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Hida-Takayama, Gifu

Journeying into Hida-Takayama takes one deep into the woods of your last Studio Ghibli film. When I’m stressed, I typically drift off into mindless scenery viewed from the vantage point of a moving train. But on this day, I visited my day dream in real …

Gaku Robata Grill, Darlinghurst

Chef Harunobu Inukai has long been part of the dining fabric here in Sydney and in Japan. His accolades include working at Hotel Nikko, InterContinental, Bilson’s and Ampersand in Sydney, and also for Robuchon in Osaka. These days (or the last ten to fifteen years …

An Umami Disposition, (RŌNIN, Hong Kong)

A visit to RŌNIN is one where both the journey and the destination are almost equally weighted. We were on our way there, yet ended up bidding farewell to our taxi driver somewhere in the middle of Sheung Wan. It was like dropping a pin …

Blanca, Bondi Beach

The best time to go to a new and trending restaurant located by the beach is when there is a 90% chance of severe thunderstorms. Blanca has been all over my Instagram feed, e-newsletters and websites I frequent, it was almost like they were low-key …

Yakitori Yurripi, Crows Nest

  The last couple of months have shown that winter wasn’t just coming, it was here and hell-bent on freezing the behinds of every Sydneysider. But aside from your usual comfort foods of soups, stews and ramen, taking a trip to your local yakitori den also …

Overtime at Oratnek

The folks at Oratnek have invited my friend Erina to check out Overtime at Oratnek, their latest foray into dining after dark. Myself, Jeff and James do what we do best and ride on the coattails of Erina’s instafame and join as her +3s. Oratnek …

My Top 5 Murakami Pieces

Murakami is one of my favourite authors of all time. Barring Dahl, he’s probably the author whom I’ve read the most number of titles from. Here are my top 5 favourite Murakami pieces.   5. After the Quake/神の子どもたちはみな踊る “In true Murakami style, where the plot …

A Bit of Melbourne 2015

This post on Melbourne has been sitting in my drafts for almost a year. I was previously holding off on posting it because I was waiting for photos from another camera as my camera died around day two. I’m going to just post it as …

Cho Cho San, Potts Point

Part three of my birthday week eating series is Cho Cho San (see part two here). I haven’t been back since Elaine’s 22nd birthday  in 2013 where dinner was pleasant but not an experience worth having again. This was in fairly early days for the …

Nara

This is me writing about Japan but before you close your window, this is the last one to conclude my 2014 trip. Nara is a town located 45 minutes from Osaka by train. If you happen to be in Osaka there really is no reason …