Category Archives: FOOD

Miu Bar: Hatagaya


Miu is a relaxed neighborhood hangout spot, with good music, interesting original drinks and a chilled-out atmosphere. The signature cocktail, made from home-made limoncello and home-made ginger ale, is spicy and invigorating, and well worth a try. They also serve wine and beer, a sake of the day, and a light food menu.

The soundtrack during a recent visit tended towards upbeat jazz and Latin music, played through a nice sound system. The lighting is soft, and the table seating is comfortable, although most visitors seem to prefer sitting at the bar and chatting with the bartender. There’s a Y500 cover charge, which gets you a small snack to go with your drinks. …continue reading


Craft Beer Bars Japan - Highbury: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae


The eleven taps here dispense English beers from the highly regarded Thornbridge brewery, along with a few offerings from local brewers Ushitora and Hitachino Nest. Beers come in three sizes and are reasonably priced; they also have a bottle selection that’s worth having a look at.

The bar has a more British feel than is typical for Tokyo – many of the patrons stand at the bar rather than sitting at tables, and service is pay-as-you-go after you order at the bar.

The food menu is fairly ordinary pub fare – fish and chips, chicken and chips, an eggplant dish of the day – and adequate for its purpose, though nothing to go out of your way for. The decor is geared towards fans of the Arsenal football team, and there are a few outdoor tables. …continue reading


Modern Tantanmen at Gold Scorpion in Kamiyacho


With a name right out of an 80s adventure movie, Gold Scorpion (Kinkatsu) dishes out deliciously modern tantanmen. They’ve got fantastic variety too – from soupless to tsukemen style.

Modern Tantanmen

You have to start with their signature tantanmen. It’s the perfect balance of gold sesame goodness and tingly spiciness.

Tantanmen: ¥900

Choose your spice level, from 1-3. Level 3 is very manageable – you’ll just taste more of the shibire numbing pepper.

The fairly oily broth has a shrimp accent too – a more recent addition. Relatively thin noodles round out this dish.

Soupless Tantanmen

The soupless tantanmen is a totally different experience. It might be my favorite – the El Dorado gold.

Soupless Tantanmen: ¥780

It’s more more nutty and creamy than the tantanmen with soup. Fatter noodles help you mop up the oil.

You again get to choose 1-3 for your spice level.

Tantan Tsukemen

Shall we separate the broth from the soup? Why not? Note that you’ll have to wait a bit longer for them to prepare the thicker and fatter tsukemen noodles.

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Starbucks Japan Cherry Blossom Drinks 2019

Starbucks Japan Cherry Blossom Drinks 2019

Starbucks Japan have just released news of their 2019 limited-edition sakura cherry blossom drinks. This is news that we at Japan Australia look forward to every year as it is a sure tell sign that spring is on its way. The Japan only sakura drinks not only always taste great, but are a great prelude to the upcoming cherry blossom season in Japan.

You can follow all the latest news and updates about the cherry blossom forecast by following Japan Travel Advice, who recently published their annual 2019 Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Forecast for Japan. Check it out and start planning your hanami parties now.

This year, we can look forward to Starbucks Full Sakura Milk Latte and Full Sakura Frappuccino.

Starbucks Sakura Latte and Frappuccino

This year Starbucks is combining two popular pink flavours, cherry blossom and strawberries with a theme “Sakura Mankai Moments – Full Blooming All Around You”. “Mankai” means “full bloom” in Japanese with inspiration for the drinks taken from the cherry blossoms in full bloom.

The Full Sakura Milk Latte is designed to represent that special moment in spring when a gentle wind blows through the trees and the soft cherry blossom petals slowly fall to the ground. The drink has a light sakura flavor and is topped with whipped cream and strawberry chocolate shavings and chocolate sakura flavoured petals. The Full Sakura Milk Latte is available from February 15th until March 19th, 2019.

The Full Sakura Frappuccino is designed to represent the cherry blossom petals in full bloom reflected on the water’s surface. Cherry blossoms along the river are a common sight in Japan during the spring. The Full Sakura Frappuccino base is a sakura and strawberry sauce with sakura jelly and strawberry jelly pieces all of which is topped with whipped cream and strawberry …continue reading


Stay Warm With This Delicious and Healthy Nabe Recipe

Source: Gaijin Pot

If you’re like me and you live in an old style Japanese house (once referred to as structurally similar to a portacabin by my Dad), you’ll know how hard it is to keep warm in the winter months. For me, the three best ways to warm up are: to have a long hot bath, to cradle a hot water bottle and to eat Nabe.

Tounyuu Nabe is a soy milk hotpot; it’s healthy, nutritious and a delicious winter dish, which you can make at home quickly and easily. I was lucky enough to first try it in an authentic manner at a close Japanese friends’ of mine Ryokanesque style house in Chiba.

I was so impressed by the delicate taste that I thought I’d give it a go. It’s pretty straightforward to make with the added bonus of being healthy.

Ingredients you need are:

  • 500ml soy milk

  • 500ml water

  • 1tsp dashi (fish stock)

  • 1tsp sake

  • salt
1tsp Asian chicken stock
  • 2tsp soy sauce
1-2 packs of tori dango (chicken balls)
  • Mushrooms, carrots, leeks, hakusai (Chinese cabbage)
  • 1 pack of tofu
1 pack of abura (aged tofu)
  • Ponzu for dipping

Step 1

Cut the vegetables, aburu and tofu into bite sized pieces. Then set aside.

Step 2

In a cooking pot heat 500ml soy milk on a …continue reading