The Thai Food at Sway

The Sunday afternoon crowd was winding down when I got to Sway, a restaurant just south of downtown Austin. It sits on 1st Street and has plenty of room for large parties and even counter seating for people running solo like myself. My internal clock was still in California time, so the lunch hunger kicked in at 2pm. I read about the food here and wanted to give it a try. Being one of the few remaining customers, the service was attentive. I didn’t have to wait long for the food either….


A Dash Reboot

I remember going to Dash when it was right across from the movie theater. Now it sits in core downtown San Mateo offering an upgraded dining experience with its larger space. My friends and I stopped by to check out all the changes. There’s much more room now and houses a larger sushi bar space for those who want to chat up the chefs. But if you want table service, there’s plenty of room for that. If you happen to find George behind the counter (not pictured), you’re up for…


Finding Galbi Jjim East in the Valley

Deciding not to try our luck with parking in Koreatown, we went to Sun Nong Dan’s expansion restaurant out in San Gabriel Valley. We ordered what they were known for, their galbi jjim, spicy braised short rib and ox tail. Of course, we did the small combo for $55.99 USD. It’s meant for four people. But hey, we were two guys with a hefty appetite. It included, the main course, a sizeable beef soup, and alcohol. Pretty good deal in my book. Though, our additional rounds of soju and beer offset all…


6 PM Seating at Hinata

There are two things I love and one thing I wish they can do at Hinata Sushi. First, the quality of food at the price point for their omakase. You can’t find a new sushi restaurant focused on quality without charging you over $120, but this place does. And they do it without cutting corners. Just look at that fish below. Next, the atmosphere. When you first walk in and see the space, you’ll wonder why they don’t try and cram more tables in like every other place trying to survive…


Ordering Ramen From A Vending Machine

If you’ve been to a local noodle shop in Japan then you must be familiar with the vending machine system. You go up, put in your money, make a selection, get the ticket, hand it to the person behind the counter and wait for your meal. That’s all pretty standard for food that’s pretty decent. Keep in mind this was among Japanese expectations. But at AFURI, they’ve raised that flavor quality bar while still keeping that familiar routine. They did this with their signature broth, which has that touch of…


The Amazing Sukiyaki at Asakusa Imahan

Today for lunch we wanted to venture out and try some legendary sukiyaki. The version we get in the states isn’t as refined as what you get in Tokyo. The quality of meat is higher, the service was impeccable, and having it dipped in raw eggs was supposed to be heavenly. I don’t think that last part would fly back home. But given the safety standards, in a country that serves poisonous fish without incident, I had to give it a try. That brings us to Asakusa Imahan. The restaurant isn’t too…


Discovering Sushi Katsurada

Along the quaint streets of Daikanyama, you can find Sushi Katsurada. It’s a neighborhood sushi place that serves up a high-end experience at reasonable prices. It was a lucky find through a search of good things to eat in Daikanyama. And although there were many places to go to in Shibuya and even Ebisu, we wanted to keep it close by our station because we were shopping all day. I needed a closer place to walk to in this humid heat. You may not be able to spot it, but…


Cold Soba in the Summer

You may not know this but Tokyo can get as hot and humid as the tropical countries in Southeast Asia. Thankfully, there’s so many places that have air conditioning. Yet, nothing feels better on a hot day than eating something that will cool you down from the inside. That’s where soba enters the picture. A few blocks away from Harajuku station is Kamakura Matsubaraan Keyaki, a restaurant up in the Harajuku Quest Building. There they serve their signature Sudachi Onioroshi Soba. It’s a cold soba noodle bowl that will reinvigorate your sun…

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