Tag: japanesefood

Misato, Chinatown, London

Misato, Chinatown, London

Dining at Misato brings me back to the days of being a student. But in the best possible way. It’s some sorcery that the restaurant is able to offer food as cheap as it is. In fact, Misato’s been around twenty five years now so […]

Wasabi Review, All London

Wasabi Review, All London

There’s two pseudo-Japanese cafe chains that you’ll get used to seeing lots of in London. One is Itsu, and the second is Wasabi. There’s not too much difference between them other than Itsu going for more of a health angle. Wasabi was first opened in […]

Uki Uki, Śródmieście Południowe, Warsaw

Uki Uki, Śródmieście Południowe, Warsaw

My favourite meal was in Warsaw was a rather unexpected one. At the time of writing the highest rated place on Zomato is Uki Uki, a seemingly, low key ramen joint. Very nice interiors, a contemporary menu. It was also close by, I spent my early evening checking out Łazienki Park. I couldn’t have guessed it would be this good.

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Kinka Izakaya Original, Church & Wellesley, Toronto

Kinka Izakaya Original, Church & Wellesley, Toronto

Transport yourself to Japan with a night in at Kinka Izakaya. It’s available in two locations of Downtown and Annex. It turned out to be my most memorable dining experience during my time in Toronto. It’s a bustling Japanese experience, full of authenticity and good eating. From […]

Daruma Ramen, Botany Downs, Auckland

Daruma Ramen, Botany Downs, Auckland

Our first pick of the Daruma Sushi Go Round was too packed so we strolled over to their nearby ramen and donburi focused outlet around the corner. They know that people can’t be bothered with the wait and are looking for a consolation option. Fortunately […]

Aka Siro, Collingwood

Aka Siro, Collingwood

Nothing pleases me more than finding a quaint little hiding spot glowing with charm and pleasant surprises. I’ve lived in Collingwood a little while now and never really noticed this place until it was was prompted by a friend. Aka Siro is a Japanese restaurant just off Smith St (so easy to miss) and does a modern yet casual twist on Japanese dishes for lunch and dinners.

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Karage chicken curry

I went with the slightly unusual combo (at least for me) of karage chicken curry. I’m used to having both individually but not together. It was a tasty mix of crispy coated chicken with a rich and comforting curry combo. Possibly could have had a bit more meat ratio but even as coating it was tasty. Service was super affable and I enjoyed the vibe of the restaurant and the neighbouring dishes also looked stellar. Definitely a winner and a keeper. I’ll try be back to sample some if the choices available when I can.

Pro tip: don’t go Sunday as they’ll be closed!

8/10

Aka Siro Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sushi Hotaru, Melburne

Sushi Hotaru, Melburne

For a great value sushi train experience, it’s hard to go past Sushi Hotaru, located upstairs in one of the random Chinatown arcades. I believe it’s a chain approach, as I’ve been to one in Canberra as well with the exact same setup. At $3.30 […]

Rice Workshop, Melbourne

Rice Workshop, Melbourne

Rice Workshop is a Japanese-style chain that has a few stores about. I usually go to the one in Chinatown but there’s another in Emporium food court at least. Like the rest of the pseudo-Japanese brands, order your food, wait for said food, get side […]

Kumo Izakaya, Brunswick

Kumo Izakaya, Brunswick

We had asked a Northern-based friend for some Brunswick-located recommendations and Kumo Izakaya was the choice for the night. The front and location is somewhat deceiving as inside is a very well-styled, busy and varied space which was pumping on the evening we had visited. Kumo is a sharing-focused spot with small dishes and plenty of choice for vegetarians or meat eaters alike.

The fried vegetable chips were a cool way to start our food journey and the guys enjoyed the crispy variety and textures of the sweet potato,

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The karage chicken had a pleasant sweetness and was crispy to the bite. We also ordered agedashi tofu, roasted eggplant and beef wrapped rice roll and they were all top notch. I noticed the current menu is different so seems like they do play around with the food options somewhat, which is great for a return journey.

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We finished with the dessert platter which had mixed reception with some lamenting the excess of matcha flavours, however the black sesame was as god as any i’ve had.

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Pro tip: check around to see the dishes before ordering. The skewers were a bit of a let down from an otherwise impressive array of dishes. Probably book.

8/10

Kumo Izakaya & Sake Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato