Shinsekai Street Food Tour: Arigato Japan Review

28 Aug 2019

My last big event for my time this year in Osaka was a tour with Arigato Japan. This happened to be my fourth tour with the company! I keep going because they’ve been so much fun and interesting. Previously I’ve went on the Luxury Tokyo Sake, Cocktail, Whisky and Pairing Tour in Tokyo, Old Town Tokyo Food Tour also in Tokyo, Matcha Kyoto Green Tea Tour, and now it’s time for the Shinsekai Street Food Tour here in Osaka. The Shinsekai neighborhood dates back to the early 1900s and grew in popularity through the postwar Showa era into the 1960s. This neighborhood is very colorful and has a true local Osaka charm!

Shinsekai Street Food Tour: Arigato Japan Review Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka Tours

Shinsekai Street Food Tour: Arigato Japan Review Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka Tours

The tour started with a dessert shop visit. This was a very local shop with a long history which has served confectionery items with various fillings. These were a bit intense so we stashed them away to eat later. I went for the banana filled cake, and it was very dense and sweet!

Shinsekai Street Food Tour: Arigato Japan Review Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka Tours

Shinsekai Street Food Tour: Arigato Japan Review Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka Tours

Shinsekai Street Food Tour: Arigato Japan Review Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka Tours

Shinsekai Street Food Tour: Arigato Japan Review Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka Tours

Shinsekai Street Food Tour: Arigato Japan Review Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka Tours

Shinsekai Street Food Tour: Arigato Japan Review Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka Tours

We were then on the move, making our way to a shrine where we learned about local culture. After, we stopped at an incredibly cheap vending machine with drinks available for 50 cents. After, we visited a local knife shop with beautiful hand-crafted products where we got to sample various types. Cutting through the carrot was like cutting through butter! Too bad I travel with only a carry-on bag.

Shinsekai Street Food Tour: Arigato Japan Review Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka Tours

Shinsekai Street Food Tour: Arigato Japan Review Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka Tours

Shinsekai Street Food Tour: Arigato Japan Review Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka Tours

Shinsekai Street Food Tour: Arigato Japan Review Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka Tours

After a little bit more walking, we worked up an appetite and it was time to try original Osaka style sushi. I was completely unaware that this kind of sushi even existed in the first place! It’s called narzushi and originally made to last longer than standard sushi as it’s preserved with vinegar. We learned it could last for months! As you would imagine it’s a bit more sour than normal sushi, but that’s just what I like! I had a refreshing beer with my sushi.

Shinsekai Street Food Tour: Arigato Japan Review Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka Tours

Shinsekai Street Food Tour: Arigato Japan Review Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka Tours

We stumbled out onto the street and before we knew it were playing a classic local game called Smart Ball. It was a simple game but really let us know were were in Osaka.

Shinsekai Street Food Tour: Arigato Japan Review Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka Tours

Shinsekai Street Food Tour: Arigato Japan Review Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka Tours

The next food stop was for kushikatsu which is a Japanese dish of deep-fried skewered meat and vegetables. Anything you can imagine is skewered, fried, and served with a very delicious sauce. I’m taking a mental note of this place to return to later! We ordered six items each, which included pork with kimchee, cheese, shiitake mushroom, beef, hot dog, and more! Very healthy. Wink.

Shinsekai Street Food Tour: Arigato Japan Review Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka Tours

As the evening went on, the sun went down and the views became more and more colorful. The center of the Shinsekai area features the Tsutenkaku Tower, a landmark of Osaka that stands 103 m tall. This tower had a very unique history which I guess you’ll have to take the tour to learn about 😉

Shinsekai Street Food Tour: Arigato Japan Review Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka Tours

Shinsekai Street Food Tour: Arigato Japan Review Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka Tours

Shinsekai Street Food Tour: Arigato Japan Review Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka Tours

Once again it was time for more food, takoyaki, another Osaka classic! Basically a pancake ball with octopus inside. We got to make our own in a shop that was off the beaten path with a lot of personality. Very special.

Shinsekai Street Food Tour: Arigato Japan Review Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka Tours

Our final stop for the tour was to get mixed juice. This was a simple smoothie of three fresh fruits. The shop has a long history and apparently, years ago it wasn’t always so easy to procure fresh fruits in Japan.

Shinsekai Street Food Tour: Arigato Japan Review Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka Tours

Yet again, another fantastic tour with Arigato Japan Food Tours. Our tour guides Gabi and Carlos did a lovely job, giving us lots of information about the area and the unique Osaka culture. I absolutely loved it and I’m sure you will too! Make sure you check out the Shinsekai Street Food Tour next time you visit Osaka!

My last big event for my time this year in Osaka was a tour with Arigato Japan. This happened to be my fourth tour with the company! I keep going because they've been so much fun and interesting. Previously I've went on the Luxury Tokyo Sake, Cocktail, Whisky and Pairing…

The Nitty Gritty

Taste - 9
Value - 8.9
Feng Shui - 9.2
Convenience - 9.5
Service - 9.1

9.1

Try it!

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Shinsekai Street Food Tour

Tour

Japan, 〒106-0045 Tokyo, Minato City, Azabujuban, 1 Chome−2−7 ラフィネ麻布十番 701号室

Phone: +81 3-6820-2250

 


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Understanding The Luxury Real Estate Market

26 Aug 2019

Whether you’re looking to buy investment properties or you’re looking for your next home, it’s important to understand the market that you’re buying in. Some rules are universal, but some differ depending on the target market and their perceived priorities. Here, we’re going to look at some of the ways that the market tends to work for luxury buyers.

