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Posted 11 January 2019 - 04:27 PM

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Its the Ebisu festival in Osaka 9-11/Jan. Ebisu is the Japanese God of Fortune and many are celebrating and praying for good business. Had dinner with a Japanese friend in Benkay Restaurant in the hotel.
 
Appitiser - chef prepared mochi with the face of Ebisu.
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Hand made tofu
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Sashimi
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Sake
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Clear soup with white fish
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Cod roe
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Yellow tail in soya sauce
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To finish we have puffer fish (fugu) deep fried, restaurant only serve fugu from the natural wild
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Because I know executive chef very well he offered us this dish which is very difficult to come by - wild fugu testicles, lightly seared.
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Chawanmushi
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Crab rice cooked in claypot 
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Posted 12 January 2019 - 08:34 AM

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Had some light bites at a bar on our last night in Japan, Suzanne Bar in Shinsaibashi
 
Preparing our Yamazaki
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All drinks are being served in double-walled stainless steel vessels (http://susgallery.jp/en/). I went to the website checked these vessels don't come cheap.
 
Left is water and right is our Yamazaki double on the rocks, plate is grilled stingray
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More bites
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Cute staff
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Had 3 more double Hibiki before leaving
 
Nice bar, nice music and simple food pretty nice too. Suzanne bar is located at part of the Hotel Felice https://goo.gl/maps/SXfPHBYSX8F2


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Posted 12 January 2019 - 08:57 AM

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TS, think i read previoysly you are not vety well verse with japanese language. Am i right?

So i am curious how you could pull it off eating in the expensive restaurants when the menu would most likely not be the picture type? Especially when you stay in traditional ryokans where the old ladies serving you most likely understand japanese only.

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 11:44 AM

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TS, think i read previoysly you are not vety well verse with japanese language. Am i right?

So i am curious how you could pull it off eating in the expensive restaurants when the menu would most likely not be the picture type? Especially when you stay in traditional ryokans where the old ladies serving you most likely understand japanese only.

I can’t speak Japanese at all you’re right.

There are many good Japanese restaurants, particularly the small ones, that we foreigners can’t go on our own without a fluent Japanese speaking person accompanying. Yes the reason being menus in Japanese, owners and staff don’t speak anything other than Japanese and finally because of this the owners feel they could not provide the best service to non-speakers, Japanese take pride in their service. So I don’t blame them.

I had encountered twice when some Japanese recommended restaurants and when I arrived opened the door, spoke English and was immediately told, “full today, full, full” when clearly there were hardly anyone in there. I don’t take offense as I understand.

So for restaurants, the small traditional ones especially those husband and wife type it’s difficult for me to go. However in my travel there I found that these 3 years or so more and more such restaurants are opening up to foreigners with basic English menu. Whenever I know of one good local restaurant I will get the hotel to help me make a booking and ask if they have English menu so I don’t get disappointed when I get there.

A very good website to look for food in Japan is https://s.tabelog.com/en/ where many Japanese use and contribute reviews. Of course I often get wife to advise and recommend me as she speaks fluent Japanese and travel there very often she knows all the very local and good restaurants and very often make friends with owners so she help me to make bookings sometimes.

As for ryokans it’s different from restaurants. Most ryokans listed in japanican website they take in international guests and very often already have set dinners in room or dining rooms.

Finally I do go Japan often for work too visiting suppliers and they will bring me to good local restaurants. I too try to make friends with the owners as much as I can so I could go again myself the next time.


Steve my man

the way you eat going through life, I really doubt you are a really slim guy

show your waist with a measuring tape

Hahahahaha you cheeky fella. Yes not slim, cannot be slim la right?


60k yen ... marbled beef with sake and more sake or more whisky ... [sly] [laugh]

Aiyo not every meal is 60k lah. Mostly 35k on average.

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 12:31 PM

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I can’t speak Japanese at all you’re right.

There are many good Japanese restaurants, particularly the small ones, that we foreigners can’t go on our own without a fluent Japanese speaking person accompanying. Yes the reason being menus in Japanese, owners and staff don’t speak anything other than Japanese and finally because of this the owners feel they could not provide the best service to non-speakers, Japanese take pride in their service. So I don’t blame them.

I had encountered twice when some Japanese recommended restaurants and when I arrived opened the door, spoke English and was immediately told, “full today, full, full” when clearly there were hardly anyone in there. I don’t take offense as I understand.

So for restaurants, the small traditional ones especially those husband and wife type it’s difficult for me to go. However in my travel there I found that these 3 years or so more and more such restaurants are opening up to foreigners with basic English menu. Whenever I know of one good local restaurant I will get the hotel to help me make a booking and ask if they have English menu so I don’t get disappointed when I get there.

