- I live in west Tokyo and spend most of my time thinking about food or going bouldering.
Hokkaido is known for its delicious seafood, so it only makes sense that it's biggest city, Sapporo, has some truly outstanding Michelin-starred sushi restaurants. Here are five that are sure to satisfy any and all sushi-lovers.
Kaiseki is the ultimate form of Japanese cooking. A kaiseki meal consists of many elaborate small courses which showcase various cooking techniques and local ingredients. Kyoto is home to some of the very best Kaiseki restaurants in the world, and many have earned Michelin stars. This is a guide to 6 of the best.
In Tokyo, the most famous restaurants are usually booked for months and incredibly expensive, but going into an unknown restaurant is unsettling. Don't worry! The sushi counters in this article all serve sushi delicious enough to merit fame, yet are still mostly unknown to tourists. Enjoy!
If you're a ramen head, this is one bowl of luxurious ramen that you've got to add to your to-eat list. The umami-filled bowl is topped with juicy sous vide-cooked duck and chicken chashu, delicious menma, and a big slice of premium wagyu that slowly melts into the soup. Yum.
Tokyo-style 'edomae' sushi meets Hokkaido-style 'ezomae' sushi at 'Tanabe,' one of Sapporo's top sushi restaurants. Chef Watanabe was awarded 3 Michelin Stars in 2012 and continues to serve the same incredibly delicious sushi today. This is definitely one sushi restaurant you can't miss in Sapporo.
looking for a cozy, local spot to enjoy a fantastic Japanese kaiseki meal that's central yet off the beaten path? If so, head to Yotsuya in Tokyo to a small restaurant called 'Suzunari' to have a delicious and unforgettable meal.
Masakichi is a Michelin-recognized yakitori restaurant in Tokyo that was featured in an episode of the Netflix show 'Ugly Delicious,' in which the host David Chang was brought to tears upon tasting the yakitori. If you're interested in seeing what all the fuss is about, here are the details:
The incredible yakitori that David Chang ate on an episode of the Netflix show 'Ugly Delicious' was at a restaurant called 'Masakichi.' However, the chef has since opened a new restaurant in a different part of Tokyo called 'Yakitori Kodama,' and that's the place to go if you want to try the chicken that made David Chang cry.
Honestly, many of Osaka's best bites are unlikely to ever find their way into the prestigious Michelin Guide. However, if you're curious to try a Michelin-rated restaurant, here is a list of some of the best in Osaka. The brief list includes 3, 2, and 1-star picks, as well as Osaka Specialties.
Ichimatsu is the newest of just 3 yakitori restaurants in Osaka to earn a Michelin star. It's a small (12 seats) restaurant that's become difficult to reserve due to its popularity and incredibly delicious Hinai Chicken yakitori. If you're looking for the best yakitori in Osaka, Ichimatsu just might be it.