Don’t be as afraid of the competition

If you’re a luxury property buyer, then there’s a good chance you already have the budget in place to buy the home that you want. However, you shouldn’t immediately rush into a purchase simply because you have the money to get the ball rolling. If you know for a fact that there is competition, then negotiate the purchase with a close-to or asking price offer can help you close the deal. Otherwise, luxury properties tend to have fewer buyers because they appeal to a smaller market with more individualistic tastes.

Focus on the amenities

If this is your first time getting moved up to a luxury pad, it’s important to have the appropriate expectations for the standards of the home. The idea of having every type of room you want, in the size that you want, should be a given at the higher end of the price tags. Instead, start looking instead at the kinds of amenities they can offer, as shown at sites like https://inspiredinteriors.com/luxury-home-amenities. In this market, it becomes not just about the space that you’re buying, but also the lifestyle that it enables you to have.

Get on those exclusive listings

If you want to get even more specific with your wants and away from the risk of competing buyers, then you want some exclusivity. As it caters to high-end buyers, luxury properties are often on exclusive listings, and working with agents in the know like https://www.camijoneshomes.com/buying/ can help you get access to those listings. There are publicly listed luxury properties, of course, but you’re likely to be missing out on the majority of great opportunities if you stick solely to them.

Invest in a little more protection

Given that you’re in the luxury market, every cost involved in the purchasing process becomes a little more costly. As such, you need to make sure that you’re affording yourself some protection so that you don’t end up getting scammed or missing out due to bad circumstances. Look at the title insurance options available to you, to make sure that you’re fully protected against any problems that might otherwise see you losing big. Luxury homes are more expensive and, as such, come with more expensive problems, so you should be prepared.

Looking in all the right places, having certain expectations of what you’re going to be shown, and ensuring that you’re working with the right advisors will all help you navigate the luxury real estate market with a little more finesse. Of course, what matters most is setting your own standards and expectations for the properties you look at.

Touzan Restaurant Review: Ultimate Kaiseki Dinner in Kyoto

25 Aug 2019

This year I’ve made multiple trips to the beautiful old capital of Japan, the beautiful city of Kyoto. On my most recent visit I want on a matcha green tea tour, and then, finished the day with a dinner at the Touzan Restaurant located at the Hyatt Regency Kyoto Hotel. The Hyatt Regency Kyoto is located only 550m from Shichijo Station. Touzan offers traditional multi-course dining, known as kaiseki in Japanese. They offer several set-course menus as well as an a la carte menu. I went for a menu that incorporated some of my preferences as well as the chef’s. The entire meal focused on the highest quality of Japanese ingredients, all cooked to perfection.

Touzan Restaurant Review: Ultimate Kaiseki Dinner in Kyoto Asia Blog Food Japan Kyoto

Touzan Restaurant Review: Ultimate Kaiseki Dinner in Kyoto Asia Blog Food Japan Kyoto

Touzan Restaurant Review: Ultimate Kaiseki Dinner in Kyoto Asia Blog Food Japan Kyoto

Touzan Restaurant Review: Ultimate Kaiseki Dinner in Kyoto Asia Blog Food Japan Kyoto

Touzan’s dining room is very aesthetically pleasing. In typical Hyatt-fashion, everything was gorgeous and minimal. What was incredibly stunning was that the dining room looked out over a dry landscape garden, often known as a “zen garden” in the west. I have always loved these gardens and really enjoyed it throughout the evening! Touzan offers private dining rooms as well.

Touzan Restaurant Review: Ultimate Kaiseki Dinner in Kyoto Asia Blog Food Japan Kyoto

Touzan Restaurant Review: Ultimate Kaiseki Dinner in Kyoto Asia Blog Food Japan Kyoto

Touzan Restaurant Review: Ultimate Kaiseki Dinner in Kyoto Asia Blog Food Japan Kyoto

Touzan Restaurant Review: Ultimate Kaiseki Dinner in Kyoto Asia Blog Food Japan Kyoto

Touzan Restaurant Review: Ultimate Kaiseki Dinner in Kyoto Asia Blog Food Japan Kyoto

For the evening, we were taken care of by the wonderful Assistant Restaurant Manager, Gen Yamada. Gen did a great job of offering attentive service with a smile throughout the evening. Up first were the appetizers which consisted of three items. One was a jelly with uni and wasabi, another was scallops and tomato sauce, and finally, vegetable with salted fish stomach. I actually enjoyed all of them, but my favorite was the jelly with the uni! For this course I also had my first glass of Tomio Sake from Kyoto. This went down very smooth and a great way to start the meal!

Touzan Restaurant Review: Ultimate Kaiseki Dinner in Kyoto Asia Blog Food Japan Kyoto

Touzan Restaurant Review: Ultimate Kaiseki Dinner in Kyoto Asia Blog Food Japan Kyoto
Touzan Restaurant Review: Ultimate Kaiseki Dinner in Kyoto Asia Blog Food Japan Kyoto

Up next was the chef’s sashimi selection. The chutoro, or medium-fatty tuna was definitely my favorite, as it usually is! You can see the marbling of fat from the picture, it just melted in my mouth. That being said, it was all beautiful and delicious, especially in presentation, served atop a massive ice block. At this time and I was served a second glass of sake, which was a bit drier to pair with the sashimi.

Touzan Restaurant Review: Ultimate Kaiseki Dinner in Kyoto Asia Blog Food Japan Kyoto

Touzan Restaurant Review: Ultimate Kaiseki Dinner in Kyoto Asia Blog Food Japan Kyoto

The Hyatt Regency Kyoto Hotel put on a traditional Japanese dance show just in the middle of the dinner. This was not something I had never seen in my life and I found it very interesting. After the performance, the dancer came around and took pictures with all of the restaurant guests. This was a great surprise addition to the evening!

