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Sushi Ichiyanagi, Hatsune Sushi, Oshidori, Sushisai Wakichi

Hi Gargle,

Do you mind if I ask what the 'more expensive' menu is? I'm trying to book a table at Oshidori but was advised that I have to have the 12000JPY menu but it seems like there might be a more premium one?
My intention was to visit a sushi restaurant in Hokkaido since Hokkaido is well known for it seafood. Although Oshidori is not a full sushi restaurant, I'm guessing it does showcase Hokkaido seafood very well?

Your thoughts on Oshidori would be great as I'm trying to decide if this is a good choice considering that my original intention was to visit Sushi Tanabe, Hidetaka etc but failed to get a reservation.

Also, I'm assuming they don't speak any English but are welcoming to non-native speakers as well?

Sep 02, 2014
dhall in Japan

A week in New York

The Kappo dinner sounds good. Not sure about the timing cause we plan to drop by Ma Peche after a play. But will try to work around it cause it does sound rather enticing.

Cannot wait for both Per Se and the NoMad's chicken!

Aug 20, 2013
dhall in Manhattan

A week in New York

Thanks! Really can't wait for all the eating to begin!

Aug 20, 2013
dhall in Manhattan

A week in New York

Will certainly try to check out this bagel place since it is near our hotel. Also thanks on the advice on egg!

Aug 20, 2013
dhall in Manhattan

A week in New York

No problem. I should have mentioned that this was not my visit to New York but it will be the first time with my wife to be!

Anyway thank you again for your help! Will update on what our final decisions are.

Aug 19, 2013
dhall in Manhattan

A week in New York

Thanks for your reply!

Maybe I can drop by The Dutch for supper? Would that be a good alternative?

Have just checked out Norma's and have made booking! Thank you very much for the recommendation. The menu looks awesome.

Maybe we should just skip egg and head to Smorgasburg. We were thinking of spending a day in Brooklyn hence the choice of egg. Ate there the last time I was in New York in 2008 and fell in love with the breakfast.

Thanks again!

Aug 19, 2013
dhall in Manhattan

A week in New York

Hi Kathryn

Thanks for your reply.

Will make a note of your breakfast recommendations. Was also thinking of going to Breslin for breakfast, so might just head to check it out. We are staying at the Hilton on W57th. Any good breakfast around the area? Most definitely will one to hit up some bagel places and bakeries.

We already have a made a lunch booking for Le Bernardin. As for Jean Georges the dates that we want have not been made available yet on opentable. Do you think it is better to call the restaurants directly?

Pearl & Ash sounds like a good idea. Is Luksus similar?

Thank you again for your quick response.

Aug 19, 2013
dhall in Manhattan

A week in New York

Hi Guys and Gals,

I am heading over to New York in the middle of September for a week for my honeymoon. Was wondering if you could give some comments on the list of places that we intend to eat at. If you don't mind letting me know if that there are places on my list that are worth skipping or that some places are rather similar and I should maybe try something else.

So far the current list we have is:

Breakfast - Balthazar, Lafayette & Egg
Lunch - Le Bernardin, The Nomad & Jean Georges
Dinner - Ma Peche, Empellon Cocina, Alder, Minetta Tavern, Salon @ Per Se, Torrisi Italian and also we managed to get a late table @ Chef's table at Brooklyn Fare

Places we are considering - The Elm, Juni (waiting for feedback if it's any good), Hanjan, Brushstroke, Estela, The Dutch, Spotted Pig & Musket Room

Thanks again in advance for your help!

Aug 19, 2013
dhall in Manhattan

Funniest Thing a Server Said to You

My partner and I were traveling around France and we spent a night in Vichy. We went to a fine dining restaurant for dinner and unfortunately they did not have any menu's in English (this is of course not the restaurant's fault). So we were bumbling our way through the language barrier with our designated waiter for the night as the floor manager stated that he spoke English the best. So as the first course came out and was put in front of us, we both could see it was a langoustine dish with some red jelly and some herbs/veggies. As our waiter put down the dishes he said confidently and with a chuckle "Seafood!" . Both my partner and I could not help but burst out laughing as I guess he was not wrong. Well needless to say the night pretty much continued in the same vein such as "Bird!" which we deduced later was pigeon and so on. But our interaction with our waiter pretty much made the whole experience rather entertaining and fun. We ended up having a really good time with good food to boot!

Sep 27, 2012
dhall in Not About Food

Paris trip in Oct/Nov

Hi Guys. My partner and myself are heading over to Paris from Sydney,Australia for the very first time in the end of October/Early November for around 2 weeks(I know its a little early to plan but I really cant' wait). Have been reading the board and am really looking forward to all the eating that we will be doing. Anyway, just thought we could get some help in narrowing some choices for places for fine dining. We both have decided that we would like to do 3 nice lunches and one dinner while we are there (where we can splurge a little more).

From what I gather from reading the boards Le' Cinq is lock for lunch if we can get a table.

My hope is that you guys can help us determine the the other 2 lunches and the spot for dinner. Was thinking of between Ledoyen, Savoy, Gagniere, L'Astrance and L'Arpege. Or even if you guys have any other suggestions would be great.

Looking forward to your replies. Thanking you guys in advance.


May 19, 2010
dhall in France