Category Archives: Japanese Food

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

Yakitori Imai, Jingumae 焼鳥今井神宮前

Yakitori Imai, Jingumae 焼鳥今井神宮前

Yakitori Imai is classy yakitori. Not your smoky local neighborhood joint with the signs you can’t read all over the place. It’s classier the staff are cuter and it’s about twice the price.But great for an occasion when you want that yummy, low-carb fix but are after something a little more sophisticated.http://yakitoriimai.jp/Tel: 03-6447-1710More

Umami Burger, Kita Aoyama       UMAMI BURGER 青山店

Umami Burger, Kita Aoyama UMAMI BURGER 青山店

Umami Burger in Kita Aoyama is an LA concept based on Japanese principles that has made it full circle back to Japan. The Japanese principle in question is that of umami – the 5th taste that Westerners were not widely aware of until recent times.To me, umami is basically a savouriness given to food by things like bacon, fish sauce, truffles, tomatoes and so forth. Japanese umami is based on the basic and essential ingredients of Japanese cooking – katsuo and konbu.There’s nothing Japanese about Umami Burger. The umami in this joint kind of hits you over the head in every dish and then drenches you in…More

Tohato Ame Oni Bloomin’ Onion Snack (sour cream)

Tohato Ame Oni Bloomin’ Onion Snack (sour cream)

I read a lot of cooking blogs because I’m always interested in expanding my range of cooking skills. There was a time, for instance, when I was trying to master the art of making a really good steam cake. One of the Chinese recipes said something to the effect of, ‘We Chinese traditionally ate fruit after meals for dessert, but, ha, ha, Western cuisine has corrupted us.’ Every time I readMore

Tohato Harvest Sand Biscuits Mont Blanc flavor

Tohato Harvest Sand Biscuits Mont Blanc flavor

Every year, around Halloween, a bunch of sites will do lists of the best and worst Halloween snacks. The "best" usually are anything covered in or mainly comprised of chocolate and/or peanut butter. The "worst" tend to be anything chalky or in the genre of what the British call "boiled sweets" (hard candy). Basic Harvest Biscuits are the boiled sweet of the cookie world. They’re what you’reMore

Yaokin Strawberry Cream Roll Cake

Yaokin Strawberry Cream Roll Cake

This is the first item from the ZenPop Sweets box that I previously reviewed. I chose it mainly because I wanted a small dessert and it looked small and like a dessert. That being said, this is a "kid’s snack" in Japan and sold for a mere 20 yen (20 cents), so it’s unrealistic to expect it to be as refined as larger, adult-marketed shelf stable pastries. And, of course, shelf-stable pastriesMore

ZenPop Sweets Box (Unboxing)

ZenPop Sweets Box (Unboxing)

I have to admit that I’ve been away longer than anticipated and part of the reason for that was that I bought another Japan box from a particular entity and it was so disappointing that I lost my mojo for talking about Japanese snacks. Yes, I am quite the delicate doily. It could also be that my husband and I both got sick a few times due to the fact that he works with germ factories, er,More

Bépocha, Harajuku ベポカ原宿

Bépocha, Harajuku ベポカ原宿

I know next to nothing about Peru. Other than the fact it’s a looong, thin country in South America facing the Pacific, there’s mountains, something about a Shining Path on the news when I was a kid…oh, and Paddington Bear…I know even less about the food, which is why I was keep to try Bépocha in Harajuku. On a recent Saturday night I finally made my way over there, and ended up glad I did. The food and service are very good. I think I could be back to learn more.I wonder if restaurants in Lima look like this…Seafood ceviche with toasted corn and assorted…More

Sakura Sakura, Akasaka Sakura Sakura赤坂

Sakura Sakura, Akasaka Sakura Sakura赤坂

Sakura Sakura is a stylish little izakaya in Akasaka, not far from the ANA Intercontinental. I recently took some clients there for a lovely dinner on a Saturday night. We opted for the omakase course and everyone had a great time with the food and sake. I unfortunately only managed a few photos~ SashimiNihonshu Sesame tofu http://www.sakurasakura-akasaka.jp/Tel: 03-3583-3132More

Longrain, Ebisu

Longrain, Ebisu

Longrain is one of my favourite places to eat in Sydney (and Melbourne), so I was happy to see the current Antipodean restaurant boom extend to them opening a branch in Tokyo. I was also happy to see that it is in Yebisu Garden Place, where I worked for four years, in another life, a long time ago.The restaurant area on the 38th and 39th floor of YGP has had a total upgrade since I used to work there in the early naughties — and looks much the better for it.The restaurant itself is very noisy – I suspect due to the concrete floors and hard surfaces. It annoys the hell out of me that interior designers don’t…More

Harajuku Mochi Chocolate

Harajuku Mochi Chocolate

Getting old is a weird experience because you find yourself stepping into the experiences that you used to snicker at your parents for having. You get those weird yellow toenails that are hard to cut so there is nothing you can do about how you’re now getting "old people feet." You look in the mirror and see your parents’ faces more clearly because you’re moving into the age range that theyMore

Yoneya Lemon Daifuku

Yoneya Lemon Daifuku

As I’ve mentioned before, I am currently living in a rural area. For the most part, I love it here. Though the local politics don’t match my values at all, I’m accustomed to living in a culture with values that aren’t in accord with mine. In fact, I feel like living in Japan helped prepare me for being a liberal in a conservative zone. I can accept the culture (which is beyond politics, butMore

Pocky Orange Peel

Pocky Orange Peel

I was watching a video on "shows that should never have been made" and one of the abominations that was featured was a show that I had the faintest recollection of from my youth. That show was "Pink Lady (and Jeff)" and I personally never watched it, but saw it advertised. I’ve watched a little bit of it on YouTube. This is the sacrifice I make for my readers. I fall on the grenade so youMore

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