Sakurai Japanese Tea Experience: Ultimate Tokyo Tea Atelier

In the heart of Omotesando’s fashionable shopping district lies Sakurai, a one-of-a-kind, contemporary tea house that has quickly garnered a reputation for serving the ultimate Japanese tea experience.

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Sushi Ochiai – Sushi lunch in Tokyo under $100

At ¥5,000 for a course of 13 nigiri, Sushi Ochiai, an edomae style sushiya, offers one of the most valuable sushi lunch deals in Tokyo.

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Solid Tapas at Bodega 1900 by Albert Adrià

Barcelona, Spain – Our visit to Bodega 1900, a modern vermouth bar helmed by Spanish culinary superstar Albert Adrià, was the salve we very much needed to remedy a disappointing experience at the popular Tickets tapas bar earlier this Spring.

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Elkano: Best Turbot in Basque Country

Located in the idyllic fishing town of Getaria, Elkano is one of Basque Country’s best fish restaurants to savour turbot. Its specialty turbot dish, cooked whole on an open-air charcoal parrilla grill outside the restaurant, is served on the bone with sea salt and olive oil.

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Tickets, Barcelona

Tickets, a one-star Michelin tapas bar opened by the world’s most influential modern chefs Ferran and Albert Adrià, is often revered as a pilgrim culinary pitstop in Barcelona, Spain, as it lends gastronomy devotees a small footing into the world of its legendary three-star preceder ElBulli (which closed in 2011). With Tickets, chef Albert Adrià imagined a very different…

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San Sebastian: A Crawl of the City’s Best Pintxo Bars

When you have flown 7,000 miles away from home, travelled (and dragged along 90 pounds of luggage) across the Hendaye border by train from Paris to spend a weekend at the sleepy seaside town of Donostia-San Sebastian in Spain’s Basque Country, you would want to make it your most perfect 48 hours – of no…

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Etxebarri: Temple of Grill in Basque Country

Chef Arguinzoniz’s shokunin-like approach to ingredients and wood-fired grilling is worth the most arduous of journeys. Our meal here made us reconsider the way we look at the flavour potential of vegetables and seafood, and how sometimes simple is best. 

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Decadent Galettes at La Boutique de Joel Robuchon

When in the early onset of Spring… eat a foie gras and truffle French galette or two!

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Gen Yamamoto: Japan’s cocktail shokunin

In the midst of all that is loud, crazy and whimsical in Japan, Gen Yamamoto is a welcoming and elegant addition to the Tokyo bar scene.

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La Belle Miette Macarons, Melbourne

Once described as “better than Paris, best in the world”, La Belle Miette’s specialty, gluten-free macarons are one of Australia’s finest, known for its signature crumbly, smooth-textured meringue shells and use of pure and luxury-grade ingredients.

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Sushisho Masa – “Best Sushi in Tokyo?”

Popularised by the internet foodie community as one of the best sushi restaurants in Japan that “serves a lot of food”, Sushisho Masa – a 7-seater edomae style sushiya located in the heart of Tokyo’s upscale Nishi Azabu district – gained the attention of global audiences when prominent YouTube duo Simon and Martina Stawski, shared a ‘vlog’ of themselves each eating their way through more than 40 servings of sushi at the restaurant in 2013. Is this the “best sushi in Tokyo?” – Here are 5 things to take note before visiting:

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1* Michelin Tokyo: Sushi Iwa

Not all hope is lost in the pursuit of dining at the temples of Tokyo’s sushi gods. Plenty of Michelin-standard and underrated sushiyas, tucked away in the streets or basements of anonymous buildings in the capital, welcome tourists and first-time diners. One such restaurant is Sushi Iwa いわ, a 1 Michelin-starred sushiya by owner-chef Hisayoshi Iwa who trained at Sushi Kanesaka, a celebrated institution which has produced a legion of sushi masters, including Takashi Saito (Sushi Saito).

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