Volcano Kitchen

Name: Volcano Kitchen ボルケーノキッチン Cuisine: Roast Beef Bowl/Plate Cost: ¥-¥¥ (¥800+) Bargain: Good Payment: Cash Size: Small; ~8 counter seats, one 2-seat table, and one 4-seat table . Wait: 15? minutes Area: Fukushima-ku, Osaka City, Japan Station: Shin-Fukushima Station The restaurant is easy to find. It’s just across the street from Exit 3. Their specialty is a roast beef tower. They had three versions ― Volcano Plate (regular… Continue reading Volcano Kitchen

Maguro Koya

Name: Maguro Koya まぐろ小屋 Cuisine: Tuna (Bowls) Cost: ¥-¥¥ (¥1000+) Bargain: Good Payment: Cash Size: Small; 9? counter seats, two 4-seat table, and one 6-seat table Wait: ~15-30? minutes Area: Nara City, Japan Station: Kintetsu Nara Station The restaurant is easy enough to find. It’s just three blocks down the side street from the station. The place is quite small and intimate. It’s run by a friendly… Continue reading Maguro Koya

Pasadena Grill Diner

Name: Pasadena Grill Diner パサディナーダイナー Cuisine: Steak Cost: ¥¥ Bargain: Expensive Payment: Cash, credit card Size: Medium; 20+ seats Area: Umeda, Osaka City, Osaka Station: Umeda, Osaka My friend saw this restaurant on a TV program and wanted to try it out. The program advertised how the restaurant has big portions of steak. Inside, the decor was like an American diner. They have a bar section… Continue reading Pasadena Grill Diner

Red Rock

Name: Red Rock Cuisine: Steak Cost: ¥-¥¥ (~¥800+) Bargain: Good Payment: Cash Size: Big; 54 seats (counter, tables, booths) Wait: 30+ min. during lunch Area: Chuo-ku, Osaka City, Japan Station: Shinsaibashi I saw a picture of their large roast beef bowl in food magazine, so I wanted to try it. I got the roast beef bowl (L) for ¥1150, Friend1 got the steak bowl (L)… Continue reading Red Rock

Yunnan Noodles 雲南小鍋米線

Name: Yunnan Noodles ?? 雲南小鍋米線 Cuisine: Yunnan rice noodles Soup base Sour and spicy Heaviness Light Medium-thin round rice noodles Cost: $ (~HK$60) Bargain: Yes!! Payment: Cash Size: Tiny; 15? seats (squeezed together) Area: Kwai Chung, New Territories, Hong Kong Since I didn’t get my order just perfect at Sing Lum Khui the previous night, I was still craving some spicy sour Yunnan rice… Continue reading Yunnan Noodles 雲南小鍋米線

Sing Lum Khui Noodles

Name: Sing Lum Khui Noodles 星林居雲南米線餐廳 Cuisine: Yunnan rice noodles Soup base Sour and spicy Heaviness Light Medium-thin round rice noodles Cost: $ (~HK$60) Bargain: Yes!! Payment: Cash Size: Medium (squeezed together) Station: Tsim Sha Tsui Area: Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong My friend took me here several years ago, and I’ve been craving this ever since! It’s one… Continue reading Sing Lum Khui Noodles


Name: dragon-i Cuisine: Dim sum (lunch) Club (nighttime) Cost: $$$ (HK$200+ for lunch buffet) Bargain: Pricey Payment: Cash, credit card Size: Big and spacious Station: Central Area: Central, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong My friends took me to dragon-i, a dim sum buffet, in The Centrium in Central. They’ve never been there but said that it got good buzz. The restaurant is very big… Continue reading dragon-i