Rokukakutei

Last meal in Osaka  … One for the road 🙂 And I would say this is one of the favourite meal of the trip
and an Osaka special :
Kushiyaki

start

start

Ready your stomachs! here we go!

#1: Prawn

#1: Prawn

#1: Fugu

#1: Fugu

#2: Beef

#2: Beef

#3: Scallop

#3: Scallop

#4: Green bean and Prawn

#4: Green bean and Prawn

#4: Pumpkin

#4: Pumpkin

#5: Mountain Caviar ( Shisho leaf, "donguri)

#5: Mountain Caviar ( Shisho leaf, “donguri)

#6: Red Snapper with Leek and Ginger

#6: Red Snapper with Leek and Ginger

#7: Green Pepper, Pork and Ginger

#7: Green Pepper, Pork and Ginger

#8: Octopus

#8: Octopus

#9: Fish Egg

#9: Fish Egg

#10: 1 Day and 3 Day Pickled Cucumber

#10: 1 Day and 3 Day Pickled Cucumber

#10: Palate Cleanser : Yoko

#10: Palate Cleanser : Yoko

#11: Crab Claw

#11: Crab Claw

#12:  Duck with Leek

#12: Duck with Leek

#13: Anago with Burdock

#13: Anago with Burdock

#14: Hida (Japanese Vegetable)

#14: Hida (Japanese Vegetable)

#15: Chinese Yam with Raddish

#15: Chinese Yam with Raddish

#15: Shrimp with Yidi (Lotus Root)

#15: Shrimp with Yidi (Lotus Root)

#16: Salmon with Mayo

#16: Salmon with Mayo

#17: Kiss Fish with Anago

#17: Kiss Fish with Anago

#17: Kiss Fish with Prawns

#17: Kiss Fish

#18 : Home Made Sour Cream

#18 : Home Made Sour Cream

#18: Home Made Bread

#18: Home Made Bread

#18: Home Made Bread

#18: Home Made Bread

#19: Ginkgo Nuts

#19: Ginkgo Nuts

#20: Cheese

#20: Cheese

 

#21: Coffee Ice cream

#21: Coffee Ice cream

#21: Champange Jelly with Fruits

#21: Champange Jelly with Fruits

#21: Chocolate Pudding

#21: Chocolate Pudding

#21 CLose up of Chocolate Pudding

#21: Close up of Chocolate Pudding

 

Verdict: 5/5 of us will definitely return here!

The whole experience was as if a pampered whimsical representation of creative representation of a simple street food that can actually actually be simple with the ingredients used, but fun with the way the chef interacts with the customers, to the waitresses that take the effort to explain the origin and preparation methods.

This place is 1 Michelin star but
1) casual and friendly dinning
2) good service
3) YOU WILL BE FULL!!! Orders will just keep coming until you tell them you want to stop! but other than that, we managed to finish through the entire 20+ sticks (I counted and recorded)
4) For each of the sticks, they will purposely place it pointed at the specific dip, so just follow suit and you will be fine 🙂

Rokkakutei
1-21-16 Nipponbashi, Chuo-ku
Takoso Bdg2F, Osaka, 
Osaka Prefecture 542-0073 , Japan

Grand Front Shin Osaka

3 Restaurants for 3 meals in Grand Front Shin Osaka

First stop, Soba

Grilled Duck Slices

Grilled Duck Slices

Assorted Tempura

Assorted Tempura

Dipping Duck Soba

Dipping Duck Soba

Hand Cut Soba ( cold dipping one for 1 person)

Hand Cut Soba ( cold dipping one for 1 person)

Duck Soba in Soup

Duck Soba in Soup

Verdict:  3/5 of us will return

Duck was their specialty but it was just abit bloody to the extent some parts of it had that “birdy-uncooked” taste.
The noodles were good .. hand cut soba is really very different from those instant ones and all ..
we would return for their tempura set instead.

手打ちそば 石月
(Hand Cut Soba)
06-6485-7571
http://www.gfo-sc.jp/shop/detail?shopid=00000415

Dessert!!!
I had to find my Green Tea Parfait ..

Green Tea Parfait

Green Tea Parfait

Verdict:  definitely without question thumbs up for me
If i had to be stuck in a shopping centre, I am definitely parking myself here.
I think the picture already says it all .  IT IS AS GOOD AS THE PICTURE LOOKS!

Nana’s Green Tea
Grand front desk
Osaka south hall 4F, 4-20,
Ofukacho, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi,
Osaka, 530-0011

For dinner, we decided to head towards another different type of Japanese cuisine: yakitori. .. so we tried this place: Enishi Dori

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What we liked:

Appetizer: Runny Egg

Appetizer: Runny Egg

Chicken Soup

Chicken Soup

Oyakudon

Oyakudon

Chicken Skin

Chicken Skin

Fried Chicken

Fried Chicken

Tonpeiyaki

Tonpeiyaki

Close up of tonpeiyaki

Close up of tonpeiyaki

What we didn’t like

Tsukune (Chicken Balls)

Tsukune (Chicken Balls)

Chicken wings

Chicken wings

Chicken tighs

Chicken tighs

Chicken leg

Chicken leg

Verdict:  3/5 of us will return

The chicken wings were super huge! but the meat was not as juicy .. turned out to be a little tough
Overall it was a maybe will return but definitely highlight was the oyakudon :), chicken skin 

Enishi Dori
Japan 〒530-0001 大阪府大阪市北区梅田3-1-3

+81 6-6485-7791

#Kyoto 3.1 Gion Hatanaka Ryokan

I thought I try the American breakfast this time around (something different)

#1: American breakfast :)

#1: American breakfast 🙂

1.1: Home made marmalade and jam

1.1: Home made marmalade and jam

1.2: Thick toasts

1.2: Thick toasts

1.3 : Bacon and Salad

1.3 : Bacon and Salad

1.4: Plain Omelette with Ketchup

1.4: Plain Omelette with Ketchup

1.5: Home made yoghurt with honey

1.5: Home made yoghurt with honey

My other family members ordered the Japanese set.

Apart from rice, they had

1.1 grilled fish

1.1 grilled fish

1.2: Tamago (Egg) yaki with assorted root vegetables

1.2: Tamago (Egg) yaki with assorted root vegetables

1.3: Toufu

1.3: Toufu

1.5 : Miso Soup

1.5 : Miso Soup

1.6: Chawanmushi (Steamed Egg Custard)

1.6: Chawanmushi (Steamed Egg Custard)

Verdict:
3/5 of us will return.

Overall the stay here was pleasant. Comparatively to the Miyajima stay, the hot tub did not have as nice a view. There was only 1 kind of indoor tub.
Food wise, I would say they did take the effort, but probably, was slightly average compared to what we have had but it is slightly above average.
However, the location of the place made up for it ..  they are very nicely situated within town .. so it is quite easy to travel around and find transport.
This would be our 3rd ryokan experience and  .. if this is going to be your first, then i think you would probably have a good time enjoying all the facilities 🙂

Bye Kyoto for now!

Gion Hatanaka Ryokan
505 Gionmachi Minamigawa,
Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto,
Kyoto Prefecture 605-0074, Japan
Phone:+81 75-541-5315

Kyoto: #2.3 Gion Hatanaka Ryokan

For Dinner at the Ryokan we had:

#1,#2,#3

#1,#2,#3

#1: Sea Urchin on Toufu in a Yuzu Sauce

#1: Sea Urchin on Toufu in a Yuzu Sauce

#2: Sea Bream Sashimi

#2: Sea Bream Sashimi

#3.1: smoked egg topped with foe gras,  heirloom tomato salad,

#3.1: smoked egg topped with foe gras, heirloom tomato salad,

#3.2: scallop sushi, preserved mackerel sushi, ikan billis 'wafer'

#3.2: scallop sushi, preserved mackerel sushi, ikan billis ‘wafer’

#3.3 the cup, candied fruit salad

#3.3 the cup, candied fruit salad

#4: Simmered Buri with daikon and spinach

#4: Simmered Buri with daikon and spinach

#5: Fish Soup

#5: Fish Soup

#6: Grilled hamachi with seasonal mushroom

#6: Grilled hamachi with seasonal mushroom

#7: Seared Beef slices with nuts

#7: Seared Beef slices with nuts

#8: Battered hamachi fins

#8: Battered hamachi fins

#9: Kani (crab) meishi

#9: Kani (crab) meishi

#10: home made vanilla ice cream with kyoto grapes

#10: home made vanilla ice cream with kyoto grapes

#10.1 Yuzu Jelly

#10.1 Yuzu Jelly


Gion Hatanaka

505 Gionmachi Minamigawa,
Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto,
Kyoto Prefecture 605-0074, Japan
Phone:+81 75-541-5315

kyoto #2.2 : Ippodo Tea House

Had a very interesting traditional Japanese Traditional Tea.
Feel free to ask the waitress to explain how you should properly enjoy your tea!

