Tokyo: Kimukatsu

This is the tenth and final post of my eating adventures to Tokyo. All other posts can be found here

What are the odds that I would get to meet my classmate while in Tokyo? As it turns out, the odds were very high indeed. L and I realized that we were both going to be in Tokyo at the same time and hence we agreed to meet up for lunch.  Continue reading

Tokyo: Bills

This is the ninth post of my eating adventures to Tokyo. All other posts can be found here

I confess that before going to Tokyo, I had no idea that Bills existed. Neither was I aware that it had been billed as the “best breakfast in the world” nor was I aware that it was somewhat of a phenomenon in Tokyo that people would literally queue up for hours just to have a taste of their pancakes and/or scrambled eggs.  Continue reading

Tokyo: Tapas Molecular Bar

This is the eighth post on my eating adventures to Tokyo. All other posts can be found here

J enjoys molecular gastronomy meals, as our previous visit to Labyrinth attests. While researching on places to eat in Tokyo, I came across Tapas Molecular Bar, which has received 1 michelin star in the last two years. After reading a few blog posts, I was convinced that J would love this place. As it turns out, this turned out to be the most entertaining meal we had in Tokyo, and also the most expensive 🙂

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Tokyo: Afuri ramen

This is the seventh post on my eating adventures to Tokyo. All other posts can be found here

Prior to my visit to Tokyo, I had read a lot of blog posts on Afuri and its yuzu based ramen. Even my friends living in Tokyo had concurred on how good Afuri was. On my last day in Tokyo, I met a volunteer guide who had arrange for us to have a ramen lunch. However, as it turns out, I had already tried the eatery he was recommending. Hence, I suggested going to Afuri and to my even greater surprise, my local guide had never eaten at Afuri before. All the more reason to go. Interestingly, Afuri also has a tabelog approval rating of 3.63 – pretty high! Continue reading

Osaka: Abeton

This is the eleventh and final post on my recent food eating adventures to Japan. All other posts can be found here

We came across this place purely by accident. It was almost 2pm in the afternoon, we were hungry and after E decided that she was not going to risk getting lost by going above ground to look for an Okonomiyaki place recommended by the station master, we followed the underground subway signs to this Okonomiyaki place. It turned out perfect since the restaurant was located right at the exit which we needed to take later to Tennoji temple.  Continue reading

Kobe: Muragen (Ashiyagawa)

This is the tenth post on my recent food eating adventures to Japan. All other posts can be found here

E tells me that Muragen is her favourite place to have a meal at every time she’s back in Kobe. The owners still make their own soba from scratch and the restaurant is located in the hills beside the national park which allows for great views while having a great meal. The colours of the trees change with the seasons, which is a great incentive to keep coming back. What she didn’t tell me was that Muragen is famous enough to have garnered one Michelin star for its soba dishes. Continue reading

Osaka: Fujiya 1935

This is the ninth post on my recent food eating adventures to Japan. All other posts can be found here

Was looking for a nice place to bring E to as a thank you for bringing me around Japan and organizing all the details. For some reason, Fujiya 1935 kept popping up during my Internet searches as a really good restaurant  with a reputation for quality food. If anything, its 3 Michelin stars were a big indicator of that.  Continue reading

Hiroshima: Rei-chan

This is the eighth post on my recent food eating adventures to Japan. All other posts can be found here

After having okonomiyaki in Osaka, I was really keen to try Hiroshima’s version which is more of a layered version of crepe, cabbage, beansprouts, pork, noodles, egg, sauce and green onions. Near the train station, there is a building with rows and rows of okonomiyaki shops. However, E’s family recommended us to try Rei-chan and with a recommendation from the locals, why not? Continue reading

Hiroshima: Bakudanya

This is the seventh post on my recent food eating adventures to Japan. All other posts can be found here

We were at the Hiroshima shinkasen station shopping and decided to catch a quick bite before heading back to Kobe. E’s friend brought us to this place, which supposedly is famous for being the original creators of Hiroshima style Tsukemen. It was conveniently located near the station and not so crowded, presumably because we were there in the late afternoon. Continue reading