Touzan Restaurant Review: Ultimate Kaiseki Dinner in Kyoto Asia Blog Food Japan Kyoto

One of the main reasons I come to Japan is for their beautiful wagyu. For this meal I had the 100g of Kyoto wagyu tenderloin. This mouthwatering meat was served with tomato, chili pepper, wasabi, and salt. I ordered a glass of the Cabernet Sauvignon from California as well which paired perfectly together! I savored every bite for as long as I could. Some of the best beef ever, cooked to a perfect medium-rare, you must try it!

Touzan Restaurant Review: Ultimate Kaiseki Dinner in Kyoto Asia Blog Food Japan Kyoto

Touzan Restaurant Review: Ultimate Kaiseki Dinner in Kyoto Asia Blog Food Japan Kyoto

Touzan Restaurant Review: Ultimate Kaiseki Dinner in Kyoto Asia Blog Food Japan Kyoto

Following the amazing Kyoto wagyu tenderloin was a plate of assorted tempura. The tempura was extra crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Each item was absolutely perfect. This was served alongside some Japanese pickles, the burdock was my favorite (I actually ordered seconds.)

Touzan Restaurant Review: Ultimate Kaiseki Dinner in Kyoto Asia Blog Food Japan Kyoto

Touzan Restaurant Review: Ultimate Kaiseki Dinner in Kyoto Asia Blog Food Japan Kyoto

Up next was a hotpot rice. However, this was not a traditional Japanese style rice, this was a corn rice with ham and butter! This was clearly a crowd-pleaser. It just melted in my mouth and I even took home the part I couldn’t finish, because it was so amazing!

Touzan Restaurant Review: Ultimate Kaiseki Dinner in Kyoto Asia Blog Food Japan Kyoto

The grand finale at Touzan was a lovely dessert which included a sorbet, red beans, assorted fruit, and Japanese lime. A refreshing and enjoyable way to finish off the evening!

Touzan Restaurant Review: Ultimate Kaiseki Dinner in Kyoto Asia Blog Food Japan Kyoto

This meal at Touzan was flawless! The bonus of the Japanese dance performance was a true delight and totally added to the experience. I loved the view of the dry landscape garden as well. If you love good food, service, and ambiance, I would absolutely recommend you have a meal at Touzan Restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Kyoto Hotel!

This year I've made multiple trips to the beautiful old capital of Japan, the beautiful city of Kyoto. On my most recent visit I want on a matcha green tea tour, and then, finished the day with a dinner at the Touzan Restaurant located at the Hyatt Regency Kyoto Hotel.…

The Nitty Gritty

Taste - 9.3
Value - 9.7
Feng Shui - 9.7
Convenience - 9.5
Service - 9.7

9.6

Perfection!

10


 

Touzan Restaurant

Restaurant

644-2 Sanjusangendo-mawari, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Japan, 605-0941

Phone: +81 75-541-3201

 

Matcha Kyoto Green Tea Tour Review: Arigato Japan

24 Aug 2019

I have been on multiple Arigato Japan tours because they’re so fun and interesting. After moving from Tokyo to Osaka, I made a couple trips to Kyoto which is Japan’s old capital, and rich in culture. During my second Kyoto visit I joined the Matcha Kyoto Green Tea Tour because I love Japanese food, culture, and of course, matcha!

Matcha Kyoto Green Tea Tour Review: Arigato Japan Asia Blog Food Japan Kyoto Tours

Matcha Kyoto Green Tea Tour Review: Arigato Japan Asia Blog Food Japan Kyoto Tours

After meeting at the train station, we paid a visit to a nearby shrine and learned some tidbits about Japanese culture along the way.

Matcha Kyoto Green Tea Tour Review: Arigato Japan Asia Blog Food Japan Kyoto Tours

Matcha Kyoto Green Tea Tour Review: Arigato Japan Asia Blog Food Japan Kyoto Tours

Matcha Kyoto Green Tea Tour Review: Arigato Japan Asia Blog Food Japan Kyoto Tours

Matcha Kyoto Green Tea Tour Review: Arigato Japan Asia Blog Food Japan Kyoto Tours

Matcha Kyoto Green Tea Tour Review: Arigato Japan Asia Blog Food Japan Kyoto Tours

Matcha Kyoto Green Tea Tour Review: Arigato Japan Asia Blog Food Japan Kyoto Tours

Matcha Kyoto Green Tea Tour Review: Arigato Japan Asia Blog Food Japan Kyoto Tours

After the shrine visit, it was already time for lunch, which I’m always ready for! We went to a very local cha-soba (green tea soba) shop along the river. Even though the weather was hot, I decided to go for the hot soba and let me tell you, I was so happy I did! This was the best soba I’ve ever had, hands-down. It was incredibly flavorful, served with tempura and a few more perfect side dishes! So good.

Matcha Kyoto Green Tea Tour Review: Arigato Japan Asia Blog Food Japan Kyoto Tours

Matcha Kyoto Green Tea Tour Review: Arigato Japan Asia Blog Food Japan Kyoto Tours

Matcha Kyoto Green Tea Tour Review: Arigato Japan Asia Blog Food Japan Kyoto Tours

Matcha Kyoto Green Tea Tour Review: Arigato Japan Asia Blog Food Japan Kyoto Tours

Matcha Kyoto Green Tea Tour Review: Arigato Japan Asia Blog Food Japan Kyoto Tours

We then crossed the bridge and headed over to a beautiful Buddhist temple. This temple actually appears on the ¥10 coin and originally opened in 998 AD. We toured around the museum just next-door to learn more about this beautiful structure.

