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Tokyo Trip Report

UGH. Looking at our schedule, it can't be done without shuffling a few other things around that were a pain to get. We just might have to suffer.

Mar 26, 2015
yimay in Japan

Dress code issues

Typically smart casual means nice jeans and a button down are ok. No shorts, sandals, tshirts... etc. Why not just call the restaurants and ask them to clarify? If you need to change from hiking clothes into dress you can store your change of clothes in a coin locker at the nearest station.

Mar 26, 2015
yimay in Japan

Dress code issues

| I've seen women climb Saruyama-Koen at Arashiyama wearing dresses and heels.

I've seen so many women hiking up and down mountains in heels all over Japan! More power to them.

Mar 26, 2015
yimay in Japan

Please help me dine in Tokyo

Yeah, if you are staying at the Ritz Carlton have their concierge do all the research and work for you.

Mar 26, 2015
yimay in Japan

Tokyo Trip Report

OMG I have reservations for Sushisho Masa next month and I'm so excited I might vomit.

I have a very important question though. Was it so much food that you have to fast for the day? I really want to eat everything he can put in front of us. We also have lunch booked at Robuchon that same day and then the cocktail course at Gen Yamamoto 2.5 hours before Masa. Should we skip/move Robuchon, or should I just order the smaller course? Lunch is 8 hours before our dinner reservations.

Mar 26, 2015
yimay in Japan

Eating in or around Tsukiji Market

I don't believe the "other" Sushi Dai locations are the same institutions as the famous Sushi Dai in the market area. I heard it is an offshoot from the famous one several generations back. I'm sure it's also delicious but I am just posting this for posterity.

Sushi Dai (寿司大) - the famous one
http://www.tsukijigourmet.or.jp/22_su...

Sushi Dai (すし大) - the other one
http://www.tsukiji-sushidai.com

Note the famous one is written in kanji and the other one is written in hiragana, if that helps distinguish them on a map/sign.

Feb 28, 2015
yimay in Japan

2 nights in Austin.

i second the franklin reco. however you will have to go very early.

enoteca vespaio for italian.

personal favorites are Parkside, Uchi

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Uchi Restaurant
801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Jul 22, 2011
yimay in Austin

Best Pulled Pork Tamales in Austin?

curra's

Dec 20, 2008
yimay in Austin

best item at Sunflower

shaken beef.

i also think sunflower may have the best spring rolls of all the viet restaurants in town.

Dec 20, 2008
yimay in Austin

ISO Asian Sesame Balls filled with sweet red bean paste

shanghai dim sum serves them with their regular dim sum fare on weekends. you can order them a la carte on weekdays during lunch time. imho go on the weekday to order so they are freshly fried.

there are no asian bakeries in austin, that i know of.

Nov 16, 2008
yimay in Austin

authentic chinese w/ banquet rooms in austin?

pao's mandarin house, din ho, possibly first chinese will do most of those dishes.

don't know about the red bean soup. i bet pao's will make stuff to order for you though.

Aug 25, 2008
yimay in Austin

There Can Be Only One:Your Single Favorite Taco In Austin.

carnitas taco at angie's

Jul 31, 2008
yimay in Austin

Soups in Austin

apple annie's tomato brie
pho van's pho noodle soups (i suppose just get the broth, maybe add some rice!)
hyde park's lentil soup

Jul 26, 2008
yimay in Austin

Sushi Kyu

i've been to sushi kyu a few times. it seems to be discount quality sushi that is not even mediocrely satisfying for a quick sushi fix, yet the prices are pretty high in comparison to the quality. the sushi rice is awful, the fish is tasteless. veggie tempura was good. also tried the udon once, it was very salty, kinda flat. i'd go back for the veggie tempura except that it's $10.

Jul 17, 2008
yimay in Austin

Pao's in Lakeway

a lot of chinese restaurant owners that may serve authentic dishes still have the notion that americans won't try the more unique offerings. that's why they separate them. they don't want to offend.

here are some photos from an egullet society chinese new year dinner at Pao's in february. a lot of this stuff is not on the regular menu.

http://flickr.com/photos/yi/sets/7215...

Jul 14, 2008
yimay in Austin

Shanghainese or Northern Chinese cuisine in Austin?

Pao's Mandarin House out in Lakeway is run by people from Beijing. They also offer sichuan-style food but have a lot of beijing style and northern dishes. They even have northern-style dim sum/brunch (you-tiao, dou-jiang, shao bing). It may be one of the most authentic Chinese restaurants in the area. Make sure you ask for the Chinese menu.

Jul 04, 2008
yimay in Austin

Best Salsa in Austin

taqueria arandas #3

Jun 28, 2008
yimay in Austin

Coconut Cake Recommendations?

this seems really weird, but Fuego's on north lamar, that specializes in "cali-mex" has the most delicious coconut cake. also tres leches, but i think the coconut cake is the best.

