Deliciously, Gooey Matcha Fondant

It’s been a while since I posted, but I really wanted to share this quaint, new Japanese restaurant in Piccadilly, London that just opened up not long ago; Machiya😍

I was originally drawn to the omurice that was on the menu but sad to say it was sold out when we managed to grab a table after the queue. I’ll be coming here again on Saturday so will be updating this again then😉

For now, I wanted introduce to you the most delicious and gooey matcha fondant I’ve had to date in London 💓

Just look at that beautiful, delicious, gooey goodness oozing out!

Surprisingly I wasn’t extremely hungry so I had the chicken skewers as a starter. It came with such succulent & juicy chicken pieces paired with flavourful mushroom and peppers.

Overall, I was very happy with this place. Great find 🙂

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Green Tea Goodness

Another post on all things green tea (and a token Japanese dish)! 

Tombo, so far imo, serves the best green tea ice-cream in London. There are various places who have emerged in London serving green tea ice-cream but they just can’t compare to the perfect blend of creamy mild milk flavour with the almost bitter taste of green tea matcha ice-cream they serve.

Easily one of my favourite green tea dessert shop 💓

Matcha soft serve:

Matcha ice-cream sundae in all its glory with matcha ice-cream, matcha brownie, azuki paste, granola, date syrup and cone biscuit:

Matcha latte:

Salmon sashimi don: salmon sashimi, salmon roe, salmon tartar & avocado on Tombo sushi rice

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Gyoza bar

As the name suggests, Gyoza bar is a bar like restaurant that offers a good a selection of gyoza paired with a choice of craft beer. It is a modern take on Japanese food with a twist of contemporary and traditional cooking styles, tastes and interior design.   

The restaurant also serves ramen based on homemade broth and the gyoza are grilled and served on grill pans from Japan. 

Deep fried chicken gyoza served on a gyoza grill pan – how tasty does this look?

Pan fried salmon gyoza with a special mayonaise blend and pan fried pork gyoza. The salmon gyoza isn’t common so I was excited to try this! The taste of it was very interesting, it was just, different. I couldn’t quite tell if I liked it or not. Maybe you guys can tell me what you think when you give this a go!

Ramen with char siu and shoyu egg

Ramen with pork belly and shoyu egg

Sweet potato chips – this was delicious! 

The interior design is a modern take of a traditional Japanese setting combining wooden panel designs with modern lighting. Mimicking a bar setting, it showcased a partially open kitchen where customers can watch the cooks wrapping the dumplings and rolling the noodles.

The strange thing was that because gyoza bar and the restaurant next to it (murakami) is owned by the same owner, even though they had separate entrances they shared the same bathroom. This meant that going to the toilet meant you will pass through the restaurant next door before entering the toilet. Not a problem, I was just slightly disorientated when I first went 😛  

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Eat Tokyo 

Eat Tokyo is my staple Japanese restaurant in London. Great value for money and decent Japanese food. Boasting a large menu ranging from sushi and sashimi with great combinations of sushi rolls to large bento boxes and a good selection of hot dishes.

Salmon and avocado donburi 

Deep fried sweet potato 

Oishi 😋

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Matcha Udon

Matcha green tea flavoured food is popping up everywhere in London it’s really hard not to notice. I won’t be surprised if my local coffee shop is selling matcha latte the next time I walk in (not that I’ll be complaining though – ha! I fell in love with matcha flavoured foods way before it was cool #beingasianandall).

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My next matcha green tea food find is at Ichiryu (London), an udon (Japanese thick noodles) restaurant where you can upgrade your normal white wheat flour udon to matcha udon. Such music to my ears! It is basically matcha flavoured udon noodles. The matcha powder not only creates the green tea flavouring of the noodles but you’ll also find your noodles are served green. For most of you who are used to matcha you won’t be surprised, for all of you who aren’t that familiar, well, see below:

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Above: Niku Beef Matcha Udon

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Above: King Special Matcha Udon

And a close up of the matcha udon noodles below, pretty interesting huh?

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What big bowls  you must be thinking! It really was just the bowl itself that was big, the portion of food in the bowl was a good amount. Although the king special was a bit on the heavier side as it was a combination of both beef and tempura prawns; best of both worlds 😛

I had the niku beef matcha udon; the beef broth was tasty and thick, beef taste was solid. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The best past of it was the perfectly poached egg!

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I was so impressed I had to take a close up of it! It was a perfect balance of cooked and rare, leaning towards rare (which is how I like my eggs). So soft and runny, it literally melted in my mouth.

The restaurant is less than 5 minutes walk from tottenham court road tube station, so if you’re ever in the area, do give it a go 🙂

-Eats Escapades

 

Who Thought Japanese BBQ was a thing?

The other day my friends and I visited a Japanese restaurant focused on Japanese BBQ. Now, I’m well familiar with Korean BBQ (Kbbq) but Japanese BBQ (Jbbq) is something I haven’t even heard of. So naturally I was skeptical.

As a curious foodie, I went along and was pleasantly surprised!

What: Japanese BBQ and Japanese food

Where: Kintan, 34 High Holborn, London WC1V 6AE

Why: You like kbbq (or bbq in general) but you haven’t tried Japanese BBQ before

Similar to Kbbq, you’re sat a a long table with the bbq grill in the middle. The difference is the meat is marinated with Japanese marinades instead. It tastes very similar with the kbbq marinades but overall the dishes were less spicy and a hint more sweet.

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We ordered the grilled set menu for 4 people. It came with a good portions of meat and sides, definitely enough to feed 4 people full. Make sure you come hungry! We had more meat dishes which I didn’t manage to take a photo of. If I remember correctly, we had 6 plates of marinaded beef/chicken, a plate of squid, a plate of prawns and a plate of sausages.

 

Above: grilled beef & chicken, mmm.

It also came with sides, which was perfect company to the grilled meat.

Above: Edamame beans, spicy marinaded cabbage, french fries (how random! But it works) and egg fried rice in a hot stone bowl

To finish off, desserts of course!

Above Left: Grilled Taiyaki

Above Right: Some sort of doughy crusted bread with maple syrup and vanilla ice cream

Both dessert we had to grill it on the grill; we didn’t actually know in the beginning and the waiter had to come over and recommend it to us, lol! The taiyaki was pretty difficult to grill as it’s cold in the inside when delivered to us. It had quite a thick outer layer hence by grilling it, it only affected the crispiness of the outer layer. Which is great as it make the taiyaki crispy, but you had to grill it longer to ensure the inside is warm (not a fan of lukewarm taiyaki!). This also meant the taiyaki was slightly burnt but it added colour to it so I guess it worked out.

Great food, service was just alright. I’d definitely go back for the food.

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