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The last king of tuna, Mr Yamaguchi

The last king of tuna, Mr Yamaguchi

The last king of tuna, Mr Yamaguchi

Many thanks to Mrs Mimi Kobayashi, my “fixer” and interpreter, who made this interview happen. Mimi-san can be your best guide in Tokyo! https://www.instagram.com/kobayashimimi2/ Yukitaka Yamaguchi is, without any doubts, a very important man at Tsukiji market and one of the most fascinating people I’ve ever met in Tokyo. If…

26
Nov '17
Hoshinoya Tokyo: a ryokan in the city

Hoshinoya Tokyo: a ryokan in the city

Hoshinoya Tokyo: a ryokan in the city

I first discovered Hoshino Resorts’ riverside Hoshinoya Kyoto a few years ago while filming “Foodies: the culinary jet set” documentary. Set in a century-old renovated villa against the backdrop of Arashiyama district’s leafy forests, this updated ryokan (guesthouse) is a haven of peace and traditional Japanese hospitality. Since then, I…

8
Nov '17
Été by Natsuko Shoji

Été by Natsuko Shoji

Été by Natsuko Shoji

On my last trip to Japan, I had the rare opportunity to dine at été, the invitation-only restaurant owned by Natsuko Shoji, a young and talented Japanese chef. I discovered her on social media through colourful snapshots of her cakes, which are inspired by iconic fashion accessories like the quilted…

7
Nov '17
50 best sushi-yas in Tokyo according to Tabelog users 08/11

50 best sushi-yas in Tokyo according to Tabelog users 08/11

50 best sushi-yas in Tokyo according to Tabelog users 08/11

Saito tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1308/A130802/13015251/ Sugita tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1302/A130204/13018162/ Mitani tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1309/A130902/13042204/ Sukiyabashi Jiro tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1301/A130101/13002260/ Hashiguchi tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1308/A130801/13134517/ Hatsunezushi tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1315/A131503/13017742/ Amamoto tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1314/A131401/13196420/ Arai tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1301/A130101/13188186/ Sawada tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1301/A130101/13001043/ Sushi Sho tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1309/A130902/13000852/ Kimura tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1317/A131708/13026584/ Harutaka tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1301/A130103/13032283/ Kiyota tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1301/A130101/13070238/ Ichikawa tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1317/A131715/13140619/ Sushi Sho Saito tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1308/A130801/13023988/ Daisan Harumisushi tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1301/A130103/13002140/ Takamitsu tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1317/A131701/13128483/ Tokami tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1301/A130103/13155234/ Namba tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1319/A131905/13127515/ Miyaba tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1314/A131401/13019499/ Sushi Yoshitake tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1301/A130103/13024076/ Takumi Shingo…

11
Aug '17
Ginza Onodera and best sushi-yas, etc…

Ginza Onodera and best sushi-yas, etc…

Ginza Onodera and best sushi-yas, etc…

Umami flavour is key in Japanese cooking and the reason why it is so oishi. One of the historical explanations could be that because for many years before Meiji restoration four-legged animals meat had been forbidden, Japanese cooks had to develop other ways to bring out umami. Necessity is what…

8
Aug '17
50 best restaurants in Tokyo according to Tabelog.com users

50 best restaurants in Tokyo according to Tabelog.com users

50 best restaurants in Tokyo according to Tabelog.com users

Matsukawa tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1307/A130701/13124391/ Quintessence tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1314/A131405/13159567/ Sushi Saito tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1308/A130802/13015251/ Sugita tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1302/A130204/13018162/ Kyoaji tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1301/A130103/13002887/ Shinohara tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1301/A130101/13200949/ L’Effervescence tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1306/A130602/13116356/ Restaurant LEquateur tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1307/A130702/13121866/ Sugalabo tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1307/A130704/13182678/ Pellegrino tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1303/A130302/13072775/ Choyo tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1301/A130103/13172920/ Hoshino tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1301/A130103/13136847/ Esquisse tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1301/A130101/13142530/ Tomura tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1308/A130802/13005027/ Kohaku tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1309/A130905/13049130/ CHIUnE tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1301/A130101/13203796/ Sukiyabashi Jiro tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1301/A130101/13002260/ Mitani tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1309/A130902/13042204/ Sato Buriand tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1319/A131905/13159782/ Furuta tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1313/A131301/13176780/ Kabuto tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1305/A130501/13016660/ Hashiguchi tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1308/A130801/13134517/ Morikawa tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1308/A130801/13002772/…

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Jun '17
A box by Wajima Kirimoto

A box by Wajima Kirimoto

A box by Wajima Kirimoto

The One story ephemeral restaurant kaiseki dinner by Zaiyu Hasegawa was served on the trays of this stunning bento box, produced by Taiichi Kirimoto, 7th generation designer, producer and owner of Wajima Kirimoto lacquerware company. (in business since the 1700s!). The pale yellow wood has been coated with room temperature…

28
Mar '17
5 Best Sushi Restaurants in London

5 Best Sushi Restaurants in London

5 Best Sushi Restaurants in London

Following my post on Instagram and Facebook last weekend, here are my top 5 picks of the best sushi restaurants in London. Will be posting my top 5 Paris list soon! The Araki When fine sushi in London is concerned, The Araki has no competition. Master Mitsuhiro Araki gave away…

19
Feb '17
The master and his knives

The master and his knives

The master and his knives

You can probably tell me what brand coat you have on, but can you tell me what brand of knife you used to prepare dinner last night? According to Jay Patel, owner of London-based Japanese Knife Company, the knife is humankind’s most valuable and underrated tool. There is a big…

31
Jan '17
Sugalabo

Sugalabo

Sugalabo

After working for Joël Robuchon for 16 years in Paris, New York and other cities, Yosuke Suga came back to pursue his career in Japan. He has participated in Iron Chef Japan and now runs a restaurant, open only on those days he decides to open. Apart of the difficult…

9
Jan '17