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Tokyo Travelogue: A Day Of Eating!

Tokyo Travelogue: Makan Edition

No Tokyo travelogue will do without food. Food is probably the most essential of a trip I would say, especially when you’re travelling in Japan!

So I’ve spent a day in Tokyo eating to my heart’s fill before spending the night at Tokyo Tower enjoying the night view~

Tsukiji Fish Market

Need I say more about anything on Tsukiji Fish Market? It’s the place to go to for fresh sashimi and sushi! And what’s better than starting the day with an awesome Sushi breakfast? Tsukiji Fish Market was scheduled to move in Nov 2016 but plans were delayed until winter season in 2017/2018 earliest! So I say, plan your trips there soon! You never know when they might decide to bring forward the move date!

Other than fresh fish, you can find dried goods store around the market where you can get those Dried Hotate for souvenirs! Fresh fruits can be seen in the market too!

And not forgetting the Tamagoyaki! This is a must try!

Grilled Hotate! Fresh and juicy!! Need I say more?

End your Tsukiji trip with a soft serve and you can never go wrong with Matcha when in Japan! (^.^)/

Just follow the crowd from Tsukiji Train station and you find your way to the fish market! You should be safe as long as you pass by Tsukiji Hongan-ji~

Pablo Cafe Omotesando 

Other than Baked, Pablo would be the other famous Cheese tart from Japan. Since I’m in Omotesando, how can I miss the opportunity to visit the cafe right? There will be a slight queue for dining in at the cafe at level 2, so do take note of that.

Ordered their original cheese tart served warm. It comes with maple syrup and vanilla ice cream which makes it more delish! I really love how fluffy the cheese tart is. It literally melts in your mouth! Prefer this over Baked personally and can’t wait for them to have an outlet in Singapore.

1-14-21 Jingumae, Chiyoda 150-0001, Tokyo Prefecture

神宮前1-14-21
Shibuya, 東京都 〒150-0001
Japan

Harajuku Station, Meiji Jingu-mae Station

Luke’s Lobster Omotesando 

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I first knew of Luke’s Lobster from a friend’s Instagram post and I tell myself I need to try it out when I’m in Tokyo.

I reached Luke’s Lobster around late afternoon 4.30pm and sadly they have sold out of their famous Lobster roll!! (>~<)/ But since we’re there, I’ve decided to try out their other options which is the Shrimp and Crab roll. I love how they have half and half option so we can try out two flavours in one roll! Though I must say that I wished I have gone straight for the Crab roll option because that is so good! The bread is warm and soft and oh so fragrant! I shared one roll with my mum as we both had quite a lot to eat already but I dare say I could finish one whole roll myself!

If you want to try out their signature Lobster roll, would definitely recommend you to visit earlier in the day! And I must say, I’m so loving the peaceful and vibrant vibe of Omotesando. Just sitting by Luke’s Lobster enjoying my roll and people watch. That is a lifestyle to look forward to. (^.^)/

6-7-1 Jingumae, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo Prefecture

Japan, 〒150-0001 Tokyo, 渋谷区Jingumae, 6−7−1

 

Will be posting more of my Tokyo Travelogue this month~ Backlog for 7 months liao. Haha.

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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Pokemon Cafe Singapore – Alola Edition

EWF Singapore has once again come together with Parco with present to us the 2nd edition of Pokemon Cafe Singapore! It’s in line with the launch of the new game, Sun & Moon and going in theme with the setting of the new Alola region!

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Pokemon Cafe Singapore – SUN & MOON ALOLA Edition

The Alola region is somehow inspired by real life Hawaii. So you can expect loads of island themed meals, desserts and drinks!

Pokemon Cafe Singapore – Price Range

Mains and Desserts range from $15 to $25.

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You can get a free mug from ordering either the Pikachu Smiling Alola Region Curry Rice ($25) or the Alola Region Volcano Cake ($25).

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The I Love Pikachu Patty!($20) comes with a cute mini bottle of Pikachu’s favourite Ketchup!

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Drinks range from $8 to $12.

Both the Pokemon Cafe’s Potion and Iced Island Tea at $12 allows you to bring the bottle home and comes with a Pokemon Cafe Original Charm! The Iced Island Tea comes with the Alolan Exeggutor Charm!

I opted for the Potion because I preferred the charm with all 3 new starters with the adorable Pikachu waiter!

Expect to spent minimal $50 per pax at the cafe if you will want to bring home the free mugs and bottles!

