Kushinobo, Isetan The Cube, Shinjuku

Fry everything. Fry it all on a stick. That’s what kushikatsu means to me.

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I got the Miybai lunch special.

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I had to look at other diners to figure out what this plate was about (separates the sauces). And everything surrounding it (ALL the sauces). And the fish above it (put used skewers there).

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There was a pretty good variety of fried food on sticks.

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I’d go again for the lunch specials. I like fried food.

Kushinobo
Isetan Kaikan 8F
3-15-17 Shinjuku
Shinjuku 160-0022, Tokyo

matenrou, Tokyo Skytree, Sumida

On the way to Jojoen previously, I noticed meat. It was a teppanyaki place and I wanted to come back to try it. So we did.

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Sweet views.

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Fortunately, we asked what was good. They recommended this sort of seafood pancake that had some roe. It was tasty!

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Some veggies, to offset all my meat intake.

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And the meat! It was good. I liked it and would eat here again if I stopped by Skytree.

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The rice was good because of its chewy texture; I don’t think people know how to make rice like this in the states.

matenrou
Tokyo Skytree town Solamachi 31F
1-1-2 Oshiage
Sumida-ku, Tokyo, 131-0045

Chez Panisse, Berkeley

A culinary landmark.

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I went upstairs for the more casual cafe.20140809ChezPanisse0220140809ChezPanisse0320140809ChezPanisse0420140809ChezPanisse0520140809ChezPanisse06

 

Though known for focusing on quality ingredients, I thought the bread was rather standard.20140809ChezPanisse07

 

I think this might have been my favorite part of the meal!  Local halibut tartare with cucumbers, radishes, green coriander and ginger.20140809ChezPanisse08

 

I eventually tried to recreate a dish similar to this.  Baked andante dairy goat cheese with garden lettuces.20140809ChezPanisse09

 

 

The pasta was al dente!  Rigatoni with wild mushroom ragu.20140809ChezPanisse10

 

 

From this dish I realized I don’t particularly like nettles.  Grilled James Ranch lamb rack, leg, and loin with summer vegetable tian, nettles, amaranth, and tapenade.20140809ChezPanisse11

 

I had higher expectations for the panna cotta, but in the end it was fairly standard.  Buttermilk panna cotta with Lucero Farm strawberries and raspberries.20140809ChezPanisse12

 

This was better than expected.  August fire nectarine galette with lemon verbena ice cream.20140809ChezPanisse13

 

Chez Panisse, 1517 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709
http://www.chezpanisse.com/