Secrets of Tokyo: The East.

secrets of tokyo magazine cover.

I was at the magazine stand while passing through Tokyo, and saw this one with the cover of “Secrets of Tokyo” and started to flip through it. There was a feature on the Tokyo Sky Tree, which will become the world’s tallest broadcasting tower, and is already the tallest structure in Japan (in earthquake country no less). It is located in east Tokyo, which has gained much more attention with the building of Tokyo Sky Tree.

I walked through parts of east Tokyo just recently, and surprisingly enough the crowds of Shinjuku or Shibuya just weren’t there. It was just much more quaint, more local, more like any normal neighborhood where people knew each other. That’s just the feeling I got. I was actually searching for this cafe in Higashi-Mukojima called KOGUMA (which means cub), which was remodeled from an old drugstore from 1927. Inside you can eat, read from the cafe’s library of Japanese and some English books and just enjoy an afternoon in a quaint little street – if you can find it! A photo of my meal is below.

lunch in mukoujima, tokyo.

secrets of tokyo magazine story.

In about a week, I will attempt to find more of these hidden “secrets” in Tokyo and will report back. stay tuned.

Lunch at Icebergs, Bondi Beach, Australia.

view from icebergs restaurant, bondi beach.

A friend recommended me to try out Icebergs at Bondi Beach, which overlooks one of the world’s most famous beaches. I had booked well in advance with a special request for window seating (window seating is not guaranteed), and was able to get one on arrival. Then again, my reservation was exactly at opening time for lunch.

So after sitting down, the first thing that I saw was the view. It was a beautiful day, and the surfers are out on the beach enjoying the sunshine.

view from icebergs restaurant, bondi beach.

Then came the food – the real reason I was here. So here are some of the dishes that were served.

I started out with the Sweet Corn, Baccalá Soup, “Pangrattato”, which is sweet corn, baccala (salted cod), chicken stock, cream and pangrattato (which is crispy bread crumbs with oregano). This was a great start to my meal. I’ve never had corn soup with fish, so this was definitely a new adventure for me.

sweet corn, baccalá soup, at icebergs bondi beach.

Then came the coral trout risotto, which was just as awesome. I got the appetizer version on recommendation, as the main version would have been too much to handle. This was perfect.

coral trout risotto, at icebergs bondi beach.

The Chicken Paillard was the special of the day, which is a corn-fed chicken thigh fillet, char-grilled with baby cress, horseradish, eshallots, fresh chili and lemon. For something that looked as simple as this the chicken was especially tender and was simply amazing.

chicken paillard, at icebergs bondi beach.

To complment the food, I ordered a pea salad with basil and feta cheese. Yum.

pea salad with feta, at icebergs bondi beach.

Of course, the meal would not be complete without dessert. The classic “Sgroppino” for two, which is lemon sorbet blended with Prosecco, was the choice of the day. All of this was done in three-and-a-half hours time. There was no one there to rush you, so a great dining experience indeed.

classic sgorppino for two, at icebergs bondi beach.

Okay, this was a random shot on the way back into the city that evening, from the top of the stairs at Potts Point. Just thought I had to share.

potts points stairs to woolloomooloo and sydney city.

Icebergs Dining Room and Bar
Open Tuesdays through Saturdays 12 noon – 12 midnight
Sundays from 12 noon – 10pm

Nobu Moscow.

Inside Nobu Moscow.

After opening more than 20 restaurants in New York, London, Tokyo, Miami, Honolulu, Hong Kong and more, chef Nobu Matsuhisa and his partners including actor Robert De Niro expanded their geographical reach with the opening of Nobu Moscow. Located in historic central Moscow, the restaurant features decor that includes mother-of-pearl accents, sea urchin-inspired chandeliers and curvilinear walnut walls that resembles an ocean wave. The restaurant can house 189 guests, spread over a main dining hall and sushi bar, lounge bar and two individual bars.

Inside Nobu Moscow.

Inside Nobu Moscow.