Chicken yakitori skewers from Sumbi Torito in Kyoto (various prices but generally under 200 JPY / $2 USD per skewer). From left to right 2 hip, 1 skirt, 2 oyster. Oysters (2 round small pieces of meat found in each chicken by the thigh) were the favorite of this trio. Just the right balance of meat and fat.
Overall the meal really fit the bill as something inexpensive, good, and right by our hotel. We ordered many more skewers after these but didn’t have the guts to try the chicken sashimi 🤢
Thanks @eatingwithsol for the great recommendation.
Fried prawn as part of tempura omakase at one michelin star Tenko Honten in Hiroshima, Japan (9,000 JPY / ~$81 USD for salad, sashimi, 13 tempura, rice and dessert). The prawns were fresh as you can get as they were plucked out of a tank and broken down moments before frying. Perfectly cooked with a light, crispy batter without overcooking the shrimp.
While not without its missteps (reservation was for shorter 10 piece menu but we were served the longer 13 piece menu which was way too much food which made it difficult to enjoy the last courses, batter fell off a few pieces) certainty the best tempura I've had. That said I ended up canceling my plans for another tempura omakase later in the trip as it was ALOT of tempura and it wasn't so good I needed to have a similar experience a second time.
One of the last bites in Seoul. Purple sweet potato soft serve @cafe_bora in Seoul (3,500 KRW or $3.5 USD). This place wasn’t easy to find tucked in a side street but I’m glad I didn’t give up after the first two wrong turns. A more dense texture than normal soft serve with just the right amount of sweet potato flavor. Great dessert. 🍠
Raw crab preserved in soy sauce, spicy seafood stew and traditional banchan for 2 (38,500 KRW) with an extra blue crab fried rice (19,800 KRW) at Kkotji in Seoul. The best Korean restaurants tend to specialize in only one or two things and Kkotji specialized in crab as it was in every single dish. Decided to give it a try since I’ve never seen it in the states and was glad I did. It was a mess to pick apart the crab and suck out the tender meat but delicious. I was very impressed at the guy next to us who was proficient enough to eat this in a suit. Definitely worth a try 🦀 #꽃지
Clam carpaccio, asparagus, cucumber, peas and spring herb pesto at one Michelin star and #11 Asia’s 50 best @mingles_restaurant (75,000 KRW / $75 USD for lunch tasting). Beautifully presented dish celebrating the bounty of spring. Other than the origin of the ingredients I couldn’t find the Korean influence in the dish but it was a nice light way to start the tasting. Overall the meal was enjoyable and everything was well cooked. While there no complete misses most of the dishes were more good to me than truly memorable. I did appreciate a not overly stuffy atmosphere and reasonable pacing (clocking in around 2 hrs for 6-7 courses).
150g of striploin and ribeye (46,500 KRW each or ~$46.5 USD) at Kyungchunain2237. This is the highest grade 1++ Korean beef aged for 21 days. Korean BBQ is a must when visiting Korea and so you might as well get the best cooked to perfection right in front of you. They even smartly stacked some potatoes in the side of the pan to put the meat on when it was done to keep it warm without over cooking. Even better was by the end of the meal the potatoes were crispy with tons of flavor from the beef fat. Overall great experience and some of the best beef I’ve had 👍👍
Why @parkhyatt is my favorite hotel chain. Always beautiful rooms and personalized service. I lost my diamond status years ago and didn't tell them we were celebrating a birthday but we still came back to our room @parkhyattseoul and found a bottle of wine, chocolates and a birthday cake complete with candles and matches. Much better than arguing with the front desk at #spghotels to get platinum benefits recognized. #luxuryispersonal
First stop in Seoul, even before Korean BBQ, was the patbingsu at the @pariscroissant_samseong.stn right by our hotel (13,000 KRW / $13 US). A massive amount of shaved ice, fresh strawberries and strawberry compote combined together to make a refreshing dessert. Not sure why this isn’t more popular in the states 🤔
When on an island order tropical cocktails. From left to right Bar Rim Naam (vodka, cointreau, peach orange and lime), Passionate Sunrise (tequila, triple sec, peach liquor, cranberry juice, passionfruit) and Naka Coco Banana Rum (Phuket rum, malibu, banana, coconut) at the Z Bar @nakaislandphuket (380thb or ~$12USD).
