Kyoto: Kawabataya by Chaimon

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

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

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Kyoto: Kaji

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

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

Kyoto: Shoraian

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

E likes to joke that even though she’s the local, she’s known none of the places that I’ve been suggesting to try while we are in Japan. Ever since our trip was confirmed, I was sending her links and pleas for “can we please try this place??!!” One of these places is Shoraian. I was extremely keen after reading Tiny Urban Kitchen’s blog post on it and thankfully, Y was able to make a booking for us when he went back to Japan in February. Yes, we made a restaurant booking for July in February. That’s how much I wanted to try it. Continue reading

Kyoto: Giro Giro Hitoshina

I’m really really excited to get started on this new series of food posts from my travels in Japan. Despite my fascination with Japanese culture, I’ve never had the chance to visit the country till this year. However, many of my friends have visited and they have always raved about their food and how Japanese food in Singapore is just a shadow of true authentic Japanese cuisine.  Continue reading