Minimashima is the first Japanese restaurant in Australia that I’ve walked into and been instantly transported back to Japan. That feeling lasted from the moment I walked through the door until we’d finished dinner and were back on the street. The entire meal was exceptional – and authentic. Supremely fresh, quality seafood – much of […]

Wine and Confit Ikariya Shokudou

It’s  that time of year when Kyoto-ites make the most of the summer heat by eating in the open air, over the ‘cool’ river. The many, many restaurants that line the western edge of the Kamogawa (Kamo river) construct platforms (yuka) that extend from their restaurants out over the flowing water with an uninterrupted view […]


About a year and a half ago I was honoured assist the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Tokyo Convention and Visitors Bureau in promoting Tokyo Travel and Food to media and travel folk.  Proceedings lasted about a week  and  concluded with a “stage performance” at Darling Harbour during Japan Expo. I had to ask whether I […]

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