So today is our last day .. and just to mark off before going off, one last place to check out – like a one for the road meal till last us till our next trip back to Japan – if we do get the chance

So we went to one of the recommended on the ramen trail map, as it was another highly recommended by the hotel staff

The theme is samurai, we can see it


Even when we enter or when they have to shake the water off the ramen, they would all enthusiastically shout!!! Lead bt the chef that looks like a dinosaur, who cooks the noodles as if like the samurai chopping people’s head’s off .. and shouting the “YOSHA” thingy , the rest follow in Cannon as a form of gusto(I think) and also to display their enthusiasm in what they do.

Japanese chicken rice - not very nice only the sauce

You can choose the strength of the broth, and the size of the bowl.

kong bah noodles - broth was a little salty althought i took the lighter broth, but Noodles SUPER QQQQ

So come here early because there were long queues when we were there at around.. 11:30? Around there..
I think its not bad .. although can’t really agree to the saltiness of this .. but the charsiew is super!!!

Menya Musashi
K-1 Build. 1F,
7-2-6 Nishishinjuku,
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo


By dinner time, dad said he was feeling better! So we headed towards one of the restaurants near by the hotel – just in case he wasn’t feeling up to it half way and decided to come back. This hunt was probably one of the best dinners in Tokyo!

The owner was very helpful and happy to have us .. He even introduced a lot of new things(to us) that we probably will not be able to get or know how to order when we are in Japan.
Pity I do apologise, I don’t have the exact address – I was too sleepy from the whole day to remember to take a name card from this shop.

This meal really challenged our limits.

According to my brother and sister, who tried the horse sashimi said that when you first put into your mouth, it tastes like maguro, then as you finish it, it tastes like mango after taste .. ahaha and mentioned how the texture is grainer than beef or fish for that matter

If we had known that we ate beef guts hotpot, I think we wouldn’t have went ahead to order it.. It was “saiko!” .. the best soup base ever!!


My dad was not feeling well, so we took away some food for him from nearby .. and for my mum who had to take care of him as well ..

So we went near by and took away from Otoya.

Oyaku don - Favourite

ootoya grains porridge

Chicken hot pot

katsu in a hot pot - Yummy!!!

Shinjuku Island Tower
B1F 6-5-1 Nishi-Shinjuku,
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

Tokyo: #8.2

So my siblings being macaroon crazy went balistic when they found the “king of all macaroons” at the Seibu food basement, while waiting for my parents to meet for dinner.

paris famous macaroons

Our stash

premium - balsamic vinegar, chocolate and foie gras, cant remember the last one

from the left: peanut butter thingy?, lemon, pistachio, chocolate

from the left: caramel, yuzu, chocolate ( different kind) rose

So want to buy back to singapore

I should have taken a video when we were eating this .. Every piece had to be equally divded and shared between the 3 of us .. I really liked the yuzu and lemon flavoured ones. The chocolate was also amazing, but the caramel, both my siblings were ‘fighting’ over it.

we also got

pleasure cake

but i would say, just spend your calories on the macarons! this cake is divine but I think at the end of the macaron tasting, we were all on a sugar high to really appreciate this cake.

Pierre Herme
Seibu Ikebukuro B1 F,
1-28-1 Minami-ikebukuro,
Toshima-ku, Tokyo 171-8569




We decided to head back towards Ikebukuru, just like how we came last year and stayed around this area for a Ramen that we crazily patronised at least once a day!

Kamukara Ramen


Gyoza - no biggie

Its been a while 🙂

I like how their eggs are actually marinated? and not seperately boiled .. so it has it own sauce taste in it! 🙂

Beautiful eggs!

Tori Karage .. neh i don't think so

So glad to have made this trip back here to try this! Just exactly like how i remembered 🙂 This is just awesomeness it itself! Just stick to ordering ramen! Their broth is clear and is different from the other styles of ramen that we have eaten thus far.

