Tokyo Eats
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It’s been only three days since I arrived Sunday night and I’m already missing Tokyo.
Two years ago Sayoko treated me and Jeroen to lunch at the Mandarin Oriental where her friend Chef Syun Hirota was a chef.

Chefs Syun Hirota, Jeroen van Straten, Sayoko Hokazono

Last week, Sayoko invited me, Grace, Cedric, Joey, and Aka-san to dinner at her home where Chef Syun prepared dinner for us, and here’s what he made: fancy “home fries


A fancy mushroom “pizza” on layers of pastry dough—he makes it look like art


Some fancy corn fritters, cause everything he makes looks fancy 🙂


Plus the one of the best steaks I have ever had. I didn’t get a chance to photograph the finished product but I think you can tell the quality of the Matsuzaka beef. It was cooked to perfection and served with steamed rice and Japanese soy sauce.

Chef Syun

The following night we had dinner at a magical place called Uoshin which is a few minutes’ walk from the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.
This outdoor izakaya is always packed. Luckily Joey had made reservations for our group of five.


We ordered mostly seafood. Everything was delicious! My favorite was the Hokkaido crab, which you don’t have to work for. Just look at the presentation. Best eaten with sweet Japanese vinegar.

Hokkaido crab

This is Michelle, the only Filipino waitress at the restaurant. Try to look for her, she’s just lovely.


Our dinner companions Joey and Taichi

Joey and Taichi

Oh, and we took a train to Daikanyama for a night cap. Here’s Joey buying our tickets.


Tsutaya book store at Daikanyama T-site is the most magical book shop in the world!!


We had drinks and dessert at the Anjin Library & Lounge on the second floor, where I had the most delightful vanilla ice cream ever!!

Anjin Library & Lounge

The following day I was back for lunch with Cedric and his parents at my happy place, Barbacoa restaurant in Roppongi Hills

Cedric and parents

Cedric loves his greens and his meats too.


This is my favorite Brazilian Cheese Bread called Pão de Queijo—party in my mouth!!
Extra serving please!


And the best Brazilian pudding—too bad I only discovered it now. This beats any leche flan


Beautiful Coke bottles for me and Cedic’s dad


I ate so much. I’m just glad I didn’t gain weight because I walked so much during the trip.
That said, I can’t wait to go back with my boys in December. Tokyo is love!

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