japanese

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Yashin Ocean House
117 - 119 Old Brompton Road SW7 3RN
London
United Kingdom
GB

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Whenever people ask me which are my favourite Japanese restaurants, I always mention Yashin (MMMMM) as one of them. I was therefore very excited when Yashin opened another restaurant called Yashin Ocean House on Old Brompton Road, South Kensington. Just like Yashin, Yashin Ocean House is a modern Japanese restaurant that serves delicious sushi and other Japanese dishes.

One of the problems with Yashin has always been that it is quite a small restaurant, which does make it intimate, but means you are sometimes quite squeezed in there, and they have taken this on board and Yashin Ocean House is much bigger and feels different to Yashin. Whilst at Yashin half the seats are around the bar where you can watch sushi chefs make the most amazing sushi and sashimi, in Yashin Ocean House you do have some seats by the bar, but you mainly sit by tables.

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4.00

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Dozo
30 Old Compton Street W1D 4TP
London
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GB

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It was a Sunday and I was seriously craving some ramen noodles, as I think they are a good hangover food and I had a few too many glasses of champagne the night before. In the evening standard newspaper a few days earlier there had been an article on the best ramen places in London and the article said how London had gone crazy for ramen in the last few years and that more places were opening up. The ramen places that I really wanted to go to were either closed (Kanada-ya) or too far (United Ramen in Islington), so I decided to go Dozo, a Japanese restaurant that also served ramen.

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3.50

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Pham Sushi
165 Whitecross Street EC1Y 8JL
London
United Kingdom
GB

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Pham Sushi is a Japanese restaurant on Whitecross street, near Old Street and Moorgate. They actually have 2 restaurants very close to each other and at first I walked into their more casual restaurant and was directed to their main restaurant across the street and a bit further along. I was surprised to see how busy the place was. We came here on a Tuesday lunchtime and I had not booked a table and I almost could not get a table and had to settle for a not so good one by the door. The inside of the restaurant is “very Japanese” and done in a minimalistic approach with a sushi bar on one side of the room where you can watch the Japanese sushi chefs make fresh sushi (as well as the Vietnamese owner wth the surname Pham who apparently, I am told by my friend Julian, is also here making sushi).

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4.00

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Sushi des Artistes
85 Sloane Avenue SW3 3DX
London
United Kingdom
GB

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Sushi des Artistes calls itself a creative Japanese restaurant, and they think they offer a new and original sushi style that has a mixture of different cuisines, like French, and uses ingredients like foie gras, truffles, caviar. Whilst the food was beautiful and did use unusual ingredients, some of the combinations I did not think were amazing, and there are other restaurants like Yashin (MMMMM) which do this creative Japanese style much better.

Maija rated: 

2.50

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Kurobuta
20 Kendal Street W2 2YE
London
United Kingdom
GB

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This is now one of my favourite places in London. I read an article about Kurobuta that said it was a sort of Japanese izkaya (a typical drinking place with food in Japan –and Kurobuta is a modern take on it) and booked a table. There are two Kurobuta restaurants now in London, one in Chelsea and one in Marble Arch and I went to the Marble Arch one as it was closer to me (and one of my friends was saying this one is nicer anyways).

 

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Waku Ghin
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands 10 Bayfront Avenue, 018956
Singapore
Singapore
SG

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Waku Ghin is one of the best restaurants in the world. Located in Singapore, it is a Japanese restaurant, and currently ranked the 50th best restaurant in the world by the St Pellegrino awards. It is owned by Tetsuya Wakuda (Japanese born Australian chef) who owns another restaurant in Sydney which no longer features in the top 100 list. The name Waku Ghin is derived from two Japanese words: waku meaning to arise, and ghin meaning silver, in honour of Wakuda’s favourite colour. Waku Ghin is located just above the impressively large Marina Bay Sands casino, but in a quiet area so you don’t notice that there is a casino nearby. The restaurant is located on the first floor and is an oasis of calm once you step in. It is divided into small rooms where you and 2 other couples share your own table and a chef who cooks delicious dishes in front of you on a teppanyaki type of surface. The restaurant is small and only seats 25 people. Each dining room varies slightly in its style.

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5.00

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Koya Bar
49 Frith Street W1D 4SQ
London
United Kingdom
GB

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I love the Japanese noodle restaurant Koya in Soho, located on Frith street, which serves delicious udon noodle dishes (cold, hot, in soup) and Koya recently expanded and opened Koya Bar on the same street in Soho. Koya Bar though is not just the same restaurant further down the street, it has a slightly different menu and it focuses on breakfast dishes, so you can go there early in the morning for a delicious Japanese breakfast with rice or noodles. The one thing I miss about Japan and liked it there so much was the breakfast. I am a huge fan of having noodles or rice for breakfast as I feel it gives me the right sort of carbs to get me throughout the day. If I could find these sort of dishes in London for breakfast, I would be having a Japanese breakfast every day.
 

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3.50

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RyuGin
Side Roppongi 1st fl., 7 Chome-17-24 Roppongi Minato 106-0032
Tokyo
Japan
JP

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RyuGin is the world’s 22nd best restaurant according to the St Pellegrino awards and according to the latest best in Asia list also the 5th best restaurant in Asia. Besides these awards it also has 3 Michelin stars. It was one of the restaurants that I was very keen to go to when I was in Tokyo.
 

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4.50

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Mimitei
4-9 Fujimi-cho Naka-ku
Hiroshima
Japan
JP

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We had two days left in Japan and I still wanted to try two different cooking styles I had not yet tried – teppanyaki (meat/ fish/ vegetables fried by a chef in front of you on a hot surface) and shabu shabu (meat/ vegetables boiled in water). We were staying in Hiroshima and I asked our hotel concierge to recommend some teppanyaki restaurants as I had finally decided to have tepanyaki (not shabu shabu) and the concierge recommended Mimitei (and some other places).

 

Maija rated: 

4.50

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Kushikura
584 Hiiragicho Nakagyo-ku
Kyoto
Japan
JP

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By our sixth day in Japan we had already tried most of the different styles of cooking, but we had not yet been to one of the traditional Yakitori places where they grill skewers of delicious meat and vegetables in front of you. My guide book did not give me any good recommendations so I asked the hotel concierge to recommend us something and she recommended Kushikura. Kushikura is located in the centre of Kyoto and does the simple cooking method, "Sumibiyaki" (cooked over a charcoal flame). A lot of the meat is marinated in Kushikura's specialty sauce and garlic.
 

Maija rated: 

4.00

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