Kamukara Ramen
1丁目-29-5 Higashi
ikebukuro Toshima,
Tokyo, Japan


My brother told us that we definitely had to check out this Tonkatsu place because its highly recommended on his list of places to go. My sister and dad was super excited as they were looking forward to a good Tonkatsu treat throughout the whole Japan trip. So we went

I ordered a seasonal special set – didnt feel like eating only tonkatsu, so my set came with

this tofu appetizer tasted like dau hui

tofu hotpot - yums 🙂 MINE 🙂

seasonal simmered veg - not very nice

came with my set - raddish and toufu wrap, chicken breast wrapped with something, cold beans with veg, pickles

we ordered to share as well

Oden - mediocre

Kani Croquette - so so

and then of course, the main thing

3 different types of sauces ; sweet, ponzu and spicy

Tonkatsu - 120 g

Tonkatsu 170 g

barley rice

best miso soup i ever drank

veg - the good thing is this is free refills together with the rice and miso soup

look at the fats of the tonkatsu


Overall, this place is enjoyable – for sure everyone was happy with the quality and standard of the tonkatsu! 🙂 will definitely return for this

Kyoto Katsukura Nadai Tonkatsu
Sendagaya 5-24-2,
Takashimaya Times Square Building
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Tokyo: #6.2

We decided to go to one of the hotel’s restaurant for our own Kaiseki Japanese Christmas dinner celebration.
Yamatoya Sangen – Japanese Restaurant

So we had ..

Awesome Christmas dinner!
Merry Christmas everyone!!!

Tokyo: #6.1

We went to visit this WW2 museum that documented ww2 from a Japanese point of view. My dad clearly insisted we had to go there,so we went there.. apart from the history part, the weather was just awesome


although i must say that place is really scenic! I absolutely loved

a hidden pond

and we were near this sumo museum/venue where they would hold Sumo matches during the Sumo Wrestling Season


had a sucky lunch not worth blogging about since I also didn’t know where the exact address was .. but found a cafe near that area.. a few shops down from the place


Dried Orange Decorations

green tea cookie - awesome

chocolate chip cookies with almond - soso

raisin and custard roll thingy- normal tasting

walnut and banana cake + raisin and custard ( that tasted like kaya) toast - to die for we ordered 2 of the toast

Indian Chai tea with ginger syrup

Syrup Pot! so cute!

place where they use to put scones! a traditional old weighing scale!!

sighs pies . If only someone could recognise this place and the address, so i can do it some justice when posting it .. 😦

Tokyo: #5.2

My brother thought he shouldn’t just end the night as such .. So he told me to follow him to hop around the different sake lounges within the hotel to check out the ambience and try the different types of special cocktails.
we went up to the 45th floor of this Lounge within the hotel, M bar

Spectacular View of tokyo

Special Occasion Drink for the night

I (heart) Takashimaya Japan

Following that, he also decided that we should experience the Japan Culture, through heading into a yakitori place and drinking beer and eating yakitori. In the environment where all the OLs and Salarymen were bitching in Japanese about their work, smoking like a chimney, we found this place near our hotel that is exactly as i described it to be.


BEST ODEN EVER!!!! Egg, Fishcake, Daikon, special toufu puff, konyaku jelly

Cheers to Christmas!

And of course, what we came here for : Yakitori.  Super shioks except the quails eggs were super saltish

But we found this next amazing dish while trying very hard in our broken japanese and english to ask the waiter to reccomend something special and different for us. .. and to our amazement, we had this

At a glance, it just looks like an ordinary piece of chicken cutlet . But according to the waiter, he explained in his broken english and simple Japanese that this chicken cutlet,  is first coated with egg yolk, pre-fried, then battered in flour and fried again – Super awesome to the max!

I forgot to take the name card of this place, but its a sure touchdown!!! 🙂


Tokyo #5.1

We headed towards Tokyo, although leaving a little fuller, rounder and with a heavier heart and body weight! I dont dare to think how much weight I have put on after all these incessant eating. So we took the train, and I thought to make my Japan experience a little more authentic, I bought myself an Onigiri to eat on the trip to Tokyo.

Mentai Onigiri 🙂


After we arrived in Tokyo, we checked into our hotel, at Shinjuku, and went to find Ramen.  We were introduced this Ramen map that the hotel had conveniently mapped out with its surrounding areas (Aren’t the Japanese meticulous or what?)  and we of course asked for their personal rankings in which they deemed were the best before making the trip. So we headed to Santouka, I believe we also do have a branch in Singapore.

Shoyu Ramen

Charsiew Rice = good stuff

Well i think the only complaint was that the  eggs kinda dont really pass the normal molten standard.


Santouka Ramen
1F, 1-18-5, Nakaoki bldg
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo