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.

Aqua @ Hong Kong

It started eighteen years ago when the first aqua opened. It proved so popular that today Aqua Restaurant Group has grown to over 25 venues spanning Hong Kong, London and Beijing. And we visited where it all began.

Torai Ryotei 渡来料亭 @ Shenzhen

Japan’s most successful export would be Japanese cuisine. Everyone likes Japanese food – they are pleasing to look at and (most of time) tasty. As China became more affluent and more were exposed to proper Japanese cuisine, restaurants like Toro Ryotei started to pop up.

Mikuni @ City Hall

With new Executive Chef Keisuke Uno who has held various stints in Tokyo and other cities, the menu at Fairmont Singapore’s Mikuni has been revamped across its three distinct concepts –Sushi, Teppanyaki, and Robatayaki.

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…