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Monday, June 18, 2018

HONG KONG: SHANG PALACE for a wonderfully balanced Chef"s Signature Tasting Menu... 2 Two Michelin stars!

How I end up at the amazing Kowloon Shangri-La hotel?  In town for a sales meeting and the generous president of that brand took us all out for dinner... lucky.

I've used chopsticks all my life but I had no idea why they provided 2 sets of chopsticks.  Later to realize that its a sharing culture in China so I think the black is used to pick food from the shared plates then the white to consume it.  Neat.

I found this little tea cup fascinating... there are little sections in the cup that let thru light.  Not sure how this is done.  Ceramic and glass?  

We were all treated to the HKD 1,388 course or about $200.  Wow.

Barbecued suckling pig , crispy foie gras glazed with honey sauce served on toast and deep-fried shrimp paste ball coated with shredded pastry.   WOW... I didn't realize I was eating so many things in this tiny dish.

Ordered Baijiu and it was poured out of this cool silver pot with a chicken head for a spout.  Very nice attention to detail. 

First time ever to try birds nest soup... it was so mellow and just yum.

Steamed spotted garoupa 

Probably the highlight of the dinner for me... Stir-Fried Kagoshima Wagyu Beef Cubes with wild mushrooms in homemade XO chili sauce.  So tender and perfectly fatty.

Probably my least favorite the wok fried rice vermicelli with Alaskan crab meat.  Maybe its unique to Hong Kong but the noodles were a bit too al'dente for me.

And then this silver dessert tree arrives... nice thing very few people had a sweet tooth.

At the end of the meal Chef Cheung Long Yin stopped by...  A rate treat for me as I've only experienced this a few times in my life.

A very nice dining experience in a wonder restaurant with an added plus of high ceilings.  Service spot on extremely attentive.

And of course I spot the most beautiful color combination Bentley Mulsanne I have ever seen... those I spotted in Tokyo tend to be solid single colors.

If in Hong Kong and not on a budget this place sure was enjoyable.

Restaurant: Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Shang Palace
Address E:  64 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong

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OOIZUMIGAKUEN: SanYou Sake Ten.... mom and pop liquor shop with a little devil dog.

Walking from Shakujikoen all the way to Oizumigakuen is a trek... only one station away but the roads sure twisty./   Anyways ran across this little mom and pop liquor shop with a rare alcohol vending machine outside.

We picked up some 200 yen 500ml chu-hi's

And then there is this insane crazy dog that was going bonkers... he looked so weird.  This lady seemed to be a regular here and she said he always barks nutty.

So if you wanna visit this madness of a tiny chihuahua you gotta go here.  The old lady owner was so kind too.

Yeah. public drinking is ok here in Japan.

Liquor Sho: Sanyou Saketen
Address J: 東京都 練馬区 石神井台3-20-9
Address E: Tokyo, Nerima-ku, Shakujidai 3-20-9

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

EBISU: Cona Pizzeria with their friendly budget 500 yen pizzas... there is a secret to ordering the correct dough.

Cona just renovated and the new interior is kinda modern and cool.  Always great when you see mostly ladies in a restaurant... good indicator of how yum it is.

Our instant Otoshi appetizer... sweet potato paste and 2 crackers.

Lots of wine options for only 2,000 yen.

I noticed that there were pre-made pizza crust hidden beneath a white cloth...  I thought they tried to cut costs and no longer used fresh pizza dough.  First one is my all time favorite... half boiled egg and ham. 

Dont forget to add the spicy olive oil.

Yup chef still preparing the premade pizza dough...

A group of about 10 people must have ordered some kind of course menu.

Then I spot the chef bring out a container of fresh round pizza dough.  I asked why the 2 different ones... he said that the pre-made stuff is for customers ordering the all you can eat pizza course menu.

Our second Mexican pizza was so super chewy verses the pre-made that was a crispy.

Overall this is a great spot with counter seating all round so you get a view of the chef from almost every angle.  If in need of cheap pizza and drinks this is a great place to start off at.  Oh, it was formerly called VOCO.

Restaurant: Cona Ebisu Branch
Address J: 東京都渋谷区恵比寿1-6-1 グリーンハイツ高橋 1F
Address E: Tokyo, Shibuya-ku, Ebisu 1-6-1

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