Matcha Kyoto Green Tea Tour Review: Arigato Japan Asia Blog Food Japan Kyoto Tours

Matcha Kyoto Green Tea Tour Review: Arigato Japan Asia Blog Food Japan Kyoto Tours

It was incredibly hot during the tour so I was very excited that the next stop was for matcha ice cream. I’m not exaggerating when I say this was the best matcha ice cream I’ve ever had! It was a bit more viscous then I’ve experienced in the past and was sprinkled with matcha powder. I almost went for seconds!

Matcha Kyoto Green Tea Tour Review: Arigato Japan Asia Blog Food Japan Kyoto Tours

Matcha Kyoto Green Tea Tour Review: Arigato Japan Asia Blog Food Japan Kyoto Tours

Matcha Kyoto Green Tea Tour Review: Arigato Japan Asia Blog Food Japan Kyoto Tours

Matcha Kyoto Green Tea Tour Review: Arigato Japan Asia Blog Food Japan Kyoto Tours

Matcha Kyoto Green Tea Tour Review: Arigato Japan Asia Blog Food Japan Kyoto Tours

Matcha Kyoto Green Tea Tour Review: Arigato Japan Asia Blog Food Japan Kyoto Tours

Matcha Kyoto Green Tea Tour Review: Arigato Japan Asia Blog Food Japan Kyoto Tours

Matcha Kyoto Green Tea Tour Review: Arigato Japan Asia Blog Food Japan Kyoto Tours

Matcha Kyoto Green Tea Tour Review: Arigato Japan Asia Blog Food Japan Kyoto Tours

Matcha Kyoto Green Tea Tour Review: Arigato Japan Asia Blog Food Japan Kyoto Tours

Matcha Kyoto Green Tea Tour Review: Arigato Japan Asia Blog Food Japan Kyoto Tours

The final stop for the tour was for a tea experience at a tea shop that first opened during the Tensho Era (March 7, 1131 – September 28, 1132.) We first visited their in-house museum and learned that several hundred years ago this highly valuable tea was commonly walked from Tokyo to Kyoto, which took about 2.5 weeks. We then got to grind the tea ourselves into matcha before enjoying it with a lovely treat. The whole experience was really eye-opening and enjoyable! The perfect Kyoto experience.

Matcha Kyoto Green Tea Tour Review: Arigato Japan Asia Blog Food Japan Kyoto Tours

Once again, I was incredibly pleased with yet another Arigato Japan tour experience. The Matcha Kyoto Green Tea Tour definitely should be added to your list when you’re visiting Kyoto. Our tour guide was great throughout the day and knew a lot of fun facts. The food was magnificent, and the tea experience was very interesting as well. In conclusion, the Matcha Kyoto Green Tea Tour with Arigato Japan shouldn’t be missed!

I have been on multiple Arigato Japan tours because they're so fun and interesting. After moving from Tokyo to Osaka, I made a couple trips to Kyoto which is Japan's old capital, and rich in culture. During my second Kyoto visit I joined the Matcha Kyoto Green Tea Tour because…

The Nitty Gritty

Taste - 9.5
Value - 9.5
Feng Shui - 8.8
Convenience - 8.5
Service - 9

9.1

Must try!

Matcha Kyoto Green Tea Tour Review: Arigato Japan Asia Blog Food Japan Kyoto Tours

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Matcha Kyoto Green Tea Tour

Tour

Japan, 〒106-0045 Tokyo, Minato City, Azabujuban, 1 Chome−2−7 ラフィネ麻布十番 701号室

Phone: +81 3-6820-2250

 


Matcha Kyoto Green Tea Tour Review: Arigato Japan Asia Blog Food Japan Kyoto Tours

Matcha Kyoto Green Tea Tour Review: Arigato Japan Asia Blog Food Japan Kyoto Tours

Fujiya 1935 Restaurant Review Osaka: Can you trust the Michelin Guide?

19 Aug 2019

I am on one of the longest winning streaks when it comes to high-end restaurants that I think I’ve ever been on, here in Osaka, Japan. Most recently was a very impressive dinner at Fujiya 1935. This place has a lot of buzz surrounding it, and has for a long time. The restaurant was renovated from his father’s restaurant into what it is today back in 2003 when Chef Tetsuya Fujiwara took the reigns. Tetsuya Fujiwara is the fourth generation of restaurant owners in his family. The name references the year that his great grandfather first opened his first restaurant in Osaka. Since 1935, the family has been producing some fantastic food and clearly has the track record to prove it. Over the years, Fujiya 1935 has been awarded honors by several international rating agencies such as Diner’s Club and the Michelin Guide. It currently has 2 Michelin Stars, but previously had 3. The reason for the change is still a mystery.

Fujiya 1935 Restaurant Review Osaka: Can you trust the Michelin Guide? Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Fujiya 1935 Restaurant Review Osaka: Can you trust the Michelin Guide? Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Fujiya 1935 Restaurant Review Osaka: Can you trust the Michelin Guide? Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Fujiya 1935 Restaurant Review Osaka: Can you trust the Michelin Guide? Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Fujiya 1935 Restaurant Review Osaka: Can you trust the Michelin Guide? Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Fujiya 1935 has a very extensive multi-course menu (in my case, 14 courses) and if you like good food, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. To get things started, diners enter a waiting room with a very interesting design. Several tables had giant ice cubes placed on them. After seated, I was served a welcome tea before being moved to my private dining room. On the way to the dining room, I took a few pictures throughout the restaurant and noticed the beautiful minimal design. I have a fondness for birch trees and was delighted to see them in the corners of the room. The rim lighting around the ceiling made for a nice soft feeling. Pierre likes.

