This is one of the hardest blogs to write about since there are so many good restaurants in Tokyo and so many varieties of food in the city. We were very fortunate to have visited the city a couple of times for the past few years and were introduced to some really good food by our Malaysian friend Eric, who works and lives in Tokyo. From the freshest sushi at a sushi bar near the Tsukiji market to the best Tonkotsu ramen at Jangaara Ramen near Akasaka, Tokyo never fails to deliver the best food. Just like in New York, you can find all sorts of international cuisines in Tokyo. Gan: <--- Is he an otaku? Help decide: When Gan was in college, he had regularly attended University of Michigan's Animania (Japanese animation or "anime" club) weekly screening. During the once a year anime screening marathon, he will wake up before the sun is out and show up for the _all day_ anime marathon screening! He's still embarrassed about that.
Eric's Home Cooking
Eric shares the same passion for food as us. He's also a very talented cook. The dishes you see in the picture were all prepared by him. Gan was very fortunate to have tasted Eric's cooking several times, but I always missed out on that. *Hint to Eric! :) Gan: Eric likes to question his manhood but when it comes to producing top notch food, he's the Malaysian Iron Chef!
Food Fair @ Azabu Juban
Gogyou, Nishi Azabu
Roppongi Hills Restaurants
Address: 6-4-1, Roppongi, Metrohat B2F, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Roppongi Hills have so many wonderful restaurants and Pintokona, which is located in the basement of Roppongi Hills is the best Kaiten sushi place ever! Gan: They have these torched salmon and toro sushi. Loved it. Wish more sushi proprietor in NYC do that.
The sushi here is quite expensive, considering that it is, after all just a kaiten sushi place. But unlike other kaiten sushi places, Pintokona serves only the highest quality sushi.
Address: Roppongi Hills, Metrohat/Hollywood B2F
Gan and I are such suckers for Rice boxes. We waited a long time for this take out stall in the basement of Roppongi Hills to open in the morning. Not too bad for a fast food place. Gan: One thing we noticed from our travels is that South East Asian still have the best breakfast options of anywhere. Most of the other places we go to, you need to wait until 10am before most restaurants are opened for business.
Starbucks ala Green Tea :) I also love everything Green Tea and Japan is just a Green tea heaven. Green Tea ice cream, Green Tea dessert, Green Tea Mochi, Green Tea Cake, you name it, they have it.....I just wished I could eat/drink everything Green Tea everyday.
Address: Yoyogi 2-1-1, Shinjuku Maynd Tower B1F, Tokyo
We met up with my high school classmate Afiza and her husband Iqbal at Yamato Shinjuku for dinner. It was a nice Izakaya restaurants that serves light and tasty food. We thoroughly enjoyed the dinner there...until we saw a cockroach running across the dining floor! Thank goodness we were done with our meal when that happened.
Address: 1F, 2F 1-13-11 Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Address: Roppongi 5-5-1, Roi Bldg, 13F
Thai Fish Cakes at Erawan
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