Jun 19, 2008
yimay in Austin

What happened to Din Ho?!!

i went maybe a month ago in march. i noticed the menu was not as i had remembered (some dishes were missing, or i was just not paying attention) but didn't seem to be totally different. the old crew was still there and we ordered and got the same good food. weird.

Apr 26, 2008
yimay in Austin

Raw Oysters in Austin- April 2008

quality seafood on airport. although i think theirs are from louisiana as well.

Apr 14, 2008
yimay in Austin

Finding honeycomb in Austin...

i've bought honeycomb at HEB before.

Mar 22, 2008
yimay in Austin

Scallion Pancakes?

asian groceries will have them in the frozen food section that are quite good. easy to fry up in a pan, and will be better freshly cooked than sitting in a takeout box on its way to your house.

Mar 03, 2008
yimay in Austin

Coffeehouse for Writer?

genuine joe

i would suggest the same place

Feb 21, 2008
yimay in Austin

Best Tres Leches cake in Austin

i recently had the tres leches at cabana soco location. i usually am not a huge fan of tres leches, but this one was delicious!

Feb 16, 2008
yimay in Austin

Where to Eat DOWNTOWN During SXSW 2008

there is a smaller sweetish hill on san jacinto. it's like a block over from the convention center where the four seasons hotel is.

Feb 16, 2008
yimay in Austin

Where to Eat DOWNTOWN During SXSW 2008

sorry i didn't read your list thoroughly. so long!

Feb 16, 2008
yimay in Austin

Where to Eat DOWNTOWN During SXSW 2008

have we forgotten about habana calle on 6th? remember the pork sandwiched between plantains and the virgin mojito sodas?

Feb 15, 2008
yimay in Austin

Where to Eat DOWNTOWN During SXSW 2008

warehouse district is too far? isn't everyone from new york? they are too lazy to walk our tiny streets?

apple annie's in the basement of the chase building on 6th and colorado. i still really like this place a lot. they have delicious salads and soups (tomato brie!) and lunch specials. they have a killer meat loaf then serve them up as sandwiches the next day. only mon-fri though. i think this is a great place for a light, healthy lunch. http://www.appleanniescatering.com/

mike's pub for really greasy burgers. also only mon-fri i think.

sweetish hill bakery on san jacinto at cesar chavez has fresh baked goods and sandwiches/salads. good for breakfast and lunch. http://www.sweetishhill.com/the-cafe....

marakesh is not spectacular but has decently good food for really good prices. probably best for quick lunch. this used to be longhorn poboys which i've been eating at since college. i haven't had a poboy sandwich here since discovering the falafel back in the day but i remember they were fine. shawarma/gyro is decent too. they also have sampler plate (hummus, baba ganoush, tabuoli, dolmas, pita etc). it's probably pretty good for mixed crowd of meat/veggie eaters.

i know your feelings about manuel's and i feel for what they did to dj, but their food is really tasty. i <3 the chile relleno en nogada and enchiladas suizas. i'd give them another chance.

there is some place called drogo's i've not been to but have heard it is pretty good. supposed to have brazilian food and sandwiches. http://www.drogoscafe.com/Drogos_Cafe...

taco shack is a local chain. it's not the best but it is the right place and right price and probably not too much of a wait. it's in the frost tower (you know THE tower). probably go there as a 2nd to last resort (last resort being convention center food

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a lot of people hate marisco grill, but their seafood items are quite good. i like their ceviche and shrimp/avocado thingie (coctel or something). i also liked their breakfast tacos a lot. (i used to work across the street and we ate a ton of these) the fresh salsa that comes with them is good. also giant margaritas.

best wurst is evenings only i think. yelp says 8pm-3am.

i like jackalope. the burgers definitely come out faster than casino. casino still wins though. supposedly the casino cook that doesn't overcook the burgers is now gone, so not sure what it's like now.

there are a ton of restaurants on 2nd street in the new development at city hall. jo's will be right up your alley. austin java co. is a staple. but it may seem too far based on your requirements. secret: tons of free parking in the city hall parking garage. http://www.2ndstreetdistrict.com/tena...

oh, i forgot. habana calle on 6th. super close and good prices for lunch. remember we had the pork sandwiched between plantains and virgin mojito sodas?

Feb 15, 2008
yimay in Austin

Healthy frozen yogurt?

no fat, but full of sugar. there's nearly 5 teaspoons of sugar in the small size. does taste yummy though stay away from coffee flavor.

Feb 08, 2008
yimay in Austin

Best Vietnamese Sandwich in north Austin?

i really like pho van's broth as well. tan tan has really good broth too.

i'm not sure which one was ba le, but if it was the was on north lamar, and closed now, i think it was severely lacking. pho van is the only place that i've had where the banh mi has truly chargrilled pork. tam deli's pork has no char on it and the bread is all wrong, as is the "mayo" sauce.

Feb 05, 2008
yimay in Austin