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

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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

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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

Hiroshima: Yakitori at Hana Kushi & Sante

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In comparison to Kyoto, where the vibe feels very old-school, formal, polite, conservative, etc, Hiroshima is like a vastly different city, especially in terms of eating out and the restaurants that we came across. We found a lot more Izakayas’ than I ever saw in Kyoto. In fact, there was a whole row of them located en-route to our hotel. Izakaya are a type of informal drinking establishments which serve mainly drinks but also small bites to go along with the drinks. I actually don’t think these are small bites (IE: tapas). You can have a proper meal here, just don’t ask for rice or noodles or an 8 course set meal.  Continue reading

Kyoto: Kawabataya by Chaimon

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E and I chanced upon this place en-route to the subway to Fushimi Inari Shrine during our first day in Kyoto. It was really hot, and we were hoping for some cold noodles before heading off. After walking around a few places, we finally found Kawabataya which not only had available seats, but also served cold noodles.  Continue reading

Kyoto: Kaji

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When E first told me that she had found a good kaiseki place by the name of Kaji, I quickly did a google search for it and came up with some interesting finds. Turns out that Chef Kaji had been a participant many years ago in the Japanese cooking variety show – Iron Chef, where he went up against an Iron Chef Michiba. I actually watched the American dubbed version of that episode where the theme was an Umeboshi battle. After watching the episode, I was blown away… The dubbing was hilariously amusing, but more than that, I actually thought that it was a very close battle and Kaji deserved to win. More so, he struck me as a very humble chef, unlike Michiba, who came across as rather arrogant and at times, rude.  Continue reading