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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Kagurasake: Duxton’s best kept secret for authentic Japanese fare

Much has been said of Singapore’s multi-ethnic culinary landscape and the (rather) well-acquainted palates of its people, but few can attest to an experience of authentic Japanese dining in the Lion City, without having to pay top-dollar for it (Re the spike in luxury gyu and sushiyas in recent years). The city – which just released its second run…

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Japan, Revisited: Of feasts, winter & revelry

Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing highlights from our journeys across Osaka, Kyoto, Hokkaido and Tokyo through a series of photos on Foodume, as well as thoughts and reviews on some of the restaurants we visited. Needless to say, it will be difficult to bid farewell to Japan each time, but there is boundless joy and revelry in revisiting memories forged there.

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1* Michelin Singapore: Tai Hwa Hill Street Pork Noodles

Just as how fried chicken, cornbread and collard greens maketh a staple meal for Southerners in the United States, bak chor mee (minced meat with noodles) is my Singapore soul food. Having lived in Singapore for all 26 years of my life, my familiarity with bak chor mee began from a young age. At under 5 years old, I developed a premature fondness…

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Uogashi Nihon-Ichi Standing Sushi Bar: Casual & affordable sushi in Tokyo

Before we share with you our dining experiences at higher-end sushiyas, it is imperative that we first have a conversation about the good ol’ standing-style sushi bars in Tokyo. Casual, upfront, noisy and sometimes unglamorous, standing sushi bars come with a compact counter space, over-the-counter sushi, and shoulder-to-shoulder rubbing with strangers. From Japanese salarymen to…

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Gramercy New York Cheesecake: A Japan favourite

The great cheesecake debate often circles around the rhetoric: what makes a good-tasting cheesecake? Does it have to have a higher proportion of cheese or sponge? While the classically dense New York cheesecake will always be la familia to palates of globalised eaters, a growing fleet of patisseries across Japan have perfected their cheesecake to be a different kind:…

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1* Michelin Tokyo: Tempura Motoyoshi

Nestled within a basement corner of the Minami-Aoyama residential district in Tokyo is Tempura master Kazuhito Motoyoshi’s playground for deep-fried artistry, the one Michelin-starred Tempura Motoyoshi restaurant. Often revered as the benchmark for exceptional tempura, owner and chef Motoyoshi’s finesse and dedication to detail in his restaurant is both iconic and exemplary. From the choice of grandeur…

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