Fujiya 1935 Restaurant Review Osaka: Can you trust the Michelin Guide? Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

For this evening, I went with the wine pairing which included seven glasses of wine, plus some sweet dessert alcohol near the finish. To start was a glass of brut champagne. A little bubbly got me excited.

Fujiya 1935 Restaurant Review Osaka: Can you trust the Michelin Guide? Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Fujiya 1935 Restaurant Review Osaka: Can you trust the Michelin Guide? Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Fujiya 1935 Restaurant Review Osaka: Can you trust the Michelin Guide? Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Fujiya 1935 Restaurant Review Osaka: Can you trust the Michelin Guide? Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Fujiya 1935 Restaurant Review Osaka: Can you trust the Michelin Guide? Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Fujiya 1935 Restaurant Review Osaka: Can you trust the Michelin Guide? Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

It was clear to quickly see from the onset that Chef Tetsuya Fujiwara is truly a master of his craft. Rapidly we were served four courses, back to back, all bursting with rich flavor. The texture of the air bread, the richness of the brown soybean cracker, the crispness and depth of the potato with truffle, all made for an incredibly exciting start!

The early courses were paired perfectly with 2015 Weingut Josef Hogl Wachauer Weingarten Riesling Federspiel, Wachau, Austria. Great choice!

Fujiya 1935 Restaurant Review Osaka: Can you trust the Michelin Guide? Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Fujiya 1935 Restaurant Review Osaka: Can you trust the Michelin Guide? Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Fujiya 1935 Restaurant Review Osaka: Can you trust the Michelin Guide? Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Fujiya 1935 Restaurant Review Osaka: Can you trust the Michelin Guide? Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

The meal started with a bang and simply continued with a high level of excitement until the finish. Up next was a series of seafood dishes. I loved them all, but what stood out the most was the sea urchin. Over the years, I’ve slowly fallen in love with sea urchin and this by far was the best.

Fujiya 1935 Restaurant Review Osaka: Can you trust the Michelin Guide? Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Fujiya 1935 Restaurant Review Osaka: Can you trust the Michelin Guide? Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

After the seafood we were served some magnificent bread accompanied with a rosemary lard spread, and a soy-based spread, both fantastic. Tasty!

Fujiya 1935 Restaurant Review Osaka: Can you trust the Michelin Guide? Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Fujiya 1935 Restaurant Review Osaka: Can you trust the Michelin Guide? Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Fujiya 1935 Restaurant Review Osaka: Can you trust the Michelin Guide? Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

After all the seafood items we had a wasabi pasta intended to clear our palates before moving on to the Kunugiza beef. This was interesting because the chef focused on leaving a little bit less seasoning to allow the diners to enjoy the raw ingredients and make them search for a bit more flavor which was found in the tempura grape and accompanying grape sauce. This was definitely something new for me! Just lovely.

Fujiya 1935 Restaurant Review Osaka: Can you trust the Michelin Guide? Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Fujiya 1935 Restaurant Review Osaka: Can you trust the Michelin Guide? Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

It was time for a short breather from food which included various fruit flavored alcohol that were aged for 10 years in-house. Out of those I tried, my absolute favorite was the fig flavored. This was a nice kick in the pants for the end of the meal, great choice again Fujiya 1935!

Fujiya 1935 Restaurant Review Osaka: Can you trust the Michelin Guide? Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Fujiya 1935 Restaurant Review Osaka: Can you trust the Michelin Guide? Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Fujiya 1935 Restaurant Review Osaka: Can you trust the Michelin Guide? Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Fujiya 1935 Restaurant Review Osaka: Can you trust the Michelin Guide? Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

All the food was incredible up to this point, but what took the meal from great to magical were the four unique desserts. Each one had its own interesting flavor profile and presentation. Out of them, the mango cheesecake came in number one! This Japanese mango cheesecake was something to kill for! Be careful. The texture and flavor with a slight saltiness were all absolutely mind blowing. Compliments to the chef!

Fujiya 1935 Restaurant Review Osaka: Can you trust the Michelin Guide? Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

In this case, to answer the question in the title, on this occasion Michelin did do a good job of rating Fujiya 1935, as it’s truly spectacular! I don’t always agree with the Michelin Guide, but I have to hand it to them this time. It’s important to mention that throughout the evening, we had experienced great service as well. The Fujiya 1935 team were always there to clear the previous dishes and bring the following courses as well as offer explanations about what was being served. I must say I loved every part of this meal and experience at Fujiya 1935. Chef Tetsuya Fujiwara is a true legend.

If you want one of the best meals of your life, go to Japan, specifically Osaka, and eat at Fujiya 1935!

I am on one of the longest winning streaks when it comes to high-end restaurants that I think I've ever been on, here in Osaka, Japan. Most recently was a very impressive dinner at Fujiya 1935. This place has a lot of buzz surrounding it, and has for a long…

The Nitty Gritty

Taste - 9.5
Value - 10
Feng Shui - 10
Convenience - 9.9
Service - 9.5

9.8

Must try!

10


 

Fujiya 1935

Restaurant

2 Chome-4-14 Yariyamachi, Chuo Ward, Osaka, 540-0027, Japan

Phone: +81 6-6941-2483

 


Fujiya 1935 Restaurant Review Osaka: Can you trust the Michelin Guide? Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Fujiya 1935 Restaurant Review Osaka: Can you trust the Michelin Guide? Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Fujiya 1935 Restaurant Review Osaka: Can you trust the Michelin Guide? Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Minami Restaurant Review: Classic Teppanyaki in Osaka

18 Aug 2019

The Swissotel Nankai Osaka has been opened and operating for nearly 30 years. At the property there is a restaurant called Minami. Minami is a traditional Japanese teppanyaki restaurant. Teppan is the name for a large griddle and yaki means to be cooked over direct heat.

