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Akane Tokyo Cuisine, a Taste of Japanese Authenticity in Jakarta

During a business dinner, my sister, Nadia got a tip about a place serving great Japanese food with a large Japanese expat patrons. He gave such a good review that she immediately changed the venue of her Saturday lunch with a friend to the restaurant, Akane.

True to his description, Akane Tokyo Cuisine was looming with Japanese expats and their families. Lead by a Japanese chef, Akane serves ‘real’ Japanese cuisine. The lunch set menu is incredibly low priced, at only Rp. 86,000 (Around US$8.90). Set A: Pick 3 side dishes and one rice dish. Set B: Pick a rice bowl and a noodle dish. The most amazing thing about the set menu is the variety of things you can choose to savor, from sashimi, beef steak (highly recommended), yakisoba, katsudon (high recommended), mabo nasu don; all mouth watering. You also get chawan mushi, salad, miso soup and coffee jelly dessert with your lunch set. SUPER DEAL!

551 Horai – Must Eat in Osaka

551 (go go ichi) Horai is a Chinese restaurant chain in Osaka. It has both take out stalls for dim sum items and dine in restaurants. You may find their outlets located all over Osaka. The one that we went to is their flagship store, or ‘Honten,’ located in Dotonburi area. Their food is very good. During our two nights stay in Osaka we managed to go there three times.


551 Horai's Famous Buta Man

Their buta man (pork steamed buns) is supposedly very popular, selling 100,000 per day. That’s a high number of steamed buns being eaten every day. I assumed that most of Osaka is in consensus that the butaman is very special. James, with his picky tongue, agreed with them. The butaman was very large, the largest one I’ve ever eaten. The bun was very fluffy. Inside, there was a considerable amount of juicy, savory pork filling. Indeed, it was very good, but the portion was a bit too much for me. I finished it up anyway. If you are not keen with butaman, they also have steamed buns with different fillings, such as cashiu man (barbequed pork) and an man (red bean) for you to try.

Kamameshi Chaya in Arashiyama, Kyoto

I was craving some good Japanese food today. I started thinking about all the good food I ate in Japan the last time we were there, which was my honeymoon in 2010. Wow, that was ages ago. I had only post very little pictures of them. So I think I should start posting the rest. It’s never too late.

The first one I am going to share with you is the kamameshi we ate in Arashiyama, Kyoto. The restaurant, Kamameshi Chaya (Tea House) is on the street right across from the entrance of Tenryu-ji Temple, about 15 minutes of leisurely walk from the JR Sagano Arashiyama Station/Sagano Romantic Train Station. The street is lined with many restaurants, but you won’t miss the restaurant display.

Kamameshi Chaya

First Love Patisierre – Green Tea Hokkaido Layer Cake

My husband’s birthday came around and I ordered a large green tea flavored Hokkaido Layer Cake from First Love Patisierre. I was intending to share it with our family during his birthday lunch. Much to our dismay, Table 8 charges Rp. 25,000 ++ (almost US$3 + tax + gratuity) per slice for outside cake, so we ended up taking the cake home. (I’m glad we found out before everybody got there.) To add to the wound, the cake turned out to be the wrong flavor when we opened it at home. I called in to complain about the mistake. The store apologized and redelivered a new cake for me the next morning. Great customer service! After two days of wait, my husband finally got to enjoy the cake he has been waiting to eat.

After the delivery man left, James promptly requested me to serve him a slice. He got a wait for a bit more, though since I got to snap some pictures :D

Here's the picture of the box that was missing from the previous post.

At a quick glance, the green tea version looks like the original, but at a closer look it lacks the caramel glace of the original. Of course the difference is clearly visible once you take out a slice. The layers of muted green colored cream is really inviting.

Faux Kobe Beef

Kobe beef. Its name has soar far and wide across the globe as the premium of Japanese beef. Regardless the fact that its lower standing in Japan, outside Japan Kobe beef is all the rave. Interestingly, Matsuzaka beef, its superior, is less well known. People outside Japan flock to high class restaurants, willing to pay premium above premium just to have a bite of Kobe. Little do they know, what they are having is a fake branded beef.

I savored my first faux Kobe Beef in 2006, in a Japanese restaurant, downtown Chicago.

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