Posts Tagged “Japanese”

Teriyaki Chick’n Vegan Gyoza by Itsu

Teriyaki Chick’n Vegan Gyoza by Itsu

Itsu has long provided beautiful and healthy food from their restaurants. These have a focus on Japanese dishes and the culinary art of delicious simplicity. They continue that ethos with their Teriyaki Chick’n Vegan Gyoza, the first ‘vegan meat’ gyoza, and they are addictive! But what are Gyoza? There can surely be few of us…

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A Dog of Flanders in Antwerp – travel review

A Dog of Flanders in Antwerp – travel review

‘A Dog of Flanders’ is a novel by English-French author Marie Louise de la Ramée and was published under her pseudonym “Ouida” in 1872. It is about a Flemish boy named Nello and his dog Patrasche, and is set in Antwerp, where there are numerous reminders of this popular literary work. I confess that I…

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Squeezing Miso Tasty

Squeezing Miso Tasty

Japanese food is more popular than ever. Sushi has been the go-to dish for many, but real Japanese food is far more complex and delicious than cold fish and rice. Miso is the cornerstone of the Japanese pantry and now we can all find a convenient tube to enhance recipes from both East and West….

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Pretty Princess – Sake Cocktail from Hakushika

Pretty Princess – Sake Cocktail from Hakushika

Pretty Princess is a Sake Cocktail from Hakushika in Japan. Calpis is a drink that one can find in Japanese speciality shops. Glass: Cocktail glass Garnish: Improvise Ingredients: ・HAKUSHIKA Sake 30ml ・Peach liqueur (Peachtree) 15ml ・Cranberry juice 15ml ・Calpis (undiluted) 10ml Method: (shake) Shake all ingredients gently in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a sugar rimmed cocktail…

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Moto – Covent Garden

Moto – Covent Garden

The neighbourhood of historic Covent Garden isn’t short of restaurants and bars. There are iconic eateries, busy cafés and swanky watering holes to suit every mood. But it’s hard to find that perfect little spot where one will want to be recognised as a regular, a spot for a glass of something special and a…

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Miyako Sushi Restaurant at Andaz Hotel

Miyako Sushi Restaurant at Andaz Hotel

Oh, deep Japanese food-loving joy. I think I have found my perfect Japanese restaurant in London! It’s called Miyako! It’s near both mainline and Underground stations and is a little gem. All of that with a fine chef and food to match, at a price that won’t make one’s eyes water! Miyako’s Head Chef Kosei…

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Aldi Wagyu Burger

Aldi Wagyu Burger

Supermarket Aldi is launching 100% British Wagyu Beef Burgers in stores nationwide. Don’t miss them, as when they are gone, they are gone. But what actually is Wagyu beef? This originated in Japan with several breeds of cattle being able to produce this style of meat. Wagyu is known for is characteristic fine marbling which…

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White Mountain – Hakushika Sake Cocktail

White Mountain – Hakushika Sake Cocktail

White Mountain – Hakushika Sake Cocktail is another delicious Japanese cocktail. Glass: Cocktail glass or Old-fashioned glass Garnish: Lime wedge or mint leaf Ingredients: ・HAKUSHIKA Sake 30ml ・Peach liqueur (Peachtree) 20ml ・Fresh lime juice 10ml Method A: (shake) In a cocktail shaker, mix all ingredients and shake gently with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with…

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Autumn Moon – Hakushika Sake Cocktail

Autumn Moon – Hakushika Sake Cocktail

Autumn Moon is another delicious Hakushika Sake Cocktail Glass: Cocktail glass Garnish: Lime wedge or lime peel Ingredients: ・HAKUSHIKA Sake 30ml ・Cassis liqueur 15ml ・Fresh lime juice 15ml Method: (shake) Fill all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and mix gently with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wedge or lime peel and serve….

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Wagamama – you gotta hand it to them

Wagamama – you gotta hand it to them

I have visited Wagamama in Richmond a few times now and it does still tick those casual eating boxes for me. The word wagamama is Japanese for “naughty child” but don’t expect walls covered in crayon drawings – although Wagamama is indeed child-friendly. It was 1992 when they opened the first Wagamama in London’s Bloomsbury….

