Kani Douraku Honten @ Osaka

Osakans’ love for crab started when “Kani Doraku,” a crab specialty restaurant invented the “Kanisuki” dish. If you want to have fun with friends and family while eating crab, Kani Doraku is best.

Trying okonomiyaki for the first time

Okonomiyaki is basically a “pancake” consisting of flour, egg, cabbage and mountain yams, plus a choice of additional ingredients. Once cooked the okonomiyaki is topped off with okonomiyaki sauce, a Japanese version of plum sauce, a mayonnaise sauce, seaweed powder and dried bonito flakes. Okonomiyaki is also frequently referred to as “Japanese Pizza”.

Minokichi @ Osaka

The Minokichi was founded in 1716 during the Kyoho period during the reign of the eighth Shogun Yoishimune as one of the eight licensed restaurants to serve freshwater fishes authorised by Shogunate’s Kyoto Administration. Today, it is a restaurant chain with branches all around Japan serving approachable keiseki meals.

Ransen @ Tokyo

Ransen is located in the basement arcade of New Otani Hotel in Tokyo. You would almost missed it as it is tucked away in the corner with a nondescript entrance. I have walked past it many times without knowing what it serves. I would now put it as one of best Kaiseki I have had…

Tsukijiyama Sushi Honten @ Tokyo

Cheap and good Tsukiji grade sushi was what this shop that was established in 1800s promises. Wasn’t expecting much, and it still turned out to be quite disappointing.

Funabashiya Honten @ Shinjuku

The first Japanese food that most of us in Singapore will be first exposed to as a child would be Tempura. This is usually served as one of the selection in the family restaurants in those Japanese supermarkets in the 70s like Yaohan, Yokoso and Isetan. So to think that you have specialist like Funabashiya…

Ando @ Tokyo

Rice is a staple of many Asians, and when you travel for a while, you start to think about the fluffy white starch that you make at home in your trusted rice cooker.  Ando  in Akasaka, Tokyo would reduce your rice cooker to shame.

Sakana Isshin @ Tokyo

There are many outstanding “fish” restaurants but Isshin stood out among all as specialising in Sakana (肴) or drinking cuisine, so that’s a bit more unique. Strangely Sakana also means fish in Japanese, so Isshin does Drinking Fish Cuisine, if that make any sense to you.

A Primer in Washoku 和食

Japanese cuisine has been accepted all around the world for its elegance and deliciousness, and what better place than Kyoto to enjoy Washoku in its entirety. Three things you need to eat at Kyoto – matcha sweets, soba and tofu. And at Yoshiya Arashiyama, you can get all three under one roof. And did I…