Minami Restaurant Review: Classic Teppanyaki in Osaka Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Minami Restaurant Review: Classic Teppanyaki in Osaka Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Minami Restaurant Review: Classic Teppanyaki in Osaka Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Minami encompasses all of the traditional features of a solid teppanyaki restaurant. I did appreciate the small garden outside the window, which made a nice backdrop for the evening. The chef put together a chef’s menu full of quality ingredients for my dinner. The chef has been working at Minami for 15 years! It was obvious as I watched him effortlessly execute each dish.

Minami Restaurant Review: Classic Teppanyaki in Osaka Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Minami Restaurant Review: Classic Teppanyaki in Osaka Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Minami Restaurant Review: Classic Teppanyaki in Osaka Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Minami Restaurant Review: Classic Teppanyaki in Osaka Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

To pair with this lovely chef’s menu were three glasses of Japanese sake, all tasting lovely, and good to the last drop. Wink. The first food item that arrived was a delicious jelly with seafood, flowers, and okra. This was an exciting way to start off the evening! Up next we got to watch the chef grill live prawns with a fillet of fish to make a mild seafood soup.

Minami Restaurant Review: Classic Teppanyaki in Osaka Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

One of my favorite dishes of the evening was next which was a lobster risotto. It was lovely to watch the chef prepare this beautiful and intricate dish from beginning to end and ultimately serve it inside the shell of the very fresh lobster. Super rich and delicious!

Minami Restaurant Review: Classic Teppanyaki in Osaka Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Minami Restaurant Review: Classic Teppanyaki in Osaka Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Minami Restaurant Review: Classic Teppanyaki in Osaka Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Minami Restaurant Review: Classic Teppanyaki in Osaka Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Minami Restaurant Review: Classic Teppanyaki in Osaka Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Next, the chef prepared Miyazaki beef sirloin and tenderloin. Both were lovely and it was great to compare the levels of fat between the two. Minami offers multiple sauces, but my favorite is beef with salt. I explored the three salt varieties that were presented. Amazing!

Minami Restaurant Review: Classic Teppanyaki in Osaka Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

The leftover beef fat was used to season bean sprouts, carrots, and other vegetables in a very simple yet delectable dish. Actually this simple dish turned out to be a real show-stopper. Amazing!

Minami Restaurant Review: Classic Teppanyaki in Osaka Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka
Minami Restaurant Review: Classic Teppanyaki in Osaka Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Soon after was a very flavorful miso soup was served with a very unique flavor along with Japanese pickles. Also there was a fried rice with a fish skin chip inserted added for a beautiful presentation. Just delicious.

Minami Restaurant Review: Classic Teppanyaki in Osaka Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

And then to finish off our meal at Minami was a very traditional Japanese style dessert of incredibly sweet and flavorful fruit! I was really impressed with the quality of the fruit.

Minami Restaurant Review: Classic Teppanyaki in Osaka Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

The meal at Minami Restaurant inside of the Swissotel Nankai Osaka went off without a hitch! Throughout the evening the service from the chef was of utmost precision and warmth. The experience felt like a place you would enjoy with your family for a special occasion, somewhere to enjoy good quality food and drink with a warmth in service. At the end, I absolutely loved my meal at Minami Restaurant at the Swissotel Nankai Osaka!

The Swissotel Nankai Osaka has been opened and operating for nearly 30 years. At the property there is a restaurant called Minami. Minami is a traditional Japanese teppanyaki restaurant. Teppan is the name for a large griddle and yaki means to be cooked over direct heat. Minami encompasses all of…

The Nitty Gritty

Taste - 9
Value - 8.8
Feng Shui - 8.5
Convenience - 9
Service - 9.3

8.9

Quality!

9


 

Minami Teppanyaki Osaka

Restaurant

5 Chome-1-60 Nanba, Chuo Ward, Osaka, 542-0076, Japan

Phone: +81 6-6646-5128

 


Minami Restaurant Review: Classic Teppanyaki in Osaka Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Minami Restaurant Review: Classic Teppanyaki in Osaka Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Best Teppanyaki in Osaka: Wajo Restaurant Review

11 Aug 2019

While spending precious time in Japan, I like to focus on consuming things that are hard to get outside of the country. One of these rarities is known as Teppanyaki. Teppanyaki is a meal that is prepared on a large griddle that sits between the chef and the diners. Typically these meals include very high-quality Japanese ingredients. When you have Teppanyaki, there’s a good chance that you will ascend to food paradise! My most recent and arguably best Teppanyaki experience was at the Wajo Restaurant inside of The St. Regis Hotel in Osaka, Japan.

Best Teppanyaki in Osaka: Wajo Restaurant Review Blog Food Japan Osaka

Best Teppanyaki in Osaka: Wajo Restaurant Review Blog Food Japan Osaka

Best Teppanyaki in Osaka: Wajo Restaurant Review Blog Food Japan Osaka

Best Teppanyaki in Osaka: Wajo Restaurant Review Blog Food Japan Osaka

Wajo Restaurant sits on the 12th floor of The St. Regis Osaka. The dining rooms are very intimate and gorgeous in design. For the evening I was taking care of by Chef Taizo Tsuji and Restaurant Manager Akiko Murayama. All of the Wajo team were warm in personality which added to the experience. Chef Taizo Tsuji brought a lot of character to the evening, filled with great conversation and delightful jokes. A fun atmosphere, with serious food!