A very good website to look for food in Japan is https://s.tabelog.com/en/ where many Japanese use and contribute reviews. Of course I often get wife to advise and recommend me as she speaks fluent Japanese and travel there very often she knows all the very local and good restaurants and very often make friends with owners so she help me to make bookings sometimes.

As for ryokans it’s different from restaurants. Most ryokans listed in japanican website they take in international guests and very often already have set dinners in room or dining rooms.

Finally I do go Japan often for work too visiting suppliers and they will bring me to good local restaurants. I too try to make friends with the owners as much as I can so I could go again myself the next time.


Hahahahaha you cheeky fella. Yes not slim, cannot be slim la right?


Aiyo not every meal is 60k lah. Mostly 35k on average.

Thanks for the detail explanation. You really have a lot going for you to be able to enjoy with ease haha. For non-Japanese, especially those who are new to Japan, they will not be able to eat in ease in these places as just ordering the correct food will be very challenging.

 

Many years back when I first stayed in one of those atas ryokans, most of the time did not understand what the staff were trying to tell me as they kept repeating long sentences that were too complex to catch. And when they saw that you catch no ball, they will just repeat the same long sentences and eventually we just settled with whatever we ended up having. So I can see why a lot of those better ryokans did not want to accept foreign people as they did not want to stress themselves out besides worrying that we will  do those things that are not respectful to Japanese culture, like how to bath in their onsens, and affect their other local guests in the process. Nowadays things are getting better and most places should have a few younger staff who can speak basic English.

 

After the above post then I realized you are a seasoned japan traveler haha. Do continue to share your atas experience with us. Many thanks.


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Posted 12 January 2019 - 01:25 PM

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A very good website to look for food in Japan is https://s.tabelog.com/en/ where many Japanese use and contribute reviews. Of course I often get wife to advise and recommend me as she speaks fluent Japanese and travel there very often she knows all the very local and good restaurants and very often make friends with owners so she help me to make bookings sometimes.
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Nice website. I am visiting kyoto during cny so looking for a nice place to eat during cny eve. Thinking of trying Kobe beef in Kobe after visiting Himeji.

Surprised that even the TOP ranked restaurants has less than 4 stars. Japanese are very strict huh...
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Posted 12 January 2019 - 02:26 PM

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Thanks for the detail explanation. You really have a lot going for you to be able to enjoy with ease haha. For non-Japanese, especially those who are new to Japan, they will not be able to eat in ease in these places as just ordering the correct food will be very challenging.

 

Many years back when I first stayed in one of those atas ryokans, most of the time did not understand what the staff were trying to tell me as they kept repeating long sentences that were too complex to catch. And when they saw that you catch no ball, they will just repeat the same long sentences and eventually we just settled with whatever we ended up having. So I can see why a lot of those better ryokans did not want to accept foreign people as they did not want to stress themselves out besides worrying that we will  do those things that are not respectful to Japanese culture, like how to bath in their onsens, and affect their other local guests in the process. Nowadays things are getting better and most places should have a few younger staff who can speak basic English.

 

After the above post then I realized you are a seasoned japan traveler haha. Do continue to share your atas experience with us. Many thanks.

 

Thank you for the compliment and encouragement



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Posted 13 January 2019 - 12:58 AM

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Open 24hrs the ramen shop. One of the best ramen I've had. Went there almost 2am on Tuesday night.
 
The entrance
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Make you r order with the machine first
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Super cold beer
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Not a big place
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Condiments to add
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Ramen
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Super ice the pork soup, the meat is also very nice
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Gyoza and fried chicken
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Midnight supper for 2
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can I have the name of this ramen shop? thanks!


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Posted 13 January 2019 - 08:54 AM

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can I have the name of this ramen shop? thanks!

My pleasure, with location too

Ramen Zundoya Shinsaibashi
Japan, 〒542-0085 Ōsaka-fu, Ōsaka-shi, Chūō-ku, Shinsaibashisuji, 1 Chome−5−7 セーナビル 1F
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On Thursday went back to the shabu-shabu restaurant for lunch this time no more sukiyaki, too sweet with all the sugar
 
Starter
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Ordered grilled beef
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Sauces for shabu-shabu
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Here it comes - for 2
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Beautifully marbled
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Ordered extra
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This is the last post for the trip. Photos of the last meal in Osaka sitting by the window of the restaurant along Nishishinsaibashi
 
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Sake first 
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Bento set, starters radish with miso sauce
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an other starter, tempura fugu and vegetables
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Then came the bento
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consists of sashimi
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egg, crab, duck,. taro, fish roe etc
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sushi
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and tofu
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Shabu-Shabu set starts with sashimi
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the shabu set
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A5 (80g) had another one of this after finishing it total 160g
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Dessert for bento set
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Dessert for shabu set
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And after the second bottle its time to go tot he airport for home (Friday)
 
Will be back to Japan once again end of the month

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