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Quintessence – 3 Star Michelin Restaurant At Tokyo Is Classy, Subtly Exceptional

The French word “Quintessence” exemplifies quality, refinement, and class. This would perfectly describe 3 Michelin-starred restaurant Quintessence in Tokyo helmed by Chef Shuzo Kishida. Quintessence is known to be one of the finest restaurant in Japan, offering some of the best French food outside France itself. Word I would use to describe my dining experience […]

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Starbucks Omotesando – Most Beautiful Starbucks In The World?

[Tokyo, Japan] Is this the most beautiful (and peaceful) Starbucks in the world or what? Admittedly, I haven’t been to too many Starbucks, but I do not know of any others located at the rooftop, surrounded by 34 trees, over 50 types of wild plants, and designer seats. So I am sharing with you one […]

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Patisserie Sadaharu AOKI paris – Those Famous Macarons From Japan

[Tokyo, Japan] In France there is Laduree and Pierre Herme, in Japan there is Sadaharu Aoki. (Though not forgetting in Australia, we have Adriano Zumbo.) These are the names who excel in making macarons. Sadaharu Aoki made quite big waves in the patisserie world, for being a Japanese Chef who incorporates Japanese influences and ingredients […]

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Gogyo Ramen 五行 – Burnt & Umami, Favourite Ramen In Japan

Best ramen in Kyoto, maybe even Japan. Friends may be surprised that I placed Gogyo even before my favourites Ichiran Ramen 一蘭 and Ippudo 博多一風堂. What? That is because Gogyo’s burnt ramen was the ONLY ONE who gave me a WOW I-am-not-going-to-forget-this sensation on that first sip of the broth. Truly memorable taste. Burnt ramen? […]

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Calbee Plus – Fresh Potato Chips with Soft Serve at Tokyo Station

[Tokyo, Japan] Tip for travellers in Tokyo. If you need to get popular Japanese snacks (think Calbee, Kitkat or Pocky in all possible flavours, Tokyo Banana), character toys and 8 different ramen shops in one single place, head to Tokyo Station. First Avenue Tokyo Station was a food wonderland. No joke. It contained a Tokyo […]

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Ki-sho – Japanese Omakase At Its Best

There are some Japanese restaurants in Singapore that exhibits the best in traditional Japanese fine dining with extraordinary omakase meals. Ki-sho is one of them. It is of no surprise. Ki-sho is helmed by an affable Chef Kazuhiro Hamamoto, bringing with him a wealth of experience and creativity amassed from his apprenticeship days in Kyoto’s […]

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Ginza Bairin – The First Specialty Tonkatsu Restaurant in Ginza Tokyo

[Tokyo, Japan] A foodie friend traveling in Japan asked for the “Best Tonkatsu in Tokyo”, and a quick online search should reveal some names – Maisen at Shibuya, Tonkatsu Tenshin at Meguro and Ginza Bairin. But why is Tonkatsu not extensively written at all? Tonkatsu 豚カツ is a popular delicious Japanese single dish of a […]

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Ippudo 博多一風堂 – The Tokyo Ramen Experience Is Really Quite Different

[Tokyo, Japan] First ramen shop that I rushed to when I went back Tokyo? Ippudo 博多一風堂. The choice was quite obvious because I have always been a fan of Hakata style ramen – the thin, non-curly straight paler yellow noodles, basked in rich milky tonkotsu pork bone broth. An Ippudo ramen in Tokyo cost about […]

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Soup Stock Tokyo – Real Good Comforting Soup

[Tokyo, Japan] This is kind of love at first taste. It was December’s winter in Tokyo, where I found your teeth chattering, and going around searching for warmth. Strangely, I was not looking for ramen and the likes, but soup. Real good comforting soup. Then I found Soup Stock Tokyo. And every time I went […]

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Fukuya Mentaiko – Experience Flavours of Mentaiko at Takashimaya Singapore

Mentaiko 明太子 is quite an underrated side dish of the Japanese cuisine culture, at least in Singapore. Yet, we do see it in on sushi, rice dons, onigiri, ramen, and inside tamago dishes. Here are some interesting facts I found about Mentaiko: This marinated roe of the Alaskan pollock was actually introduced to Japan from […]

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