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Hide Yamamoto, Singapore

Posted by D on 17 December, 2011 in Japanese, Singapore | 3 comments

Hide Yamamoto, Singapore

The Marina Bay Sands – it’s hard to miss when you visit Singapore. It’s this looming building at the south-eastern end of Marina Bay with its three tall towers seemingly precariously holding up its observation deck. Architectural marvel, a monstrosity of an eye-sore or otherwise, it’s definitely hard to deny that this large hotel, casino, shopping, entertainment and basically everything hub is impressive at first sight. Walking in, you get a taste of the over-the-top opulence that you can expect from a Vegas style complex – not surprising considering it was developed by Las Vegas Sands at a whopping cost of $8 billion dollars.

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Toko Restaurant & Bar – Surry Hills

Posted by D on 22 April, 2010 in Japanese, Sydney | 4 comments

Toko Restaurant & Bar – Surry Hills

Phew, it’s been a majorly busy few weeks for me with work, weddings, Easter, family, friends, birthdays…well life in general really (aagh!). Basically this meant I was left with the good old dilemma of ‘too much to do, too little time to do it all in’. If only I could have a couple extra hours every day to cram in everything!

Regardless, somehow, I managed to squeeze in a catch-up with our good friends Justin and Christina at Toko in Surry Hills. The vibe of Toko pure trendy. It’s definitely a place where you get the feeling that this is where the beautiful people go to be seen.

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Sake Restaurant

Posted by D on 26 January, 2010 in Contemporary, Japanese, Sydney | 10 comments

Sake Restaurant

I’ve always had a rule that I generally stick by and rarely break – never order food from a joint where the chef isn’t from the same background as the cuisine. Not to be discriminatory in any way, the simple fact is that I like my food authentic as I can get. Also, call it a quirk of mine, but my mind simply refuses to comprehend the disassociation.

There are however a handful of chefs that beg to differ. Sake Restaurant at the Rocks as can be expected by the name serves contemporary Japanese food and but the executive chef is not Japanese, but a gaijin by the name of Shaun Presland (previously of Sushi E and Establishment

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Monkey Magic

Posted by D on 19 December, 2009 in Contemporary, Japanese, Sydney | 7 comments

Monkey Magic

The last few months at work has been manic to say the least. With starting up the blog, a rebounding market and the resultant influx of work, I was fast running out of steam and eagerly looking forward to the lead-up to Christmas. Historically, this has been a time when work slows down and you’re given the opportunity to wind down and let your hair down. No luck there.

In the end, the hard work paid off its dividends when I was fortunate enough to be invited to a dinner organised to celebrate the successes of our overall team during the past quarter. The place that was chosen

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Azuma Kushiyaki – Sugar Hit

Posted by D on 10 November, 2009 in Japanese, Sydney | 4 comments

Azuma Kushiyaki – Sugar Hit

The Sydney International Food Festival may be over for the year, but there’s one place that’s carrying on their Sugar Hit special into November due to the overwhelming response to their offering last month.

Unfortunately every time we attempted to head to Azuma Kushiyaki for their Sugar Hit during October it was a last minute decision we were never able to get a table. When it finally dawned on us mid-month that we needed to get our organisational skills in check, it was already booked out. Disappointed at first, but we were thrilled to find out they made the

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Ryo’s Noodles

Posted by D on 15 October, 2009 in Japanese, Sydney | 2 comments

Ryo’s Noodles

Sure Ryo’s Noodles is in a obscure location but it’s one of those places where the effort to trek out to Crows Nest doesn’t outweigh the satisfaction of chowing down on a bowl of their ramen. The interior is what I would describe as ‘Japanese kitsch’ but it works in this restaurant. Pieces of paper detailing the menu adorns every wall and is matched up with various brightly coloured fans against the vibrant yellow walls. There’s even a ‘wall of fame’ for the record number of bowls of ramen eaten in one sitting! To me it’s exactly how I envision a small ramen joint in Japan would be.

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