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You know the kakigori obsession is real when we can’t wait to shaved ice on a cold and rainy morning! I know a lot of people rave about this place but we are not one of them. Can’t appreciate this kinako kuromitsu with shoyu; the latter overwhelms the kinako fragrance and kuromitsu sweetness. Skip.

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Welcoming K to my new apartment with a dessert night feast! We love buying ice cream from convenience stores for supper (only in Japan!) and Haagen Dazs is always on the agenda. This time, there’s a newfound love in Godiva’s Belgian dark chocolate cup and for a cheap thrill, the Ghana chocolate bar is dreamy too!

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新橋鶴八 分店 does serious sushi but the location is arguably sleazy with massage parlours and sex toy shops. Reminds us of Orchard Tower which we go often (for food, not for anything else!) haha.

Anyway. There are a few pieces which I really like — katsuo, kohada, anago (omg don’t get me started on this), the signature trio tuna maki (best!) and uni, of course! K even let me have his share of uni sushi, a sign of true love right! That said, we agree that the shari is too dry and the finale of tamago is forgettable.

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Oh wow, I didn’t know amazake kakigori can be so delicious! There’s ample cream but it’s amazingly light. The strong shot of matcha on the side is lovely but I’ll be equally happy with just the amazake flavour alone. This is a May special so let’s see what they will do in June!

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I have been stalking K-Vincent website religiously for a couple of weeks now because they are one of the most elusive patisseries I know of! That’s because they only open for business a few days per month and will release opening dates randomly. I finally managed to drop by on one such rare occasion (yay!), queued for almost an hour (nay!), and snagged three cakes — Chocolate Amer, Chocolate Mille-feuille, and the biggest Mont Blanc ever. All are good though not outstanding, handmade and rustic in looks (not super refined), and I guess this is a valuable lesson of diminishing returns as my eyes are way bigger than my stomach and I couldn’t finish them all, sob.

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Cityshop Deli is my favourite salad shop in Tokyo but now I’ve found a close second at PULP Deli & Cafe パルプ デリ&カフェ! Newly opened at Shibuya Cast (take exit 13 from Shibuya train station), it offers a DIY custom deli plate which adds a lot of points for fussy eaters like me. Their broccoli with ricotta cheese is the best and I’m going to have two servings of that next time!

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Ok I wasn’t intending to eat cakes today (it’s eat-clean Monday!) but I had to go to the bank in Shinjuku and you know, Isetan with the Mont St Clair pop-up booth is so near. Couldn’t resist sugar, I’m weak like that haha. This time I found a stunning gem in the orange mont blanc cake! Oh my, so glad I tried this (the guy before me bought the last one yesterday so this is fate!!), the balance between chestnut and citrusy orange is incredibly delicate. There’s also a hazelnut cake in the background but it pales in comparison because chestnut wins anytime!

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Even though Tokyo has endless dessert choices, I’m missing Frankie & Jo’s plant-based ice cream very much. Happy to report that I found a good substitute in Kippy’s Coco-Cream キッピーズ ココクリーム! They do vegan coconut based ice cream and because I kid myself that it’s healthy, I ended up with triple scoops of double dark chocolate, matcha and mocha. Now that Tokyo is heating up, I need to come here more often! #excuses

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Now that I’ve kind of settled down in Tokyo, I’m starting a hobby (haha) to explore the higher end restaurants, from sushi to French fine dining. Abysse アビス is top on my list because it specialises in seasonal seafood (rare that there’s no meat) and also secures a Michelin star in less than a year after opening.

There’s definitely more hits than misses: addictive aonori seaweed sablés topped with caviar, thinly sliced squid (still too chewy), fried baby aji fish with mountain vegetables, super rich bouillabaisse, amadai with crispy scales (my favourite!), pistachio jelly (I specially requested for this after stalking IG pics and it’s crazy nutty for a jelly!) and gyokuro crumbles with prized sato-nishiki cherries and vanilla cream. Of special mention is the excellent service! After chatting and knowing about Matchaya, my waiter even brews a pot of gyokuro for me at the end of my meal. Perfect.

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Happy birthday to me!!! I’m all ready to splurge in omakase style at Sushiya すし家, one of the up and coming artisan sushi restaurants in Tokyo. Chef Takao speaks good English so that’s a plus! Dinner consists of 10 otsumami and 13 pieces of sushi before ending with a slice of pudding-like tamago #mindblown

I love everything except the hirame (flounder) and ika (not a fan of squid) sushi. The otsumami are wonderful: water shield (amazing texture, we drank it like a soup), shiroebi with fish guts (sounds gross but tasty), kegani (hairy crab peeled and stuffed back into the shell!), hotaru ika (one of the highlights for me as it’s my first time trying firefly squid), bafun uni, aburi bonito, toro cheek (this is so tender!), ankimo liver, grilled nodoguro and the signature aged mackerel roll.

Then the sushi other than flounder and ika (both too chewy): buri (yellowtail), masa (the trout looks dark because Chef dunks the whole thing in a bowl of marinade), three cuts of tuna (I really really like the tuna cuts here; even the leanest akami sushi melts in the mouth, let alone chutoro and otoro), ebi, kohada (another first for me!), aji, baby scallop, uni (amazingly clean tasting, I’ve never had uni like this before), anago and lastly the tamago.

Omg the tamago! I want two next time! (hinting to K hahaha because I’ve made a reservation for us next week yay!)

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