Each meal comes with a free Placemat and each drink comes with a free Coaster too! 🙂

Pokemon Cafe Singapore – Overall Review

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Perhaps it was AFA weekend, but the queue was pretty short and fast when I was there on a Saturday afternoon around lunch time. The waitress will go down the queue explaining the menu to you and taking your orders. Once there’s a vacant table available, they will lead you into the cafe to your seats. But not before collecting the freebies based on your orders and taking a photo with the backdrop!

The food was served pretty quickly and the taste is pretty decent. It’s not fantastic, but it’s not bad either. Drinks wise pretty much taste like normal soft drinks. The latte and milk might taste better but they don’t come with free charms. LOLOL.

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Is it worth a visit? If you’re a huge fan of Pokemon/Pikachu, I would say yes. But of course, once is enough. They do have merchandise available for purchase even if you don’t dine at the cafe. And they do have a Pikachu Praline Cake at $9.90 available for takeaways too.

Pokemon Cafe Sun & Moon Singapore

Location: Bugis Junction #04-05

Period: 24th November 2016 to 19th February 2017.

Opening Hours: 11 am to 10 pm daily. ( Last Orders at 9.30pm)

Enjoy your time at the Pokemon Cafe!

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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Incognito Bar: The Hidden Gem For Craft Beers

Chye Seng Huat Turned Incognito At Sunset

I’m sure many of you are pretty familiar with Chye Seng Huat Hardware located at 150 Tyrwhitt Road near Lavendar Mrt for it’s coffee. But I’m pretty sure that many of you are not aware that Chye Seng Huat transformed into Incognito Bar at night from 6pm onwards. Yes, you can still can get coffee after 6pm but the star from 6pm onwards is the range of curated craft beers available at Incognito.

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“Beerista” Casey who’s the man who curated the Craft Beer list over at Incognito Bar. Ask him anything about the craft beers and he will be your google for the night. (Beer related questions only!)

Craft Beers

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In Clockwise Direction: Wu Gang Chops The Tree Wheat Beer ($14), Orval Trappist Beer ($16), Founder’s Breakfast Stout ($20), Red Chair NWPA Beer ($14)

I was invited to a cosy Beer Tasting with a couple of bloggers and we have had a pretty good time trying out and learning more about the different craft beers and how it can pair with different type of food. Yes, you read me right. Pairing BEER with food, not wine. 😉

For those who really enjoy beers, you’re definitely in for a treat over at Incognito. Find out the what kind of beer person you really are with Casey’s help and with his recommendation, you will surely enjoy your drink.

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My Favourite of the 5: Gunnamatta Yeastie Boys Beer ($18)

I would say I’m quite the alcoholic having worked at a wine bar for nearly 2 years and am quite the drinker. I was pleasantly surprised when I tasted the Gunnamatta Beer which is a fusion between tea and beer. It’s very refreshing and I was confused at first sip because it really do smells like a cup of good quality Earl Grey tea, in an alcoholic version. If you’re tea lover, now you can have the best of both worlds! Fret not, they have something called the Coffee Milk Stout if you prefer coffee instead.

The Food

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Bangers & Fries ($16)

Bangers & Fries is recommended to paired with Wu Gang Chops the Tree Wheat Beer which is a very smooth and light beer. Very easy to drink, a little dry with a little fruity notes. There’s 3 kinds of sausage served and as I’m not a food expert I can’t tell them apart, but they are nice and juicy.

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Roasted Sriracha Chicken Pizza with Bechamel Sauce base (New Menu)

This is a Sriracha Chicken Pizza with a white cream base that is not on the menu yet, and is recommended to pair with the Orval Trappist Beer which a little heavy on the taste. Definitely not for the light drinker but it’s an interesting drink with a wine like scent.

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Granny Smith’s Pan- Grilled Pork Burger with Bacon-Onion Marmalade & Fries ($16)

I’m craving for this burger as I’m typing right now. The bread is nice and soft with a very juicy and flavourful patty. It’s paired with the Red Chair NWPA beer. It’s an ale, very easy to drink, smooth with hints of citrus and floral.

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Fresh Battered Fish with Buffalo Spice Rub & Fries (New Menu)

Unlike the usual fish & chips, this is done with a mild spicy batter which is elevated with the Gunnamatta beer. Really nice combination.

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Earl Grey Cheese Cake & Lemon  Tart ($7 Each)

Desserts is paired with the Founders Breakfast Stout which is a fusion between coffee and beer. If you ate those coffee candy in the black packaging before you will get what I mean. The scent is intense but very easy and light on the throat.

iNCOGNiTO Bar (Chye Seng Huat Hardware)
150 Tyrwhitt Road 

Opening Hours: 
Tuesdays – Sundays
6pm – 10pm

Phone: 6299 4321

P.S: They are having a live band (local indie band: Laid Comers) playing on the 23rd of April so if you’re interesting in trying out the craft beers at Incognito bar, that is a good date to visit! Reservations are recommended!

