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Japan Day Four- The Freshest Sushi, the Best Meal in Osaka

By the fourth day in Japan, our legs have turned to jello with all the walking we’ve been doing. We were exhausted, but still we weren’t quite accustomed to the time difference and woke up around 7:00AM. This time we knew exactly where we wanted to have breakfast. 

Osaka has a central wholesale fish market where at 4:00AM in the morning they start their tuna and fish auctions. Next to this wholesale market right in the parking lot is this tiny little sushi restaurant called Endo Sushi (ゑんどう寿司). Endo has been around since 1907, and has been serving some of the freshest sushi in Osaka. 

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Since we woke up early, this was the perfect choice to start our day and get breakfast. It is about a 15-20 minute subway ride from Namba to Tamagawa station (s12 on the Sennichimae line) and about 10 minutes walk from the station (exit 3 or exit 6 from the station) to the Central Wholesale Fish Market. Keep walking straight and if you walked across the river, then you’ve walked too far. We found the restaurant and arrived around 10:30AM. Upon entering the small restaurant, we were warmly greeted and given their English menu with pictures! Each plate cost 1,000 yen (US $10.75) with 5 pieces of sushi per plate. 

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We started with plate no. 1 followed by plate no. 2. Then the waiter started to ask if we wanted to continue. Of course we did. We wanted to try all four plates! Some items on the menu were seasonal, so a few of the pieces were different than from the picture. Instead of the mushroom sushi, we were served with a piece of cooked duck. It was so tasty! I enjoyed every piece of fish except for Ika (squid). Raw squid has a gummy/glue-like texture which wasn’t appetizing to me. image

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At each table, they provide you with unlimited amount of pickled ginger and soy sauce that you can brush on your fish.We were stuffed with 20 piece of sushi in our stomach. After breakfast it was time to start another long day with much walking and sightseeing in Arashiyama, Kyoto. image

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Endo Sushi (ゑんどう寿司)

They are open from Mon-Sat 5am to 2pm, and closed on Sundays and Holidays. So wake up early and plan to come for breakfast or lunch. 

大阪市福島区野田1-1-86 (Address: 1-1-86 Noda Fukushima-ku Osaka City Osaka)

Tel: 06-6469-7108, E-mail: info@endo-sushi.com, Hours: 5 AM - 2 PM

http://www.endo-sushi.com/english.html

Central Wholesale Fish Market (大阪市中央卸売市場 本場)
電車・バスでお越しの際
JR環状線「野田駅」下車 徒歩約10分
地下鉄千日前線「玉川駅」下車 徒歩約10分
京阪電車 中之島線「中之島駅」下車 徒歩約15分
大阪市営バス 野田阪神前行き・鶴町四丁目行き「中央市場前」下車 徒歩約2分 
When traveling by train and bus:
10 minute walk to station “Noda” JR loop line
10 minute walk to station “Tamagawa” Sennichimae subway
About 15 minutes walk from ”Nakanoshima station” Keihan Nakanoshima Line
2 minute walk to ”stop the central market before” go-go Tsurumachi chome Osaka city bus before Nodahanshi

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Japan Day Two- Osaka Dinner Time

When traveling and looking for restaurant and suggestions for dinner, Anthony Bourdain always comes up as a source for reference. And so, this is how we decided on dinner at Koyoshi Sushi (小好鮨) in Umeda District, Osaka.

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Doing some research before the trip, we found that this sushi restaurant seats around 8 people max and the owners Mr. & Mrs. Yano spoke no English. I knew ordering food would be tricky and so I downloaded a sushi guide onto my phone before the trip. It came out to be very helpful. At least we knew what we were eating and was able to tell Mr. Yano that “no we don’t want fugu” (a fish filled with poisonous stuff). 

It took us a while to find this tiny place since it was already dark and raining by the time we got back to Osaka. Directions on their Facebook page suggested: 

Between JR Umeda and Hankyu Umeda central train stations. Located in a small busy alley behind the Hotel New Hankyu. We are on a triangular corner near a convenience store, Daily Yamazaki. Koyoshi is just a little hard to find, but truly worth the effort.

