Osaka: I never thought I would say this in Japan but…Order the rolls, not the nigiri

Kaiba Sushi – Ever since my family and I first arrived in Osaka for our trip to Kansai, I had been looking  for a traditional sushi restaurant where I could have a proper sushi meal.  I asked the ‘personal butler’ (hotel concierge) assigned to our room to find us a table at a traditional sushi restaurant on the day we arrived and every day after that, but she was never able to find one that accommodated young children. Finally, on my second last day in Osaka, I gave up and told her to just find us any half-respectable sushi restaurant … Continue reading Osaka: I never thought I would say this in Japan but…Order the rolls, not the nigiri

Osaka: Salt, not Sauce…being educated on the finer points of tonkatsu consumption

If my memory is reliable, I think my wife, kids, and I visited this tonkatsu restaurant during our first night in Osaka. We were actually actively looking for a tonkatsu restaurant while blindly exploring restaurant rows in and around the commercial areas around one of the main train stations in Osaka when we found this restaurant. One look at its front display-case and we knew we found the restaurant we were looking for. As soon as we entered the restaurant, we were warmly greeted by the hostess/cashier who immediately took us to an empty table in one of the empty … Continue reading Osaka: Salt, not Sauce…being educated on the finer points of tonkatsu consumption

North American Food with North American Portions

After spending around eight weeks constantly going hungry between meals as a result of the tiny local portion sizes in Taiwan (and Japan), I was really looking forward to the larger, more satisfying portion sizes of North America.  Strangely, after such a short time away, I was also really missing North American food. Since Earls is the go-to restaurant serving North American style food for my wife, kids, and I, we decided to make it the first non-breakfast restaurant (the time difference basically made breakfast places and 24-hour joints our only options for meals in the middle of the night) … Continue reading North American Food with North American Portions

Osaka: Imai Honten, Tripadvisor’s No. 3 rated restaurant in Osaka

Imai Honten – Contrary to the title I gave to this post, I did not look up Imai Honten on tripadvisor before visiting it. If it wasn’t for my travel agent majorly screwing up my family’s plane reservations -resulting in our staying an extra two days in Osaka- my wife, kids, and I would never even have visited the restaurant. We came upon the restaurant while hungrily trying to find a place to eat at Dotonburi on our last night in Osaka. We narrowed our options down to The fugu place across the street and the very Japanese looking Imai … Continue reading Osaka: Imai Honten, Tripadvisor’s No. 3 rated restaurant in Osaka

Taipei: Better than Tojo’s, at a 43% discount.

Up until now, the most expensive sushi meal that I’ve had (by a longshot) was at Tojo’s. My wife and I ended up paying $700 after tax for an omakase meal with two beers at the sushi bar. Neither me nor my wife thought that the food we had there was anything close to being worth the price we paid. The food was so “not special” that we felt that it was worth $150 at most. In fact, the items we received were not that different from the standard $125 omakase listed on their menu. I think it’s safe to … Continue reading Taipei: Better than Tojo’s, at a 43% discount.

Osaka: Osaka Takoyaki Museum

    The Osaka Takoyaki Museum is only a museum in the loosest sense of the word. It is more of a collection of branches of the most popular and well-known takoyaki shops in Osaka. As mentioned in my post about Ikkousha Hakata Ramen in the Kyoto Ramen Koji, the gathering of merchants selling the same type of food items and presenting them as a themed dining destination is a common practice in Japan. The themed dining destination concept is usually enough for it to become the main attraction for the particular commercial area it is located in, but the … Continue reading Osaka: Osaka Takoyaki Museum