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The Ernesto

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There's only one place I want to eat in Tokyo.

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The Imperial Hotel is very nice indeed - my wife used to stay there frequently for work, as her company's office was very near. However, she was too exhausted to take advantage of the food options around the area and would end up getting room service!

We do, however, have a good stock of Imperial Hotel bathrobes and towels... ?
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By the way, on the topic of Japanese food, I can highly recommend a Japanese manga (comic) called "Oishinbo". Some volumes are available in translation and it's both entertaining and very informative:

When I saw the VIZ link I wondered what tips it would have on eating in Japan. From Finbar Saunders? Fnar Fnaar.
 

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ABC ran a story about the town of Clunes in Victoria.

There's a bespoke shoemaker there, Duncan McHarg, who does everything by hand (not even a sewing machine for the stitching).

Link to the segment for anyone interested:

His Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/duncanmchargbespokeshoemaker/

There's also some ladies in the town making woolen socks. Each pair takes a hour and 15mins to make.
 

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Duncan's posts here on SF are well worth looking up. Unfortunately (as per Facebook, IIRC) he has had to stop making shoes this year for personal reasons.

I'm pretty sure that @fxh mentioned Duncan, and the Lost Trades Fair that was held somewhere in rural Victoria in early 2019. It sounded very interesting and it's a pity that he has to shut up shop for personal reasons. I just hope that he's OK financially.
 

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I am fond of OUT - it’s a very cool space but feels possibly more Australian (it’s owners are) Japanese.

Two places I love are The Blind Donkey in Kanda and Eatrip in Harajuku. Their respective owners both trained at Chez Panisse and the food is a broadly similar kind of organic Japanese/French thing. Donkey is bustling, whereas Eatrip is quieter but both are very friendly (which high-end kaiseki might well not be).

Both will be busy but it shouldn’t be too hard to get a solo reservation at the dining bar, watching the kitchen in action. Hasegawa-san at Donkey speaks good English and will make you feel at home.
 

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Guys, my cousin is selling a pair of Enzo Bonafe, and I thought I’d help him out by posting here - do have a look if it is of interest. It’s a good bargain.

 

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Does anyone have a recommendation for the best place in Melbourne to get some shoes resoled? Thanks
 

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Thanks a heap everybody, for your input into my proposed Tokyo culinary adventurism.

In the end, it turned out that a very good friend of mine is in Tokyo with his wife right now. We have arranged to meet up for dinner, and Stavros is going to take care of venue selection and booking. Probably somewhere in or near Roppongi, as that's where we are all staying.

I've had to cancel the China leg of my itinerary (for obvious reasons), so I'm now going to stay in Osaka/Kyoto for a few days after my week's skiing in Nozawa Onsen. Any recommendations for food while in Osaka are gratefully accepted, and yes, I hear what you are all saying about kaiseki - maybe it will just be lost on me. Like taking someone who never listens to classical music to a concert of the late Beethoven string quartets.
 

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And while we're on the subject of music: Melbourne residents might be interested in the 3MBS Beethoven Marathon on Sunday 23rd February. My orchestra (Corpus Medicorum) is finishing up the marathon with a performance of the Fifth. Dadada dum.....dadada dum...... That one.
 

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