Sushi Atelier Japanese Restaurant Review by Japanese

Rating: (I would love to go back) Beautifully Presented Westernized Modern Sushi That Fascinates Japanese People Although sushi served here isn’t traditional Japanese sushi, it is modern and creative. Each piece of sushi is prepared carefully with so many techniques like notches and aburi (firing the surface), and with so many different kinds of modern sauces like ponzu jelly (instead of soy sauce). This restaurant is like an “atelier” where sushi is beautifully prepared and presented. Not only I but also Japanese friends were also fascinated by the creativeness and quality, and watching sushi chef prepare each piece of sushi was so much fun!   Westernized Modern Sushi Omakase Sushi […]

Makishi Public Market – Famous Market for Sightseeing in Okinawa, Japan

Makishi Public Market Fish

You Can Eat and Purchase Okinawa Local Food and Souvenirs When I travel around the world, I love to visit local market because I can learn about many local products. Makishi Public Market in Naha, Okinawa, Japan, is interesting market even for Japanese because there are many products not familiar in main islands of Japan. You’ll find so many kinds of colorful Okinawa typical fish, and you can also purchase meat, vegetables, and other Okinawa local food and souvenirs. Fun part of this market is that you can eat fresh fish you purchased in the market in the food court located inside the Makishi Public Market.   Ground Floor: Market […]

Hitsumabushi at Atsuta Houraiken My Favorite Japanese Dish in Japan

Hitsumabushi Atsuta Houraiken

Nagoya Meshi I grew up in Nagoya region of Japan, where it is known to have distinct Japanese food culture. Japanese dishes that have roots and/or are loved in Nagoya is called “Nagoya Meshi” and well-known among Japanese. One of the most famous Nagoya Meshi is hitsumabushi. There are many famous hitsumabushi restaurants, but I love Atsuta Houraiken the most. Hitsumabushi at Atsuta Houraiken is a must-have dish for me when I go back to my home town.   What is Hitsumabushi? Hitsumabushi is a grilled eel fillet served on top of rice. There is a similar Japanese dish called unadon and unaju, which are also a grilled eel fillet […]

Tokyo Sukiyaki-Tei Japanese Restaurant Review by Japanese

Wagyu Tokyo Sukiyaki-Tei

Rating: (I would love to go back) Authentic Wagyu from Japan at Reasonable Price in London I see a lot of overpriced, poor quality wagyu in London, but at Tokyo Sukiyaki-Tei, you can eat authentic wagyu from Japan in Japanese ways (sukiyaki, shabu shabu, and/or yakiniku (Japanese BBQ)) at reasonable price. You can also enjoy prestigious authentic Kobe beef, too!   Related Page: London Japanese Restaurant Ranking by Japanese   What is Wagyu? Authentic Japanese wagyu is 100% wagyu breed, which only existed in Japan until few decades ago. Now that wagyu raised all around the world, there are many non-100% wagyu sold as wagyu outside of Japan. In addition, […]

Tsujiri Japanese Restaurant Review by Japanese

Tsujiri Sandae

Rating: (I would love to go back) Historical Japanese Matcha & Tea House from Japan Tsuji Riemon first opened a tea house named “Tsujiri” in 1860 in Uji, Kyoto. He was very successful, and green tea from Uji became very prestigious and still is regarded as one of the best green tea production region in Japan. There are several matcha and Japanese tea house companies that have the name “Tsujiri” in Japan: Tsujiri-Ichihonten, Gion-Tsujiri, Tsujiri-Hei-Honten, Tsujiri-Chaho etc. These tea houses have the same roots and was opened by relatives or employees of Tsujiri. London’s Tsujiri is a branch of Tsujiri-Chaho, which was first opened as a branch of Tsujiri-Ichihonten’s branch […]

Ippudo Japanese Restaurant Review by Japanese


Rating: (I’ve gone back several times) Award Winning Tonkotsu Ramen from Japan Ippudo is one of the best known tonkotsu ramen restaurant in Japan because it won many awards including a ramen competition broadcasted on TV in Japan. Same as Kanada-Ya, it originates in Hakata region (southern part of Japan) where many good tonkotsu ramen restaurants exist. Ippudo has more than 100 branches in Japan, and its taste is loved by so many Japanese. Ippudo also has branches outside of Japan and came to London in 2014. It now has 3 branches in London.   Ippudo has been one of my favorite ramen places since I was living in Japan; […]

Shimogamo Japanese Restaurant Review by Japanese


Rating: (I’ve gone back several times) Authentic Japanese Restaurant Loved by Locals in Camden I was recommended this restaurant by a Japanese who has lived in London for years. I have visited Shimogamo many times with many Japanese friends, and all of them were satisfied by its quality and taste. Considering its quality, dishes are priced at very reasonable price, compared to other Japanese restaurants. Not only Japanese people but also many Londoners come to Shimogamo, too. Related Page: London Japanese Restaurant Ranking by Japanese   Every Dish is Japan Quality and Reasonably Priced There are many Japanese dishes familiar for Londoners such as sushi, sashimi, katsu, tempura etc., but […]

Happy Sky Bakery Japanese Restaurant Review by Japanese

Happy Sky Bakery

Rating: (I’ve gone back several times) Japanese Handmade Bakery in Acton Happy Sky Bakery is a Japanese handmade bakery. The policy of the bakery is “Worry free, preservative free bread for you and your loved ones” and almost everything is handmade, not just bread itself but also cream, curry, and anko (sweet azuki bean paste) inside the bread. I visit Happy Sky Bakery often, and it is always hard to pick because there are so many types of Japanese savory and sweet bread just baked in the oven. I could feel from the taste of bread that it is carefully handmade; hearty breads of Happy Sky Bakery fills not only […]

Sushi Murasaki Japanese Restaurant Review by Japanese

Sushi Murasaki

Rating: (I would love to go back) Authentic Japanese Quality at Reasonable Price Sushi Murasaki is a small cozy sushi restaurant in Maida Vale. Head chef is Japanese whose father was also a sushi chef in a family-owned sushi restaurant in Japan. He was trained in Japan and also worked in prestigious Japanese restaurant outside of Japan including Nobu. He opened his sushi restaurant, Sushi Murasaki, in an aim to provide fresh, high-quality authentic Japanese sushi at a reasonable price. Every dish we had was carefully prepared and had authentic Japanese taste. Sushi was fresh and carefully prepared; starters were also beautiful and tasty. I believe that the price was […]

13 Food & Drink You Must Try in Okinawa, Japan

Green Caviar Sea Grape

Okinawa is southernmost islands of Japan. Because of its location and distinct history, Okinawa has a lot of food that are not typical in mainland of Japan. Listed below are Okinawa-typical food and drink you must try when you visit Okinawa! List Green Caviar/Sea Grape Mozuku Ishigaki Wagyu Agu Pork Irabucha Bitter Melon Chanpuru (Stir Fry) Okinawa Soba Awamori Habu Spirit Buku-buku Tea Shequasar Lemon Koregusu (Okinawa Chili Sauce) Jimami Tofu (Peanut Tofu)   1. Green Caviar/Sea Grape Japanese: 海ぶどう (umi budo) Green caviar or sea grape is a type of seaweed eaten in Okinawa, so it is not fish roe or fruit at all. It just looks like them. […]