Category Japan

ROKA Hard

[Full disclosure: This was a birthday gift from my sister and back-up organ donor, Dangles Del Monte, and her Mancake who is in the business. If it had been a can of expired cat food with a candle in it, I would have high-fived the waiter. They went one better.] I’ve long extolled the many […]

I think I’m Eating Japanese, I Really Think So

Writing a single blog post about the cuisine of Japan is as pointless as sending in pictures for Tony Hart’s “The Gallery.” For years I’ve been sending my efforts in, week after week, but he never puts them up. I’ve just accepted the fact now and so I started trying to just shock him to […]

Tramp’s Wish

I’ve railed against “Street Food” before. London is now rank with “Street Food” venues and it’s now a corporatised commodity, with specialised marketing outfits stamping them out as fast as they can get revenue for them. My main beef with “Street Food” restaurants are that they are invariably inside and most dishes are over £10. […]

In-a-mo(od)

[Knockers picks up the baton once again as I really slack off. She filled in before covering Umami. And now Inamo. Basically if the restaurant name is vowel-consonant-vowel-consonant-vowel, she’ll eat there. She ate in Wasabi once when my top-hat obscured the W. When she found out she was properly angry. Now she knows how the […]

Udon It?

The best development in Japanese restauranting in London is the introduction of specialty restaurants. There are loads of family restaurants in Japan (i.e. ガスト http://www.skylark.co.jp/gusto/), as well as chain izakayas (i.e. Tsubohachi http://www.tsubohachi.co.jp/) where you can get everything in one place, like the Japanese restaurants you find outside of Japan. But there now appears to be a trend […]

Taste of London

I managed to fit in Taste of London (http://london.tastefestivals.com/) last weekend and what a bizarre, wonderful event it was. Imagine a trade show / retail exhibition / Bestival without the bands and only the snooty tents and you probably have it. A gazillion restaurants, food suppliers and booze pushers were there, and clamouring for attention […]

Ramen Nose

Me, the Missus and our chums, Horse and Filly, succumbed to a yen for ramen this week and headed to Tonkotsu (http://www.tonkotsu.co.uk/) in Soho. I got terribly excited, because I thought it would be specialising in tonkAtsu, but it was some sort of sick joke and I had to take a few minutes to cry […]