The Five Star Vagabond

Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.

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Tokyo fabulous food 2015

The Cellar Grill Omotesando

Tokyo fabulous food 2015

Tokyo fabulous food 2015

 Tokyo fabulous food 2015 was my 4th visit to this wonderful city. This time I was travelling with my friend Hamish from Pattaya who is also a lover of fine food & wine.

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The baked avocado was fabulous.

The Cellar Grill Tokyo fabulous food

Tokyo fabulous food 2015

The food and atmosphere here is fabulous, I started with the chicken liver pate followed by baked avocado & BBQ sausages, Hamish went for the oysters followed by a rare steak, everything was perfect.

Our friendly waiter at the Cellar Grill

Tokyo fabulous food 2015

One of the happy workers at Cellar Grill.

Video at The Cellar Grill

The Cellar great restaurant in Tokyo

Piss Alley Shinjuku

Tokyo fabulous food 2015

 Piss Alley Tokyo very quaint Street in Shinjuku which really has a distinctive personality. Known also as Memory Lane however I think Piss Alley has a far better sound to it. 🙂

Piss Alley Tokyo was named many years ago, when it was a shady destination for criminals to get drunk together. The place wasn’t very built up back in those days, so instead of using a toilet, people just relieved themselves wherever they could.

Two Americans in Piss Alley

Tokyo fabulous food 2015

The restaurants here are tiny and some of them will actually turn you away because they are waiting for their regular customers to arrive.

If you want an excellent hotel 200 meters from Shibuya station & close to our “no name” restaurant, the Granbell is highly recommended. Use this link for a great rate.

 Piss Alley restaurant

Tokyo fabulous food 2015

These are so many fascinating little restaurants here.

 Bright lights of Memory Lane

Tokyo fabulous food 2015

The collection of small Shinjuku bars evocatively called Piss Alley (‘Shonben Yokocho’) — or Memory Lane (‘Omoide Yokocho’), as the authorities would rather you call it — is a sliver of post-war Japanese culture a few minutes walk from Shinjuku station. The cramped alley of restaurant and bar stalls offers a ‘nostalgic’ experience, which means something like visiting a decrepit shanty-town.

Hamish Elton at Piss Alley

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Hamish loved his first visit to Tokyo.

Hagaya at Shibuya Tokyo fabulous food

Tokyo fabulous food 2015

I found this gem on my first night in Shibuya, fantastic Wagyu & chicken skewers. I went back a 2nd time and had the same food again all washed down with ice cold Asahi super dry beer.

Happy chef at Hagaya

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Only 100 meters from the Shibuya crossing, address: 2-6-3 Dogenzaka Shibuya-ku Tokyo

Tel:03-5458-6118

Sushizanmai Tokyo fabulous food

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Open 24 hours a day adjacent to the Tsujiki fish market is my favourite restaurant in Tokyo. It is an experience to enjoy and remember. If you want a quiet romantic setting cross this place off your list. It is a happy frenetic chaotic dining experience, and the food is wonderful.  There is always a queue waiting to get in, make sure you sit at the sushi counter on the ground floor.

Best to sit at the counter

Tokyo fabulous food 2015

The restaurant is open 24/7.

One of the happy chefs

Tsujiki wholesale Fish market Tokyo

This is the best sushi in the world.

Giant tuna fetches more than US$600,000 at Tokyo auction

Two of the happy customers

Tokyo fabulous food 2015

My friend Hamish was really enjoying his first trip to Tokyo, he was blown away by the quality and price at Sushizanmai.

Too much sashimi is never enough

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station

Tokyo fabulous food 2015

Simply magnificent.

Sushzanmai has the best quality sushi in the world at a reasonable price.

Tokyo fabulous food 2015

So many choices and such little time. 🙂


I’ll be back next year. 🙂

Tokyo fabulous food 2015

Bluefin Tuna Sells for $117,000 at Tokyo Auction

I have stayed in two excellent budget hotels very close to Sushizanmai, use these links to book and get a very good rate. Hotel Tokyu-Stay and Hotel Ban.

Check out this video to experience the atmosphere.

Fantastic chaotic Sushi restaurant in Tokyo.

Shabusen at the Ginza

Tokyo fabulous food 2015

Wagyu beef at Shabusen at the Ginza, a terrific restaurant for Shabu Shabu, go at lunch time for special prices.

Shabu Shabu at Shabusen

Tokyo fabulous food 2015

Slicing the beautiful Wagyu beef.

David Herd & Hamish Elton at Shabusen

Tokyo fabulous food 2015

There are two branches, the one in the basement is a far better layout. Located at the Ginza Core department store in basement level 2 (B2) TripAdvisor rating #139 of 5,353 Restaurants in Chuo

Shabusen restaurant at the Ginza in Tokyo

CAFE de METRO at Omotosando Station.

Tokyo fabulous food 2015

Now this is another hidden gem located in Omotosando station. A great place for light snacks including very good pasta, plus cakes and croissants.

CAFE de METRO

Tokyo fabulous food 2015

My friends and I always meet at this great cafe every time I visit Tokyo.

Thanks for visiting my October 2015 post.

Tokyo fabulous food 2015

 Tokyo is the best city in the world for food, more Michelin star restaurants than Paris & New York combined, as well as the many “hole in the wall” gems. I have just completed my 4th trip and intend to visit again every year.

I’m now heading off to Osaka for my first visit. I’m looking forward to visiting Nara and the Todai-ji temple.

         

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That’s all folks

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Author: David Herd

My history, particularly over the last 30 years is dominated by overseas travel. I sold my home in Australia October 20th 2011 and have have been living in Thailand since then. I don’t know where the time has gone? It seems like you go to sleep one night, wake up the next morning, and 20 years have flashed by. Not sure how many years I have left, however I have enjoyed a wonderful charmed life, and if it all ended today I would leave this world with no regrets. I was born in Sydney halfway through the last century, started my travels in the 60s with the usual U.K. Europe adventure at the age of 20, back to Australia and worked in Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide in Sales & Marketing with multinational companies including Sanyo, Canon & Remington. Engaged to be married 3 times and never quite made it to the alter, finally realized by the mid 90s I was not cut out for "long term relationships" so I moved to the Gold Coast in Queensland in January 1987, worked for a couple of banks as a Financial Planner, I took a year off work in 1998 to travel and never went back to full time work again, after 25 fun filled years on the Coast I packed up and moved to Thailand. What is the purpose of this blog? Well I really want to use it to record my travel experiences & to display my photographs, give and receive travel tips, comment on places I visit, restaurants I eat in and use it to replace the autobiography I intended to write, apart from all that it helps me fill in my day. :) I moved to Thailand mainly because I wanted to keep travelling while my health allowed me to, there are huge advantages being closer to all the places I want to visit. Cost of living in Thailand is around 35% of the cost in Australia, plus flights are 50% cheaper because you are much closer to everywhere. ???? Consequently I am able to travel to many more places compared to living in Australia. Having said all that, it is & has always been my intention to return to Australia when my travelling is finished, I predict this will happen around 2021.

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