Japanese Ramen? I think not: Gyoza Bar

I get why people hate on Miku. I do. It’s easy to dislike a sushi place when it seems big, corporate, untraditional, and most importantly, sorely lacking when it comes to the residence of an Itamae who you can recognize by name. But I happen to like Miku. It is my favourite sushi restaurant in the area. It is unique, and it presents flavours that are not only pleasurable to my palate, but also innovative and different. I think the restaurant embodies the character of the city more than any other Japanese restaurant. It is Japanese in its core but … Continue reading Japanese Ramen? I think not: Gyoza Bar

Chirashi Attack! Kingyo Izakaya

I didn’t visit Kingyo for its chirashi. I didn’t even know it had a chirashi. I’ve been to Kingyo countless times and I have practically memorized its menu. I know for a fact that I’ve never seen the word “chirashi” on its lunch menu. My family visited Kingyo at the behest of my daughter; I went into the restaurant with the intent of ordering their daily makunochi lunch box. Before I could place my makunochi order, however, our server quickly introduced the restaurant’s monthly lunch special to my wife, kids, and I. Chirashi was their monthly special. CHIRASHI ATTACK!!! I, … Continue reading Chirashi Attack! Kingyo Izakaya

There’s a Reason This Place is Not Called Ramen King or Chahan King

Gyoza King – Gyoza king was quite the popular restaurant when I first visited the city a few years ago. I can’t attest to its popularity now because I’m not usually out at the hours izakayas become busy, but I will say that there is much less online buzz about the place right now than there was on my first visit to the city. My first visit to Gyoza King was during lunch time about two weeks after my move to the city a little over a year ago. I wasn’t able to sample any of their usual izakaya fare … Continue reading There’s a Reason This Place is Not Called Ramen King or Chahan King

Revisit: Kingyo Izakaya

Whenever we have an out of town visitor, we always take them to lunch at Kingyo Izakaya. We had planned on taking my mother-in-law to lunch at Kingyo earlier, but we kept getting sidetracked by all of the great dim sum that we were having. Today we were finally able to resist the temptation of another dim sum meal, so we took my mother-in-law for her long overdue meal at Kingyo Izakaya. It had been a month and a half since our last visit and my wife was salivating over the thought of having their makunouchi special. This ‘lunch set’ … Continue reading Revisit: Kingyo Izakaya

Japanese Dim Sum / No Outside Food Allowed

Guu – Guu is one of those popular and highly-regarded chains that my wife and I just can’t seem to find a good meal at. Our first visit was to Guu Garlic and our experience was abysmal. We had poor service, bland dishes, and extremely dry rice. Guu Garden wasn’t much better. We did get good service, but the food was once again inferior to competitors like Kingyo and Suika. After two visits, we really couldn’t figure out what it was about their food that people liked. But we were not about to give up after only two tries. We … Continue reading Japanese Dim Sum / No Outside Food Allowed

The Watermelon Lunch

Suika – I always ask any person whom I meet for the first time which restaurant, in their opinion, is the best local restaurant. If this person happens to come from another country, I will ask her/him to recommend a local restaurant that serves the best food from her/his home country. These recommendations are often more accurate than the aggregate online ratings and, as a result, I’ve discovered several hidden jewels that I would’ve never come across by myself. I was having my hair cut by a new hair stylist (hairdresser? barber? hair technician? I don’t want to demean them … Continue reading The Watermelon Lunch

Do Not Come Here For The Sushi

Shuraku Sake Bar & Bistro – I didn’t know what I was thinking. How could I have expected good nigiri sushi at Shuraku Sake Bar & Bistro? It is an izakaya; which is essentially a gastro-pub. And even the best Japanese gastro-pubs in town, such as Kingyo, are not known for producing good, traditional nigiri sushi. I guess I was so hungry today that I wasn’t thinking straight. I had an extra-early breakfast at 6:30 AM and by the time my wife and I arrived at Shuraku for lunch at 12:45 PM, I was beyond starving. For some reason, I … Continue reading Do Not Come Here For The Sushi