Akomeya (アコメヤ厨房)

akomeya
This supermarket/restaurants transforms to an expensive dinner place when the sun sets so the lunch set is considerably affordable at about 2200JPY.

akomeya
They are famous for selling tasty rice so you can also buy back some of the popular rice grains or prefecture limited groceries home after you are done with your meals.

akomeya
No wonder this place is popular with the ladies in Ginza area as the portions though small are filling and yet so appetizing to the eyes too.

akomeya
Would I recommend you on going if you are in the Ginza area? Yes! I would love to go again and this was a perfect place for my girlfriends get together as we were enjoying healthy food, while catching up on our different lives in Tokyo and Singapore sans baby 🙂

Address: 東京都中央区銀座2-2-6 1F

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Sado Island – Day 2(c)

Sado Island Sunset
We returned to our onsen hotel at around 4pm as we were all dying from the heat and baby wasn’t too happy too. Chilled in the room with family, watched the sun set and headed for dinner after a soak in the hot spring.

Onsen Dinner Day 2
Dinner for day 2, was still a lot of food.

Onsen Dinner Day 2
The cold appetizers

Onsen Dinner Day 2
Grilled beef saald.

Onsen Dinner Day 2
Smoked salmon salad

Onsen Dinner Day 2
Fish stew with radish

Onsen Dinner Day 2
6 cuts of sashimi

Onsen Dinner Day 2
Steamed meat dish

Onsen Dinner Day 2
Grilled fish

Onsen Dinner Day 2
Cold noodles and missing are the miso soup and steamed rice. TOO MUCH!

Ferry ride back to Tokyo
On our jet boat back to the main city of Niigata.

Sado deep sea water
Good bye, Sado Island!

Sado Island – Day 1(b)

Sado Island

Setting off from the bus station for our 45 minutes bus journey to Aikawa from Ryotsu port.

Sado Island
Almost empty streets, shutters down on most of the shops and everything just oozed of 80s feel.

Sado Island

That weekend was the Tanabata Festival celebrations, some places in Japan still follows the lunar calendar for some festivals. Some families were preparing the bamboo for hanging the wishing stars.

Sado Island
View from our onsen hotel, Mancho in Aikawa.

crawly baby

Gone are the days where you can just lie down and be a vegetable when you check in. We still have to entertain an active baby who was crawling non stop and exploring many places.

Niigata Sake
Just how much drinks we had that night with our family. I think the reason they gave was “we have to try the different Niigata flavors”

Onsen Dinner Day 1
The tip of the ice berg of how much we were to eat.

Onsen Dinner Day 1
The grilled dish

Onsen Dinner Day 1
The cold cooked dish – crab legs

Onsen Dinner Day 1
The sashimi

Onsen Dinner Day 1
The grilled beef cubes.

Onsen Dinner Day 1
Another grilled fish with sauce

Onsen Dinner Day 1
Deep fried dish of vegetable tempura and local fish head

Onsen Dinner Day 1
The hot plate dish of abalone slices with butter. Yes, Japanese love to eat the intestine of the abalone too.

Onsen Dinner Day 1

Squid ink steamed rice.

Onsen Dinner Day 1
Amond jelly with orange for dessert. Too much food right? I was super super stuffed.

Sado Island
Took a walk around the hotel

Sado traditional dance
nightly Entertainment from the hotel with traditional Sado dances.

Kinugawa Onsen Stay – Asaya Hotel Meals

Kinugawa Onsen Stay Asaya Hotel
My favorite when I stay in Japanese onsen hotels……the inclusive meals.

Kinugawa Onsen Stay Asaya Hotel
Getting ready for dinner.

Kinugawa Onsen Stay Asaya Hotel
The appetizers.

Kinugawa Onsen Stay Asaya Hotel

jelly made with clear soup with some fish and bamboo shreds inside. The other one was marinated fish jelly.

Kinugawa Onsen Stay Asaya Hotel
At that time which was winter, so soy bean soup based hot pot was a popular tummy warming staple.

Kinugawa Onsen Stay Asaya Hotel
Soup in a teapot.

Kinugawa Onsen Stay Asaya Hotel
My favorite would be Sashimi with fresh wasbai (nothing chemical)

Kinugawa Onsen Stay Asaya Hotel
Grilled fish.

Kinugawa Onsen Stay Asaya Hotel
Cold noodles.

