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Shoraian/ Kyoto - Info on reservations&price?

If you are staying at a hotel that caters to westerners, they will usually be willing to have their concierge call restaurants anywhere in Japan to make a reservation. We stayed at the Best Western in Tokyo and they made our reservation for us.

Oct 23, 2014
droch in Japan

Smoked Fish - DC Metro Area

Thanks all! I think Balduccis it is. Ill let you know how it goes.

Smoked Fish - DC Metro Area

Hi all - I'm looking to round out a bagel brunch with some nice smoked fish. Smoked white fish, sable, chub or anything. I know where to find decent lox and smoked salmon, but am looking for some other things. Are there any good grocery stores or delis in the metro area with this?

Best Finds in DC Metro area

That's it - just looking for great tasting food that leaves us in wonder. That could be anything from fresh fruit with chile and lime on the street to the fanciest of composed desserts. I'm interested in everything.

Best Finds in DC Metro area

Yeah - this is a great idea. Is it the spices, where they source their ingredients, the technique or a mixture of it all. Great idea.

Best Finds in DC Metro area

Thanks for the note and giving me a chance to clarify. I think all of the above options are really good. Im just asking the question in a different way to see if it will jog other people's minds and get some more input. I'm definitely not looking for molecular gastronomy or anything terribly fancy, though if I found the right dish in that vein I would be open to it. I asked the question in a different way because there are some dishes that are not "hidden gems", but that we are interested to know "how they do it". One example of that is the spinach at Rasika. The Oxtail Brown Stew that you mentioned is potentially a great example of a hidden gem that also makes us question how they do it - and how they do it so well. Korean Fried Chicken - also that you mentioned- is another great example of "how do they do it". I'm not after anything fancy necessarily just looking for examples of great dishes that leave us in awe, no matter how traditional or fancy.

Best Finds in DC Metro area

Thanks guys. This is helpful. Any dishes that qualify in the "how the heck did they do that category"? Anything you'd want to see a video on about how the chef conceived of and makes the dish?

Best Finds in DC Metro area

These are great ideas. Please keep them coming! It is very helpful.

Best Finds in DC Metro area

Hi all- I'm a video journalist looking to do a short piece on a hidden food gem at a restaurant in DC. I'm looking for a particularly wonderful dish that deserves to be talked about, but is currently flying under the radar. I'd love some suggestions!

Tokyo & Kyoto - restaurants which specialize

As suggested, Fujiota had amazing beef. In fact, the whole menu and experience was fantastic. If you're looking for good food or a great Ryokan, you'll get both here. It was a highlight of our time in Japan.

Nov 05, 2013
droch in Japan

Is Butagumi closed? Other good Tonkatsu

Indeed, they are not closed. We made it there and it was delicious!

Nov 05, 2013
droch in Japan

Local Seafood

Thanks so much for the recommendation. We ended up at Seafood World and it was exactly what we were looking for. It was definitely the best meal we had, considering quality, price and ambience. A great find.

Nov 05, 2013
droch in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Ordering in Non English Sushi Restaurant in Tokyo

Just to send a long overdue update . . . We ended up at Sushi Yuu and had a fantastic meal. The chef speaks english and is very comfortable with foreigners. Making a reservation was a breeze and the omakase was wonderful. I would highly recommend it for anyone who is not familiar with sushi and/or doesn't speak Japanese. It is a great restaurant and not intimidating at all.

Nov 05, 2013
droch in Japan

Shoraian/ Kyoto - Info on reservations&price?

We made it there with little difficulty. We took the train and then walked across the bridge, along the river and up the steps to the restaurant. I have attached the map I put together; it has the address in Japanese, the telephone number and a Google Map inset. You can also find some pictures of the place on a few blogs that talk about the restaurant - I found it helpful to have seen exterior pictures beforehand, as I knew what I was looking for. Hope the map helps.

Jul 15, 2013
droch in Japan

Ordering in Non English Sushi Restaurant in Tokyo

Thanks everyone. In the end I made a reservation at Sushi Yuu. I think the bit of english and willingness to help foreigners will make for a more enjoyable firs time experience. I'll report back.

May 20, 2013
droch in Japan

Ordering in Non English Sushi Restaurant in Tokyo

Thanks for the tip. We don't have any aversions and are game to try anything. This will be our first trip to Japan and our first omakase experience. Is there anything special you would recommend?

May 19, 2013
droch in Japan

Ordering in Non English Sushi Restaurant in Tokyo

Great point. The simplest answers are always the best. Ill let you know how it goes. We are having lunch at Butagumi that same day - should be a great day. Thanks again.

May 19, 2013
droch in Japan

Ordering in Non English Sushi Restaurant in Tokyo

Thanks very much. We are fine paying that amount as well. Do you think the language issue will make for a poor experience? We have no Japanese at all - not even enough to ask for the set course or how much it costs. If so, do you have a recommendation for a different spot?

