102017Nov

Bar Seating at Uchi

I couldn’t leave Austin without visiting one of their top places for high quality Japanese cuisine, Uchi. Having visited Uchiko a few years back, I was excited to try out the place that started it all. Being a big fan of traditional Japanese cuisine, I have to say, this “contemporary” take was very impressive. I can see why it’s hard to land a reservation here. Going solo was my only advantage on this busy night. Instant bar seating for the win! When you’re at the bar, you will get a…

052017Nov

Kemuri Tatsu-Ya’s Texan Izakaya

Time for dinner and I happened to be in the mood for Japanese food. No surprise huh? Well, it just so happens that a few miles east of downtown was Kemuri Tatsu-ya, a place serving izakaya with Texan influences. Judging from the reviews I’ve read, it was worth a try. So off I go for another solo run. This time it would be in East Austin. Although there was a standing stall outside, it was a little too cold to be sitting there, let alone be waited on. Luckily, there was…

052017Nov

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….

062017Sep

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…

042017Aug

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…

212017Jul

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…

302017Jun

An Evening of Izakaya in the Mission

Friday night and we were in the mood for food and drinks. So what comes to mind, Japanese food, izakaya to be exact. And with all the places catering to this fanfare, it was difficult to choose. But we knew we wanted, quality and the ability to venture out for round two for drinks. Enter Izakaya Rintaro, which is nestled in the Mission and within walking distance to many of our favorite bars like Butter and the Willow and whatever happened to Holy Cow. Is it still the local bar…

212017Jun

Four Weeks for Wakuriya

Once I got called back for my reservation request I was so damn gleeful. And yeah, that’s right, it was a reservation request. You call and leave a message for the days you think you can make it and they’ll call back to confirm. It’s not some automated response either. You get to talk to the host. That’s right, they call up each potential patron. Now if that was any indication on the level of service we were in store for, I knew we were in for a treat. After all, this…

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