been to Toriiwarou for lunch (oyakodon, the only dish they serve at midday) and Kushikura http://www.fukunaga-tf.com/kushikura/ for yakitori?

Cheers!

May 31, 2013
janixes in Japan

22 Ships, Chicha, and Yardbird in Hong Kong: Feedback Welcome!

Excellent, thanks Tom! I've had Under Bridge Spicy Crab and The Chairman in mind for a while now. I appreciate the feedback on the other places/cuisines. I tend to ask about this to cater for my travel companions haha.
I can't seem to find Hue Hing.
Always excited to try out new places, and you're absolutely right, one must take advantage of the array of HK cuisine and Catonese goodness!

Dec 03, 2012
janixes in China & Southeast Asia

Portuguese Restaurant in Sydney

Beyond chicken, Portuguese food is also very focused on seafood.
Petersham has Silva's (as mentioned) and also Costa Do Sol http://sydney.citysearch.com.au/E/V/S...

There's another place called O Pescador (the Fisherman) - have a look through TimeOut's list:
http://www.au.timeout.com/sydney/rest...

Hope this helps!
However, if you want to treat your guests to a delightful dinner, I'd take them to Porteno - and get some Pasteis de Nata (portuguese custard tarts from Sweet Belem) as a treat.
Porteno's meat will appeal to everyone, you can do a set menu or just get a few of the meat dishes with sides (skip the appetizers). The vibe, the service, the quality are all top notch, and the setting, in true South American casona (old, big house style) is stunning. Petersham will be pleasant, perhaps a bit kitsch .

Dec 02, 2012
janixes in Australia/New Zealand

22 Ships, Chicha, and Yardbird in Hong Kong: Feedback Welcome!

Thanks Tom! I had a look at Po's Atelier, and it looks rather inviting. Do they serve dinner? I can only seem to find information for bakery and day menus. I'll keep it in my list. Any places off the top of your head? Good sushi? Have you by any chance been to the Lobster Bar & Grill at the Island Shangri-La? More than having a hit list, I like to have an array of options, I might be feeling like a particular cuisine at the moment, but come the day, time, exhaustion, and all other situational factors that come with travel + conference, it's good to have diversity in mind. I really appreciate the recommendation. I'm also looking through your blog. Gracias!

Nov 28, 2012
janixes in China & Southeast Asia

22 Ships, Chicha, and Yardbird in Hong Kong: Feedback Welcome!

Excellent, thanks for sharing. I'm certainly not looking for someone to reinvent the wheel, and in the case of Yardbird, if it is still talk of the town, it proves quality and good management (the ability to keep pumping out good food and service). I'm excited. Might not bother with 22 Ships this time around. Is Boqueria better for a more traditional Spanish restaurant? I truly appreciate the feedback. Cheers!

Nov 28, 2012
janixes in China & Southeast Asia

22 Ships, Chicha, and Yardbird in Hong Kong: Feedback Welcome!

Thank you PhilD. I keep reading wonders about Brick House. Is it as hard to find as some people mention? Regarding Spanish Tapas, what place would you return to?

Nov 22, 2012
janixes in China & Southeast Asia

22 Ships, Chicha, and Yardbird in Hong Kong: Feedback Welcome!

Thanks DRD!

Nov 22, 2012
janixes in China & Southeast Asia

22 Ships, Chicha, and Yardbird in Hong Kong: Feedback Welcome!

Hi everyone, I'll be back in Hong Kong early next month and was wondering if anyone can certify 'goodness' behind the hype at 22 Ships, Chicha (the Peruvian restaurant), and of course, the infamous Yardbird.

Seeing as two of these places (22 Ships and Yardbird) don't take bookings, I really want to get feedback as to whether or not they're worth the visit. Or should I check out other places for Tapas and Yakitori?
Being Peruvian myself, I'm keen to try Chicha, I know not to expect it to be traditional, but is the food tasty, the service prompt, and the vibe funky?

Thanks for your help.

Nov 22, 2012
janixes in China & Southeast Asia

Christmas Eve late night menu in NYC

Thanks for the suggestions.
I had thought about Yerba Buena. I'll look at OIBL right now.
We don't fly in that same day, so we won't be rushing to get somewhere.

Oct 16, 2012
janixes in Manhattan

Christmas Eve late night menu in NYC

I'm looking for a funky place that will be open on Christmas Eve serving late dinner or dessert for my husband and I.
We fly into Manhattan from Australia for a couple of not, cost/budget is not a restriction, more focused on ambiance, service, good food/drinks, with the intention to welcome December 25th at midnight (in true Latin tradition).

Thanks for your help.

Oct 15, 2012
janixes in Manhattan