Travel to Japan - reco

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by Mesta, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. ChicagoRon

    ChicagoRon Senior member

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    Good burger; tasty burger even </sammy l jackson> --- best in the world is a BOLD STATEMENT. I can't agree with that one.

    1> Beef tasted great, but Waygu is wasted on a burger... most of the fat cooks out.
    2> Bun did not hold up. Best burger in the world MUST have a pretzel bun. Only bun that holds up to the juice and keeps a consistent bread/meat ratio throughout the meal.
    3> Too much lettuce, but that's easily fixed.

    The tomato sauce was great. Fries were tasty and a good size portion (not overdone). I also had mixed greens and waygu consomme onion soup gratinee.

    So - other plans...

    Tomorrow night we're going to a pork shabu shabu place that someone from my Japan practice picked out. Thursday morning I will do the pilgrimage to Tsukiji market in the AM, and for dinner I'm going to try and check out this place - Han no daidokoru (I can't tell if it's more Korean or Yakiniku, but it LOOKS amazing, and it's in Shibuya near the club I'm going to see Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola play latenight - very fortunate coincidence that they're in town).

    Friday Evening I'm doing La Rochelle (one more Iron Chef, since it's basically in my hotel). Not sure on Sat. yet. Probably Soba for lunch and teppan for dinner, or more yakiniku.
     


  2. Huntsman

    Huntsman Senior member

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    I have to search all the Japan threads now, since i will be spending a week in Tokyo (Ueno, incidentally) in March. Having never left the country, this will be an "if you're going to go, go big" sort of an experience.

    ~ H
     


  3. ChicagoRon

    ChicagoRon Senior member

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    Pm me for more details on my trip if you like H
     


  4. impolyt_one

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    That's saddening, I think the bun at Blacows (it's made offsite at Maison Kayser) is fantastic, possibly the best burger bun I've ever had, and the wagyu is not my first choice for a burger but it's not for the fat content - it's for the grain-fed taste. I still think it holds the title of 'best burger in the world'
     


  5. ChicagoRon

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    Come to Chicago - I will deal with the lines at Kuma's for you, or take you to Lockdown.
     


  6. Mesta

    Mesta Senior member

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    My holidays were approved by my boss, going to Japan from October 14 to November 03! Can't wait!
     


  7. djblisk

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    So Japanese Horumon.

    Any recs near shinjuku or shibuya?
     


  8. dabestspoona

    dabestspoona Active Member

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    Akachochin

    1-18-10 Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo
    03 3354 7266
     


  9. djblisk

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    Soba Noodles in shinjuku or shibuya?
     


  10. ChicagoRon

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    http://www.kaikaya.com/

    Loved this place. Owner is great, loves westerners. He's a surfer. It's very casual, but full of pics of lots of famous people that at there, which are fun to look at.
     


  11. djblisk

    djblisk Senior member

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    Thanks for the recs guys! gonna go to both.
     


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    Bought my tickets at a steal from wego travel online, i usually use these sites to help me find these kind of deals. Gonna go Japan - Tokyo in August, although it is the hottest month but I intend to climb Mt Fuji and that is the best time to go.

    Also check when is their golden week because that is when the Japanese travel in hoards and it might not be the best time to travel as all the hotels are going to be fully booked.

    In Tokyo, there are only a few things i wanna do:

    The first is to track down all the stores that sell street wear : commes de garcon, superdry, porter bags etc.
    Eat as much as I can. Wonder how everyone stays so slim with so much food
    Check out a sumo wrestling match
    Stay in a capsule hotel
    meet a japanese chick
     


  13. Huntsman

    Huntsman Senior member

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    Week in Japan (All Tokyo except for two days in a ryokan outside Nagano). Incredible experience. Loved every second.
     


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    I'd say if you are there in winter - go out to the mountains and do an onsen. Sitting in a warm spring, having a bit of sake and having the snow melt a couple of feet above your head and just mist your face is flat out amazing.

    I've also bike toured which was great - but you really need some Japanese once you leave Tokyo. Sapporo beer factory tour is actually pretty fun if you are up that way.

    Try and get a group together and do some nomihodai at some crappy karaoke place.

    Shinjuku is perfect because when you get tired you just head on over to the Meiji shrine and chill out.
     


  15. Huntsman

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    I did spend some time in the Onsen in the mountains outside of Nagano -- that was my few days outside of the city -- it snowed while I was sitting in an onsen, which was really, really incredible. "Flat out amazing" is a good way to describe it! The Shinkansen just makes it too easy to get out of the city, and the spine of Japan is too beautiful to miss.
     


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