Tanabe Sushi

Let’s start this year with some nostalgia as I travel back to my first experience of Michelin star restaurant. The year was 2014 in Sapporo, Japan. I just remembered that Tananbe was awarded 3-star Michelin in 2012 and it was at a peak of hype period. So my thought at that moment was why don’t I try out the highest recommendation from Michelin to see how amazing the experience it would be.

I remember hearing such stories as proper dress code and a bunch of regulations for reservation of Michelin starred restaurant around the world. In case of Tanabe I remember about a request to refrain from strong fragrance like perfume, because they would like guest to enjoy characteristic sushi and the aroma of the cuisine also not disturbing other guest.

Starting from appetizer, Hokkai-shima-ebi “北海縞海老”, it is caught in only Hokkaido. And natural Hokkaido scallop, and one kind of sea weed named Junsai “蓴菜”. Junsai is caught in the clean lake, it is summer seasonal food. Such a refreshing and light to kick start my appetite.

Sashimi : Flatfish [ Hirame ] Fluffy texture with light flavored as such a perfect way to start Sashimi section to reflect a pure flavor.

Octopus [ Tako ] with Japanese vinegar sauce. First of all, forget all chewy Tako in all your life that makes you uncertain whether you are chewing a Tako or a gum. Extremely fresh Tako are just soft and enjoyable. Combining with perfectly balance savory vinegar jelly sauce to crank up my appetite.

Offspring Tuna [ Mejimaguro ] that is special one in only summer season. Majority of cured Tuna are called “Akami” and usually it comes with a strong texture and flavor. Mejimaguro are a lighter version which I found relatively easy to try out for a first timer.

Toasted small sardine [ Tatami-Iwashi ] Apart from eccentric shaped plate, this plate provide a crunchy and yummy treat.

Oyster [ Kaki ] My first impression was that oyster are just grilled to a mouthwatering degree contrasting grilled part yet retaining juicy part inside. Providing strong flavor and soft texture together.

Steamed egg [ Chawan-Mushi ] What I love about Japanese Steamed egg are how bouncy texture and comfort menu appear. Very lightly seasoned with a surprise of hidden sweet and tender crab meat inside.

Tuna [ Maguro/Akami ] Akami means lean part hence resulted in red color. Akami are cured within Shoyu for more balanced taste. Apart from beautifully presentation, this Akami taste are just right with a tender texture.

Shrimp [ Ebi ] Introducing the best shrimp I have ever had in my life up until now. This one changed my perspective that boiled shrimp must be better than raw shrimp. The texture are just divine with an insane amount of sweetness and a bit contrast of fresh Wasabi on top.

Squid [ Ika ] To be honest I have my reservation about chewiness of this squid compared to my past experience. In contrast, it came out as a lot better than expected.

Horse mackerel [ Aji ] also means flavor in Japanese. That is why this Sushi is packed with such intense flavor in a satisfying texture.

Salmon [ Shake ] that is the seasonal one named “Tokishirazu”. Tokishirazu also refers to “Chum Salmon” which are caught within spring to the beginning of summer. Tokishirazu came with a high fat content yet firm texture compared to average Salmon.

Surf clam [ Hokki ] If you ever experienced a Hokki and felt a bit chewier than your preference. This one is much more different than that. The texture are located in a reasonably chewing experience.

Abalone [ Awabi ] with liver sauce. Awabi are quite a tricky experience for handling and properly cooking. Removal of algae and perfecting cooking temperature are quite a challenging task. This one came out a enjoyable texture, fragrant and the sauce are not too overwhelming.

Sea urchin [ Uni ] Generous portion and a light color seems like a promising bite. I would say the flavor are more on creamy light and tender area.

Salmon roe [ Ikura ] Probably my first experience on generous portion of Ikura and it was just as amazing as I expected. Ikura were cured to a balanced flavor.

Conger Eel [ Anago ] Anago are a more fluffy texture compared to Unagi. I understand that keeping tiny fish bone are somewhat charm for eel dishes in Japan so keep that in your mind.

Japanese Rolled Omelette (Tamagoyaki) I would say this Sushi resides in a sweet area rather than savory. Egg texture are delicate as a gateway to dessert.

