Botejyu

As Bangkok weather progress to be hot on a sunny day as usual. My cravings for Kansai food with Teppan(Pan) skills are increasing which is a good opportunity to try out Botejyu located in Nihonmachi around Prom Phong area.

Immerse with a compact history of Botejyu to crank up some appetite.

Mixed Yakisoba with extra scallops topping – Well-balanced portion of sauce and Soba. A little crispy pork with fresh shrimp and squid. Scallops are a little too tiny though.

Ultimate Pork Okonomiyaki – A mixed of variety of pork. Satisfying texture with well executed seasoning.

Jumbo Takoyaki Sauce & Mayonaise – A jumbo size Takoyaki as claimed. Texture are fluffy and satisfying with generous amount of fresh Tako inside.

Houzenjisampei

Restaurant: Houzenjisampei (法善寺 三平)
Menu: Okonomiyaki
Address: 1-7-9 Dotonbori Chuo-ku Osaka Osaka
Business hours: 11:30~15:30(L.O.15:00) 17:00~23:00(L.O.22:30)

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Starting my exploring with drunken cat figure in the alley. I don’t know what to expect from this alley in Dotonbori. However, I press on to find local Okonomiyaki place as recommended from locals.

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The place is filled with people chatting and having a good time. I felt like this is a kind of place for hanging out after a long day. Then I ordered Beef tendon + Green onions + Konyaku and added pork and soba noodles.

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As I sit in the counter and enjoying cooking show, I found it rather difficult to control myself in front of these gorgeous looking Okonomiyaki.

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Finally, my menu has arrived! The texture of flour is well-blended and not too coarse. Fresh ingredient also supports the Okonomiyaki for a delicious menu. Especially beef tendon, I would order extra beef tendon as a la carte if they have it.

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That’s all for my review. In my opinion, the place is great to try out local food with local environment. See you next later and hope you have a wonderful day 😊

 

Misoka-an Kawamichiya

Restaurant: Misoka-an Kawamichiya
Menu: Tempura Soba
Address: 〒604-8085 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Nakagyō-ku, Shimohakusanchō
Business hours: 11:00-20:00, closed Thursdays

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Established in 1688, Misoka-an are located in Sanjo area of Kyoto. Previously as merchant’s home with central courtyard and small rooms. As I visited the place, my first impression was tranquility and serene feeling. This place holds one of the most well-established environment in my heart.

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Recommended menu is Hokouro which is one type of Nabe. However, I visited the place alone and serve only 2 persons portion which I ended up with Tempura Soba.

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The place is so calm and relaxing. I would recommend this place since the ambiance is so well worth visiting.

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The size of the bowl could be classified as small bowl in my standard. Tempura flour are not crazy light and could soak up some delicious broth from Soba which is very enjoyable for this bowl. Soba texture are smooth and delicious. Overall, this is one of the most satisfying Soba I have ever had with tranquility moment of the restaurant.

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That’s all for my review. Personally, I think the place is worth visiting for their unique ambiance and quality. See you next later and hope you have a wonderful day 😊

 

Honke Owariya

Restaurant: Honke Owariya 「本家尾張屋」
Menu: Soba & Tempura set
Address: 322, Niomontsukinukecho, Nakagyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 604-0841, Japan
Business hours: 11:00 to 19:00 (last order 18:30) *sweets sale from 9:00

Ohaiyo Gozaimasu! (Good morning) It’s autumn season all around in different region in Japan. I have been traveling to Kansai region in order to experience different aspect of Japan culture starting from my first destination, Kyoto.

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Kyoto is an ancient town with rich and mysterious over thousand years as Japan’s former capital city leading to our first destination as Soba restaurant with nearly 550 years of history. Personally, 550 years history are quite impressive for me and I am quite excited to experience my dining experience in this restaurant.

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I arrived at the restaurant around 6:00 PM on weekday and it’s quite dark already at that moment. From the first glance, I could feel that the place is quite ancient with full of history. Then I proceed into the restaurant.

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I was greeted by the waitress which I was seated right away in the 1st floor. There are also 2nd floor table. The first thing I recognized was since the place started as a confectionery shop, they still retain their heritage and still sell confectionery at the front of the store.

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They also provide English menu. I ordered Soba set with tempura and added larger Soba portion.

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My meal arrived shortly after the order. I could notice that the texture of soba are so refined and delicate since the restaurant has been perfecting their skills on confectionery and applied to Soba crafting skills. Zaru Soba (Dipping soba into the sauce) shows that the soba texture was so smooth and kept me on eating. In addition, the dipping sauce are also well seasoned and not too salty resulting in one of the most satisfying meal.

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Tempura texture are not too oily and retains crispiness. The quality is great and enjoyable. however, it’s still pale comparison to extraordinary Soba.

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Finished my meal with great satisfaction. For me, Soba is a great experience in Japanese cuisine and healthy meal since it does not give the overload feeling after the meal like Ramen.

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Then I proceed to Gion district in the night. Gion is a well harmony between past and present which is one of my favorite place in Kyoto. That’s all for my review. Personally, I think the place is worth visiting for their ancient and refined Soba skill. See you next later and hope you have a wonderful day 😊

Torihanayuki

Restaurant: Torihanayuki (鳥花雪)
Menu: Soba & Tempura set
Address: Jozankei hot spring East 2-94-1
Business hours: [April – November] 10: 00 ~ 21: 00

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Konnichiwa! It’s autumn season in Hokkaido. That’s means foliage watching is a must not miss activity. This time I went to Jonzakei which is located about 1 hours driving from Sapporo. Jozankei is a famous town for Onsen in Hokkaido.

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I arrived at the restaurant about 10:50 AM. Ten minutes after that, the place just filled with parked cars and people starts lining around. Seems like a rush for a lunch.

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I went with a Tempura and Soba set (1,150 Yen).

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Shrimp tempura is one of the best. The texture of shrimp is firm and sweet. Soba texture is also consistent.

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That’s all for this review. Personally, I think this place one of the hidden gems in Jozankei. Don’t forget to prepare some time to avoid lunch rush. See you later and hope you have a wonderful day 😊.