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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Koyoshi Sushi Osaka: Where the Locals eat

Koyoshi Sushi: The Authentic Sushi Experience in Osaka

Koyoshi Sushi Osaka

As mentioned in my previous post on Endo Sushi, Koyoshi Sushi was my other pick of one of the must visit sushi place in Osaka.

I probably would have missed it, if the place have not been featured by the pretty famous show called No Reservations hosted by Anthony Bourdain some years ago. Why do I say so? Because it’s would pretty much be a local’s secret if it haven been featured on the popular show and gained the attention of foodies around the world. Which of cause leads to many rave and reviews online.

Mr and Mrs Yano koyoshi sushi

Koyoshi Sushi is tended by an old couple, Mr and Mrs Yano and they have been doing this in the same tiny shop since mid 1960s.

Yes, the shop was tiny and could only sit 8 people at one time. The moment you slide open the door, the seats are there!

It was my last night in Osaka and I ventured to Koyoshi alone. But it’s pretty easy to find with the help of google maps. Short 5 minutes walk from Hankyu Umeda station. There’s like a huge Uniqlo on your right and you have to cross to the left and walk pass a bus terminal sort of place and you will arrive into the little alley with many eateries. And Koyoshi Sushi is easily recognizable with the red shop front curtains and blue shelter right at the corner of the building.

The Food

Over at Koyoshi, if you know little to no Japanese, it would be best to just order Omakase and Mr Yano will serve his choice of fresh fish of the day.  Ala Carte is available too as long as you know how to communicate what you want as the old couple spoke little english.

hirame flounder and seabream

The first two pieces of sushi I was served were Hirame(Flounder) and I think Seabream. White fish are always served first as they are lighter in flavour.

katsuo koyoshi

Katsuo(Bonito) on the left and another fish I can’t remember, Mackeral maybe? The Bonito is really fresh and flavourful. And yes, it’s the same fish used for the flakes you see in Takoyaki.

toro and salmon at koyoshi

Chu-Toro and Salmon! Look at the huge slab of salmon! By now you will have noticed that the Shoyu are already brushed on when served. Similar to Endo, just that over that we have to brush the shoyu on ourselves.

ebi at koyoshi

Ebi! I was served Tako (Octopus) before the Ebi but I was happily eating that I forgot to snap a shot.

anago at koyoshi

Anago (Conger Eel). This is a huge piece and it’s really good. I’m not the best person to describe food but I was just happily eating every piece of sushi served to me and enjoying the flavours. This was also the last piece served for my Omakase meal.

ikura at koyoshi

Then I proceeded to the Ala Carte order. First up, Ikura. I must say, this have got to be the best Ikura sushi I ever tried. The flavours just burst into your mouth with each roe.

tamago sushi at koyoshi

Tamago sushi! It’s one thick slice and definitely done right.

joyce forensia at koyoshi

Needs to slip in a selfie of me with the sushi! There were like 3 locals and 3 other tourists dining at the same time as me but they were busy chatting and eating so I can just go ahead with my selfies. Haha. I guess that Mr and Mrs Yano are used to it since tourists definitely take loads of photos. They are really friendly and I managed to have some small talk with Mrs Yano with my limited Japanese.

uni koyoshi

Uni! It might not look as appealing as the ones I had at Endo, but the taste of the Uni served at Koyoshi wins heads down. This is super fresh and creamy with no hints of fishy smell at all.

otoro and conch shell at koyoshi

O-toro and Horagai (Conch shell) if I’m not wrong. I saw Mr Yano serving the Horagai to others and it looks good so I ordered a piece too. And it’s nice and crunchy. I just ordered toro and was served O-toro which is a different cut from the Chu-toro served earlier.

otoro at koyoshi

The O-toro was so good I had to order another piece. Just take a look at the photo, this is literally melt in your mouth.

Verdict

I was served 9 pieces of sushi for the Omakase and I ordered another 6 pieces Ala carte and paid a total of 5,500 yen(SGD$65 approx) for my meal. I think it’s really reasonable for the quality and experience I’m getting. Definitely worth every single cent I paid. And I guess I make it a right choice to have it for my last dinner in Osaka as it’s a memorable one.

I would say I prefer Koyoshi Sushi over Endo Sushi even though it’s slightly more expensive. Both are really good sushi places and as good as the raves online. And I must say they both provide very different experiences too. Endo Sushi is more like eat and go while you can enjoy more of an authentic sushi experience in Koyoshi Sushi.

I would recommend both but if you can only go to one, Koyoshi Sushi is the one to go.

