3. Shingetsu vegetarian restaurant @ Tenryū-ji – reservation is mustand walk-ins will receive a firm “NO”!
Note: if you forget to make a reservation for Shingetsu you can go to any of the tofu restaurants on the main street leading to the train station
5. Lunch at Tenryū-ji or any of the other restaurants on the way to the train station
We know eventually one gets “templed-out” in Kyoto; so we recommend to head to Tenryū-ji earlier in your stay. It has many subtle and beautiful elements that may suffer in appreciation after such over the top builds such as the Golden Temple at Kinkaku-ji or the sheer scale of Kyomizu Dera!
When in Barcelona, consider a visit to the informal restaurant of Michelin stared chef Nandu Jubany . You can learn more about Jubany as he is a member of the “Science & Cooking” talks at Harvard University.
The restaurant itself is of modern design, with clean lines and a general air of significance. A combination of formality and professionalism abound.
Our amuse bouche was a calamari salad and potato pillows. They were quite elaborate via the effect of double frying at different temperatures.
Of course, we had the Catalan staples of cocas con tomate (bread with tomato), and escalibada, (grilled vegetables) with anchovies and romesco sauce. (Though we would probably order a bowl of the Romesco if possible!)
The grilled octopus with mashed potatoes and cayenne were good, but what we liked best was the esqueixada bacalla (fresh flaked salty cod) with tomato. It was very fresh and tender (and didn’t give me my Octopus guilt trip).
The Truita de botifarra (open omelette) with morels, goat cheese and tomato bread sounded better on the menu, as the eggs were too dry and the effect was lost.
Overall, it was quite a nice meal and we were happy and satisfied!
amuse bouche; potatoe pillows
esqueixada bacalla (Fresh flaked salty cod with tomatoe)
escalibada (grilled vegetables with anchovies and romesco sauce)
grilled octopus with mashed potatoes and cayenne
Truita de botifarra – Open omelette with morrells, goat cheese and tomato bread
Bomb Xocolate (chocolate and olive oil ice cream) a bit heavy
Shinjuku Gyoen is a calm oasis in Tokyo’s bustling in Shinjuku. Definitely worth a visit as it was originally an imperial garden for Lord Naito -, a “daimyo”(feudal lord). Strolling through, you can experience the lovely landscaping that translates the earths peace into your body. A rare occurrence without traveling far outside of major cities! Cherry blossoms and rhododendrons in spring and chrysanthemums abound in summer.
Shinjuku Gyoen is considered to be one of the most important gardens from the Meiji era. It shows the expansion of knowledge and culture as it divides into three main areas: a French formal garden, an English landscape garden and a Japanese Traditional Garden.