Creme Brulee was made with Japanese special sugar “wasanbon(和三盆)”. Wasanbon is a fine-grained Japanese sugar, traditionally made in the Shikoku prefectures of Tokushima and Kagawa. The sugar is often used for Japanese sweets (Wagashi). I did finished Creme Brulee in an instant. Delicate texture and balanced sweetness.

Ending this spectacular experience with a pineapple Sherbet. It was good to try out pineapple dessert that was not extremely sour with an enjoyable texture. I would say Tanabe price are reasonable at their decided price. Staff are extremely friendly and helps provide such an insightful information regarding ingredients and cooking method.

Kisso

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Kisso Japanese Restaurant marks its 25th Anniversary as one of the most popular and awarded Japanese restaurants in Bangkok this year. Considering they provide promising quality of dining experience. I grabbed my chance to try out their well-known menu.

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The place seems to be casual for a Japanese lunch and the place not fully packed at my visit. As expected from hotel quality service, the staff are well-trained and their service are top-notched.

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Sumono Moriwase – Octopus, Hokkaido Scallops, boiled prawn, eel and mackerel in vinegar sauce.

Starting with appetizer with visually stunning and acidic aroma from aroma does enhance my appetite.

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Tempura Moriawase 

Tempura batter are light and crispy as good tempura should be. Taraba crab tempura are just lovely with sweetness of the crab and crispiness form tempura batter. Overall shrimp and vegetables are also amazing.

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Kurobuta steak

Juicy and succulent Kurobuta pork texture with well-round seasoning as variety of sauce to extend the possibility of flavor. Side dishes vegetables and fried garlic are also worth mentioning as their flavor harmonize with the main dish.

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Salmon Nigiri Sushi

Fresh and sweet salmon sushi. I just love how simple and amazing this menu always impress me every time.

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Spicy Salmon Gunkan (Salmon and avocado)

Added with spicy sauce with avocado to increase rigidity of sweet salmon.

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Aburi Hamachi and Kiwi fruit nigiri, red wine sauce (left) 

This menu makes me felt excited from curiosity when ordering. Combining Hamachi texture and sweetness with refreshing Kiwi and bold red wine sauce makes an incredible options for a exciting meal.

Salmon and Unagi Nigiri with Mentaiko Sauce (Right)

Large Sushi packed with bold flavor of Unagi and Mentaiko supported by Salmon sweetness.

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Saba, Hamachi and Maguro (Akami) Nigiri 

Overall fish texture are fresh and prepping quality are visually stunning with enjoyable flavor. The bill came out around 2,000 THB (approximately 60 USD) which seems like a reasonable price for the meal.

 

 

Nakasei

Restaurant: Tempura Nakasei (天麩羅 中清)
Menu: Assorted Tempura set
Address: 1-39-13 Asakusa Taito Tokyo
Business hours:
11: 30 ~ 15: 00 17: 00 ~ 22: 00
[Saturday, Sunday, Holidays] 11: 30 ~ 20: 00
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Website: https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1311/A131102/13003659/

 

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Greetings, today I am going to write about a Tempura restaurant with a long history since 1870. That’s about 147 years as I am writing. Let’s take a look at this ancient restaurant in Asakusa area.

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English menu also available

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I have arrived around noon and got seated right away. Cool air conditioner compared to crazy hot temperature outside.

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Assorted Tempura set
Containing two shrimps, whiting, Conge eel, Kakiage with rice and soup
At first glance, Tempura texture are not oily at all. Harmony of crispiness with moderate sweetness from the sauce makes a divine taste. Dipping sauce in this restaurant also does not leave a little bad aftertaste which is very impressive for me. Overall, this is one of the best Tempura with fresh and balance flavor.

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Kakiage is a combination of shrimp and whiting with Tempura batter also have sweet and crispy flavor. Similarly, shrimp, whiting and Conge eel have the sweetness and cripsiness.

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That’s all for this review. Personally, I think this is an amazing choice for legendary Tempura choice in Asakusa area with 100+ year history with convenient location in famous tourist attraction.