Sunday, December 16, 2018
While waiting for the time to check-in our hotel, we decided to cool off in the mall. The closest mall from our hotel was Abeno Q mall which was like 12 minute walk. The mall was decent with shops like Uniqlo, Daiso and plenty of restaurants to choose from. We happened to lay our eyes on a buffet restaurant that offered a decent price JPY1549 per person (USD 13.60). There was a line of people in front of us though. But the good thing about waiting for restaurants in Japan was some seats are provided. Not restaurants offered seating area but this was the second restaurant we've been to that provided seating. As the line moves, you just move along. That way you don't even need to write your name down on the wait list like what we do in US.
Friday, December 14, 2018
Unlike ramen, soba isn't as popular outside Japan. So unless you are in Japan most likely you won't be able to try soba. Previously we ran into some Malaysian travelers while waiting for ramen at Ginjo Ramen Kubota. They told us about their experience trying soba at a tiny restaurant near Arashiyama area. Since we already visited that area I didn't want to go back there for the soba. So having found this soba restaurant was just perfect.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Selection was decent. Carving area consisted of turkey breast with stuffing complete with gravy and cranberry sauce. If turkey is not your cup of tea, there were roast beef with creamy wasabi sauce and ham. The beef with wasabi sauce was surprisingly pretty good.
The hot food offered baked salmon with sundried tomatoes; roast duck breast with glazed balsamic beets and potato gratin with four cheeses. I enjoyed the potato gratin. The potato was cooked just right, still maintaining the integrity and absorbed all the flavor of the cheeses. The salmon felt a bit too plain for me. The duck breast seemed a bit too salty maybe because it was served with sweet beet and tanginess of the balsamic glaze ?
Monday, December 10, 2018
KB Bake only has two products, the regular cheese tart and the matcha flavor. They are supposed to be originated in Hokkaido, the home of all kinds of milk product. I actually have it listed as one of things to try. But we saw it in Kyoto on our second day there and we got room in our tummies so why not.
Sunday, December 9, 2018
Not sure what time they actually open but when we got there around 11:45 it's already open and seemed pretty busy already. Since our friends have not yet arrived we were not allowed to wait inside. Understandable since the place wasn't that big. It's a small and cozy place.
Later on we got a table by the window which was perfect since it allowed plenty of natural lights for taking pictures. Their menu was pretty big and offered quite a lot of selection even for vegetarians. We ordered tuna and salmon sashimi, a few type of aburi sushi and the kimchi bacon ishiyaki.
We got dropped off by the bus just on the big road. Google map showed that it was just 5 minutes walk away. We followed the direction which pointed us through a small street. Dark and quiet. We told ourselves that if we were in US we would have bailed and turned around. But Japan would be fine.
When we finally found the place there was a small line of few people outside. In fact that was the indicator that it was indeed the ramen place we were looking for. So I let hubby wait outside while I went in and bought my tickets at the vending machine. Yup. I acted like locals by then.