Friday, 23 September 2016

Tsukiji Kanno + Revisited Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo Winter 2016

Our first day in Tokyo and it was snowing and raining but that didn't stop us from braving below freezing temperatures. I just had to have my sashimi rice bowls in Tsukiji and nothing could stop me.  
No where else can one get this many varieties of sashimi to eat.
The sheer amount of choices can be overwhelming. 

We were on our way to the inner market thinking that with this cold weather 
it might deter people from going out. That way we might have a chance 
at securing a spot in one of those popular sushi joints. Unfortunately, that was not the case.

More forklifts, trucks, and scooters to dodge.

There was still a ridiculously long queue at Daiwa Sushi and Sushi Dai despite the poor weather. Although shorter as compared to what I've read. We were cold and hungry and just couldn't be bothered waiting anymore.

We ended up at Tsukiji Kanno which is located in the outer market. The sashimi bowls came with a steaming hot bowl of miso. The food was so comforting it warmed me to the bone. It was delicious, high quality and fresh all at a reasonable price. I wished I could have more but I was careful not to overeat. 

I also found out, they bid on tuna and other seafood at The Tsukiji Market 
and deliver them directly to the restaurant hence cutting down on costs.

You can choose to seat at the counter where you can be closer to the open kitchen or seat at regular tables. 
Of course, I chose counter.

Mid Fatty Tuna, Salmon Roe and Sea Urchin

Salmon Special

Low Fat Tuna, Salmon Roe and Sea Urchin

Eating freshly shucked huge oysters- always a mind blowing experience!

Huge oysters freshly shucked right before your eyes. Nom! Nom! Nom!

Grilled Scallops, Snow Crabs and Prawns!
I'm in heaven....

My favourite tamago shop in Tsukiji.
Go ahead, try them for free!


High-quality steak with a lot of marbling!


Variety of authentic Japanese dinnerware.

Tsukiji Kanno Main Shop
4-9-5 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku

Monday, 19 September 2016

Sixpenny, Stanmore

Celebrated my husband's birthday at this degustation-only restaurant tucked away in suburban Stanmore.  
There was no menu and our only option was to choose between 6 course or 8 course degustation.  
We'll just have to trust the chef and his team and ready to be surprised.

The dishes looked simple, clean and well presented using high quality ingredients and flavours that surely delighted and gratified my palate. The service was impeccable and overall a wonderful lunch.  
Yet another unforgettable experience we had.  

Just recently, Gourmet Traveller named Dan Sharp The Sommelier of the Year 2017 and  Sixpenny was awarded two hats by Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2017. Congratulations on the amazing awards, truly well deserved!

Cucumbers with Raspberry

Cheese and Tomato Gougeres

Pumpkin Scallops

Blood Baked Beetroot with Venison Tartare & Hazelnut
 Wine Pairing- 2015 Pyramid Valley Vineyards "On Skins", Marlborough- New Zealand

Steamed Potato with Oyster and Mushroom
 2014 Sebastien Brunet Vouray Demi Sec "La Folie", Loire Valley- France

Spanish Mackerel with Charred Radicchio and Tomato Essence
2014 Domainc Naturaliste "Artus" Chardonnay, Margaret River- Western Australia
Kangaroo Consomme with Smoked Eel and Turnip
 2015 Perez Barquero "Gran Barquero" Oloroso, Montilla-Moriles, Spain

Lamb Rump with Pumpkin and Garlic
2011 Clemenbusch Kabinett Riesling, Mosel- Germany
Laguiole Knives

Mead Custard with Strawberry

Reduced Milk Sorbet with Peppermint
2014 Domaine Ogereau Coteaux du Layon Saint Lambert, Loire Vallery- France

Mascarpone Ice Cream with Rice Custard and Lime Jelly 
2012 Chateau Roumieu- Lacoste Sauternes, Bordeaux- France

St Honere Tart 

A slice of St Honere Tart with fresh Truffle shavings.

83 Percival Road, Stanmore
02 9572 6666

Sixpenny Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Friday, 16 September 2016

Kinryo in Yakitori Alley, Yurakucho Tokyo

When I first read about Yakitori Alley, I knew I had to visit it on my next trip to Tokyo. Also known as "salaryman's heaven", the area is compact with small alleyways hidden underneath the train tracks where many Japanese commuters and salaryman hang out after work to unwind. The alleys are lined with a wealth of affordable eateries and that took us a while to decide where to eat. Again, we were spoilt for choice. Hubby wanted to try yakitori (skewered chicken) since we were on yakitori alley anyway. So we ended up dining at Kinryo which is located towards the south of Yurakucho station. 

The evening was chilly and
all that walking
made us really hungry so we ordered everything in twos. Inside the restaurant the air was filled with smoke from grilling and nearby people smoking. After awhile I had become immune to the smell and was thoroughly enjoying the experience. The service was fast and food was delicious. You can also hear the loud rumbling of the JR and bullet trains passing by above you and that is certainly an experience that is hard to beat. I want to go back for more.

We were heading towards North of Yuraucho station here still trying to decide where to eat.

Cucumber and hot sake

Fried Cheese Balls and Grilled Tiny Green Peppers

Takoyaki with Leeks

Shishamo (Japanese smelts) is one of Japan's delicacies and popular appetizer. It's so full of eggs that's why I love it! You should definitely try this when in Japan.

Yakitori- Grilled Chicken or Pork
8 Sticks Assorted Platter

Grilled Chicken Wings

Fried Octopus

Another Yakitori platter.

Kinryo, Yurakucho
2-1-20 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo