Ishizuka

Celebrated my birthday here after seeing good reviews and an interesting course menu. Bookings was not hard to get if you do the second seating, however it does run until midnight which might be difficult for some. Sakizuke (Pistachio tofu, apricot, goji berry, wasabi chrysanthemum leaf, poached chicken) Zensai (Autumn delicacies) Each course is beautifully […]

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Calia

A staple for most foodies in Melbourne probably, Calia has lived up to its reputation and consistently delivers good modern Japanese dishes. Conveniently placed within the Emporium shopping centre, it’s an easy lunch stop for anyone in the city. Pricey even for Melbourne brunch standard (ranging in the $30s for most dishes, up to $50s), […]

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Yonehana (米花)

A tiny shop nestled in the chaos that is Tokyo’s Tsukiji Market. Generally when I visit Japanese fish markets I tend to go for 1 thing: tuna donburi. I usually avoid places with long lines unless I personally hear a recommendation from someone because lines in Japan can be misleading – I’ve seen lines at […]

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Omatcha Salon

Had a team meeting here when I worked for a food tour company, and it was recommended by one of the other guides on our team. As the name suggests, it specializes in all things green tea. A pleasant surprise for me was seeing that they had cha soba (green tea soba), which while normal […]

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中谷堂 (Nakatanidou)

Quite famous online, Nakatanidou is the small snacks shop in Nara that does hourly public mochi poundings. Speaking with the staff, they say that the mochi poundings are generally only done when the previous batch is almost sold out, however it seems that this happens more or less roughly every hour. Watch the mochi pounding […]

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カフェロンロン (Cafe RonRon)

Found this on social media somewhere and thought it was cute enough to visit. It’s located just off one of the side-streets of shibuya and should be easy enough for most to find. Apparently peak hours can have massive lines so I would recommend going sometime between 2-5pm (we went at about 4pm and were […]

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三吉屋 (Sankichiya)

Another local specialty of Niigata was this ‘clear ramen’. It seems that while you can only get this style of ramen in Niigata, it’s not specifically a ‘famous’ dish of Niigata, just something that they make there. Nevertheless, despite not being a huge ramen fan, I wanted to give it a go and found this […]

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