Sunday, May 13, 2018

Kindred Kobe - Where to eat Kobe Beef in Kobe - Misono みその vs Ishida 石田 Restaurant for Teppanyaki Beef Steak - December 2017

Kindred Kobe - Where to eat Kobe Beef in Kobe - Misono みその vs Ishida 石田 Restaurant for Teppanyaki Beef Steak - December 2017

Ohayo!

MerRyan is in Kobe – home of the best beef in the world. Almost everyone who comes to Kobe will definitely try the beef here. It is also in Kobe that the Teppanyaki beef steak was invented. Let’s go and try some steaks!


Here's a video review:

Where to try Kobe Beef - Misono vs Ishida Restaurant for Teppanyaki Beef Steak | MerRyan Kobe Guide


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Most Number of Onsen Visits in a Day! Kinosaki Onsen, Toyooka, Hyogo Prefecture 城崎温泉 - December 2017

Kinosaki Onsen - Most Number of Onsen Visits in a Day! Toyooka, Hyogo Prefecture 城崎温泉 - December 2017

Kinosaki may seem like your typical onsen town but it is not! Catch MerRyan's visit to all 7 of Kinosaki Onsen's bathhouses here in this video:

Kinosaki Onsen - Most Number of Onsen Visits in a Day!


For those who prefer reading, here's the transcript:

The onsens or hot springs itself are located outside the ryokans or inns. Hence, guests have to go out of the inns to enjoy the baths. The baths have unique features of their own and are located all over the little town.

MerRyan helps you by visiting all the onsens and introducing the features to you so you can decide which to go to! The streets are lined with willow trees and look charming regardless of the seasons or time of day. During bath time, you can hear the clacking of the getas, or clogs. Visitors are also dressed in yukatas - bathrobes provided complimentary by the inns.


Saturday, January 20, 2018

Hopeful Hiroshima - Seasonal Cuisine Nakashima (3 star Michelin Restaurant) 季節料理 なかしま November 2017

Hopeful Hiroshima - Seasonal Cuisine Nakashima (3 star Michelin Restaurant) 季節料理 なかしま November 2017

Hello everyone!

I'm MerRyan, a merlion from Singapore. I am often involved in whimsical adventures of food, fun & travel! 🐳
マーライオンです、初めまして! 🐟
我是魚尾獅族,請多關照! 🐳

MerRyan recently visited Nakashima Seasonal Cuisine - a three star Michelin restaurant in Hiroshima - currently the only 3 star Michelin there.

Here's a video review:


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Ah Mah Traditional Homemade Egg Sponge Cake 阿嬷老字號 @ VivoCity – 17 October 2017

Ah Mah Traditional Homemade Egg Sponge Cake 阿嬷老字號 @ VivoCity – 17 October 2017

I was pique by curiosity whenever I see the long queue as I pass by the food basement of Vivocity. Later I learnt that the supposedly famous Ah Mah Sponge Cake had opened a branch here.


I had an impulse to join the queue at times just to taste this fantastic cake that's so much raved by almost ALL bloggers (then I realised they were mostly invited for the media tasting, and hence wrote good reviews).

But the long waiting times always discouraged me – you had to wait up to 40 minutes if you just joined the queue – and it could be up to hours just standing there to wait.


Just happened that when I visited on a Tuesday evening around 7 pm, the queue seemed relatively short (meaning 40 minutes). Since my friend had not turned up yet and I was very curious about the cake, I decided to go for the queue.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Hello Hokkaido! Osyokujidokoro Misaki お食事処 みさき @ Shakotan Peninsula (West of Otaru) June 2016 - Uni don

Hello Hokkaido! Osyokujidokoro Misaki  お食事処 みさき @ Shakotan Peninsula (West of Otaru) June 2016 - Uni don

As I reviewed the blog after a hiatus of a year, I realised that I mentioned Shakotan Peninsula under the Uni Murakami entry (http://garysyayornay.blogspot.sg/2016/06/uni-murakami-hakodate-honten-6-june-2016.html). However, I have never actually blogged about Shakotan, so I felt it was a little unfair for my readers. Hence, I decided to make up for it by digging through my old photos and introducing the Shakotan Peninsula Uni restaurant.

To be honest, Shakotan Peninsula is a beautiful coast west of Otaru, however, people don't go all the way there for the view. It is famous for uni - especially freshly caught uni from the coast. You need to take note which season you go though, there are times when the uni harvest has ended and they have nothing to serve you.

Use this website (and google translate) to get the latest news on the stock of uni:
No use travelling all the way there and out of stock!


We drove all the way to the end of the coast in search of the restaurant.


Voila! This is the facade of the restaurant. It says in hiragana - Misaki (みさき). We chose the wrong day to come - it was a Sunday and there was a big crowd. The Japanese knew where to go for good food too.

As there was a crowd in front, the servers were busy and we did not know what to do. Shall we include our names in a book or what? It was a little scary as we did not feel welcome - everyone was hungry!


We saw many newly arrived guests peering into a book and writing into it....


I looked at the book... it must be a reservation book. Apparently we should write into it, I assume?
However, it's all in Japanese! Luckily, a lady who wrote in the book helped us. She asked for our names and helped us write in katakana. She then told us she will inform us when she gets a table - meaning it would be our turn soon! Japanese are really kind!


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Qi Le Boneless Chicken Rice and Soup 祺乐起骨鸡饭 @ S11 Blk 744 Yishun Street 72 (Next to Yishun MRT) - 26 June 2016

Qi Le Boneless Chicken Rice and Soup 祺乐起骨鸡饭 @ S11 Blk 744 Yishun Street 72 (Next to Yishun MRT)
Recently, I moved to Yishun and had the time to explore the area. I came across this interesting chicken rice stall in Yishun chicken rice stall which is next to the MRT.
If you google chicken rice Yishun, you would be overwhelmed by 925 Chicken Rice – there are few blogs out there which actually showcase this stall, but it is definitely worth a try.
After you exit the MRT towards the HDB side, you can’t miss Blk 744.
You also can’t miss the S11 signboard next to the coffeeshop (kopitiam) either.
This coffeeshop is always bustling and filled with people. It is 24 hours btw – so there’s always food. There’s a Muslim stall there as well.
Closer view of the kopitiam – nearly every table is taken.
There’s already a long queue in front of the stall. Note the stall next to it quite free ah?

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Hello Hokkaido! Légumes Restaurant Asperges Biei レストランアスペルジュ13 June 2016

Hello Hokkaido! Légumes Restaurant Asperges Biei レストランアスペルジュ13 June 2016

Légumes Restaurant Asperges is basically a French restaurant located in Biei, Hokkaido. We were wondering if we should try eating French food in Japan but were tempted immediately after reading so much positive reviews on this exceptional restaurant and knowing that it is awarded 1-Star Michelin. The restaurant is helmed by Chef Kato Kazunori and part of the group which includes Moliere Cafe (3 Michelin Star) in Sapporo.

We arrived at about 7 pm and was greeted by a delightful building in the heart of quiet Biei. It looked pretty expensive.

 

The interior was equally stunning.