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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Andaz Tavern: Modern provincial kitchen in the heart of Tokyo

Unlike what you would typically expect of flagship restaurants in luxury hotels, Andaz Tavern’s menu echoes a down-to-earth approach, featuring locally and regionally sourced produce cooked with the customer’s heart and soul in mind. It draws inspiration from classic European homestyle dishes that many can identify with – from Italian-style risottos to French duck leg confit and beef bourguignon – and shakes things up with Japanese influences in cooking and aesthetics.

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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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Dessert Indulgence: Le Salon Jacques Borie, Tokyo

Ah, soufflés.  The élégant and highly temperamental French dessert loved by many, but mastered by few. Eating the decadent, fresh-baked egg dish commands an experience, and one of our highly recommended places for special occasion soufflés is Tokyo’s Le Salon Jacques Borie.

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Japan: Land of Many Happy Returns

17 May 2016 was a truly special day. Our fourth and most recent trip to Tokyo, Japan. I woke up to a day full of sweet surprises and the air smelled of roses and strawberries. Sat under the covers still in bed, hair uncombed and eyes barely struggling to fight the early morning sun, my…

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