Matsusaka beef : Matsusakagyu Yakiniku M, Osaka

Anyone who knows me knows I’m a big foodie, and visiting Japan definitely satisfy much of that!

Two years back, I have made a trip to Kobe to experience the hyped Kobe beef, and the hype was indeed true. This time around, we set our goals to try out Matsusaka – the Japanese black beef, to see if we need a pitstop to Kobe. Boy, we were not disappointed. In fact, it was so great, that we did it twice!

We picked Matsusakagyu Yakiniku M, and picked the platters to share.

We chose the platter for tasting with 6 different parts that comes with vegetables as well.

Firstly, to grill the wonderful meat and vegetables, we use the fats for Matsusaka beef.

Amazing food in the making.
The garlic rice was awesome. Really simple, and great.

To mix it a little, we ordered the Japanese Black pork as well. It’s pretty good but no match for our love of Matsusaka beef.

Japanese black pork.

The room (all dining are private) was really small, so unfortunately the moment we ask if there was any table – the waiter eye us from top to bottom. We were lucky we fit the bill.

The second time, we visited the branch –  .We ordered the same platter, but with a few different parts in it. Just as good, just as fatty(the right amount) and delicious.

Their Yuzu sherbet was also really delicious, and I completely forgot about my reservation note – to celebrate my Mum’s birthday. The waitress came in with an awesome birthday cake/dessert – and made that day a really special evening.

Top notch on the services, and food – amazing and memorable.

#Traveltips : Make reservation to avoid disappointment ; because despite having quite a few branches, each can accommodate perhaps not more than 10 groups of guest.

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Price :~ 15,000 -20,000 yen per person.
Ambience : Cosy 
Rating : 4.8/5.0


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Pike place market , Seattle

Pike place is a market with charm from the 80s. Every store around it is a gem, with very authentic and marketplace buzz.

I particularly love the Beecher’cheese store, the spice shop, the many fruits and vegetables store, the pasta store, oh my it’s heaven for foodie!

Walking to the market from waterfront
the original (third?) starbucks with super huge queue…

Beecher’s cheese curd in the making..

The best mac n cheese~~ yummz~~

Pasta store with amazing, even exotic flavour~

Spice heaven here in MarketSpic


Variety of tea to choose from!

I can’t do justice with the amount of things I’ve seen and those that I’ve not had the chance to try out, so I’ll definitely put that on my list for a redo. There are many restaurants and musicians around, enough to make you spend many hours here exploring!

#Traveltips : If you really want to go to Starbucks, be sure to be really early as the queue gets ridiculously crazy!

#Traveltips: Get some light bites instead of sitting in a restaurant. Tons to  try – ie some of those fresh seafood, mac & cheese, and so much more!

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Boca, authentic Portuguese food | Singapore

I’m a big fan of Portuguese food post our road trip last year. No, I’m not talking about what you eat in Nandos. Like, the really good Portuguese food.  I found this gem behind my office by chance, and have been a big fan since.

One of my favorite dish, the Octopus leg is done amazingly well, along with many note-worthy appetizers and bar food. The steak with Portuguese sauce was good, along with the main highlight – the Portuguese tart. The Portuguese tarts is to die for, as nice as the one we have had in Belem, the original Pasteis de Belem.

Lovely fried salmon appetizer ~~~
Octopus leg with sauteed onions and spinach.
Steak with Portuguese sauce.
The Portuguese tart, dusted with icing sugar and cinnamon powder.

Great ambiance, service and wine. Definitely recommended for a romantic eand ladies night.

Ceramic birds everywhere!

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Price : $$$
Location : 6 Bukit Pasoh Road, 089820 Singapore

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Tendon Itsuki | Singapore

Fancy some great tendon ?  You don’t have to go all the way to Japan for it! Ginza Tendon Itsuki ; one of the best tempura place I’ve had in Singapore situated at the friendly Tanjong Pagar.

There are only 2 mains on their menu, the Specials and the Vegetarian.

Specials : 2 juicy chicken breast, 2 big prawns, with assorted vegetables.
I think you know what’s in the vegetarian option.


The set comes with Chawanmushi, Miso soup, and unlimited vegetables. Green tea is amazing here!
Chef at work~
The star of the show~!