Slide the doors open and bam, the seats and sushi counter was right there! It is small. I don’t know how else to explain it. We were warmly greeted by Mr. Yano and his wife. With my two years of high school Japanese, I was able to order us hot green tea and water. Then we just told him “Omakase” in Japanese which means “I’ll leave it to you”. Mr. Yano brought us fish after fish after fish. Each piece was huge! I’m not sure if sushi is usually served this size, because it certainly is not served this way anywhere I knew in New York.

I can’t remember the name of all the fish we ate. We were given a small dish of pickled ginger and nothing else. Each fish is already seasoned with a brush of soy sauce and dab of fresh wasabi. You really don’t need anything else with fresh fish. 

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Sake or Salmon sushi. Huge piece! 

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This was the Otoro or Fatty Tuna! It was so fatty, it left a thin layer of oil on my lips. It was divine! 

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Next came creamy Uni or sea urchin. 

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Ebi or cooked shrimp

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This white piece was some kind of clam. 

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This was Anago. We didn’t know what it was so I looked it up on my sushi guide app. It was conger eel and it was so good! 

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Our last piece of fish. Can’t remember what it was. =)

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After our meal we asked Mr. Yano for a photograph or “Shashin” 

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Our meal cost us around 4,000 Yen each, which is roughly US$43.00 per person.  

Koyoshi Sushi Osaka (小好鮨)
   大阪府大阪市北区芝田1丁目3-12 
Hours: 6:00PM- 12:00AM
Thank you Lydia for providing some of the photos! 

 

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Lunch at Hasaki in the East Village. 

Lunch at Hasaki in the East Village. 

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Work has been so crazy busy and stressful the past couple weeks I’ve never been so mentally and physically drained in my life. At work we get “Summer Friday” hours which means we get to leave work at 1:30PM as long as we have our work done, but I haven’t been able to take advantage of these special hours for the past couple weeks. 
Last Friday, I just couldn’t stay in the office any longer so Jen and I decided to finally leave at 2:30 to grab a late lunch at Hasaki. We made it just in time to order their Afternoon Plate lunch special which includes sushi or sashim, tempura, and grilled fish. It also came with a bowl of red miso soup, garden salad, and fresh cut fruit for dessert. The food was good and plentiful and at a great price.
It was a much needed treat and time out to de-stress! But I feel so bad as I was literally falling asleep at the table. And it wasn’t the first time that week that I was falling asleep during my meal. Maybe it was was mix of a over worked brain and major food coma…Oh boy, I can’t wait for August to be over with! 
Hasaki, 210 East 9th Street (btw 2nd & 3rd Ave.) East Village, NYC

Work has been so crazy busy and stressful the past couple weeks I’ve never been so mentally and physically drained in my life. At work we get “Summer Friday” hours which means we get to leave work at 1:30PM as long as we have our work done, but I haven’t been able to take advantage of these special hours for the past couple weeks. 

Last Friday, I just couldn’t stay in the office any longer so Jen and I decided to finally leave at 2:30 to grab a late lunch at Hasaki. We made it just in time to order their Afternoon Plate lunch special which includes sushi or sashim, tempura, and grilled fish. It also came with a bowl of red miso soup, garden salad, and fresh cut fruit for dessert. The food was good and plentiful and at a great price.

It was a much needed treat and time out to de-stress! But I feel so bad as I was literally falling asleep at the table. And it wasn’t the first time that week that I was falling asleep during my meal. Maybe it was was mix of a over worked brain and major food coma…Oh boy, I can’t wait for August to be over with! 

Hasaki, 210 East 9th Street (btw 2nd & 3rd Ave.) East Village, NYC

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Ootoya, my new favorite place in NYC.

Their lunch menu is huge with 50+ items to choose from. I decided to go with their pressed salmon sushi set which comes with 6 huge pieces of rectangle shaped sushi, a small side of cold soba noodles, and miso soup. Jen had the pork katsu set which includes a side of salad, rice, miso soup, and egg custard. The portions are huge and everything tasted so good. 

I can’t wait to come back and try their other dishes. 

Ootoya, 8 West 18th Street (btw 5th and 6th Aves)

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We had perfect 80 degree weather in NYC this past weekend which made for a perfect little walk across the Williamsburg Bridge. Dinner was at a Japanese restaurant called Samurai Mama known for their porkbelly udon noodles soup. The porkbelly was melt in your mouth delicious. The other appetizers were tummy, but there wasn’t anything spetacular about their sushi except they have what they call “taco” sushi which is just an open handroll.

