Tsukiji Sushi Say @ Ginza

If Tsukiji is the centre of all the world’s freshest seafood, then Ginza is the centre of the world’s best sushi. Besides the famous Jiro of Ginza, whom Robuchon called the most exquisite taste he has ever eaten (Jiro returned the compliment by saying Robuchon has the best tastebud in the world), Ginza is the…

Karyo Gion @ Kyoto

Kyoto is a magical place. Everything is prettier, meals more elaborate and tradition followed. Kaiseki was born in this lovely place. So it was only reasonable to go to a traditional Kaiseki Ryokan to try a nice Kaiseki dinner. Of course, being Kyoto it would be expensive.

Nadaman Shiodome 47 @ Tokyo

Singaporean who knew their Kaiseki would remember Nadaman in Shangri-La. I had this opportunity to try out their branch in Shiodome 47.

Harumi @ Tokyo

What poetic sadness! Everything – the view, the food, the company – was temporal. The beauty of Kaiseki (Japanese-style Chef Degustation) is that it mimics life – it’s seasonal and you never know what you are going to get. And you can never repeat it again, unless (of course) you come again the next evening.

Sumika Ginza @ Tokyo

Another drinking hole in Ginza that served great Yakitori, or when they don’t just specialized in chicken, Kushiyaki.

Toriyoshi Akasaka @ Tokyo

Going to a yakitori restaurant after a hard day in the office was often the highlight of my trips to Tokyo. Toriyoshi Akasaka (there were many Toriyoshi, some were on the Michelin guide) was recommended by a good friend of mine. It did not disappoint.

Tempura Mikawa @ Roppongi Hills

Roppoingi Hills ia an upmarket residential and a favourite among expats in Tokyo because the shops are usually expats-friendly with English menus and sometime English-speaking staff. Mikawa is just next to Sukiyabashi Jiro. Mikawa had 1* from 2010~14 and lost it in 2015.

Ginza Kyubey @ Tokyo

Ginza Kyubey was founded in 1935 and is currently one of the best sushi restaurant in Japan. Helmed by Imaha Yosuke, 2nd generation owner and executive sushi chef, Kyubey serves only the finest seafood Japan can offer. No, you can’t order Salmon because any Japanese sushi masters worth their salt will not be seen serving…

Shinji by Kanesaka (Raffles)

Shinji Kanesaka honed his skills in the battleground of battlegrounds for Sushi restaurant – Ginza. In Ginza, you have the legendary Jiro and others that blazed the trails of sushi extraordinaire. Shinji came from the pedigree and graduated with flying colours and was awarded a precious Michelin star in his flagship store of his namesake…

Ichiban Eatery @ Taipei

I have said many times that the best Japanese food outside of Japan can be found in Taiwan. Taiwan has been blessed with the best ingredients that are used for Japanese cuisine, and as a result of the colonization by Japanese produced an exemplary crop of Japanese chefs training locally. Thus they are more creative,…

Tatsuya @ Goodwood Park

Ask anyone who serves the best sushi in Singapore, Tatsuya will always come up. From the expensive beechwood table top for his sushi table, to 3 times weekly imports from Tsukiji market, Chef Ronnie does not spare any expense to replicate the Ginza Sushi experience.

Mitsui 三井日本料理

Mitsui is one of the premium Japanese restaurant in Taipei. From a humble 10 seater to the current 7 restaurants serving the fines Japanese food, Mitsui showed the way of the apprentice overtaking the master. I find the creativity here endless, and coupled with the freshest ingredients, you have Japanese par excellance. I started going…