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    Delicious Cuisine

    by sinjabc Updated Oct 25, 2009

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    Everything I ate in Japan was affordable, delicious (oishii) and wonderfully presented. Customer service in Japanese is something people take pride in.

    I ate everything from Ramen noodles to bento boxes, to rice balls to traditional breakfasts. Ramen shops usually have a ticket machine you purchase ramen and drinks from first. Then you take the tickets to the ramen bar for service. Most restaurants have menus with pictures to order from.

    Some of the best food I ate were served at small, family-run restaurants.

    Train stations have a wide selection of bento boxes for breakfast or lunch on the go. There are also beautifully wrapped gift boxes to give to friends and family. A huge tradition is gift giving. One should give gifts to gracious hosts and new friends to show gratitude.

    Traditional Japanese breakfast usually consists of fish, rice, raw or fried egg (put the raw egg on hot rice), nori sheets (eat with rice) and miso soup.

    I am a big fan of vending machines for pear water and milk tea. I really enjoyed the strawberry and green tea Kit Kat chocolate.

    Restaurant prices were generally on par with Canadian prices ($7-$9 for breakfast, $12-$15 for lunch, and $15-$25 for dinner. I rarely tipped for restaurant and food services.

    Favorite Dish: Some of my favourite restaurants were:

    - Pork Katsu at a place across from Yutenji Station in Tokyo.

    - Seafood bento box at Sui-Ka in Osaka.

    - Soba noodles, tempura and edamame from Bashamishi in Tokyo (Omiya).

    - Bento boxes from train stations or kiosks.

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    especially breakfast in traditional restaurant: try japanese food

    by hanspeter_W. Written Aug 26, 2009

    A traditional Japanese breakfast consists of steamed rice, miso soup, and various side dishes. Common side dishes are broiled/grilled fish, tamagoyaki (rolled omelet), onsen tamago, tsukemono pickles, seasoned nori (dried seaweed), natto, and so on. As you see in the photo, it's a Japanese etiquette to place a bowl of rice on your left and to place a bowl of miso soup on your right side at the table.

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    Musica Vista Live Bar & Karaoke: Drink! And Eat The Unique Taste Of Our Food Menu

    by musicavista Written May 2, 2009

    You Can Enjoy!!, Drinking, Eating, Singing in karaoke, Dancing, Watching Music Video, Listening And Requesting Your Favorite Song And Music With Our Professoinal Singer's And Musician's. Nice And Friendly Staff Too!!.

    Favorite Dish: Japanese Tarako, Napolitan & Meat Sauce Pasta. Delicious And Unique Taste!!

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    Anywhere, Japan: Sushi

    by Mr.Sparkle Written Dec 22, 2008

    Well, if you're in Japan you just got try to some fish. Sushi and sashami need not break the bank. With a little sleuthing you can find some great deals, especially at a "conveyor belt" sushi joint. Its a fun way to do lunch and dinner.

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    Mathuridaiko Ouchi Japan Saga Prefecture: Best Yakatori That We Found In Japan

    by syrin Updated Nov 14, 2008

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    This was such a great place. We ate yakatori which is made from several bite-sized pieces of chicken meat, or chicken offal, skewered on a bamboo skewer and barbecued, usually over charcoal. They also have bite size pieces of meat, veggies, squid, fried fish skin and various other types.

    This was located in Ouchi an outskirt area of Karatsu City in the Saga prefecture so it might just be out of your way especially if you are taking the train. As for exzact location you will have to search for it based on the name in the picture.

    Each skewer is $2-3 dollars and it does take quite some while like 40 minutes to get your first order but then again the reason why yakatori tastes so good is them cooking it for a long time.

    It is considered rude in Japan to ask them to hurry up. This place can get really busy in a hurry. We went here to celebrate mothers day for my husbands mom. Four of us it only cost $90 and that was for a whole lot of meat and about 9 mugs of beer. The have traditional style seating and western style seating. There is only one bathroom so when its busy you might want to go while there is an opening especially if you are drinking like I was or you may be waiting a while.

    Favorite Dish: Everthing with veggies, chicken or beef but no squid for me.

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    Yatai Ramen Men-ya: Best Ramen In Japan

    by syrin Updated Nov 14, 2008

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    Every Japanese eats ramen and there are so many places that serve it, and each region has its own little things in them that make them diffrent from each other. We ate ramen in Ouchi which is in Karatsu City in the Saga Prefecture, Kobe, Nara, Tokyo, Mt Fuji, Hiroshima and any where we could get a chance and this for me was by far the best ramen. I got the ramen that has a soy sauce base. It costs around 6-10 dollars depending on what you add to it. You will have to look up the address as we took a bus to the atomic bomb dome then another bus took us to a train that took us to the entrance for the ferry heading to miyajima island. So its located outside one of the train stations. There was only one lady there that was making the ramen. Its rather small and sort of a dive however it was cooked fresh and cooked best. The women that was cooking and served us was very nice. You will definatley love it and it will be a good place to eat at before you head to the island.

    Favorite Dish: The shoyu ramen with everything on top.

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    Kobe Yakisoba & Grill Dining: Best Place For Kobe Beef

    by syrin Updated Nov 13, 2008

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    We ate a 8 course meal that costed $75pp which included three types of Kobe beef. They had diffrent types of courses for one set price. The courses we got was the most expensive they had. The other four courses were skewers, salad, squid, miso soup, & dessert which was ice cream. Not a bad price for all the food they served. Seatings limited though and alot of locals go there and tourists. Very good service. Its the best meat you will eat in your life.

    Favorite Dish: The Kobe Beef

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    Many restaurant in japan display

    by cheesecake17 Updated Sep 18, 2008

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    mock-ups of their dishes in the window of the restaurant, or in a glass display cabinet.

