Tired of Okonomiyaki? Try one of these places...

Good morning everyone,

The cool weather is going to continue all week but at least it's going to be sunny today. The clouds will roll in tomorrow and we're looking at some rain on Friday. It'll clear up on Saturday and the nice, cool fall weather will continue through the weekend and into next week.

It's too bad that Kuroda didn't get the win last night, but you didn't think the Carp were going to sweep the Fighters, did you? I'm sure we'll see some more close games the rest of the series. Go Carp!

Ok...so, I don't think we could ever get tired of okonomiyaki...but even still, it's nice to try somewhere different for a change, right? According to some travel website, here are the top 10 restaurants in Japan. (Sorry, none of them are in Hiroshima...)

Top 10 Japanese Restaurants in Japan

1. Kobe Teppanyaki Hakushu (Shibuya, Tokyo) 

This small and cozy restaurant serves what clientele describe as “food from your Japanese family’s kitchen”. There are always a number of delicious-sounding recommendations, but if you can’t decide, just let the staff pick some out for you. They won’t lead you astray.

2. Tapas Molecular Bar (Chuo, Tokyo)

The rave reviews from this restaurant mainly talk about their 16-course adventure in an atmospheric restaurant with great service. You will be paying top dollar for the meal, but you will also be leaving extremely happy and excited to plan your next visit.

3. Hafuu Honten (Kyoto, Kyoto) 

Everyone who visits this establishment felt compelled to leave a comment about the meat, so it must be great! Luckily their other dishes are also scrumptious and there are specific course menus to choose from. The more you spend, the more your palate will thank you.

4. Le Midi (Takayama, Gifu)
5. Gyu-An (Chuo, Tokyo)
6. Itoh Dining Kyoto (Kyoto, Kyoto)
7. Kyubey Main Restaurant (Chuo, Tokyo)
8. Tokyo Shiba Tofuya Ukai (Minato, Tokyo)
9. Matsuzakagyu Yakiniku M, Hozenji Yokocho (Osaka, Osaka)
10. Narisawa (Minato, Tokyo) 

For the record, it's a website for tourists, so they might not necessarily be the type of places that cater to traditional Japanese tastes...or they may be? Who knows? Either way, you would probably have an excellent chance to chat in English as these are the most popular restaurants according to travellers.

Have you ever been to any of these places? Even the names sound  like they're places that there's no way I'd be able to afford. I'm guessing they have a 'no-English teachers policy'. Not because they are racist, but because they know there's no way in hell we could afford to eat there...ha ha!

Looks like I'll be sticking with okonomiyaki after all...or maybe I'll try monja yaki for a change...now THAT is a change I can afford...ha ha!

Have a great day!


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