まぐろ屋 (Maguroya, Tsukiji Fish Market)

まぐろ屋 Tsukiji Fish Market - 築地魚市場

You see that oyster?! It is the size of my hand!! I had to eat it in two bites. It was 800 yen but it was worth it, OMFG, so good, so creamy (damn, craving for some now). You think it would be waaay too much oyster taste or have sea taste but NO! It was like you can actually taste the oyster! It was like eating the yolk of an egg raw lol. I should have gotten the 400 yen and see if there is a different. Next time. >=]

まるげん (Marugen) (Shibuya, Japan) 

まるげん marugen

DO NOT come here. Shady lol. We were going up the stairs when a lady (waitress) came down and spoke with us in Mandarin (since we didn’t understood her in Japanese) and asked how we knew about this place and we said there was a sign at the entrance and she led us up the stairs to the restaurant. It was a hole in the wall but it seems like where local would go. Pretty cool place if it wasn’t for 2 customers (men) suddenly sat next to our table and started smoking and complaining that they do not serve the food they wanted. The food was a little below average. It was ok but not for the price. AND then the sekiryou (seat charge) 500 yen each person (we had 3 people). I would understand it if the food was good/popular/busy, but man…got hustled lol. But it was a cool experience, never went to a “shady” restaurant in Japan before.

初代 Shodai (Ebisu, Japan) 

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MUST TRY their White curry udon. Stop whatever you are doing right now, and write Shodai, white curry udon, on you list to try, if you have one. Not only is it unique but it taste amazing! I never seen/tasted anything like it. We were so lucky lol, went at around 11pm so there wasn’t a line but I heard that usually, you will have to wait several hours just to get a seat during lunch and dinner hours.

初代 Shodai

ハンバーグ&ステーキ 俵屋 (Hamburg & Steak) @ Daimaru (Osaka, Japan) 

ハンバーグ&ステーキ 俵屋 大阪ステーションシティ店 黒毛和牛ハンバーグ&ステーキ 俵屋 大阪ステーションシティ店 黒毛和牛1

My friends and I wanted to try some Wagyu beef and this place sells it with Kuroge Wagyu sign on the window. Their homemade cornbeef (bottom pic) was ok. It was a little dry for me. BUT the steak (top pic) was SO FREAKIN DELICIOUS (5500 yen for that dish alone, a little under $50) It was perfect. The guy brought it out for us to see the meat before they grilled it (just like they did at 5A5 Steak Lounge) and it was beautiful. If you wanted more cooked (get the fuck out, just kidding, but seriously you should ALWAYS eat steak medium rare. If not, don’t eat it at all cause you ruined a good piece of beef) then you can grilled it a little on that like circular stone. If you are in Japan, make sure you try some, even though it is expensive, it is totally worth it.

あらん (Aran) @ Daimaru (Osaka, Japan)

あらん aran

When you are in Osaka, one of the things you gotta try (doesn’t have to be this place) is Okonomiyaki. I just came here cause you can grill it yourself lol. After watching and reading ‘Ranma ½’ (anime) I always wanted to try it. Unfortunately, you don’t grill it from scratch (it came like that, on the pic). It was still fun to pretend. It tasted good but it is just good enough to get you full.