    The beauty of this for the Gaijin is that you don't have to read Kanji to understand what's on offer in the restaurant. Even better, many low- to mid-range restaurants also have photos of their food on the actual menus.

    A story goes that it was the Gaijin who are responsible for this plastic food display in the first place

    Historically, when Westren foods were first introduced to Japan, the locals were completely dumbfounded by the descriptions on the menu. So, to smooth the introduction of new foods, and to drum up more interest and business, the restaurant owners displayed wax versions of their new Western dishes.

    Eventually, this changed to plastic, and encompass the entire range of foods, not just the Western ones.

    Plastic foods also make a unique souvenier from Japan - it's not exactly high-culture, I'll admit, but if you'd like to take home something a little quirky, then head out to Kappabashi the big kitchenware market area of Tokyo, where a typical "dish"can be had for about 500 yen.

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    Okonomiyaki, is a type of pancake

    by gogonicetrip Updated Apr 12, 2008

    Okonomiyaki is a type of pancake, and literally means "grill as you like".

    At the restaurant, you can select the ingredients from the menu such as meat(beef, pork), sea food ( shrimp, squid) and mochi(rice cake) and cook the pancakes themselves, on the hot plate in your table.

    How to make Okonomiyaki
    The ingredients what you selected including egg and shredded cabbage are put into paste made combining flour and mixed together well.
    Pour the mixture onto the plate and cook it on both sides.
    When it is ready, brush it thickly with Okonomiyaki source, sprinkle it with aonori and cut into small pieced and enjoy it.

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    There's many nice ones!!: Ponto-cho (restaurant street) KYOTO

    by Pixiekatten Updated Mar 28, 2008

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    Beautiful presented sushi and it tasted better than it looked. Amazing food.
    To be able to enjoy your meal out on the terrace overlooking Kamogawa river, you have to order the set menu. A bit more pricy than having the meal inside but its worth it. It would be rude not to!
    These restaurants are all about the full experience!

    However I went back to this restaurant and had a meal inside, at the counter where you get to see the chefs prepare your food. That was a great experience too!!

    Favorite Dish: Set sushi menu

    Sake sashimi (salmon)

    Miso soup - fish style. (Dont be surprised when they remove the lid and theres a huge fish head, thats the best part...)

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    Ramen

    by Mr.Sparkle Written Jan 15, 2008

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    Although ramen is not a real Japanese food, it has evolved in such a way that it is quite different than its Chinese roots. An important thing to remember is this not the standard fare you would find in America. It is cooked differently here and taste much different.

    There are lots of noodle house throughout Japan, and many are sub par but there are still many, many fantastic places one can chow down on a huge bowl of noodles, broth, vegetables, and meat for under a thousand yen.

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    Shikoku - Tokushima: Unagi don setto

    by madar Written Dec 30, 2007

    This is a quite big restaurant near the inner city of Tokushima, popular by local people.
    Serving traditional japanese food, fish, noodles, rice also.
    the days special was unagi (eel), in a set with udon noodle soup.
    Tasty., more than enough for a hot summer lunch and very quickly served.

    Favorite Dish: Actually I ate here only once..

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    Soba, is a Japanese noodle

    by gogonicetrip Written Dec 12, 2007

    Soba are thin brownish noodle made from a sobako ( buckwheat flour ).

    Some soba dishes, such as mori-soba, are served cold, with a side dish of soy-based broth into which the soba is dipped before being eating.

    Other soba dishes consist of a bowl of the noodles in hot broth, together with various other ingredients such as vegetables, eggs, abura-age, or meat.
    The broth is made from soy sauce, mirin (sweet sake), sugar, and stock.

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    Monsoon: Thai like in Thailand!

    by Phildy Written Dec 12, 2007

    This little gem out in Roppongi was a fantastic find in a travel book I bought. When you have had enough raw fish and rice, head out there and try the fantastic Thai food this place prepares. I've eaten Thai in all sorts of places, including Thaland, and this food rates very highly! I even did cooking classes in Chiang Mai, so I have some idea of what its supposed to be like.

    The Monsoon has an odd decor with palm tree styled verandah and a nice little bar you can sit at and have a pre-dinner drink or two. But how many places in Tokyo arent weird looking? The service is extra special with a bubbly waitress who posed for a photo with us when she raced out of the place as we left...just to say goodbye!

    It's reasonably priced (not budget, but also not too expensive), a little oddly located across the road from a cemetary, and definately worth the walk from the railway station! Enjoy a cocktail, or two with your food.

    Favorite Dish: 1. The Tom Yum soup was delicious and plentiful... its served in a nice little hot pot with a burner underneath to keep it nice and warm as you consume bowl after bowl!

    2. I make THE WORLDS BEST green curry (thanks to my master and cooking instructor in Chiang Mai!), but I can honestly say the Monsoon whips uo a beauty! Just as I like it, nice and spicey.

    3. Pud Thai noodles are pretty plain most places. At the Monsoon they include nice fresh ingredients like prawns (with their tails still on!). This is a nice tummy filler to go along with any of the choices on the menu.

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    all retaurants are very good but expensive: japanisch food is a delicacy

    by pawimzelf Written Nov 13, 2007

    There are sushi and special tempuri and beef restaurants, every thing is allways fresh and most things you can chose alive and will prepared in your way, sometimes not so nice to see when a shrimp is still alive and they put a wooden pin into it and grill it. (grrrr)

    But the beef of the Kobe beef is famous all over japan and the rest of the world, only very expensive. The cows are fed with beer and that makes it very tender.

    Also nice to see how the cooking is done, in some restaurants, if you come with a numbre of people, then you get your own cook, he is a artist, with knifes and the speed how they work is increable.

    Favorite Dish: Kobe beef and suhsi

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