Manseki 满席 (マン席)

マン席, pronounced as Manseki, means “sold out” or “all seats taken” in the Japanese language. And in effect with the yummilicious omakase meal I had recently, this semi-fine dining restaurant ought to be! I wanted to name this post “A Tale of 2 Friendships” because it was a union of 2 old buddies and I … Continue reading

Sushi Omakase Sake @ Shinzo Carpenter Street

This is a pretty (pun intended) long post with lots of pictures compiled over two visits. Chef Lawrence Chia, who graduated from the famed Nogawa School, helms Shinzo, a rather new Japanese restaurant located at Carpenter Street, with 3 other chefs. Although Shinzo is new being under a year old, Chef Lawrence is not. In … Continue reading

The Gamble – Nagomi Restaurant

I haven’t been able to take good food picture lately. Perhaps I ran into photographer’s block. My new lens seemed uncooperative and is put away on the shelf – it would serve me during the day only. I had gone out with Naomi to a very nice dinner where we had squid ink pasta with … Continue reading

The Waiting Game – Teppei Japanese Restaurant

Appetiser course – Salads: Ocean fresh Sashimi: Chawanmushi was without any secondary fillings. It was instead topped with a lovely golden clear broth. Next we were served Yellowtail Cheek. Although you have to wait to get to eat in this restaurant, once inside, you never have to wait long… One dish after another kept coming … Continue reading

Oishii おいしい Sushi Tei

I first started eating at Lim Seng Lee Duck Rice some 25+ years even before my elder daughter was born and the most recent trip there was 4th August 2012. I knew the exact date because I was acting like a local tourist that day. It’s been a 15-year break since I last ate there … Continue reading

En Japanese Dining Bar – Irrashaimase いっらしゃいませ

The minute you step into a Japanese restaurant, you are most likely be greeted with or get startled by a chorus of “irrashaimase” which loosely translates to “welcome” by the staff. Japanese cuisine is one of my  favourite food in the world. The exacting standard that goes into the preparation and presentation of Japanese food, … Continue reading

Konnyaku Jelly

A quick check with my K.O.A.T (knower of all things) Wiki, calls it konjak, konjaku, konnyaku potato, devil’s tongue, voodoo lily, snake palm, or elephant yam. I have decided to name my post as simply as Konnyaku Jelly since I’m quite sure no one would want to taste the devil’s tongue! Why so many scary, … Continue reading

The Forgotten Bluefin

Bluefin are the largest tuna and can live up to 40 years. They migrate across oceans and can dive more than 4,000 feet. Bluefin tuna are made for speed: built like torpedoes, have retractable fins and their eyes are set flush to their body. They are tremendous predators from the moment they hatch, seeking out … Continue reading

1000 Tastes In A Bowl

We usually eat at the flagship restaurant at 130 Bourke Street but our friend/neighbour told us that Ajisen Ramen had opened another outlet at Melbourne Central. According to Jason, “the food and ambience are better” and besides, Melbourne Central is nearer to where we stay thus saving us some tram fares which would be used to … Continue reading

Sake Sashimi

Salmon or Sake 鮭 in Japanese, has been known to be rich in omega 3 fatty acids, protein and Vit. D content. Happy eating 🙂