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Tapas Molecular Bar – Tokyo, Japan

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Tapas Molecular Bar

(81)  33.270.8188
Mandarin Orintal Hotel
2-1-1 Nihonbashi-Muromachi

Tokyo 102-8328, Japan

www.mandarinoriental.com

Open Hours:
11:00 – 15:30     Lunch
18:00 – 00:00    Dinner

While highly-touted, we found Tokyo’s Tapas Molecular Bar more Vegas entertainment than Michelin Star-worthy.  Usually we would not review a restaurant that does not excite us, but here we do as it is so heavily marketed.

Chef Ngan Ping Chow, originally from Hong Kong, is rather entertaining, a very good performer with knowledge of different languages  and the main attraction.  He creates decent examples of current modernist techniques.  This is a good introduction for people not immersed in modernist cuisine, a.k.a. tourists.  Tapas Molecular bar is definitely not for gourmets, as the food is not breathtaking in flavor at all.

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On top of  the food quality, the service not to the Japanese high standards.  When you are paying $100’s for a meal, small gaff’s become more noticeable; like most high end restaurants with multiple course menus, TMB hands you a menu at the end of your meal,  the beauty and form in-line with the artistic expression of the restaurant.  Here, we received a simple printout that did not even reflect the meal  we had.

Ok – enough of that – now onto the meal (which admittedly photographs beautifully!)

Dinner commences with a small toolbox containing a small hammer, mini shovel, tweezers, saw and a tape measure  with the menu printed on it (which was pretty slick).  This is followed with a series of dishes.

 

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Santa Caterina Market – Barcelona, Spain

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Santa Caterina Market

(34) 93 – 319 5740
Avinguda de Francesc Cambó, 16
08003 Barcelona, Spain

www.mercatsantacaterina.com

Open Hours:
7:30 – 14:00    Monday
7:30 – 15:30    Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday
7:30 – 20:00   Thursday & Friday

Santa Caterina Market, is the oldest covered food market in Barcelona, it was built in1865 on the site of the Convent of Santa Caterina.

It was remodeled in 2005, by Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue, into a modern structure  with a mosaic tile  undulated roof.

We like the Santa Caterina Market as it is much less touristic then the Boqueria.  Here you actually see locals byung groceries – as supposed to the Boqueria’s packs of bus tourists!

The wares are pure Cataluña, with fresh seafood in all its forms dominating the scene. If you are lucky enough to have a kitchen in Barcelona, The Santa Caterina food market is a great place to stock up!

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Maimon Sushi – Kanazawa, Japan

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Maimon Sushi

(81)  076.225.8988
Hundred Avenue Mall Shimbo-cho 1-1a
1-1 Kinoshinbomachi,
Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture
920-0858, Japan

www.maimon-susi.com

Open Hours:
11:00 – 22:00    Daily
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You enter into the Chartered Bank building – either feeling at ease in a monolithic womb to cash or a sort of annoyance at how much extra money exists to build all this ugly marble 🙂  Then you go down, and down, and down past mirrors and columns and you feel yourself defending into the nether worlds where the real jewels are kept … Mott 32 is a true beauty.  With and extraordinary interior by Joice Wang (winner of the 2014 restaurant interior design award).

We sat at the bar and wandered around taking in the opulence.  Our bar tender  was skilled  and quite charming (we did come back for a 2nd cocktail and tried for the same young man).  Unfortuneatly the rest of the staff bordered on rude, to the extent that they would follow us to the restroom and trying to prevent one on looking around and actually enjoying the space.  It did not make any sense as the restaurant  is so beautiful; and a main reason why anyone was there.

The food menu for us was a bit too traditional with their signature peking duck and mountains of pork (a smell permitted the dining area); therefore, we concentrated on the liquid menu 🙂

Mott’s 32 cocktail menu is fantastic.  As we find in most cities we visit,  the menues seem to be born out of  NY, LA or London.  The menu here was created by an American, who used Asian twists. The flavours are truly local, extensively creative and with a perfect balance.   My Old Fashioned was quite new fashioned, and infinitely drinkable!

 

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Above Photos © Joice Wang
  1. Hanami cocktail is made with Buffalo Trace Whiskey, Tanqueray Gin, Umeshu, Yuzu, Shisho, Ginger Beer and Chrysanthemum.
  2. Plum wine poached Australian pear, candied ginger, cinnamon and Osmanthus flower.
  3. Soy Sauce Ice Cream
  4. Rose Garden – Rose, Rhubarb, Roselle and Ginger.
  5. Passion Cooler is a refreshing alternative for dinner, shaken with Shiso leaf, coconut water, coriander seed and passion fruit.
  6. The On Leong Tea Cocktail is mixed with Denizen Rum, Osmanthus & Oolong Tea, Passion Fruit and Guava
  7. Mott 32’s Milk Tram – a delicate shaken cocktail of Belvedere Vodka, Vanilla Syrup, Almond Milk, Matcha Tea and Cinnamon
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Mott 32 Bar and Restaurant

(852)  2.885.8688
Standard Chartered Bank Building, 4-4A Des Voeux Rd Central, Hong Kong
www.mott32.com
Open Hours:
12:00 – 15pm    Daily
18:00 – 23pm    Daily
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Aoyama Kawakami-an – Tokyo, Japan

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(Large shrimp tempura bowl and bite buckwheat)

Aoyama Kawakami-an

(81)  35.411.7171
3 Chome-14-1 Minamiaoyama, Minato,
Tokyo 107-0062, Japan

www.kawakamian.com

Open Hours:
11:00 – 04:30    Monday – Saturdays
11:00 – 17:00    Sundays

We walked by this Soba restaurant on afternoon – and remarked that it looked like quite a nice spot; and though we were hungry, we continued on to our original destination.  The walnut soba stuck in our minds and, fast forwarding a few days later, we wound up being brought to the very same restaurant by a local friend!

She explained that the Kabocha Tempurasoba (pumpkin) and  Iro Soba (walnut) were a specialty of Aoyama Kawakami−an, and it was quite famous for them!

We had quite a lovely lunch – and highly recommend this Soba-Ya for all who are wandering through the Aoyama district.

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