shibuya

Sakura-Tei

If you love okonomiyaki, this is the place to go!

I’m pretty sure Sakura-Tei is a chain restaurant but the one we went to was in Shibuya. Tucked away by a small road, this place isn’t easy to find.

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We were seated in a small room in front of our own hot plate! The place is very tourist friendly with the menu in english and there are also instructions on how to make your own okonomiyaki!

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The okonomiyaki was delicious! Even though we cooked it ourselves, it tasted just how it would if we were to have bought it from a shop! I however chose the Monjayaki for something different as I had not tried it before. Although the flavours were nice, when it came to making it, it turned out to look like a puddle of food mixed together. Not sure if I just didn’t do it properly or not but if I ever went back, I’d definitely stick to the okonomiyaki.

Definitely try this place again, although if you ever go, see if you can get a seat in the main area. The room we were in wasn’t ventilated very well and it started to get real smoky after a while and started to sting my eyes. Apart from that, great place!

 

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35 steps

We wanted to find an izakaya place close to Shibuya so onto Tripadvisor we went. There seemed to be good reviews on a place called 35 steps so we figured we’d give it a go!

Nestled down exactly 35 steps, this place is quite hidden away. It looked like we were heading down some dark and dingy basement however at when we arrived the place was filled with people sitting around enjoying good food!

As we did not have a reservation, we were tucked away into a room, which was fine.. at least we got a seat! the waiter gave us an english menu and we got to ordering!

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This was a flamed grilled mackerel that was flame grilled right in front of us! The fish was delicious and perfectly cooked! This is one of their popular dishes.

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Next were some deep fried prawns with a special sauce. I though this dish was nice but not amazing. My boyfriend really liked the sauce to this dish. We think it was like a sweet chilli mayo.

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Next we had some garlic bread with a tuna and avacado ceviche (I think). Although this dish seemed basic, the flavours went so well with each other!

As we weren’t super hungry when we arrived we only ordered these three dishes. (I forgot to mention, they also give you a complementary salad at the beginning!)

Last but not least, dessert!

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This might seem strange to some. Bread with tofu and honey. The description of this was very weird to me. How do those three things taste good altogether?? I tried some and boy was I surprised. The tofu used here was quite hard to what I’m used to. It also seemed a bit sweet but not sure if that was from the honey or not. The dish was AMAZING to say the least. We put some tofu and honey on a piece of bread and added a strawberry. It sort of tasted like a honey cheesecake with strawberries! I couldn’t get over how good it was as I was really skeptical at first.

If you do happen to try this place, definitely get the mackerel and the tofu dessert. Also we got a cold sake that came in a bamboo!

Loved this place!  Not sure if it was exactly an izakaya but would definitely come back!

By the sea

This was a bit of a random find. We were looking for a good sashimi place and came across ‘By the sea’ on trip advisor.

The place is a bit random and funky looking and the staff are pretty nice. We were given an english menu with pictures n all! Haha we ended up ordering a sashimi platter, prawns, some sort of crab dish and we ordered dessert too!

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This was the sashimi platter. It was presented beautifully and it was surprisingly quite big (and cheap)! The fish was lovely and fresh although there were raw prawns on the dish which i hadn’t tried before. I thought it was strange.. sort of creamy texture that turns a bit pastey in your mouth. Wasnt really to my liking but was good to try!

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Next we got the crab dish. It was served in a crab shell with some rice crackers on the side. In the crab shell was crab mixed with onions and some sort of sauce. We ate this with the crackers.. which is what I think was meant to be done. It was delicious.

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Now this prawn dish was interesting. The waiter came out to us with a clear bowl with the prawns in it with wine. My boyfriend and I gave each other weird looks as the waiter swished the prawns around the bowl technically killing our meal in front of us.. o.O when he left we were actually worried he was going to just serve us raw prawns that we would need to peel ourselves. Luckily out came lovely cooked prawns with a dipping sauce. I guess in a way, thats the freshest prawns you could possibly get!

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We had an amazing meal here and would recommend anyone to try it if you’re in the area! Delicious fresh seafood and very polite service!

Hoshino coffee

Whilst we were walking around on our first day looking for food we came across Hoshino coffee. It sort of reminded me a bit of a mix between Starbucks and Pancake parlour.

I just ordered a lemon tea since I don’t drnk coffee and we also ordered a cheesecake souffle and some sort of pancake thing that they’re known for.

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The souffle tasted like a really airy Japanese cheesecake. Was so good!

The pancake thing (in the pic above) was interesting. It came with a dollop of cream at the top and maple syrup. The flavour tasted like a pancake from Pancake parlour but the texture was a little different. The outside had a crispy texture where as the inside was light and fluffy. Certainly different to pancakes we have back in Melbourne!

If you get the chance, try the pancake. Its a nice change to what we’re used to. Also Hoshino coffee in Shibuya overlooks the crossing so if you’re lucky enough, you can enjoy your coffee and dessert whilst watching one of the busiest crossings!

Ichiran

I know I’ve been MIA recently but thats because my boyfriend and I are in Japan!!

If you’ve ever been to Tokyo before you’ll know how busy it really is! There’s also an abundance of food that needs to be tried!

On the first day we arrived we couldn’t check in yet so we decided to go get some ramen! Onto tripadvisor we went and found a place called Ichiran.

When we found the restaurant we had to go downstairs and you arent greeted with a person.. but more a vending machine. This totally tripped me out. My boyfriend who had been to Japan before explained what I needed to do.

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Its pretty simple. All you need to do is put your money into the machine, select what you want and press ‘change’ and out comes a ticket and your change.

Next you walk through and find a seat to sit in.. they’re all individual by the way. There is a piece of paper in front of you to how strong you want your soup, how hard you want your ramen etc. Once done you push a bell button and the waiter will take your ticket and paper.

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This is just the basic ramen. If you want anything else you can tick it on the piece of paper.

For a first meal in Tokyo it was pretty good and so very satisfying.

We actually ate this as a first and last meal in Tokyo!

Comparatively to ramen in Melbourne its quite similar which makes me think that Melbourne has it pretty good when it comes to ramen.

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