Zipang By Chef Kitagawa, Kappo Cuisine Specialist.

Zipang is newly opened contemporary Japanese restaurant; which in the ancient Japanese language means Island of Gold. The restaurant is helmed by Executive Chef Tomohiro Kitagawa from Kyoto, who’s claim to fame is a stint at kaiseki restaurant Arashiyama Rantei in his hometown, and is also known for his sophisticated kappo cuisine. … More Zipang By Chef Kitagawa, Kappo Cuisine Specialist.

Omakase Adventure @ 一宗壽司 in Taipei

Taiwan probably has the best sushi outside of Japan that doesn’t demand an arm or a leg, or your newborn. 一宗壽司 (YiZong Sushi), hidden down a quiet alley in Taipei in a lovely old house, delivers an amazing omasake experience, featuring top grade ingredients from Japan and equally high quality local produce like the Squid, Wild Clams, and sweet “Black Throat” fish. The young but talented chef is one to watch. … More Omakase Adventure @ 一宗壽司 in Taipei

Babe, Japanese Tapas Fun Dining Over KL

Babe is the brainchild of Japan-born Michelin-starred Chef Jeff Ramsey who tutored under Japanese ‘super chef’ Hide Yamamoto as Executive Chef of Tapas Molecular Bar at the 6-star Mandarin Oriental Tokyo hotel. The restaurant dishes out mesmerising views of of the KL city skyline, accompanied by playful and artsy modern Japanese-tapas, or “Japas” as Ramsey terms it. A gourmet discovery not to be missed; one that’s filled with culinary mind games. … More Babe, Japanese Tapas Fun Dining Over KL

OKU, Omakase Delight In Jakarta City

OKU in Japanese means the peeling back of the layers of an onion, and in poetry implies something abstract and profound, and is intended to represent the culinary journey that diners will experience at this restaurant, located in the heart of Jakarta and helmed by Chef Kazumasa Yazawa, who has cut his chops at several top-notch dining places – in Singapore at IZY and Waku Ghin in Marina Bay Sands, and Tetsuya’s in Sydney, creating a modern make-over on traditional Japanese dishes. … More OKU, Omakase Delight In Jakarta City

Inaniwa Yosuke, 150-year noodle-making tradition lands in Singapore

Attention all Japanophiles! The 20,000 sq ft Japanese Food Town featuring 16 casual dining establishments handpicked from Japan is now opened at Isetan, Wisma Atria. One of the outlet is my fave restaurant in Japan – Inaniwa Yosuke that brings 150-year old tradition of craftsmanship and skill from the Akita Prefecture, famed for the silky smooth thin and chewy Inaniwa udon. … More Inaniwa Yosuke, 150-year noodle-making tradition lands in Singapore

Tokyo’s No. 1 Chicken Ramen

Not sated by our earlier meal, we desperately needed a carb session to end the nite; and ended nearby at Menya Takeichi, a branch of Tokyo’s No.1 chicken ramen chain. It’s one of the new concept eateries of Eat At Seven at Suntec Sky Garden. There is a variety of ramen on offer, and all features broth that is rich and creamy in collagen. A lovely spot for a quick slurpy meal or supper. … More Tokyo’s No. 1 Chicken Ramen

The Sayan House, A Blissful Marriage of Bali & Japan

The Sayan House is sited at the edge of Sayan’s cliff in Ubud, in a lovely wooden Balinese house that offers panoramic views of the verdant valley below, and chicly-decorated with Asian and Balinese accents. Operated by the Japanese hospitality firm Plan.Do.See (that also manages Michelin-starred restaurants around the globe), The Sayan House serves up very satisfying causal fine-dining contemporary fare with Japanese and Asian influences, under the helm of Chef Yuki Tatami. Highlights of the fusion dinner were the Porcini Royale Consommé – the consomme is prepared table-side using a Bunsen-burner syphon, the sautéed Foie Gras Nigiri Sushi, and the Babi Guling maki with spicy sauce. What’s surprising is that prices are extremely reasonable for such a premium restaurant. … More The Sayan House, A Blissful Marriage of Bali & Japan

Ginza Kuroson, Japanese Gem At Takashimaya Mall

Ginza Kuroson, located at the venerable Takashimaya Mall on Singapore’s bustling Orchard Road, serves up delicious Japanese fare that doesn’t break your bank. The restaurant is deceivingly large, flanked by a long counter displaying the freshest catch of the day air-flown from Japan. Besides the sushi counter, there’s also a robatayaki grill, a teppanyaki dining area, and several small intimate cubicles and private rooms. The thick, fresh and creamy Salmon sashimi is one of the best deal in town. … More Ginza Kuroson, Japanese Gem At Takashimaya Mall

Mecha Uma: Absurd, Unreasonably Delicious, A Good Mess Omakase

“Global cuisine with Japanese inflections whilst paying respect to the ingredients”, proclaims Chef Bruce Ricketts, the man and talent behind Mecha Uma, a collaboration with Philippines’s Moment Group. The name Mecha Uma is an abbreviation of a Japanese expression, mechakucha and umai meaning absurd, unreasonably delicious, and a good mess. Mecha Uma dishes out innovative Japanese-accentuated food, but the masterpiece is the seasonal 10-course 2-hour omakase menu that blends air-flown specialties from Japan with a liberal mix of Pinoy organic produce and flavours. … More Mecha Uma: Absurd, Unreasonably Delicious, A Good Mess Omakase