Best Teppanyaki in Osaka: Wajo Restaurant Review Blog Food Japan Osaka

I wanted to enjoy the very best of the best that the restaurant had to offer, so I went for both their Kiku and Kiri set menus. The Kiku menu is only available with advanced reservation because some of the items are quite rare. For example, the beef from Ishigaki Island Kitauchi Farm in Okinawa Prefecture only produces six cows per month!

Best Teppanyaki in Osaka: Wajo Restaurant Review Blog Food Japan Osaka

Best Teppanyaki in Osaka: Wajo Restaurant Review Blog Food Japan Osaka

Best Teppanyaki in Osaka: Wajo Restaurant Review Blog Food Japan Osaka

To begin the meal was a cup of fine green tea. This was very smooth but had a deep flavor and aroma. The menu was comprised of nine food courses and I also had a glass of champagne and a glass of red wine. The first food course was the braised beef tail and yuba, which is a soft Japanese tofu skin. This was a heartwarming – something that tasted like what a stereotypical mom used to make (but not my mom.) Afterwards the red spotted grouper was served. This dish was part of the Kiri set menu and absolutely delicious! Perfect texture.

Best Teppanyaki in Osaka: Wajo Restaurant Review Blog Food Japan Osaka

Best Teppanyaki in Osaka: Wajo Restaurant Review Blog Food Japan Osaka

Best Teppanyaki in Osaka: Wajo Restaurant Review Blog Food Japan Osaka

Best Teppanyaki in Osaka: Wajo Restaurant Review Blog Food Japan Osaka
Next up was one of my favorite dishes of the evening, the Japanese spiny lobster topped with luxurious caviar from Uruguay. The naturally sweet lobster was seasoned by the saltiness of the caviar, a match made in heaven!

Best Teppanyaki in Osaka: Wajo Restaurant Review Blog Food Japan Osaka

Best Teppanyaki in Osaka: Wajo Restaurant Review Blog Food Japan Osaka

Up next was another favorite, the Japanese abalone with clam sauce. I especially enjoyed this abalone because of the varying texture! A bit tougher around the rim of the abalone, but soft on the inside.

Best Teppanyaki in Osaka: Wajo Restaurant Review Blog Food Japan Osaka

Next up was the fruit tomato. This was a real tomato but very special in the fact that it had quite a naturally sweet flavor. Refreshing!

Best Teppanyaki in Osaka: Wajo Restaurant Review Blog Food Japan Osaka

Continuing with the tradition of luxurious ingredients was a wagyu beef consommé with freshly shaved truffle.

Best Teppanyaki in Osaka: Wajo Restaurant Review Blog Food Japan Osaka

Best Teppanyaki in Osaka: Wajo Restaurant Review Blog Food Japan Osaka

Best Teppanyaki in Osaka: Wajo Restaurant Review Blog Food Japan Osaka

It was finally time for the main event, the course that I was looking forward to for nearly a month which was the Ishigaki Island Kitauchi Farm premium wagyu course. This was comprised of 50g of the tenderloin and 50g of the sirloin. Everyone has different preferences when it comes to fat content, but for me, the fatter, the better (not with my women.) There is a huge difference in fat content but both were incredibly delicious! I accompanied my meat with a little salt on the side and a glass of red wine. One of my favorite pairings!

Best Teppanyaki in Osaka: Wajo Restaurant Review Blog Food Japan Osaka

Best Teppanyaki in Osaka: Wajo Restaurant Review Blog Food Japan Osaka

Best Teppanyaki in Osaka: Wajo Restaurant Review Blog Food Japan Osaka

Best Teppanyaki in Osaka: Wajo Restaurant Review Blog Food Japan Osaka

Best Teppanyaki in Osaka: Wajo Restaurant Review Blog Food Japan Osaka

Best Teppanyaki in Osaka: Wajo Restaurant Review Blog Food Japan Osaka

I savored every single bite of the beef and eventually finished and moved on to the Wajo-style Sukiyaki. This was delightful and served with an egg that was much more viscous than I would’ve expected. The use of Sichuan peppercorns was incredible! There’s a few more items including garlic rice and Japanese spiny lobster miso soup.

Best Teppanyaki in Osaka: Wajo Restaurant Review Blog Food Japan Osaka

Best Teppanyaki in Osaka: Wajo Restaurant Review Blog Food Japan Osaka

For dessert I was served Monaka with ice cream, which was basically a Japanese-style ice cream sandwich with red beans. To end the evening was a cup of matcha tea. Perfection.

Best Teppanyaki in Osaka: Wajo Restaurant Review Blog Food Japan Osaka

I’ve been having really good luck with restaurants lately (maybe it’s because I know how to pick them), and this just added to my winning streak. Nearly every single item was perfect! Although it was indeed incredibly tasty overall, personally, I only thought the garlic rice could used a bit more richness of flavor, maybe more beef fat? Everything else was perfect and the team at Wajo truly have a restaurant to be proud of! If you are looking for the best of the best Teppanyaki experience while in Osaka, it’s so very easy to recommend Wajo Teppanyaki Restaurant, inside of The St. Regis Osaka Hotel!

While spending precious time in Japan, I like to focus on consuming things that are hard to get outside of the country. One of these rarities is known as Teppanyaki. Teppanyaki is a meal that is prepared on a large griddle that sits between the chef and the diners. Typically…

The Nitty Gritty

Taste - 9.5
Value - 9.5
Feng Shui - 9.7
Convenience - 9.7
Service - 9.3

9.5

Amazing!

