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RESTAURANT REVIEW

Beyond a place to dine, The Restaurant By Aman Tokyo is a destination

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Maneuvering through Tokyo’s financial district in the rampant rain, The Otemachi Tower glowed like a beacon as I fervently approached the 38-story high-rise — home to the first urban venue of the ultra-luxe Aman Resorts, Aman Tokyo. The five-star boutique hotel (a self-styled “urban retreat”) occupies the top six floors… Read

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A Mother's Day treat: Mini mocha Baked Alaskas

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Let's say you dream of wanting to make a very special dessert for mom on Mother's Day but don't really have the time or the expertise. Here's a cheating version of Baked Alaska. Sure it's antique — is there any other two-word phrase in English as capable of teleporting us in an instant to the dining room of a cruise ship in the 1950s? — but it's also delicious. We're talking about ice cream surrounded by cake, frosted with meringue and baked until golden. Back in… Read

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Cup Noodle gets fancy with rich abalone and oyster stew flavor

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Normally the meal of choice for hard-up college students, salarymen who’ve blown through their weekly food allowance, and late night boozers with poor impulse control, the original high-salt, low-cost instant noodle phenomenon Cup Noodle launched a new line of luxury flavors last year to appeal to—presumably—more discerning palates. We scoffed a… Read

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McDonald’s adds wasabi and teriyaki sauces to their Chicken McNuggets in Japan

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McDonald’s has been catering to the local market in Japan with a number of exclusive menu items over the years, with customers lining up for limited-edition delights like Full Moon Cheese Tsukimi Burgers and sakura cherry blossom-flavored McFlurries. Last year, McDonald’s even offered up an 18-karat gold nugget prize to… Read

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Japan’s love affair with pasta goes off the rails

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When one thinks of Japanese food, the first associations that come to mind likely involve glistening sushi, steaming bowls of ramen and sake. But pasta? In Japan, pasta shows up in the most unexpected places: from izakaya pubs, to the menus of French and Spanish restaurants, even on top of… Read

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Yuzu and pomegranate lamb chops

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Lamb is always a popular meat option once spring arrives. It doesn’t take particularly long to prepare and the light yuzu (a popular Japanese citrus) dressing really compliments the taste of the lamb meat. I’ve served it with oven roasted sweet potato, but it could also be served with rice… Read

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Asparagus toasts make elegant spring brunch

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Here's a special dish tailor-made for an elegant spring brunch. It requires slightly more than the usual amount of work, but it's so worth it. Most of the recipe's several components can be prepared ahead of time, then reheated and assembled at the last minute. The base is artisanal toast… Read

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PABLO’s mouthwatering matcha cheese tart back for limited time

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No one does cheesecakes quite like Osaka-based “fresh-baked cheese tart” chain PABLO. Part of what makes their cheesecakes so special is that they are baked to your desired level of firmness. PABLO founder Masamitsu Sakimoto wanted to produce a cheesecake that could be served with different textures, much like a… Read

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Toyama ramen restaurant earns Michelin Guide approval

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Tokyo’s ascension to among the world’s elite culinary destinations has occurred more or less concurrently with ramen winning respect from the international gourmand community. We can thank this happy coincidence for not one, but two Tokyo ramen restaurants now being able to boast stars from the prestigious Michelin dining guide.… Read

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All-you-can-drink whisky cocktails for Y100 at seafood restaurant with branches in Tokyo

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In our never-ending quest to maximize both the amount of alcohol we’ve consumed and the amount of money left in our wallets, we’ve discovered some great all-you-can-drink deals in Tokyo. 600 yen is about the cheapest we’ve found for a full 60 minutes, while the absolute rock-bottom plan we’ve seen… Read