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.

Shibuya Matsukawa @ Toyko

Grilled eel, called unagi no kabayaki in Japanese, is a popular dish in Japan. Kabayaki is a cooking method unique to Japan where you slice open eels to remove their bones and broil them with sweet and salty sauce made from soy sauce and mirin until brown.

Warayaki-ya @ Akasaka, Tokyo

In Kochi, fishermen made bonfires of using straws and cooked their catch. This technique called Warayaki is quite a spectacle to watch and tasty.

Hakodate Sushi Kin @ Shimbashi

Back to Ginza, Ground Zero for sushi restaurants. People come here after work for a bite and then proceed to drinks in one of many hostess bars and karaokes around here. Due to its close proximity to Tsukiji, many sushi restaurants were established here. So if you have been around since 1984, you can be…

Ika Center @ Tokyo

Only in Japan can you get specialisation in one ingredient like this one. Tucked away in Nihonbashi was a restaurant that specialised in squid. And you can guessed the name of  the restaurant – Ika Center.