.The trip to Hong Kong and Japan was a lot about food, Nancy and I love our food… great food to 99%. I have fell in love with the Japanese kitchen, even if I didn’t like everything that they put in front of me. Miso soup is something I can live without. They used far too much fish sauce in their soups. I love fish, but I don’t want food to taste fishy.
During the trip we tried everything, but we also had some European and American/Mexican food.
Tea is another thing they couldn’t convert me into – but I love the green tea ice cream and soft cookies.
There is one thing I have brought with me home – and that is to have a bowl with green lettuce as first thing for breakfast with some sesame dressing on top, what a fantastic thing to make the stomach work smooth. So I have been doing a little salad for breakfast every morning so far.
Without out a doubt did I personal think we had our best meal at the Principle in Hong Kong – just amazing. One surprise after the other. Everything about this restaurant is just right, such a relaxed atmosphere and the staff so entertaining and provided top class service. It blow the socks out of me the whole evening. The Principle is a 2* Michelin rated restaurant.
Beige in Tokyo is so beautiful and elegant with it’s interior decor made by Chanel – nothing wrong with the food or the service, but there was no surprises what so ever. No magic. Maybe my dessert with the real gold leafs, even if I didn’t get a chocolate Dior bag filled with chocolate mousse. Also Beige has 2 *.
Our night at the Miyajima Island we stayed at Kurayado Iroha, a top class Ryokan and in our price was a 7 course local specialty menu included and it was outstanding, like the whole place in itself. They served me the only Miso soup that I really enjoyed. So I would say that Kurayado Iroha takes the second place.
3rd place goes to the little local and casual fish restaurant by name “Guttsuri-an” – ranked as #1 at Tripadvisor of all restaurants in Hiroshima. And it was worth the 15-20 min taxi ride. They only accept cash. What a place, the seafood and fish was so fresh in nearly was still jumping on our plates.
Little unfortunate incident happened there, the table next to us got into a fight and poor Nancy she had to move for her life, but the owners gave her a set of their sake carafe and cups as a compensation. And we got more sake too.
The worst meal must be at our Tokyo hotel, the evening after our Fuji tour – their Japanese restaurant didn’t live up to it and their Miso soup was the worst of the worst. In overall the hotel didn’t provide any mind blowing food. The breakfast was very basic, but nothing wrong with it.
The best tempura I enjoyed at the Victoria Peak, Hong Kong – fantastic prepared and so crisp. The best Dim Sums I had of course in Hong Kong and at Maxime’s at Ocean Terminal or Harbour City as it’s called today. But it was the only dim sums I had.
They were excellent even of the whole restaurant and service was very confusing – we were the only none Chinese guests and that created a bit of a problem for the staff. But they got their in the end and the food was very good.
In Kyoto I would say “Agotsuyu Shabu Shabu Yamafuku” is a MUST if visiting. Shabu Sabu is a local dish that is in rough terms has a likeness of Sukiyaki. Thinly sliced bacon, tofu and lettuce being cooked by yourself in soya milk and fly fish infusion water – and it’s sOooooOOooO good. We didn’t have Sukiyaki or sushi at all.
From the none local kitchens I must say that in Hiroshima offered the best at Cafe 45 – a restaurant that Nancy had passed when she was out on her own, combination of Spanish (tapas) and French cuisine. I had fantastic pate as starter and the lamb fillet was superb.
There will be proper reviews on some of the restaurants – in the meantime enjoy this gallery.
“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.”
George Bernard Shaw