Last Day in Japan: Sushi Breakfast at Sushi Dai

After some Golden Gai bar hopping I was still wide awake and figured I had to check out Tsukiji Market before going back home. Because who needs sleep! What’s one of the best things to do at Tsukiji Market? A sushi breakfast of course! And the best place to enjoy that is Sushi Dai. It…

Back to Golden Gai

After a fantastic omakase at Kurosaki, I decided to go back to Golden Gai! I thought the narrow alleys lined with tiny bars was so cool the first time that I knew I had to return for my final night in Japan. I took the super crowded train to Shinjuku. I met some nice travelers…

An Exquisite Omakase at Kurosaki

Away from the hustle and bustle of Shibuya tucked away on a quiet residential street is a Michelin-starred sushi restaurant where traditional Tokyo-style sushi is served by a young highly-skilled up-and-coming chef. Welcome to Kurosaki. Now getting a reservation at any top restaurant in Japan is no easy task, especially for foreigners and especially when…

Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin and Uniqlo Ginza

One afternoon I took a train to Ginza which is a neighborhood in Tokyo known for its upscale shopping, dining, department stores, and other luxurious offerings. I wanted to buy a few shirts at the world’s largest Uniqlo, but first I stopped by Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin for lunch. It may have been the best tonkatsu (deep-fried…

World’s Best Restaurants: Den

I always try to find a special dining experience when I’m spending Thanksgiving away from the family. The previous year I ate at Sushi Masato, and while I was in Tokyo I had to book a dinner at Den.  A recipient of 2 Michelin stars and recently named #17 on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants,…

Back to Tokyo: Hakushu Teppanyaki

I left Osaka and made my way back to Tokyo. For the first part of our trip we stayed in Shinjuku, now I was staying in Shibuya. After checking in to the hotel, I walked around the corner and went to a teppanyaki restaurant called Hakushu Teppanyaki for dinner. Teppanyaki is a style of Japanese…

Golden Gai (Part 1)

It was our final night in Tokyo before heading to Kyoto the next morning and we couldn’t possibly leave the bright bustling city without checking out the retro-style alleys and tiny bars of Golden Gai! Before heading to the “Golden District”, we went our separate ways for dinner. I stopped by a restaurant near our…

Shinjuku Sushi and Tempura

It was our last day in Tokyo. For lunch, my sister and I did our own thing. She went to a vegan place of course. I ended up getting a salmon sushi combo at Itamae Sushi located in our hotel building. I also walked around Shinjuku for a bit before seeing a nice tempura (battered…