The streets of Tokyo were nearing empty. Or maybe just in this stretch from Haneda to Shinagawa. I watch the storefronts go by, mostly convenience stores I would find myself in over the next few days, over the next few cities. I think to myself, so this is Japan. And it was, and it wasn’t just.
I’ve said this a million times, I loooove Japanese food. Lucky for me, my boyfriend shares the same liking. We could eat Japanese food everyday and you won’t hear us complain. One of our go-to’s is Fish Mart Sakuraya. I first learned of this place on my first year in Singapore when my boss and some colleagues and I went to Parkway Parade to buy Christmas dinner goodies. Good thing too because I wouldn’t have thought that you could actually dine inside. I mean, would you? It looks like an ordinary Japanese grocery store when you pass it from the outside.
But if you go further inside, you see this: Fresh Catch Dining. YUM!
What does this actually mean? Well, for starters, you get to choose your raw food and how much of it. It’s priced per gram so you get to see the portions and gauge for yourself how much you want. You grab a packet and give it to the counter for them to slice up and serve. I find that this makes sashimi cheaper than if you order from restaurants.
If sashimi isn’t your thing, don’t worry, they also serve cooked food and yes, they make rolls too. It’s a casual japanese dining experience that doesn’t scrimp on quality. It’s no frills but you know it’s high standard. I’ll let the photos (collected over time) do the talking, but please don’t scroll if you’re hungry!
Should I find myself in the Merlion – Collyer Quay area again, I’d definitely love to go back! (And look like the sumo in the chopsticks case, haha!)
I love food. If you’ve scrolled through my Instagram, you may have even seen my new hashtag: #heyrockEATgirl. So witty, noh? Hahaha Seriously though, food is always one of the things I look forward to when traveling (or even in life in general, ssh!). Aside from authentic local dishes, a culture’s take on other cuisines is also worth a bite.
1. Miss Bee Providore
Jalan Rancabentang No. 11A, Ciumbuleuit – Bandung, Jawa Barat 40142, Indonesia
2. Sushi Groove
Jl. Sukajadi No. 137-139 Cipedes Sukajadi Bandung Jawa Barat, Indonesia
3. Floating Market
Jl. Grand Hotel No. 33 E, Lembang, Bandung Barat, Jawa Barat, Indonesia
4. Pizza é Birra
Jl. Sukajadi No. 137-139, Jawa Barat, Indonesia
Pizza é Birra is probably one of the prettiest restaurants I’ve been to. Just look at the interiors! Loove the industrial space and the pop art! :The chili con carne fries was a bit of a let down, refer to the photo above. But maybe next time, we should really go for pizza and beer instead of pasta and wings. 😉
5. Banana-leaf rice meal
A trip to Indonesia won’t be complete without eating rice wrapped in banana leaf. Surprisingly, this was a bit of a tough to find. Luckily though, after a failed attempt at outlet shopping, we asked our driver to take us to eat instead. He brought us to this little shack next to an outlet where we had rice (!) and barbecued chicken wings. Yum! Although I wish there was more chicken coz the rice was sooo good.
So, that’s it. 5 more reasons why you should go visit Bandung. 😉
See anything you like? Have you tried these places before? Did I miss any good eats in Bandung? Let me know below!
PS: Don’t forget to check out 5 Things to Do in Bandung.
I often tell my boyfriend how glad I am that he loves Japanese food. Mostly because there are times we can’t think of what to have for dinner that we end up going on our default mode – even if we just had Japanese a couple of nights ago. The other times because it makes me certain that he’ll get along with my family well. You are what you eat, right? 😉 Whenever I see my family discussing where to have Sunday dinner on Viber, I always get a teeny bit jealous because I’m not able to join them for a yummy meal, and of course, the always laugh trip family bonding. That’s why I was really happy to have joined them for a meal at Nihon Bashitei. I have been to Nihon Bashitei previously but have never tried the Spicy Tuna Sashimi (above) that my relatives have been raving about. Now slapping myself for not trying it earlier, haha!
For delicious, straightforward, reasonably priced Japanese meal, Nihon Bashitei is your go to place in Metro Manila. Looking forward to my next yummy meal with my family!♥︎
Ramen is so big these days that shops just keep on sprouting not just in Manila but also here in Singapore. I looove Japanese food, but I’ll be honest, ramen isn’t really at the top of my list. I mean, I do appreciate me a good bowl, but I’d take sushi and katsus over it any day. 🙂 Well, maybe except for this particular one I had at Keisuke Tokyo Ramen Dining.
Chanced upon Keisuke Ramen in Suntec after a late night fashion styling sesh with my boyfriend in H&M. It’s good being able to bust out my men’s styling chops once in a while… but it can also get quite exhausting especially if you do it during dinner time. Keisuke was our oasis of respite after an hour in the men’s department and impossibly long lines in other diners.
So much for ramen not being on the top of my list, no? :))
A foodie photo diary of one of my favorite places in Singapore – Saboten over at Changi Airport Terminal 1. My boyfriend and I love our japanese food so we often take advantage of the Changi staff menu available to airport pass holders. Not only is it close to work, the staff is friendly and efficient too! But more than anything, the food is really good! I personally love their tonkatsu, crispy batter yet juicy and tender on the inside. It’s so good that even when it’s in katsudon form, it retains its crisp – a feat most places cannot accomplish with the egg drenching the pork and all. Not really surprising since they’ve been in business since 1966. How much more proof do you need?! Meals come in a set including green tea, cabbage, rice, miso soup and ice cream. Nom nom nom!
Oh, and fun fact, saboten means cactus.
Saboten is located at Changi Airport Terminal 1, Departure Check-in Hall Level 3, Singapore
I used to joke about wanting to marry a half-Italian half-Japanese man who loves to cook so I can eat yummy traditional Italian/Japanese food all day everyday. Yep, I love these two cuisines that much. I’ve long since given up that dream (good bye volumes of family recipes, *tear*) but I’ve come to the conclusion that being with someone who shares the same food preference is just as good. Even better too coz no need to do the dishes after, haha! Most of the food posts on this blog are Italian-centric so it’s hightime I introduce you to our company’s favorite resto – Kushi.
Kushi is a dining bar that serves sumptuous Japanese cuisine using only the freshest ingredients in an ala-carte buffet setting. From SGD49.90/++ per adult, you get to stuff yourself to your heart’s and tummy’s content. What’s best is that because it’s ala-carte style, the food is prepared as you order so no stale nori here. The menu is pretty much a picture book and it can be a bit overwhelming coz everything looks so good (don’t worry, I have yet to try a miss), but if you don’t have a bottomless pit of a stomach, better not waste food by over ordering, yes? Photos below were taken during our department’s visit last August. Having gone here a couple of times, the 3 of us stuck to our favorites.. maybe your future favorite too. 😉
Don’t forget to make a reservation coz tables are really in demand! Maybe I’ll see you there too coz as I type, I am already salivating for my next visit.
Kushi is located at #03-01 Hotel Royal, 36 Newton Road, Singapore 307964