{  Oriental Lounge  }

Oriental Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental
Oriental Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental
Oriental Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental
Oriental Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental
Oriental Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental
Oriental Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental

High Tea at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Tokyo’s Oriental Lounge is definitely a special experience and I highly recommend it for a special occasion. Since the lounge is located on the 38th floor, you get an amazing view of Tokyo if it’s a clear day (it was unfortunately raining on the day we went so the view was not that great.)

The High Tea is around 5000yen per person and the pastries, desserts and teas are all exquisite. The best part is the teas and scones are all you can drink/eat so if you’re still hungry, get more! Eat the scone while it’s warm :)

If you are looking for a nice date spot or want to splurge a little and treat yourself, I highly recommend this place.

Address // Mandarin Oriental Hotel Tokyo 38F,
2-1-1, Nihonbashimuromachi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-3270-8188
Website // http://www.mandarinoriental.co.jp/tokyo/dining/lounge/

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{  Merry Christmas!  }

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Wishing you all a safe and warm holidays :)

The photos above are from a special light display at Nakameguro River called “Aono doukutsu”(青の洞窟) which translates to “Blue Cave”. You can view the lighting until xmas day but just to let you know, it’s super crowded!

Website // http://nakameguro-aonodokutsu.jp/




{  Oreno Kappou — 俺の割烹  }

Oreno Kappou -- 俺の割烹
Oreno Kappou -- 俺の割烹
Oreno Kappou -- 俺の割烹
Oreno Kappou -- 俺の割烹
Oreno Kappou -- 俺の割烹

In case you haven’t seen my post on Oreno Italian Jazz, I recommend reading it before checking this post out.

The Oreno group has been super popular in Tokyo with their affordable restaurants which provide unbelievable prices for what you get. Each Oreno series restaurant has chefs from famous hotels in charge and the only reason they can provide incredible prices is because most of the dining area is standing room only plus they only let you stay for two hours max.

I loved Oreno Italian and this is another great Oreno restaurant that specializes in Japanese food. Because the portions are a little smaller, you might eat a little more than the Italian Jazz but it’s still a great deal. Pictured above are:

- Mizudashi Gyokuro (水出し玉露) 1200yen
- Wagyu Sukiyakinabe (和牛すきやき鍋) 499yen
- Ebi Tenpura (海老天婦羅) x3 1280yen
- Carpaccio 780yen
- Renko Tai Sanshoyaki (レンコ鯛山椒焼き) 780yen
- Ageebishinjyou (揚げ海老シンジョウ) 480yen
- Daikon 480yen
- Nanbanzuke (南蛮漬け) 480yen
- Sabasushi (鯖寿司) 680yen
- Hojicha Pudding (ほうじ茶プリン) 280yen

There’s a 300yen music charge per guest since they have a live singer perform which I think is totally worth it. If you are near Shinbashi/Ginza and have time to wait in line, definitely check this place out! For tips on how to get a table, read my Oreno Italian Post.

Hours // Monday-Saturday: 3 – 11pm, Sunday: 3 – 10:30pm

Address // 8-8-17, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-6280-6948
Website // http://goo.gl/yo9Xeq

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{  Yakitori Torigen — 鳥元  }

Yakitori Torigen -- 鳥元
Yakitori Torigen -- 鳥元
Yakitori Torigen -- 鳥元
Yakitori Torigen -- 鳥元
Yakitori Torigen -- 鳥元
Yakitori Torigen -- 鳥元
Yakitori Torigen -- 鳥元

This Yakitori place in Yokohama is only open for dinner time. Yakitori Torigen is located about 3 min walking distance from Yokohama Station Nishiguchi exit (West exit) on the B1 floor. The place gets quite packed for dinner time as they are famous for their generous portion of yakitori which is both good and affordable.

As you can see, we had quite a variety of yakitori which were all yummy. They even had Toriwasa (715yen) – the chicken sashimi, which was pretty good as well. The menu is written in Japanese but has a few photos of their popular items which you can point to.

If you happen to be by Yokohama station or if you are looking for a decent yakitori spot in Yokohama, check this place out.

hours // 5 – 11pm

Address // B1F SG Building, 2-11-5, Tsuruya-cho, Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama-shi,
Kanagawa-ken, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 045-322-3635
Website // n/a

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{  German Newspaper  }

German Newspaper

I was recently quoted in a German Newspaper, Rheinische Post (rp-online.de), talking about what I think is the trendiest food in Tokyo right now. The newspaper did a feature with other food bloggers from Sydney, London, New York, and Seoul each talking about what they think the new food trends are in their region. Click through to see what I had to say about Tokyo’s trends :) (the article is written in German)

http://www.rp-online.de/panorama/ausland/die-food-trends-der-blogger-bid-1.4620763