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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.


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!



Endo Sushi: Osaka Central Market

Endo Sushi: Best Sushi Place in Osaka


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.

Joyce forensia at endo sushi osaka

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


Cat Cafe SG: The Company Of Cats

Cat cafe first got popular in countries like Taiwan, Japan and Korea. And this trend have hit Singapore shores late last year and now we have 5 cat cafes in Singapore. I would say that operating a cat cafe or pets cafe in general is pretty controversial in the case of the welfare of the cats. Would being a stray be better as compared to a life confined to a cat cafe? Or is life in a cat cafe be better for those who are unable to get a forever home?

As a cat lover, cat cafe is like a dream come true to me. Due to family reasons, I’m unable to adopt a cat. With cat cafes, I can get close to the cats and get to play with them! I think if the cafe is run properly with the welfare of the cats as first priority, it will still be a good home for the kitties.

I’ve been to 3 of the cat cafes in Singapore so far and today I’m going to write about The Company Of Cats which is located at Chinatown.

cat cafe company of cats

The Company Of Cats is located on the 2nd level of one of the shop-houses at Mosque Street. I would say out of the 3 cat cafes I’ve been, it is one of the smallest cafe with just 8 cats.

The cats at The Company Of Cats are all rescues, either strays or abandoned. I’ve spoken with the staff and was horrified by the face that the pretty pedigrees at the cat cafe are all abandoned! One of the reasons for abandoning them are high maintenance for the fur. If you can’t handle it, don’t buy them in the first place only to throw them away!! Luckily these cats have a shelter over their heads now.

cat cafe company of cats chinatown

Food and drinks are served at The Company Of Cats and they provide free Wi-Fi too!! You can choose to dine at the cafe without entering the cat room which requires an entrance fee of $14 for the first hour and $5 for the next subsequent hour. But that defeats the purpose of visiting a cat cafe right?


They have interesting little knick knacks of cute kitties for sale too! The Company Of Cats will donate a portion of their profits to the Animal Lovers League.


I’m greeted by the photos of the cats when I entered the cat room. This is great as it helps us to identify the felines. Though I would say that the cats there all have a unique look and characteristic, it’s not difficult to know which kitty is which.


There’s this little door at a corner of the cat room which leads upstairs where all the litter boxes are. I love this concept as the cats can have a space of their own when they get tired of us humans.


The cat room can probably fit about 15 pax max at one go, so it will be best to make a reservation before heading down. I like how the place is design with comfort as the key. Books are available readily for customers to enjoy some quality time with the company of the cats. I noticed that the patrons of The Company Of Cats are more matured in a sense. They don’t disturb the cats while they sleep or stalk the cats. It’s really just enjoying the company of the cats at the cafe while chatting with friends. It’s definitely a more friendly and less stressful environment for the cats.


You will be given an access pass before you enter the Cat room, this is what they use to track the time you have spent at the cafe. I love how each pass feature a different cat.


To be honest, if they don’t charge by hour, I would love to stay there longer. The atmosphere over there is just very cosy relaxing.


The entrance fee comes with a free drink, and I ordered a Bakkwa and Cheese Toastie which comes with chips too. I forgot how much the Toastie cost, should be around $6-7.



 Meet Skippy! He’s super fat and adorable!


Meringue and Elliot who are sleeping throughout my visit there. Super cute sleeping poses they have!


Lenin, with the grumpy look as he probably don’t really like photos. He and Sasha are siblings who are abandoned together by their previous owners. I didn’t managed to capture a photo of Sasha as she’s really shy.


LuLu, who is also pretty shy. Her face is absolutely gorgeous and unique.


Belle, who I managed to captured a shot of when she wakes up for a little stretch before going back to sleep. Such a beauty, isn’t she?


Mags, who’s really sweet and not shy at all with human interaction. Couldn’t resist and gave her a good chin scratch.


Skippy must be thinking what is this human doing when I’m trying to get a selfie with him. Haha.

I really like how The Company Of Cats is being run. It’s a place where one can relax and enjoy a cup of coffee with the company of the cute cats. Will definitely visit this cat cafe again. Plus they have a loyalty card program where you can earn stamps with your spending and in return get a free hour in the cat room and such.


The Company Of Cats
6B Mosque Street
Singapore 059486
Tel:+65 6220 3835

Operating Hours:  
Closed on Mondays
Tue-Fri 12pm – 10pm
Sat-Sun 11am – 10pm


A Day in my Life: SaturDate with Claire

Well, I do have a life and this is my blog after all. So from time to time I’ll blog after some of the more interesting days in my life. 😉

So two weeks ago, Claire asked me to join the Cleo Ambassador event with her, just for fun sake and I guess why not?

Here’s us after the makeover. We were asked to choose between two looks and we both choose the bold red lip look with double liner. I must say, the liners on us could be thinner to give a sleeker look. The makeup artists we both got were a little too heavy handed.

Clio goodies we got from the goodie bag. Tried everything before except for the Twistturn liner.

Lunch at Dolce Tokyo by MOF.

Milk coffee which is too sweet for both our liking.

Salmon Ikura pasta in cream base for me. The cream is not too thick, more to the watery side which is great as it’s not too heavy.

Mushroom Indulgence all day breakfast for Claire. She commented that the mash is too buttery and it’s a bit jelat with the milk and cheese in the scrambled eggs.

Snapped a pic of Claire when she’s busy instagramming the food pics.
This is actually our first ‘date’ outside blog events after knowing each other for like 3 years plus?! We need to go out more before you become a married woman which is like soon! Hehe.

Did a little haul from Sephora. Can’t resist the pretty periwinkle liner from Stila. And we both bought the remover after using it to tone down our eye liners from the makeover. We found it pretty awesome as it can remove well with just a light touch without rubbing.

Had a good time catching up with Claire with our girly chat during lunch. Let’s go Sephora again when Vice 3 is launched. 😉



Taipei Travelogue 1.3 (台北自由行Kiko’s Diner夏威夷汉堡排饭专卖店)

When planning for my Taipei trip, I know that there’s several cafes I wanted to visit. But as I’m travelling with my mum who’s not a fan of such cafes, I know I had to compromise. Initially, I wanted to visit the popular Hello Kitty Sweets Cafe for the cute interior but I know for sure my mum will complain because reviews states that the food there is not good at all. Just nice, I stumbled upon Calvin’s photo of Kiko’s Diner. I looked through reviews online and I decided that I will visit it! Because not only it has Hello Kitty, there’s also other Sanrio Characters!


This is how the cafe looked like from outside! It it not the cute, sweet, pastel kind of decoration at Kiko’s but instead a more funky, casual, westernized design. Which makes it different from the usual cute cafes I think.


Wall Mural of the Sanrio family!


Hello Kitty with Chef hat!


Very spacious and I liked the open kitchen concept.


They have cute and stylish wall stickers all around!


They have a dinning booth area and it’s Little Twin Stars!


How cute is this chair!


Art paintings of the Sanrio characters in a different feel.


One of Hello Kitty.


Kiko’s Diner served mainly American Style food. They have brunch menu too!


Sanrio Characters! This is usually placed outside the cafe but I think they brought it in as it was raining when I was there!


Cute menu in the form of a newsletter-ish template. Prices are reasonable, not too expensive. The staff will explain the menu to you before you order, so you won’t be confused.


You can even customize your own pizzas at Kiko’s.


Ordered a Bacon and Ham Omelette with Toast for The Mum. Served with fries and salad.


I ordered the Signature Loco Moco. It’s basically a beef burger patty with cheese served with sunny side up, rice, fries and salad.


The beef patty is really good I must say! Look at that perfect sunny side up!


Also ordered a cafe latte to warm myself up in the cold weather. Love the cute mug! It’s available for purchase!


The Mum is too busy to take a photo with me. But I’m glad The Mum is happy with the food. Of course, bill is on me. LOL.


This is way too cute! Gold statue of Little Twin Star in the washroom!!


Cute signage on the door!


I did not add on any effect, that’s the actual mirror with some filter film!


Cute My Melody wall art!


Yes, I took several of the napkins and name cards back as keepsakes. Too cute!


The cafe is very cosy, staff are friendly and the food is decent. There’s a dining limit of two hours but I believed if there’s no queue or waiting reservations, you will not be asked to leave. However, I still think it’s good to stick to the limit since it’s the house rules. 🙂


#firstletmetakeaselfie with that Hello Kitty on that pillar.


If I’m not wrong, I spent a total of NTD780 for this meal, which is about SGD34. I feel that it’s reasonable for two pax. You’ll probably spend more for a similar meal in SG.


Tote bags and coffee mugs available for sale! But it’s a bit pricey in my opinion. Sadly, I was on a budget if not I will get the tote bag!

I would recommend this cafe to Hello Kitty lovers and Sanrio lovers! If you’re a kitty fan but your friends are not, I’m sure they won’t complain if you bring them here!

Kiko’s Diner 

忠孝東路四段205巷7弄7號 Taipei, Taiwan 106
+886 2 2731 9135
台北捷運「忠孝敦化站 」2號出口,步行約三分鐘
(After exiting from exit 2 of ZhongXiaoDunHua Station, turn left when you see the sign stating 205 lane, walk straight and you and see it on the right!捷運站2號出口出来,看到205巷的牌子转左,直走再转右就看到了!)

There’s a time limit of 2 hours so do take note! 用餐时间有两小时的限制,所以大家要注意哦!

Read 1.1 and 1.2 of my Taipei Travelogue if you haven!