Chez Papa French restaurant can be found on the outskirt of the “cool Soho like” neighborhood in Okayama city. From the outside, it looks like hundred of other restaurants, makes you wonder if there is only one sign maker in Japan. In my mind, Chez Papa is an amazing restaurant in Paris which serves amazing South-West food, will this Japanese iteration let me down?
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When I heard that David Chang, the mastermind of Momofuku restaurant, created a magazine about ramen, I ordered it right away and awaited my copy of Lucky Peach like a kid waiting for Santa Claus.
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Sadly the shop is CLOSED (I think 2017), the building was destroyed and nothing is left of this amazing ramen shop.
We found a ramen shop named 止 by the side of the road just outside of Niimi in Okayama Prefecture. This single kanji means “stop” in Japanese and reads Tomare, a very short name for a great ramen place and one kanji every one should learn since it’s featured on every stop signs in the country.
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The area around Niimi in Okayama Prefecture is famous for Chiya gyu, a type of Japanese beef known for its marbled meat which is very similar to Kobe beef.
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I don’t know why, but Tsuyama in Northern Okayama Prefecture is the capital of horumon fried udon. It’s quite common for Japanese cities to build their reputation on a particular specialty, but it takes some gusto to build this fame cooking offals or as some might call it the “discarded bits”.
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The last time I went to Nagato in Yamaguchi Prefecture, I ate a very ordinary meal in a mall. This time around, my wife reserved at Zakuro , a small restaurant own by a Brazilian woman and her Japanese husband.
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CLOSED in 2017
When I stumbled on the Tacostyle website http://taco-style.com, I was shocked to have visited Okayama City for the last 3 years without knowing about this place. Mexican food is always on my mind, but I guess some places are hard to find.
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I like nabe, I like ramen and the combination of the two is a pretty darn tasty idea. If you want to try this creation, you will have to travel to Susaki on the island of Shikoku.
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It’s the second time that I visit Hirome market in Kochi City and it’s the second that I stumble out of this market a little tipsy with a post food-porn grin.
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I have a feeling that a number of great coffee shop in Japan are often located in the most unlikely places and Cafe Tikal is no exception to the rule.
This friendly coffee shop is hidden behind the gate of the Kogawa family residence in the castle town of Hagi in Yamaguchi Prefecture.
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The prevalent idea in the coffee drinking world is that fresher is better. I was proven wrong on my last visit to Tokyo when I stopped at the legendary Café de l’Ambre for a cup of their finest aged coffee.
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Every time I go to Tokyo, I am a bit overwhelm by the gastronomical choices I must face. Within the limit of my budget and appetite, I always try to eat something new and exciting.
I found Minatoya address in Pen with New Attitude magazine and armed with my Tokyo atlas, I slowly made my way to this mysterious soba restaurant which is located not too far from Shinbashi station.
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