Category Archives: Eating Out in Japan

Fujiya 1935 – 2 Michelin star Osaka restaurant

We were lucky to get a booking in Fujiya 1935, for a night that fell on our 2 year wedding anniversary. I was browsing Michelin guide for a somewhat ‘molecular’ restaurant in Osaka, and Fujiya 1935 jumped out at me. Chef Tetsuya Fujiwara opened his restaurant in … Continue reading

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Mont Blanc – most popular cake in Japan

When I lived in Japan, I fell in love with Mont Blanc.  Not of the French Alps variety, but a dish that was adapted from (still French) Mont-Blanc aux marrons, a dessert of puréed, sweetened chestnuts topped with whipped cream. A … Continue reading

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Review of Kikunoi Roan – a classic Kyoto kaiseki

Australia’s favourite chef Tetsuya Wakuda named Kikunoi as one of the top kaiseki restaurants, so I kept his recommendation in mind when going through the Osaka-Kyoto Michelin guide. To my pleasant surprise, I discovered that there were two branches of … Continue reading

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Kaishoku Shimizu – our first Kaiseki experience

As I was browsing Michelin Guide pages for a replacement booking in Osaka, I came across the blurb on the small kaiseki restaurant Kaishoku Shimizu: “an intellectually inquisitive young owner-chef Toshihiro Shimizu even took a course in agriculture to learn more about his … Continue reading

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Booking Michelin restaurants – it is never too early

I thought I’d learnt the lessons of not booking early enough when it comes to Japan’s hottest restaurants. For the 2009 trip, with a few weeks to spare, I was miraculously given a lunch time table at L’Osier, after begging … Continue reading

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Michelin Guide – Friend or Foe?

There is a food appreciation rush that’s been sweeping western countries. Blame food TV programs, celebrity chefs or Masterchef, there is no denial that we are hungry for food experiences. Funnily, when I lived in Japan 11 years ago, I used … Continue reading

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