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Grilled Mackerel with Spicy Yuzu Citrus and Pepper Paste – recipe

Grilled Mackerel with Spicy Yuzu Citrus and Pepper Paste – recipe

Mackerel is a common name applied to a number of different species of fish. They are found in both temperate and tropical seas, mostly living along the coast or just offshore, making them easy to catch. They are high in omega-3 oils and so a healthy fish. Before the 19th-century development of putting fish in…

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British Museum – largest exhibition of manga outside Japan

British Museum – largest exhibition of manga outside Japan

Mangaマンガ – till 26 August 2019 Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery The British Museum presents the largest exhibition of manga ever held outside of Japan. Manga are Japanese comic books or graphic novels with a twist, serialised in magazines and read by a global audience. A multi-billion-pound business that embraces anime and gaming, manga are a global…

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itsu Chilli Miso – soup and more

itsu Chilli Miso – soup and more

We might think we know all about Japanese food. It’s sushi, isn’t it? In fact there is a dish that is eaten more often than that aforementioned raw fish and rice, and that is miso soup – and one can enjoy that at almost every meal in Japan, including breakfast. Miso, the central ingredient to…

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Kanada-Ya Panton Street – Haymarket

Kanada-Ya Panton Street – Haymarket

This is my second visit to this small but perfectly appointed chain of Japanese cafés. Kanada-Ya presents a casual den for those who love noodles. You can read my first article here …and it’s glowing. https://www.mostlyfood.co.uk/index.php/kanada-ya-or-how-i-found-my-noodle/ Specialising in authentic Tonkotsu ramen, the brand was founded by Kanada Kazuhiro in Yukuhashi, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan, in 2009. …

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itsu crispy seaweed thins

itsu crispy seaweed thins

Deep joy! Another seaweed snack. No, dear reader, I am not kidding. I love this healthy and tasty stuff, and not just surrounding one’s sushi, either! Enjoy itsu crispy seaweed thins. I have tried two flavours of itsu crispy seaweed thins. The ‘thin’ element really is ‘butterfly light’ as the company actually says. (Who has…

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Abokado for Bento

Abokado for Bento

I am constantly amazed at the prices charged for Japanese food in London. I am usually disappointed by the portion sizes, too. That doesn’t make a positive gastronomic statement, in my book. But then there is always Abokado – they offer reasonably-priced Japanese food and plenty of choice. Abokado is a small chain and I…

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Chicken and Charcoal: Yakitori, Yardbird, Hong Kong

Chicken and Charcoal: Yakitori, Yardbird, Hong Kong

Chicken is the world’s best-loved meat. When I was a kid, many decades ago, we only had chicken on Sundays as a treat; these days the price is affordable and accessible to all.  Chickens are easily bred on small plots of land or in back yards. Yes, it’s a Yardbird. Chicken and Charcoal: Yakitori, Yardbird,…

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Hokusai: The Master’s Legacy

Hokusai: The Master’s Legacy

We have likely all heard of Hokusai but in truth most people would only recognise The Great Wave off Kanagawa, also known as The Great Wave or just The Wave. It is a woodblock print and an iconic example of this man’s work; it’s prominent on the cover of Hokusai: The Master’s Legacy, a sumptuous…

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Abokado for Breakfast – High Holborn

Abokado for Breakfast – High Holborn

Abokado is a chain, but it has become just that because it delivers what people want and it has regulars, and that, these days, is an accolade! We had breakfast in the High Holborn branch, which is just a stone’s throw from Holborn and Chancery Lane Underground stations. There are a few seats at this…

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The House Japanese Grill at Beaverbrook

The House Japanese Grill at Beaverbrook

The Beaverbrook Estate seems a quintessentially English retreat with a country house hotel, and that would obviously have a quintessentially English dining room and menu. Well, no: although the dining room looks rather English with a hint of cherry blossom, the food on offer at The Dining Room is authentically Japanese. Head Chef Taiji Maruyama…

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