Saturday, January 23, 2016

Shunji@West LA ★★★

Omakase Sushi with Shunji-san at the Sushi Bar. This time instead of the Shunji Omakase ($130-$160), I ordered the Sushi Special for $50 and added a few more sushi requests. It's much more economical this way. The sushi bar experience was more authentic than the table seating. Also got the gut to try Shirako, which is sperm sacs from Cod Fish...
Compare with Shunji from 2013 (3 years ago):

Squid Mix w/ Black Squid Ink, Uni, Truffle, & Quail Egg $10

Red Snapper



Trumpet Fish

Black Snapper

Sweet Lip Snapper

Shima Aji

Blue Fin Tuna

Belt Fish

Agedashi Tomato Tofu $10




Blue Crab Hand Roll

Salmon Roe

Hotate Scallop



Shunji-san Slicing Fish Skillfully

Shunji-san Making Sushi Skillfully

Pink Orange Ice Cream $5

Shunji Japanese Cuisine
12244 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 826-4737

Friday, January 1, 2016

Moomin House Cafe@Tokyo Skytree ★★★

Dining with Moomin & Friends at Moomin Cafe. A wonderland for Moomin fans. Great food and great service. They rotate Moomin & friends around to dine with you, so that you can dine with different characters. It could be a long wait for the cafe in the daytime, but if you try going there later at night, there could be no line. The cafe is not located directly inside the Skytree building, so you will have to ask around to get there.

Hot Latte with Souvenir Cup 1,500 yen ($12.50 USD)

Homemade Pancake with Souvenir Moomin Figure 1,800 yen ($15.25 USD)

Chocolate Mousse, Berry Mousse, & Creme Brulee

Dining with Snufkin

Dining with Moomin

Moomin House Cafe ムーミンハウスカフェ 東京スカイツリータウン ソラマチ店
1-1-2 Oshiage Sumida Tokyo
東京都 墨田区 押上 1-1-2 東京ソラマチ 1F
03-5610-3063 (+81-3-5610-3063)

calbee+ カルビープラス@Tokyo Skytree ★★★

Great Snack at Tokyo Skytree Mall. Freshly made Potato Sticks. It's crispy, and it tasted really good. Calbee sells potato snacks at their shop. They also have a franchise in Harakuju.

Poterico Salad Potato Sticks 310 yen ($2.50 USD)

calbee+ カルビープラス
1-1-2 Oshiage Sumida Tokyo
東京都 墨田区 押上 1-1-2 東京ソラマチ 4F
+81 3 6658 8153

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Shiroichi 白一@Shibuya ★★★

Famous Super Long Milk Ice in Shibuya. I call it ice rather than ice cream, because it tasted more like ice. Ice that is very smooth and melts in your mouth. Definitely a landmark.

Shiroichi Cone 390 yen ($3.25 USD)

Shiroichi 白一
1-7-7 Jinnan Shibuya Tokyo
東京都 渋谷区 神南 1-7-7 アンドスビル2 1F
03-6416-5574 (+81-3-6416-5574)

Freshly Baked Melon Pan Ice Cream@Shibuya ★★★

Must-Try Melon Ice Cream Bun in Shibuya, Tokyo. Warm, cold, fresh, juicy, and crispy all-in-one. Just need to eat it skillfully. They also sell the bread crumbs for 300 yen.

Freshly Baked Melon Pan Ice Cream w/ Pineapple 450 yen ($3.75 USD)

The Line - about 10-minute-wait

Store Front

World’s Second Best Freshly Baked Melon Pan Ice Cream 世界で2番めにおいしい焼きたてメロンパンアイス 渋谷 公園通店
1-15-9 Jinnan Shibuya Tokyo
東京都 渋谷区 神南 1-15-9 岩瀬ビル

Ichiran 一蘭@Shibuya ★

Eating Ramen in Individual Study Room Like Cubical. About 45-minute-wait to get inside the restaurant. A bit stressful to order from the vending machine in a short time. Ramen was ok, but the experience was nice. The Green Tea Almond Tofu dessert was great.

Ramen + Half-Boiled Salted Egg 910 yen ($7.50 USD)

Green Tea Almond Tofu 390 yen ($3.25 USD)

Eating inside an Individual Cubical

Ordering from the Vending Machine

Filling out Desired Details for Your Ramen

Ichiran 一蘭 渋谷店
1-22-7 Jinnan Shibuya Tokyo
東京都 渋谷区 神南 1-22-7 岩本ビル B1F

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Nanbantei Shinjuku 南蛮亭 新宿東口店@Tokyo ★★

Yakitori@Shinjuku Branch. Immediate reservations were fully booked, but we were able to walk in without any wait around 6:15pm. The Yakitori were decent. 12-piece-course is 3,100 yen ($25.50 USD). They have a minimum order of 1 course per person.

Green Perilla (Shiso) Leaf Wrapped w/ Pork, Asparagus Wrapped w/ Pork

Chicken Neck Meat, Chicken w/ Wasabi

Beef w/ Wasabi Sauce

Shitake Mushroom, Ginkgo Nuts

Chicken Wing, Prawn

Eggplant, Chicken & Green Onion, Chicken Meat Ball, Chicken Liver

Draft Beer 637 yen ($5.50 USD)

Nanbantei Shinjuku 南蛮亭 新宿東口店
3-28-7 Shinjuku Shinjuku Tokyo
東京都 新宿区 新宿 3-28-7
03-3354-0343 (+81-3-3354-0343)