Yardbird

Yardbird 33-35 Bridges Street Sheung Wan Hong Kong High up on the to-try list for Hong Kong was Yardbird.  It is known for its Japanese modern yakitori/izakaya fare.  I had seen it on travel shows and Perpetually Underwhelmed and 3SB recommended the place.  They had already nailed it with their recommendation of Yakiniku Great, so…

Yakiniku Great

Yakiniku Great 255 Queen’s Road Central Hong Kong I thought I’ve had the best Yakiniku in places like Yakiniku Hiro in Kyoto, Totoraku in LA, and Tsuruhashi in Fountain Valley.  Yakiniku Great takes the cake by leaps and bounds as the BEST DAMN Japanese BBQ in my experience.  It’s a relatively new restaurant, that is…

Ronin

Ronin 8 On Wo Lane Central Hong Kong Ronin is easily one of those restaurants that pops up as a popular, must-try Hong Kong restaurant for the modern generation.  Unlike Yung Kee, it doesn’t have a long history and tradition.  The place is relatively new, but has garnered quite a popularity in a short time….

Ippudo

Ippudo Lab Concept  Queensway Plaza 93 Queensway Admiralty Hong Kong Ippudo was the one spot in Japan that I didn’t get to visit.  People said it was better than my favorite, Ichiran.  I found that very hard to believe, but that only made me more intrigued by the place.  In the States, there’s only a…

Bake Cheese Tart

Hokkaido seems to be synonymous with delicious and high quality food/ingredients.  The island of Hokkaido in the northern part of Japan boasts a renowned reputation for its seafood and dairy products.  Croquant Chou Zaku Zaku in Japan uses dairy products from Hokkaido farms, and if you remember I was totally smitten by the sweet cream filled treats…

Sweets Raku

Sweets Raku 5040 W. Spring Mountain Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89146 Yelp I almost made the same mistake twice in forgetting to blog about the best dessert place in Las Vegas.  Sweets Raku really impressed me with their perfectly executed made-to-order desserts when I first dined here 2 years ago after my diner at the…

Kabuto

Kabuto 5040 Spring Mountain Road Las Vegas, NV 89146 Yelp The Annoyer has been talking about Kabuto for a long time.  It may be one of the best high end sushi places in Las Vegas.  Wherever there is delicious sushi, The Annoyer is sure to be there.  Finally we had a chance to check it out…

Yakiniku Hiro BBQ

Yakiniku Hiro BBQ Multiple locations throughout Kyoto After plenty of sushi, noodles, and curry pans, I was looking forward to some grilled meats.  There wasn’t any great consensus as to the best yakiniku in Tokyo or Kyoto for that matter, but I decided on Hiro.  The place was pretty full for a weeknight, so maybe…

Sizuya

Sizuya Multiple locations throughout Kyoto There’s not much in the way of breakfast restaurants in Japan.  It just seems like bakeries for some quick pastries and baked goodies are the best breakfast options.  We were lucky to be staying so close to one of Sizuya’s many locations, its most popular one at Kyoto Station. There were…

Gion Kinana

Gion Kinana Google Maps After discovering kinako ice cream and falling head over heels in love, I was on the hunt for more.  Perpetually Underwhelmed recommended Gion Kinana which is known for its fresh ice creams and parfaits.  It’s located in the heart of the geisha district, a most historic and charming spot to spend…

Omen Udon

Omen Udon Multiple locations throughout Kyoto On our last day in Kyoto was spent checking out the multitude of temples around Kiyomizudera Temple.  The temple, the view, and the surrounding narrow streets were breathtaking but severely marred by the THRONGS of tourists teeming through every nook and cranny of that area.  It made the morning…

Nakamura

Nakamura Google Maps A visit to Kyoto is not complete until you have had a traditional kaiseki experience.  Kaiseki is Japan’s version of high end fine dining, with great emphasis on seasonality, labor intensive preparations, and most importantly, perfection.  Kaiseki meals are often an elaborate productions with multiple courses and beautiful artful presentations.  These meals are not…