Osaka, Japan: Fujiya 1935

Fujiya 1935, as the name implies, had its humble beginnings back in 1935 as a simple udon restaurant. It had changed concepts through the years. Fast forward to present time, this place now serves Japanese kaiseki with a modern approach. Upon entry, we were greeted in a quiet zen-like room, where the host served us…

Osaka, Japan: Columbia 8

Japanese curry has it’s own distinct flavor profile different from those of SE Asia and India. It does not contain coconut milk, and it tends to be sweeter and less spicy. So when we stumbled across a Michelin recommended curry shop, we had to see how they stood out from the rest. Like most restaurants…

Kyoto, Japan: Hirokawa

Set besides the pristine bamboo forest of Arashiyama, a legendary restaurant of immense popularity resides in this quaint quiet town. People flock from all over the world, and wait for countless hours, just for a chance to savor their signature dish. Hirokawa’s specialty is grilled unagi, a freshwater eel. This is not to be confused…

Osaka, Japan: Taian

When we envision a Michelin 3 star restaurant, we typically think of an impressive venue dressed in a million dollar design concept, along with a personal server at your side awaiting to fulfill your every dining request. But Taian was far from this grandiosity. The décor at this restaurant was not worth the megabyte of…

Kobe, Japan: Steak Aoyama

You don’t travel to Kobe for sushi or yakitori. No, you go there for one thing, and one thing only, beef! So it’s no wonder that this city is overrun with steakhouses on every corner. But finding one that serves actual Kobe beef requires careful scrutiny. In order for a restaurant to sell Kobe beef,…

Osaka, Japan: La Cime

La Cime, headed by Chef Yusuke Takada, is the latest entry into Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. In fact, it won the “Highest New Entry Award” for 2018. Chef Takada began his culinary studies in Japan. Afterward, he spent years in France, sharpening his skills. The menu is a modern representation of traditional Japanese kaiseki. His…