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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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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長岡小嶋屋 (Kojimaya)

This place was highly recommended online when I was searching a good place to try Niigata’s specialty ‘hegi soba’. It’s a bonus that it’s located right by Niigata station as well, so I could easily drop by and have it for lunch. The hardest part was navigating the CoCoLo building that it is inside of […]

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APAS

This restaurant was literally just around the corner from the hotel I stayed at. I noticed it mostly because of the very unusual name and looked it up online and was surprised to see it was a highly rated yakiniku restaurant. It’s very big inside but apparently still has a wait time during dinner. The […]

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