The art of eating at this place .. #FoodieTips

  1. You have tons of time to queue, otherwise good luck! (Go early, like 11.30am for lunch of 5.30pm for dinner. You would probably make it in time into the restaurant but they won’t take you without a full party)
  2. You don’t need to be anywhere else, because you smell like what you eat. Oil!!!  *they do provide Febreeze at the cashier counter,if it helps*
  3. They only accept cash – so don’t go without!  

PS : If you are still hungry (highly unlikely), head across the street for some Korean Bingsu (more to come about that)!

Ginza Tendon Itsuki
101 Tanjong Pagar Rd, 088522
Hours: 11:30AM–2:30PM, 5:30–10PM
Price : $$

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Enmaru – The Altitude, Jakarta

Japanese food is one of my favorite cuisine in the world, and so when I was at Jakarta for business, I look frantically for it. Enmaru, at The Altitude was full of surprises to my palate, with a great ambiance and affordable price range.

One note-worthy dish is their Foie Gras Chawanmushi (~7SGD). It’s tiny but mighty ( literally the size of a shot). The yakiniku was great, and you can’t really go wrong randomly ordering from their menu (this, I’ve learnt)!


The bespoke, Foie gras chawanmushi ~
The bespoke, Foie gras chawanmushi ~
Fresh sashimi!
Beef toungue~
3 style pork~
Tender, juicy, duck~
Juicy, lovely, sword fish fillet!

#TravelTips : I highly recommend making reservations for window seats, so you can enjoy great food and view at the same time.

About Enmaru
Location :Plaza Indonesia, Jakarta
Price: $$ ~SGD40/person without alcohol
Hours : 11am – 11pm (except for Friday)
Ambience : Fine dining
Rating : 4.6/5

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A trip down under | Lobster Shack, Cervantes

I LOVE seafood, and even if you don’t (so long you don’t hate it or have nasty allergies!)-you’ll surely love Lobster shack too! Lobster shack was on my list of things to do (EAT), and when I saw that their kitchen was closed due to a fire, I was so disappointed. Stef brought me here anyway to try our luck, and I’m so glad he did! There wasn’t any hot food, but I didn’t mind it at all!

IMAG5585The lobsters and shrimps were juicy, fresh and succulent. For AUD 55, we received a full lobster with shrimps, a drink and great dipping sauce.


Look at this awesomeness!!
Look at this awesomeness!!


Location : 11 Madrid St, Cervantes WA 6511, Australia
Hours :  Kitchen opens 11am – 3pm, Factory tour 12.30pm – 3.30pm
Price : $
Ambience : Casual
Rating : 4.5/5

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A trip down under | Twilight Hawker’s market

In the evening, we visited the Twilight Hawker’s market. Twilight Hawkers’ market features over 50 stalls (perhaps more?) that does every cuisine and dish imaginable. From Turkish to Thai, Greek to good ol’ burgers and desserts (honey cakes,gourmet marshmallows, gelato, and more!), this place was heavenly!

There was live music and the entire space smells incredible with a huge crawl of hungry people. It was definitely worth a visit looking that there is practically nothing to do besides eating out in Perth after 5pm, and we love food (obviously)!


WassupDog stand
delicious Turkish Shaksuka ~
delicious Turkish Shaksuka ~
Stef queuing at the Bratwurst Stand
Vanilla Crème brûlée ~
Marshmalloz stand~


#TravelTips : The only issue here is getting a decent place to sit – so be creative (get a mat or something)! Come via free intercity buses or train as parking might be slightly challenging too. Be hungry and bring lots of cash!

Location : Forrest Place, Perth WA 6000, Australia

Opens every Friday from 4.30pm – 9.30pm ( 16th October 2015 – 29th April 2016 only) *check their site for next year’s timing*

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A trip down under | Ribs and Burgers

It’s impossible to miss even though it could be slightly hidden, especially the long queue during rush hour and dinner time.

We went over to the only (correct when I wrote this) Ribs and Burgers place in WA, on William street.

We ordered lamb and pork ribs, with a burger to share. The portion was great, and those chips/fries are amazing!!

ribs and burgers

Not much to say, come hungry. Those ribs are tender, juicy and soft enough to fall off the bones. Salad was just to feel less sinful, and the fries are crispy. Burger was good, but if I have to choose, I’ll definitely go for the ribs. 

ribs and burgers


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