Yes, the only reason I picked @nakaislandphuket as my hotel to stay in Phuket because it has free ice cream by the pool everyday from 2-5pm. I don’t regret it. This may have been the second helping of the day 👍
“Lick it up” at Two Michelin star, #7 worlds 50 best, #1 Asia 50 best @gaggan_anand (6,500 thb or ~$205 usd for 25! course tasting). Really fun dinning experience which set the mood early with this plate of three sauces (red pepper, pea, mushroom, goat brain?) which came out with an MP3 player playing KISS’s 1983 song “Lick it up”. No utensils were provided. Instead diners listened to the plate (and song) and licked it up (swipe right for result). With such a lengthy menu that fully embraced molecular gastronomy there were hits and misses as expected but overall the experience worked. Given the abundance of delicious street food in Bangkok for 1/100th the price I’m not sure I’d run back but I was very glad I went and would recommend it to anyone who is looking to have a good time while eating some very inventive food.
1/2 roast goose ($280 HKD), 1/2 portion pork belly ($90 HKD), 1/2 bbq pork ($65 HKD) at one Michelin star Kam’s Roast Goose in Hong Kong. We avoided the 1 hour plus wait in the hot Hong Kong sun by ordering take out and eating it in a nearby park. Sadly the goose was a bit disappointing. While there were some perfect bites with the right ratio of meat, fat, and skin, the thicker chunks of meat were on the dry side. Both versions of BBQ pork were much better than the goose. Incredibly tender with a flavorful glaze and brilliant caramelization. Would’ve loved more time in Hong Kong to try the other roast geese place to compare how they stack up.
Soft serve and pineapple slush at Hong Kong Disneyland (~400hkd/$5 USD). I scoured the park looking for it’s version of Magic Kingdom’s famous #dolewhip but the closest thing I could find was this concoction. Compared to the Disneyworld version, like almost everything in HK Disney, this had a much shorter line but was only about 60% as good as the original Disneyworld.
Italian caviar with traditional accompaniments of blini, chopped egg, and creme fraiche on @cathaypacific #firstclass Boston to Hong Kong ($~12,000 or 70k Alaska Airline miles). Great service, massive seats, and above average food but I think I preferred the over the top bling of Emirates A380 first to Cathay’s 777. Nevertheless the 15 hr flight flew by and proved again why Alaska Mileage plan is still the best frequent flyer program. #cathaypacificfirstclass
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Just in time for #cincodemayo giving away a $50 giftcard to @tavitasboston which spices up your daily commute through South Station with margs and east LA Mexican food.
Giveaway ends on 5/5 at 8am EST. To enter:
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Winner will receive a DM from me. Best of luck everyone! 📷: Chipotle agave wings with spicy pickled carrots and a fantastic buttermilk crema. Paired with an excellent margarita.
Fresh spring asparagus and citrus with a hollandaise like sauce at two michelin star @theledbury in London (£80 set lunch menu). A single perfectly cooked giant asparagus paired with interesting textures and flavors was a great way to start the set lunch and celebrate spring. The lunch at £80 included 4 courses and a number of amuses and was a “value” as much as dinning at this type of place can be.
Hamachi tartare, shaved radish, avocado, black eyed peas at Hammer and Tong (RIP) in Melbourne ($15 AUD). Beautifully presented tartare with a ton of refreshing ingredients that complemented the fish nicely. Unfortunately this cafe has closed since my visit but if they hadn’t I would have definitely gone again.
American waygu sirloin cap, parmesan panisee, grilled lettuce, white asparagus, caesar hollandaise @oakandrowan ($200 as part of 7 course with wine pairing). Best course of the night by a mile. Perfectly cooked and seasoned beef. The caesar hollandaise was a really smart choice that pulled all the individual components together by combining two familiar flavors.