We are back in Japan!
This trip happened because the promotion for 15% off Krisflyer miles for online redemption was ending (boo SQ!), and we wanted to use up our miles (and the discount) 😛
When we started our planning, we had great ambition to cover lots of places, so we decided to fly in to Osaka and fly out from Fukuoka. And to travel leisurely in between so as to cover the whole stretch of Wakayama, Shikoku, Kyushu and not have to backtrack in order to fly back. But as the planning went, we thought we were too ambitious and reduced our ambitions to just Kyushu. 😛
We were scheduled to fly in and reach Osaka like 9:35pm, so we had planned to quickly go through immigration and dashed to take the train to hotel. We planned to stay two nights in Osaka, and only spent 1 Saturday to explore Osaka since we had been here before.
Therefore, we went to the areas within walking distance of one another, where good food and shopping were concentrated at (as well as the crowds!).
Thanks to Starhub, we had a 1-for-1 voucher, and decided to try out Takujo at Emporium Shokuhin, serving contemporary Japanese cuisine.
Emporium Shokuhin is this huge area in Marina Square ground floor that has a collection of fresh fish market (with fresh lobster from Hokkaido!), frozen meat market, groceries, and many restaurants all congregating together.
The restaurant was surprising quiet at 6:45pm on a Friday night (maybe the price put off many people). Even when we finished around 8:30pm, there were only 4-5 tables full.
Since it was 1-for-1, we opted for the Takujo 8-course Signature Dinner Set ($128++), where we would get to try both grilled fish options 🙂
The menu was surprisingly in English only though.
Today we took a short walk from Ang Mo Kio MRT Station to this neighbourhood restaurant for some very affordable Italian food 🙂
- French Quail with Egg Tortino ($15 nett): One of the today’s special for appetiser, this was very delightful! The quail was de-boned, making it real easy for us to eat. Pan-fried skin was crispy, and the meat was tender. The egg tortino was soft and abit like custard, and hubby likened it to a hard version of chawanmushi. Hahahaha, it was quite delicious and had a lovely truffle aroma to it. Pity that they forgot to remove the top layer of paper, which they were really shocked when we discovered it; we were too, for they had drizzled balsamic vinegar on it! Other than this little blip, this dish was good.
- Capesante ($12): This was one of the 3 chef’s recommendations for appetiser. The 2 baked scallops were fresh, but perhaps their thunder were stolen by the capsicum puree with flavoured butter and cheese in this dish.
- Pan Fried Pork Milanese ($22): Today’s special, and our favourite. This breaded pork fillet had a good balance of meat and fats. Very succulent and addictive. Perfect for sharing! The potatoes by the side were delicious too.
- Nero ($12): We are unable to resist ordering squid ink pasta 😛 It was actually a pretty good plate of pasta, with the spaghetti done just right, but the rest of the food we tried were just better. Is it normal that we always inevitably ended up fighting with the membrane of the squid whenever we order this dish? Made it a bit tough to eat. We missed the squid from yesterday… Haha 😛
- Tiramisu ($6): We almost did not order it, but the pictures look oh-so-good, and we were glad that we tried it! The generous amount of mascarpone cream made it look like melted ice cream, and we liked the overall texture and the balanced taste of this lightly-sweetened dessert.
Service in general was pleasant and friendly.
Note: They do not serve water, so it was $2 Dasani distilled water by the bottle. Considering that prices were nett, and the food portions were actually pretty decent, plus the food was good mostly delicious, we do consider this a value-for-money dinner, and a gem in this neighbourhood. 🙂
- Location: 408 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10 #01-779 S(560408)
- Website: pocoloco.com.sg
- Hrs: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm
After our lovely dinner at Enbu, we strolled around the area and ended up at Millenia Walk, where we spotted Teppei Syokudo 哲平食堂!
This is a series of small eateries opened by the same Teppei Group of Restaurants which has one of the longest waiting list for its omakase dinner!
Since we did not had any carbo earlier at Enbu, it was the perfect excuse to have their famous Kaisendon 😛
For $21, we got ourselves a Kaisendon, with additional scallop, as well as a drink. Wow, they were certainly generous with their fish slices and chunky cubes! The fish were fresh and it was delicious!
It was a great treat to end our night out 🙂
We were running out of ideas on a nice Sunday afternoon. So we decided to head north this time, and found ourselves queuing at Senjyu 千寿 because it looks new. 😛
At 2+ in the afternoon, the Sashimi Maki and Kanikyu were already sold out (we could place our orders but the waitress came by to tell us that they were sold out), while the Yari Ika was unavailable when we tried to order, which was quite a pity since they looked pretty delicious on the menu.
We were all hanging around at the dining area of the minsu and the Taiwanese couple shared that they had a lovely Teppanyaki dinner nearby, which they had made reservations 2 months in advance!
The minsu owner added that this was a very popular place, and that 周董 was known to book the entire place for parties (there’s a photo of him at the restaurant) 😮
Since we were checking out the next day and had no prior plans for lunch, she offered to help us make reservations for lunch.
A quick phone call later, and there were still seats available for the 13:10 and 14:10 timings, and so we picked the earlier slot. Thank you 小蘭!
A first-time trip to 京都 Kyoto would probably be incomplete without paying a visit to 錦市場 Nishiki Market. Despite being a Wednesday, where some shops were closed, there were actually still plenty to see, and it was less crowded too.
We had fun strolling around, just looking at the merchandise, and also snacking along the way. The popular soy doughnut shop was opened, and we got ourselves some Soy Doughnut (¥300). A pity it was not piping hot, but still not bad. It certainly tasted different from the soy doughnut that we had at 嵐山 Arashiyama.
After our walk from Yung Shue Wan 榕树灣 to Sok Kwu Wan 索罟灣, we deserved a good lunch!
We also missed the ferry by 15 minutes or so, and it was a good 2 hours wait for the next one. The restaurants were well aware of the schedule too, as one called out to us, telling us that it was a long wait to before the next ferry would come and so we should have lunch while waiting, and another one tried to entice us with their private ferry schedule…
We walked up and down the stretch of restaurants (and seeing the ever popular Rainbow Seafood) before finally deciding on Tai Yuen Shark’s Fin Seafood Restaurant 泰苑鱼翅海鲜酒家 and ordered the set for 2 (HKD 248). It was probably the cheapest set available across all restaurants, and the ala-carte menu also had prices listed, unlike some others, so we felt more comfortable eating here.
So we were trying so hard to get seats at Teppei that we gave up. Then came G’s friend, JY, who happened to know a chef in a Japanese restaurant, and she had seats for Omakase dinner! She very generously offered to bring us along and we were so excited (even though it’s not Teppei, haha…)!
Categories: Central, Dinner
Tags: anago, beef, century egg, chawanmushi, Japanese, Orchard, restaurant, sashimi, scallop, swordfish, uni