It has been a long while since I last updated my blog. I aimed to clear my blog post before 2017, but seemingly I’ll need to postpone it to the year of chicken (Chinese New Year).
I didn’t update my blog in the past months mainly because I was helping on the launch of arry. arry is a ticketing system for some hard to reserve restaurants in Japan. Restaurants that arry works with includes Sukiyabashi Jiro Honten, Sushi Saito, Den, Sumibiyakiniku Nakahara (VIP counter seats that has not been open to public), Sushi Hashimoto (a sushi restaurant opened recently by the apprentice under Takaaki Sugita from Sushi Sugita, formerly known as Miyakozushi) and more to come.
Yanagiya, located in the mountains of Mizunami, has been the #1 restaurant for years on Tabelog (its ranking still shifts around among the top 3 restaurants in Japan together with Matsukawa and Quintessence ). Yanagiya used to be an introduction-only restaurant, but now it’s opened for reservation.
When you talk about the fine dining scene in Asia, Japan normally comes up at the top. In Japan, the kaiseki ryori is much celebrated by many foreigners and Japanese locals alike. The meal itself has its historical roots from both the royal and the commoner’s food culture. Continue reading →