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December 12, 2018

Best Bites 2018: Tokyo

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Tokyo -- This was a year of culinary highs for sure, one that involved freshwater eel, lamb ramen, sake and more.Read more
Tokyo -- This was a year of culinary highs for sure, one that involved freshwater eel, lamb ramen, sake and more.

Kyuri Cucumbers at Sobaya Nicolas

Following a visit to Kyoto’s Nishiki Market, I felt myself yearning for local kyo yasai, vegetables from the Kansai region of Japan. That night we were invited by a local artisan for a Michelin-starred soba meal at Sobaya Nicolas, a much-lauded eatery far from the crowded streets of central Kyoto. A great soba restaurant is judged not only by the quality of soba and sauces, but also by the side dishes accompanying the soba. Read more
Explore Kichijoji on our Tokyo culinary walk!
November 23, 2018

Kooriya Peace: Shaved Ice Mountain

By Phoebe Amoroso
Tokyo -- It’s 9 o’clock in the morning and the narrow streets that fringe Inokashira Park are largely empty. This part of Kichijoji, a lively neighborhood in west Tokyo, has yet to wake up. Storefront shutters are yet to be lifted; staff inside cafés can be glimpsed preparing for the day. Read more
November 12, 2018

Kemuri Ramen: Liquid Smoke

By Lily Crossley-Baxter
Tokyo -- Unusual takes on ramen abound in Tokyo, from carefully balanced chocolate and lamb creations for Valentine’s Day to algae-tinted blue broth, but few leave you with cravings and daydreams lasting for weeks. Adding a quality twist on ramen is a challenge – simplicity is one of the dish’s most vital elements, as with most Japanese cuisine. Read more