Kinugawa Onsen Stay Asaya Hotel
Gosh, there is more? Clam steam rice with miso soup.

Kinugawa Onsen Stay Asaya Hotel
Definitely some room for dessert.

Kinugawa Onsen Stay Asaya Hotel
Woke up in the morning for breakfast, we chose in room dining for this trip as it was more convenient to eat in the comfort of our room with a baby. Although you have to pay more for this option but I much more prefer this.

Kinugawa Onsen Stay Asaya Hotel
Hot tofu cooked in water and you dip it into the saucer with soy sauce for taste.

Kinugawa Onsen Stay Asaya Hotel
Breakfast condiments to go with your rice.

Kinugawa Onsen Stay Asaya Hotel
Grilled salted salmon.

Kinugawa Onsen Stay Asaya Hotel
Breakfast desserts.

Address:Japan, 〒321-2526 Tochigi Prefecture, Nikko, 鬼怒川温泉滝 813

Tokyo Food Randomess

Tokyo Food
I didn’t get much chance to explore the Tokyo food scene the last trip as we have a very young baby with us so we stayed for home cooked meals most of the times but I still got to eat whenever I can I can.

Not to be missed, are desserts in Tokyo. I was never a sweets kind of person until I went to Japan. I like how fresh the fruits are, how light the cakes would be and not to forget the choices we can get for desserts.

Tokyo Food
1 of my favorite dessert places in Japan – HARBS but they are really getting more and more expensive.

Tokyo Food
I love the Mont Blanc in Japan too!

Tokyo Food
Seafood don for only 1200JPY from Daimaru.

Tokyo Food
Some green tea matcha dessert while we met up with some friends in Skytree.

Tokyo Food
No way, I can wait in line for 1.5 hours at one of my favorite Ramen place in Tokyo station – Rokurinsha Ramen. Since we were catching a train at 9am so here we are at 8am in the morning to have some ramen. I realised that the broth from the morning session is much lighter than the ones served after 11am but nevertheless it was still quite yummy.

Tokyo Food
I thought I had a chance to eat at Shake Shack that just opened in 2015 Summer but the wait line on a MONDAY opening hour was still 2 hours so I have to give it a miss..BOO

Tokyo Food
But still it was great to come breathe some fresh air baby wearing.

Roku Roku Sushi @ Grand Hyatt Tokyo (六緑)

Roku Roku Hyatt Japan
A RARE treat for us since we didn’t have a chance for a nice sit down dinner when we were back in Japan.

Roku Roku Hyatt Japan
Our friend, recommended us to Grand Hyatt’s Sushi restaurant that welcomed infants and started early. (Yup, though it was a sit down dinner but we made it quick)

Roku Roku Hyatt Japan
I do miss the days when I can sit at the counter and watching the chefs put their magic hands to work.

Roku Roku Hyatt Japan
Even soy sauce is served like a piece of art…..

Roku Roku Hyatt Japan
Sashimi plate

Roku Roku Hyatt Japan
The sashimi were as fresh and great as compared to the hefty price tag.

Roku Roku Hyatt Japan
Look at the otoro’s marbling and it is almost clear!

Roku Roku Hyatt Japan
The premier cut sushi with Otoro, Sea urchin and fish roe served.

Roku Roku Hyatt Japan
The normal cut sushi plate.

Baby cooperated with us and slept through the 1 hour dinner in the carrier and so I got to enjoy and savor the food. This was also the first time I got to know that we would be charged for not ordering alcohol (Note to myself that at least one party must order alcohol in such places) Though I have to admit that we could eat similar quality sashimi at other places with a lower price but we had really attentive service, a relaxed environment, REAL non smoking seats and it was a long over due date night we had since baby was born. Everything was worth it.

Address:東京都港区六本木6-10-3 六本木ヒルズ グランド ハイアット 東京 6F

Rikyu Beef Tongue (牛たん炭焼 利久)

Rikyu Beef Tongue
A very famous Sendai Beef Tongue chain which also have a huge following in Tokyo. We decided to go for this as we were supposed to have a busy afternoon so we wanted to have a full stomach before we did our errands. My lunch set of grilled beef tongue, salad, onion soup and rice with grated Yam topping.

Rikyu Beef Tongue
See, thick cuts of succulent beef tongue. They were juicy and flavorful.

Rikyu Beef Tongue
There was a slice of beef inside the salad too.

Rikyu Beef Tongue

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