Entrance

Entrance

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Tenka Ichi (Gyokuro) with Tea snack

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Close up of Tea Snack

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Hosen (Sencha) with Tea snack

Note: Depending on whichever type of green tea, there will be different number of tea cups ( used as a gauge to measure accurately the optimal temperature that each type of tea should be enjoyed; if teapot [100 degrees]-> 1st cup [80 degrees] (= -20 degrees) -> 2nd cup [60 degrees] (-20 degrees)).

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This implies that the tea should be enjoyed at 60 degrees

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Outcome: Sencha 🙂

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Input: Sencha

The shop itself, being the main shop still maintains the historical elements and tools used to make tea.

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Verdict: 5/5 of us will return. I wished we learned more to appreciate tea, but this was really education and a very good experience to learn about the Japanese Culture.
A very good place as well to buy souvenirs 🙂

IPPODO Tea
Teramachi-dori Nijo, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-0915
Tel: +81-75-211-3421
http://www.ippodo-tea.co.jp/en/shop/kyoto.html
Store hours: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm (until 6:00 pm Sundays and holidays)*
Kaboku Tearoom: 11:00 am to 5:30 pm*
* Closed during New Year’s holidays.

Kyoto #2.2 Kuromon Nishiki

Because we enjoyed the market from our previous trip
( I do apologise for the previous poor quality and bad image – i had to start somewhere right)
we headed back there

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Live Fugus (Puffer Fish) for Sale

Live Fugus (Puffer Fish) for Sale

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This is why Kyoto is the Capital for Green Tea

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This time around, we tried:

#1: Tarts

#1: Tarts

#1.1: Egg Tarts

#1.1: Egg Tarts

#1.2: Cream Tart

#1.2: Cream Tart

#2: Cheese Fish Cake

#2: Cheese Fish Cake

#3:Soup

#3:Soup

#3.1: Daikon Soup

#3.1: Daikon Soup

#4: Maguro Sashimi on Stick

#4: Maguro Sashimi on Stick

#5: Doughnuts

#5: Doughnuts

#5.1: Doggie Bites for Dogs

#5.1: Doggie Bites for Dogs

#5.2: Soyabean Doughnuts

#5.2: Soyabean Doughnuts

#6: Goma (Sesame) Ice cream with Sesame Toppings

#6: Goma (Sesame) Ice cream with Sesame Toppings

#7: 7 flavours

#7: 7 flavours

#7.1: Customise your own furikake (rice toppings) / 7 flavours to put on your rice

#7.1: Customise your own furikake (rice toppings) / 7 flavours to put on your rice

#8: Green Tea

#8: Green Tea

#8.1 : Green Tea Ice-Cream

#8.1 : Green Tea Ice-Cream

Verdict:

Since its a returned trip, needless to say, 5/5 of us loved this place 🙂
This time around we didn’t get to see a geisha, but we saw

Live Filming

Live Filming

Kyoto : #2.1 Gion Hatanaka Ryokan

Breakfast

#1: grilled fish and fish roe

#1: grilled fish and fish roe

#2: Pickles

#2: Pickles

#3

#3

#3 : Porridge ( you can change to rice if you want)

#3 : Porridge ( you can change to rice if you want)

#4

#4

#4: White miso with mackerel and spinach

#4: White miso with mackerel and spinach

#5: plum and Seaweed

#5: plum and Seaweed

#6

#6

#6: Preserved Vegetables, Grated yam with seaweed, Stewed Root Vegetables

#6: Preserved Vegetables, Grated yam with seaweed, Stewed Root Vegetables

#7: Tamago (Egg) Yaki, fried 'ikan billis', Fish Cake

#7: Tamago (Egg) Yaki, fried ‘ikan billis’, Fish Cake

#8

#8

#8: You duo fu

#8: You duo fu

#9

#9

#9: Miso Soup

#9: Miso Soup

Verdict:  3/5 thought breakfast was ok  ..
Not saying that it all tasted bad or anything, but perhaps not much wow factor we were looking for.
To give them credit, they did put a lot of thought into throwing in ‘mini surprises’ with the way they placed some of the dishes.
nonetheless, this place seems to be very catered towards foreigner’s taste buds as well it feels.

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Gion Hataka
Yasaka Jinjya Minamimon Mae Higashiyama ku, 
Kyoto, 
Kyoto Prefecture 605-0074, Japan