Shirasu or whitebait is something better eaten fresh and there is no better place than the the Sadamisaki peninsula in Ehime Prefecture to try this tiny little transparent baby fish. Sadamisaki is a long narrow peninsula extending toward Kyushu Island and quite a nice drive on route 197.
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My quest for great yakiniku has recently taken me just outside of Okayama City to Myondon yakiniku. The restaurant was recommended to my wife and we finally made it to Setocho which is more than an hour drive from where I live in Kurashiki.
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The Chinese food restaurants and counters 551 Horai or go go ichi are closely associated in my mind with the pleasure of visiting Osaka or the Kansai area. It’s pretty much a given, if I go to Osaka, I eat a 551 nikuman, but somehow I had never eaten at their flagship store in the Ebisubashi shopping arcade which is the extension of the famous Shinsaibashi-Suji.
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When my wife suggested Nene Goose, I googled it and realized that I have driven about 10 times in front of Nene Goose Cafe without ever noticing it, I guess I was busy looking over at Lake Kojima and I just didn’t pay any attention.
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Who the hell goes to a piggish dinner at 4h30 PM? Apparently, there is a shit load of people who aren’t phased by the early hours in this deep suburb of Osaka.
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Let’s start with the spoiler: I ate complete meal in the center of Okayama City for only 480 yen! I found Mitsuoka by spotting a line up in front of it and it piqued my curiosity.
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It somehow took me 4 years and countless trips to Kobe to finally eat the famous Kobe beef and it was a hell of a nice experience.
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Hanbey Fu restaurant is without any doubt the biggest gastronomical surprise I had in Kyoto. Fu or wheat gluten has been used in shojin ryori (traditional vegetarian devotional food) for hundred of years, but Hanbey Fu takes fu to another level of sophistication.
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We arrived at Uji station at 10h50 and pretty much sprinted across the street to Nakamura tea shop to find that people were already waiting in line (the shop opens at 11h). In a city famous for tea, the most famous tea shop in town is a hell of a busy place. Is it worth the run? You bet!
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Tamashima is right across the river from where I live and when I heard about Shittora, a Korean restaurant, I didn’t wait too long to go and try it. I always appreciate when I get suggestions online and this one turned out to be a good one.
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This is a long overdue review of Pyo Pyo, one of my favorite restaurant in Fukuyama. My visit recent visit to Shikiko reminded me that I had never written about this fine Taiwan restaurant.
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If you can find Fa Niente restaurant and you have a reservation, I can promise you a hell of an Italian meal right in the heart of Okayama City.
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