Note: this place takes cash only! So visit an ATM before dining.

Samurai Mama, 205 Grand Street, Williamsburg Brooklyn

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Sumie Japanese Cuisine at San Want Hotel 

On one of my nights in Taipei, I treated myself to an 8 course chef’s tasting menu at Sumie Japanese Restaurant located on the 4th floor of my hotel at San Want Hotel. 

That night, my ankles were killing me from all the walking I did. After taking the train back from Danshui, I went straight to my room to soak my poor ankles. I skipped visiting Shilin Night Market where I had originally planned to have dinner. Luckily, San Want Hotel houses three great restaurants and I didn’t have to go too far for excellent food. 

1st Course: Vegetable Aspic- Vegetables set in a gelatin made from consomme. It was so good and so refreshing. 

2nd Course: Sashimi. The presentation of this sashimi platter was absolutely beautiful, I did not want to eat it. It came with 4 pieces of fresh melt in your mouth fish and a small bowl of uni (sea urchin) sprinkled with lavender. So luxurious! 

3rd Course: Fried Chestnut Dough with Shrimp and Veggie Broth. This was my least favorite dish as I didn’t like the fried dough filled with chestnuts and sesame. However, the shrimp broth was really tasty.

4th Course: Salad. They had yellow kiwis, dragon fruit, and raisins in this salad along with lettuce and tomato; however, everything worked surprisingly well together with the light citrus dressing.

5th Course: Grilled Steak. The steak was tender and juicy and tasted great with the sesame salt and fried garlic chips. It was perfectly portioned as well because we had a few more courses still coming.

6th Course: 3 Piece Sushi. It came with a piece of shrimp tempura sushi, masago covered California roll, and a mini-chirashi sushi.  At this point, I was so full.  I had lost count of how many dishes I had ate.

7th Course: Miso Clam and Fish Broth.  Absolutely perfect, but getting really full.

8th Course: Dessert- Tiramisu Mochi with a slice of honey dew melon. By this point, I left the dessert sitting on the table for a good 10 minutes before I was able to tackle it.  The mochi was so good.

The wait staff was very attentive and always had the next course ready when I was finished with the other one. It cost about $60.00 USD and was pretty comparable to a set menu in NYC.  I needed a break from all street food and this was just perfect. 

Sumie Japanese Restaurant at San Want HotelNo. 172, Zhong Xiao East Road, Sec 4 (4th Floor)

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Zen Japanese Restaurant is one of my favorite sushi restaurants ever. Their special sushi rolls are huge and delicious! Each roll is creative and colorful. I can’t remember the names of the rolls we ate last night. My favorite was the one with mango in it. 

Zen Japanese Restaurant, 277 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston, NJ

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Digging up old photos.  This picture probably dates back 4 years ago when my friends and I dined at U-Yee Sushi located on Route 1 in Iselin, NJ for one of our reunion dinners. U-Yee was a frequented spot during our college years because of their famous half price sushi specials.  I should have taken the aftermath; we wiped the boat clean. I currently have a huge craving for sushi!
U-Yee Sushi & Steak House, 675 US Highway 1 S, Iselin, NJ 08830

Digging up old photos. This picture probably dates back 4 years ago when my friends and I dined at U-Yee Sushi located on Route 1 in Iselin, NJ for one of our reunion dinners. U-Yee was a frequented spot during our college years because of their famous half price sushi specials. I should have taken the aftermath; we wiped the boat clean. I currently have a huge craving for sushi!

U-Yee Sushi & Steak House, 675 US Highway 1 S, Iselin, NJ 08830

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I made a collage of all the food we ate while on our 8 day cruise to the Bahamas last month. Mmm…the food was excellent.  We had everything from conch fritters to hot chocolate molten cake, sushi, and burgers.  We ate like kings and queens!  It was such a great trip! 

I made a collage of all the food we ate while on our 8 day cruise to the Bahamas last month. Mmm…the food was excellent.  We had everything from conch fritters to hot chocolate molten cake, sushi, and burgers.  We ate like kings and queens!  It was such a great trip!