Ramen it home

I was very pleased to secure a lunch time seating for a suburban Michelin starred ramen venue on the second attempt. Having to wake long before 6am to make the slog across town to join the queue before 7am, without success again would have been gut wrenching, at least a failure this time wouldn’t have…

Overnight

The izakaya where I had dinner was a great find, from the street I could see a few red lanterns hanging in the 2nd story window, giving away little about the space behind them. I felt pretty lucky to get a pair of bar side seats, not only because of the top notch food and…

Tokyo

My intention during this final visit to Tokyo was to revisit the fish market, to explore a few new areas of Tokyo a little more, and possibly to undertake a day trip away from Tokyo. I had just three full days left in Japan, and true to form had left much of the last minute…

Yakitori

I enjoy eating things on sticks, especially when the things on sticks are cooked over coals, ideally I like it when the items are a bit larger than the usual yakitori size, just so they take longer to cook and have more time to absorb the smoky aroma. At least I knew the yakitori I…

Sapporo soup curry

One of Hokkaido’s other contributions to the modern Japanese culinary repertoire is the soup curry. An interesting blend of foods that delivers what I found to be a rather curious meal, a preconceived flavour appeared in my mind when I heard that a Japanese soup curry was a thing, a flavour resembling the only other…

Genghis

Hokkaido has a few speciality foods not found in other places in Japan, the first I tried was a lamb dish Jingisukhan. I’m not sure how this variation of the wildly popular Korean inspired table top barbecue called yakiniku came to be named after Genghis Khan, the most famous of all Mongolians. I like yakiniku…

Ozzu to sōdo

One of the stranger food choice I enjoyed in Sapporo was a mixed tray of round manju cakes. I had just left the Sapporo beer museum and was ravenous, eager not to waste too much time I simple bought an array of all the flavours, chocolate custard, custard cream, creamed cheese, caramel, along with the…

Otaru

Considering Sapporo is a little short of sights I though a short 45 minute train ride to the small coastal city of Otaru would help prevent monotony setting in. Otaru is what I imagine Alaska looks like, a coastline hugging city caressing the bay, complete with a lightly industrialised fishing port, functional buildings that lack…

Sometimes I get crabby.

Who doesn’t? With a small amount of sleep, or when something goes wrong it can be quite understandable. In Hokkaido however it’s not me for any of those reasons, nope for me on Hokkaido I get crabs, to eat. In fact I’ve never seen this much crab, there’s easily more crab here than Kanazawa, and…

Sapporo

I wonder how many people realise that Sapporo is not just a brand of beer, but is in fact Hokkaido’s premier city and Japan’s fifth largest. To be fair I knew about the beer long before I knew about the city, it was for me an interest in the world class brew that encouraged me to…

Breakfast sets

I found the ryokan in Matsumoto to be a wonderful experience in the onsen district, past the university in the foot hills, quite far from the centre of town. The building was awesome, dark and foreboding from the front, opening up to expose a labyrinth of structures behind, the design featured within allowing my mind…

Izakaya

An Izakaya is an informal type of gastro-pub quite common in Japan, I’ve not eaten in one yet. So this was quite a treat. The room is set out like many of the smaller restaurants I’ve been into in Japan, a bit like a British pub, but with a kitchen wedged into the central bar…