10


 

Wajo Restaurant

Restaurant

3-6-12 Honmachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka 541-0053 Japan, 12th Floor

Phone: +81 6-6258-3333

 


Best Teppanyaki in Osaka: Wajo Restaurant Review Blog Food Japan Osaka

Best Teppanyaki in Osaka: Wajo Restaurant Review Blog Food Japan Osaka

Best Teppanyaki in Osaka: Wajo Restaurant Review Blog Food Japan Osaka

Pierre Restaurant Review: Perfect Fine-Dining in Osaka

05 Aug 2019

In Osaka, Japan, sitting on the 20th floor of the InterContinental Osaka Hotel, is a magical restaurant where dreams come true. It’s known as Pierre, a wonderful name don’t you think? From the name it’s easy to assume that Pierre serves French cuisine. The cuisine may be French but the ingredients are mostly Japanese. I’m not a fan of the Michelin Guide but the Pierre Restaurant does have a Michelin Star, if you were wondering (they were right on this one.) For the evening, I was able to enjoy seven courses of an impressive culinary adventure filled with surprises! Along with these seven courses were five glasses of wine.

Pierre Restaurant Review: Perfect Fine-Dining in Osaka Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Pierre Restaurant Review: Perfect Fine-Dining in Osaka Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Pierre Restaurant Review: Perfect Fine-Dining in Osaka Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Pierre Restaurant Review: Perfect Fine-Dining in Osaka Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Pierre Restaurant Review: Perfect Fine-Dining in Osaka Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

The Osaka city views from the Pierre Restaurant’s dining room are quite impressive. The dining room is sleek and stylish with it’s tall ceilings and comfortable seating. I was delighted to receive the best table in the house, a corner table with unobstructed views. Highly recommended that you do the same!

Pierre Restaurant Review: Perfect Fine-Dining in Osaka Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Pierre Restaurant Review: Perfect Fine-Dining in Osaka Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Pierre Restaurant Review: Perfect Fine-Dining in Osaka Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Pierre Restaurant Review: Perfect Fine-Dining in Osaka Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

To get started were several amuse bouches with very unique and exquisite flavors. Each amuse bouche was delightful and honestly, we could have just stopped there because they were so good! Attention chefs! A lot can be learned from this. It’s important to start your meal off with a bang, not something boring or mild. First impressions set the tone for the meal and the Pierre team did this perfectly. I was giddy as ever to try more!

Pierre Restaurant Review: Perfect Fine-Dining in Osaka Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Pierre Restaurant Review: Perfect Fine-Dining in Osaka Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Pierre Restaurant Review: Perfect Fine-Dining in Osaka Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Pierre Restaurant Review: Perfect Fine-Dining in Osaka Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Pierre Restaurant Review: Perfect Fine-Dining in Osaka Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Pierre Restaurant Review: Perfect Fine-Dining in Osaka Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Pierre Restaurant Review: Perfect Fine-Dining in Osaka Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Throughout the evening we were taken care of by the lovely Yoko who was a very delightful and bubbly host. There were lots of items to enjoy. Too many to discuss all of them, just know that they were perfection. Every bite set the bar higher and higher, and this doesn’t happen everyday folks. Some that I especially fell in love with were the foie gras, creamy gnocchi with abalone, juicy pork from the Basque region, the ultra-tender olive beef from Mie Prefecture, and of course, the desserts!

Pierre Restaurant Review: Perfect Fine-Dining in Osaka Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Pierre Restaurant Review: Perfect Fine-Dining in Osaka Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Pierre Restaurant Review: Perfect Fine-Dining in Osaka Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Pierre Restaurant Review: Perfect Fine-Dining in Osaka Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

We actually tried three different desserts. All tasted especially great with a variety of textures and flavors. The presentation of the white peach, Louis Roederer champagne, and tapioca was quite appealing as well. It started with a cotton candy hat, and when champagne was poured on top, the cotton candy was melted away to reveal the rest of the beautiful dessert which looked like a fairy tale scene. What a delicious surprise!

Pierre Restaurant Review: Perfect Fine-Dining in Osaka Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

I think my review shows that the Pierre Restaurant in Osaka at the InterContinental Hotel is absolutely incredible! The food was top of the line, even the bread and butter were exceptionally tasty. They truly pay attention to the details at Pierre. The only parts that I felt could’ve been improved were the wine pairing and the bright lights above our table. When it’s all said and done, nobody that has good taste will be disappointed at the Pierre Restaurant in Osaka, Japan! It’s a must try! Go go go!

In Osaka, Japan, sitting on the 20th floor of the InterContinental Osaka Hotel, is a magical restaurant where dreams come true. It's known as Pierre, a wonderful name don't you think? From the name it's easy to assume that Pierre serves French cuisine. The cuisine may be French but the…

The Nitty Gritty

Taste - 9.4
Value - 9.4
Feng Shui - 9
Convenience - 9.7
Service - 9.3

9.4

Truly special!

9


 

Pierre(ピエール)

Restaurant

3-60 Ofuka-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka, Japan 530-0011

Phone: +81 (0)6 6374 5700

 


Pierre Restaurant Review: Perfect Fine-Dining in Osaka Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Pierre Restaurant Review: Perfect Fine-Dining in Osaka Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Pierre Restaurant Review: Perfect Fine-Dining in Osaka Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Pierre Restaurant Review: Perfect Fine-Dining in Osaka Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

 

Pierre Restaurant Review: Perfect Fine-Dining in Osaka Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Pierre Restaurant Review: Perfect Fine-Dining in Osaka Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Pierre Restaurant Review: Perfect Fine-Dining in Osaka Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Pierre Restaurant Review: Perfect Fine-Dining in Osaka Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka

Pierre Restaurant Review: Perfect Fine-Dining in Osaka Asia Blog Food Japan Osaka