Koyoshi Sushi

Address: 1-3-12 Shibata, Osaka, Japan 530-0012

Opening Hours: 6pm to 12am

Closed on Wednesdays and Sundays

Accessible from JR Umeda or Hankyu Umeda Station.

Read about my Endo Sushi experience here!

I’ll probably blog about either Kyoto or USJ next. Stay tuned!

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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Endo Sushi: Osaka Central Market

Endo Sushi: Best Sushi Place in Osaka

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When I googled for the best sushi place in Osaka while doing my research for my trip, Endo Sushi came out as one of top searches. Based on what I read from online reviews, the sushi served at Endo are of good and high quality at a very affordable price. As a huge sushi lover, I knew I had to put it as one of the must try food places in my itinerary. Endo Sushi is one of the two shortlisted sushi places to visit when in Osaka, and my next pick was Koyoshi Sushi. (I’ll write about Koyoshi in a separate post.)

On my first morning in Osaka, I made the effort to wake up early at 7am to get ready as Endo Sushi only operates from 5am in the morning and closes at 2pm in the afternoon. I didn’t want to squeeze with the lunch crowd, hence Sushi Breakfast it shall be. Endo sushi is located at the Osaka Central Fish Market which is located at the JR Noda Station. I’ve followed very clear directions from this travel blog accompanied by visuals to navigate my way to Endo and it took me about a 15 to 20 minutes walk from the station.

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Selfie time while waiting for seats at Endo Sushi

We arrived at Endo Sushi after a pretty long walk to find a short queue forming outside the place. There’s tourists like us and also locals. Waiting time ain’t too long, I think I only waited for about 10 minutes and I manged to get a table for 4 of us.

Menu at Endo Sushi

4 plates of sushi to choose from at endo sushi

Over at Endo Sushi, there are 4 plates of 5 sushi to choose from. For all the 4 choices, one out of the 5 pieces will be Tuna/Toro. I forgot to take a photo of the menu but I’m pretty sure the menu is subjected to the fishes availability too! We ordered all 4 plates for a start and many more plates after. I can’t remember the actual price of each plate and honestly I did not ask but I vaguely remembered that I read online that it was about 1050 yen per plate which is about SGD $12.

Endo sushi

Here’s one of the plates served and it consists of Salmon, Tuna/Toro, White Fish which I can’t remember, Ikura and Ika. One thing to note is that wasabi is already added to the sushi itself. They will ask you if you’re ok with wasabi at the point of ordering. Also, I guess it’s an Osaka thing, the Shoyu sauce is being brushed onto the sushi instead of us dipping the sushi into the sauce. Which I feel makes it more easier to eat too.

akadashi miso at endo sushi

This is the Akadashi Miso soup served at Endo and it’s also a must order according to reviews online. And I must say I’m glad I ordered this. There’s many mini clams in this miso soup and the taste of the soup is really thick and not too overwhelming. I ordered 2 bowls to share between 4 but I kind of wanted my own bowl after having the first sip. Haha.

uni sushi at endo sushi

Uni Sushi! One of the 4 plates came with the Uni option and take a look at the Uni. I’m salivating as I’m typing this and looking at the picture. It’s so fresh and flavorful that I felt that I could taste the sea.

uni and hotate at endo sushi

My Verdict on Endo Sushi

When 1 is not enough, you order more. Yes, you can customize your order to your preference like what I did here. But do take note that customized orders are not priced like the usual plates.

otoro at endo sushi

I also ordered a plate of all Otoro/Fatty Tuna and a plate of all Unagi for my mum and her friend who doesn’t really fancy the raw stuff. The sushi served at Endo Sushi is nothing short of fresh and we just can’t stop eating piece after piece till we are full. My Mum especially loves the rice too, and she enjoys most of the cooked selection.

If I’m not wrong, I ordered 5 plates of the normal choices, 3 customized plates and 2 bowls of Akadashi Miso Soup and the bill came up to 12,020 yen which is about SGD$140. That’s for 40 pieces of sushi and 2 bowls of miso soup. It’s a hearty breakfast I must say and worth every single cent. Or maybe I should say, this is quality sushi made affordable. You can never get this kind of quality in Singapore at the same price range.

I highly recommend Endo Sushi, do visit it if you love sushi and happens to be in Osaka for a trip.

Endo Sushi (Osaka Central Market) Information

大阪府大阪市福島区野田1-1-86  (1-1-86 Noda Fukushima-ku Osaka City Osaka) (Nearest Station: JR Noda)

AM5:00~PM2:00(日曜、祝日休み)Closed on Sundays & Public Holidays.

Phone: 06-6469-7108

http://www.endo-sushi.com/english.html

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