Category Archives: Japanese Food

Cinq Sens, Roppongi  サンクサンス六本木

Cinq Sens, Roppongi サンクサンス六本木

Cinq Sens is somewhat hidden in the back lanes of Roppongi, but well worth seeking out. It offers, quite simply, some of the best value dining in Tokyo. Pictured is the three course lunch which comes in at under 2,000 yen (I had the lamb and my dining partner, the beef). The quantity of meat provided on the main dish is among the best I’ve ever seen at any price, and it’s beautifully prepared. The quality of everything is superb, given the price.https://s.tabelog.com/tokyo/A1307/A130701/13192221/top_amp/Tel: 03-6455-5575More

Poteko Cherry Blossom Salt Potato Rings and Calbee Sea Salt Hard Chips

Poteko Cherry Blossom Salt Potato Rings and Calbee Sea Salt Hard Chips

I’m continuing my brisk jaunt through the box of snacks ZenPop sent me with two of the salted potato snacks. Besides being made of potato and containing salt, they really don’t have much in common, but it’s not like I’m matchmaking them or engaging in little mock wedding ceremonies where in which I put a tiny veil on the rings and a bow tie on the chips – at least not yet. Constructing theseMore

Yaokin Fluffy Softmallow and Dora-Choco

Yaokin Fluffy Softmallow and Dora-Choco

The next step down the path of reviewing food from my ZenPop box (the "Peach Festa") is paved with things for children. Both of these dagashi (kid’s snacks) are made by a company that most people know best for their savory corn snack sticks.  I have to admit that I don’t recall every having seen the pastel marshmallow barber’s pole that is the "softmallow," but I have a hazy memory of theMore

Karu Edamame Snack

Karu Edamame Snack

My stroll through the ZenPop box is one that I’m hoping will be far less leisurely so, with any luck, I’ll be posting one review a day until I wear myself out, get called in for grand jury duty, or put on too much weight from an abundance of appealing Japanese junk food. When I first saw the box for this snack, I assumed that the snacks inside were just pretzels flavored with edamame (More

Gelee Pure Peach Gummys and Meiji Gummy Candy

Gelee Pure Peach Gummys and Meiji Gummy Candy

When I received both of these in ZenPop’s Peach Festa box, I figured it was only reasonable to pit them against one another. I constructed a tiny battle arena and placed each in one corner of the ersatz ring. One of them had a shelled pistachio for a coach and the other a crusty old corn nut. Both touch old snacks did their best to prepare them for the battle to come. When the bell rang, IMore

Mercer Brunch, Roppongi マーサーブランチ六本木

Mercer Brunch, Roppongi マーサーブランチ六本木

Mercer Brunch is a trendy New York style casual restaurant that is very popular for brunch. I have tried their brunch multiple times and also for dinner. The food is always very good.BrunchDinner http://mercer-brunch.comTel: 3470-6551More

ZenPop "Peach Festa Pack" box unboxing

ZenPop "Peach Festa Pack" box unboxing

I didn’t expect to be doing two Zenpop "unboxing" posts in a row. In fact, I expected to review the items in the previous box. I have a good excuse. No, really, I do. If you don’t think what I have to say is a sufficient reason, then you haven’t had my misfortune. My excuse is, in three little words, "grand jury duty." If you’ve never been selected for this honor, then let me say that I wasMore

Otora Nishi Azabu おとら西麻布

Otora Nishi Azabu おとら西麻布

If you can’t get into the tourist trap Gonpachi, why don’t you go over the crossing and try Otora. It’s a very nice, fairly new but popular Izakaya, and the food is better.https://hitosara.com/0006104200/Tel: 050-5871-0597More

Crista, Shibuya クリスタ渋谷

Crista, Shibuya クリスタ渋谷

Crista, located just off Aoyama Dori in Shibuya (really more like Aoyama/ Omotesando) is one of my go-to places in Tokyo for casual western-style dining. It occupies the same space as Beacon used to (I think Crista simply is an updated version of Beacon) and, before that, in the last century (which I can still remember) Lunchan which was famous for its meatloaf.The fit-out is really first class. I take my hat off to the designer and the owner for having created such a beautiful, sophisticated contemporary space. I love walking to the bathroom every time to check it out. The food is always good. Whether you consider it expensive or not depends what you are comparing it to. I think it’s…More

Pontocho Misoguigawa, Kyoto 先斗町禊川

Pontocho Misoguigawa, Kyoto 先斗町禊川

On doing my research for a recent visit to Kyoto, I was intrigued by a restaurant I came across called Misoguigawa that specialises in ‘French kaiseki’. As I am more than partial to both French food and traditional Japanese kaiseki cuisine, I thought it worth a try.The restaurant is situated in a lane parallel to the river in Pontocho, and is well known to the cab drivers after being in business more than 40 years. My dining partner and I dined at the bar area on the ground floor. The interior is probably exactly the same as it was when the restaurant opened, and in perfect condition.The food is faultless and true to the description of French kaiseki. What it lacks in …More

