Himonoya – Shibuya – Izakaya Tokyo style

The izakaya to Tokyo is what many call the local pub in the UK. It’s where most locals go to let off steam with their mates or colleagues. There’s countless amounts of them in Shinjuku Tokyo and just like the pubs back at home each…

Omoide Yokocho (Piss Alley) Shinjuku Tokyo

A short walk from Shinjuku station will bring you to Omoide Yokocho which translates as “Memory Lane” or as the Tokyo locals call it “Piss Alley”. So called as it started off an illegal drinking spot in the 1940’s and due to the lack of…

Daiwa Sushi – Tsukiji Fish Market – Tokyo

Tsukiji is Tokyo’s main fish market and it’s the largest of its kind in the world, with over sixty thousand workers. Tsukiji is split into two parts – the outer and inner markets. The former is an array of streets, some obvious, some hidden and are packed…

Yayoiken Ginza 1chomei (Tokyo)

My lil bro and I accidentally stumbled on Yayoiken in Ginza purely by coincidence after a short exploratory stroll from our hotel. (Our choice was limited to a ratty looking Indian restaurant and a 7-11). It overlooks a main road in a not so remarkable…

Ippudo – East Village NYC – ironically the bao blew me away

Ramen is Japan’s answer to soul food and I can get why with those delectable slowly simmered broths made from pork, chicken, beef, or indeed seafood soaking up those sexy noods. The aim is to extract every ounce of flavour to coat those noodles and off…

Roberta’s Brooklyn’s gritty pizza joint

Roberta’s has been around since 2008 is located in the neighborhood of East Williamsburg and is revered as one of New York’s highly rated pizza joints. They are known for their wood oven fired pizza and hipster credentials – I mean they grow some the restaurant…

Buddakan – New York – Yes your opulency

Buddakan is the second of Stephen Starr’s restaurants’ which first launched in March 2006 and is one of the Meatpacking District’s widely spoken of hot spots. It operates in the Chinese domain and is everything you need in an opulent, grand dining hall – high ceilings,…

Wild Ginger – Midtown NYC – An Asian blend

Sometimes when you’re hunger-over, jet-lagged or feeling work-shy about getting your next meal and need something on your doorstep which is half decent then Wild Ginger may be just what you need. It was hitting the chord for me whilst my hotel was based close…

Jewel Bako – Michelin Star NYC Sushi

Jewel Bako has been around since the turn of the century, 2001 to be exact and it’s owned by husband and wife team Jack and Grace Lamb. You come to this East Village for sushi crafted by Chef Mitsunori Isoda who delivers traditional sushi in a modern…

El Toro Blanco NYC – my initiation into Mexican food

New York has given me the first for many a dining experience so far and El Toro Blanco is certainly one of them as never before have I had an empanada or a taco for that matter. Owners John McDonald & Josh Capon open El Toro Blanco…