Category: Food

Sato no Ie Hanase: Kyoto-level kaiseki for all seasons

When chef Tsutomu Nakajima, originally from Hyogo Prefecture, decided to strike out on his own more than a decade ago, he was aiming for Kyoto. It would have been a natural fit: He apprenticed in Arima, a famous hot-spring resort town nestled in the mountains of Hyogo, learning the craft of creating elaborate multi-course meals

Autumn is peak season for ‘sanma,’ a once-common fish that’s playing hard to catch

The sanma (Pacific saury) that’s caught at this time of year is rich with heart-healthy oils, and is considered a quintessential autumn delicacy in Japan. But unlike other fall delicacies such as matsutake mushrooms, sanma has traditionally been considered affordable. This national favorite is in crisis, however, and seems to be following the pattern of

Autumn is peak season for ‘sanma,’ a once-common fish that has become hard to find

The sanma (Pacific saury) that’s caught at this time of year is rich with heart-healthy oils, and is considered a quintessential autumn delicacy in Japan. But unlike other fall delicacies such as matsutake mushrooms, sanma has traditionally been considered affordable. This national favorite is in crisis, however, and seems to be following the pattern of

Somtum Der: Spicy food from Thailand’s northeast

Somtum Der is unlike any other Thai restaurant in the city. It’s not just the look, though the bold red facade certainly stands out in the drab Yoyogi backstreets, and the chic, bright interior reflects a contemporary sensibility, not one rooted in the cliches of tradition. What really sets this new arrival apart is that

Hokkaido’s Hakodate is heaven for gourmands of all stripes

HAKODATE – Hakodate occupies a unique place on the Japanese landscape, both literally and gastronomically speaking. Facing the Tsugaru Strait from its position on the southern shores of Hokkaido’s Oshima Peninsula, the city grew from a small Ainu fishing village to become, in 1854, Japan’s first port open to foreign trade after the Sakoku Edict

Taj Mahal Everest: Great Nepalese and Indian food

Taj Mahal Everest, an Indian and Nepali restaurant, near the place where the Kyoto Sanga football club plays their home games in the western part of Kyoto, manages to divide their menu fairly between the two neighboring countries. On a recent visit we caught the tail end of Dashain, an annual two-week festival and a

336 Ebisu: Neo-bistro has food and style all its own

If you judge restaurants solely by their architecture and decor, you’d probably finger 336 Ebisu as a temple of modern Scandinavian cuisine. The interior is so simple and airy — all big windows, curving arches, light-wood furniture, unadorned walls — that you expect dishes of Nordic precision. You’d be wrong. One look at the menu,

Eating a way through the Nakasendo’s lower Kiso Road

The Nakasendo was an Edo Period (1603-1868) road used for travel between the capital of Edo (Tokyo) and Kyoto, the former capital. The 69 post towns along the way provided accommodation and services to daimyo and their entourages, who passed through on their sankin kōtai biennial visits to the Tokugawa shogunate. I’m set to hike