Maisen, Jingumae まい泉神宮前

Maisen, Jingumae まい泉神宮前

I finally visited Maisen early enough to avoid the increasingly long lines of locals and tourists at their headquarters in Jingumae. Maisen is famous for the deep fried pork cutlet which the Japanese call tonkatsu. The building is surprisingly large and can accommodate a large crowd every day in it’s old-fashioned canteen-style rooms.If you haven’t tried tonkatsu before, be careful as it is highly addictive and highly fattening.Maisen’s tonkatsu is very basic, and nothing to write home about — except that it is really the perfect example of its genre. This is the real thing, and amazing value for under 1,000 yen for either the ‘ros’ or the ‘hire’ set which also comes with cabbage, miso, pickles, rice and tea. You can also get…More

Ryutenmon, Ebisu 龍天門恵比寿

Ryutenmon, Ebisu 龍天門恵比寿

Ryutenmon, the Chinese restaurant at the Ebisu Westin, has undergone a thorough reboot. It had been over 10 years since I had last dined there and everything seems to be in good order with new chef Waguri and fit-out. Waguri-san was kind enough to come to our table and say ‘hi’~http://www.ryutenmon.westin-tokyo.co.jp/enTel: 03-5423-7787More

Akasaka Tsutsui, Akasaka  赤坂 津つ井 赤坂

Akasaka Tsutsui, Akasaka 赤坂 津つ井 赤坂

‘Yōshoku’ is literally translatable as ‘Western cuisine’. And that’s pretty much what it appears to be at first glance. But in reality it might be better defined as a branch of Japanese cuisine. Things like kare (curry) rice, fried croquettes, crumbed prawns, hamburg (not hamburger!), omuraisu (omlette on rice) and so on…It is a ubiquitous style of casual dining in Japan, however the chefs that prepare it sometimes take such care and pride that their food pushes up into the territory of fine dining. I have had several yoshoku meals in my time that were as refined as any other Japanese cuisine (and with…More

ZenPop Sweets "Red and White" Box  (Unboxing)

ZenPop Sweets "Red and White" Box (Unboxing)

In the first few years after I returned to the U.S., I took my sister-in-law to the "Daiso Japan" shops in the Bay Area. The Daiso is a hundred yen (dollar) store in Japan and other parts of Asia, but most things are a $1.50 in the U.S. When my sister-in-law remarked on Facebook that it was so cheap and had a lot of interesting items, someone who had lived in Japan for a long time scoffedMore

336 Ebisu サンサンロク恵比寿

336 Ebisu サンサンロク恵比寿

336 Ebisu has a fairly modern, if unassuming exterior. It really just seems like a typical neighborhood French from the outside but, upon entering, it’s clear that the level of this restaurant is a cut above. The clean design, simple furniture and arches lend a modern European air.The food and service is excellent quality, if a little slow.I will definitely be back for more~ Cheese puffs as amuseDelicious breadCauliflower with crab, caviar and mustard. This was served by mistake, but I got them to leave it anyway as it looked so good!Fish with (I think) kumquatLamb chopsFoie gras and truffle risottohttp://336ebisu.favy.jp/Tel: 03-6277-2282More

Tommy Bahama, Ginza  トミーバハマ銀座

Tommy Bahama, Ginza トミーバハマ銀座

If you’re looking for somewhere to have a casual brunch in Ginza in a modern, airy atmosphere, the restaurant in the Tommy Bahama clothing store is worth a try. The prices are much more reasonable than the clothes! The food is also not bad either. My favourite is always the cod. https://www.tommybahama.jp/aboutTel: 03-5568-0666More

336 Ebisu

336 Ebisu

336 Ebisu has a fairly unassuming exterior. It really just seems like a typical neighborhood French from the outside but, upon entering, it’s clear that the level of this restaurant is a cut above.The food and service is good quality, if a little slow.https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1303/A130302/13200444/Tel: 03-6277-2282More

Mangia Pesce, Sendagaya マンジャペッシェ千駄ヶ谷

Mangia Pesce, Sendagaya マンジャペッシェ千駄ヶ谷

Mangia Pesce is Italian for ‘eat fish’, and this is exactly what you’re going to be able to do at this establishment in Meiji Dori in Sendagaya. The restaurant is beautifully fitted out, even if it has seen better days and the service is friendly. For a casual lunch or dinner, it would be worth a try,https://www.mangiapesce.com/Tel: 03-3403-7735 More

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