May 19, 2013
droch in Japan

Ordering in Non English Sushi Restaurant in Tokyo

Thanks very much for the info. Do you think it will still be a good experience? Is the sushi good? We are interested in spending about $80/person and were told this was a good spot for that price point. Do you have a different recommendation?

May 18, 2013
droch in Japan

Ordering in Non English Sushi Restaurant in Tokyo

Hi all-

I am going to Tokyo next week and have made a reservation at a small sushi restaurant called Tsuruhachi in Shinbashi. The concierge at my hotel advised me that there is no english spoken at the restaurant. I have seen on other threads that one suggestion to deal with this is to simply bring a note written in Japanese that says you want the chef's choice and how much money you want to spend. I can't seem to find those threads any more. Does anyone know if that really is a culturally appropriate solution? If so, can you let me know the best way to say it?

Thanks very much.

May 18, 2013
droch in Japan

Shoraian/ Kyoto - Info on reservations&price?

Thanks so much for this. How much was the cab ride to Arashiyama? We were planning on taking the train, but would potentially take a cab to save some time. It would be great to get the copy of the directions, just in case. Thanks!

May 02, 2013
droch in Japan

Shoraian/ Kyoto - Info on reservations&price?

Seems like a great plan.

Apr 29, 2013
droch in Japan

St. Martin- Review April 2013

Just got back from a quick trip to St. Martin and had some great food. We hit many of the spots recommended in other posts and wanted to give a quick update. We stayed near Orient Bay and ended up eating exclusively on the French side. Seems like if you skip the wine and do either an appetizer or dessert with your dinner, you won't spend too much. Otherwise, expect to spend around USD$75/person.

Bistro de Caraibes : A great restaurant. They service was outstanding and the ambience is relaxed. The decor of the restaurant would make you think long pants and shoes were necessary, but people were in shorts and sandals and still felt comfortable(though nice shorts with a polo shirt). We had appetizers of escargot and a salad with baked goat cheese and smoked duck breast. Both were great. Dinner was Veal scalopini and poached red snapper in a saffron sauce with mussels. Fantastic food and great service. USD$200 with 2 appetizers, 2 entrees, 1 dessert and 3 glasses of wine.

Spiga: We thought this was a good restaurant, though not a destination restaurant. The pasta was fresh and tasted good, but had clumped together a bit when cooking. The sauces for the pasta were also good, though there was too much of it. We had a pasta with shrimp and scallops, and there was very little scallop. The dessert was fine. You won't leave disappointed, but you will likely forget the meal very soon. If you want pasta and are looking for a good dinner, as opposes to an experience, this is a good bet.

Ti Bouchon: As others have said, Momo, the owner, is great. He is friendly and welcoming and makes you feel comfortable. The ambience of the restaurant,which is situated on a wrap-around porch of a house, is a welcome change from the indoor restaurants we visited. The food that we got, the red snapper and mahi mahi, was very good. The desserts were also great and the wine selection is nice. All in all, it was a fantastic meal and I would go back there if I returned to St. Martin.

Bacchus: We went to the one on the french side. It is located in a strip mall with little character and loses points for ambience. The service was fantastic, as it was nearly everywhere we went. The food was good - we had gazpacho, crab salad, a cheese plate and macaroons for dessert- but ended up spending about $50/person for lunch. For that kind of money we thought we could have had comparable food in a better ambience. It is only open for lunch. Unless you are dying for imported French food, I would say time is better spend during the day hanging on the beach having a fish sandwich or food from a lolo.

Final review: If you head to St. Martin, definitely go to Bistro Caraibes and Ti Bouchon. You will remember those meals for a long time. Go to Spiga if you are in the mood for good pasta. Skip Bacchus - not worth the price or the trip into an industrial strip mall.

Local Seafood

Thanks alot for the tip. I will try to check it out.

Apr 28, 2013
droch in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Shoraian/ Kyoto - Info on reservations&price?

Thanks, all. I managed to get an 1130am reservation for late May. Any advice on how to get out there? We won't have a car. Is a taxi the best bet?

Apr 28, 2013
droch in Japan

Local Seafood

We will be in Ft. Lauderdale over labor day and are looking for great local seafood - it can be anything from a food truck to a gourmet restaurant. I see lots of suggestions for good restaurants, and noticed that Sea specializes in seafood. Any other can't miss spots?

Apr 24, 2013
droch in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Shoraian/ Kyoto - Info on reservations&price?

Thanks very much!

Apr 24, 2013
droch in Japan

Shoraian/ Kyoto - Info on reservations&price?

Hi -

I will be in Kyoto in late May and was interested in making a reservation at Shoraian. I have scoured the posts here and searched the internet but can't seem to find much information on prices there. Will I be able to eat there for less than $150/person? Thanks very much!

Apr 24, 2013
droch in Japan

Tokyo & Kyoto - restaurants which specialize

Hey PAO- which Ryokan was it in Tsumago? I am headed there soon and staying at Fujioto.

Mar 23, 2013
droch in Japan

Is Butagumi closed? Other good Tonkatsu

Great. Thanks very much for the info!

Mar 23, 2013
droch in Japan