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Meat in Tokyo

The Land of the Rising Sun has always been a fascinating place to visit. Disconnected from Continental Asia, and the rest of the world, island life in such a technologically advanced nation was surely to be an interesting experience to say the least. 

Tokyo, being the largest city in world, yet is spotless. Everything is extremely well maintained and serves a purpose. Since space is limited on the islands of Japan and more specifically in Tokyo, building vertically helps to fit in more, in less.

Tokyo is one of those holy grails for food lovers, but not all the great eateries can be seen just on street level, they have to be found. They have to be discovered. Some places are on random floors or rooftops or basements in random buildings, in varying areas of the city. That is why it is a never ending treasure chest. 

The culture in Japan respects all trades, crafts, and art, this includes food. From the freshness of the ingredients to the extreme dedication of chefs perfecting their trade, the quality here is second to none.  

One may assume our trip to Tokyo to have been filled with only eating sushi or some sort of pescatarian diet. Don’t get me wrong there was a lot of that and the best and freshest you will ever have, but there was a lot of other exceptional food too. 

That brings me to experiencing one of the most delicious meat meals ever! Don’t forget Japan is also known for its beef. And if you’re tired of eating just the “plain old” sushi and want some meat, then you HAVE to eat at Ushinokura.

The meat is so fresh and you get a variety of cuts. They are all so delicious and are like butter, just every morsel melts in your mouth. The fun part is you put the meat on the grill yourself. You just can’t go wrong with it whether you like it rare or well done. All you need, if any, is a pinch of salt and the flavor is amplified. Mouth-watering meat lover heaven. Enough for a vegetarian to cheat.Have a few beers and get some frozen saki to go throughout your meal.


Address: Japan, 〒107-0052 Tōkyō-to, Minato-ku, Akasaka, 7 Chome−9, 赤坂7丁目9−1

Tel: +81 3-5573-9062

Hours: 5PM to 3AM

Best,

TookTook Team

Foodie hot spots in Karachi

Karachi is one of the largest cities in the world. It’s got that hustle bustle of a port city, the clout of a financial hub, and the convergence of diversity from all corners of the country.  The city is a crowded, hectic, noisy, an unapologetic metropolis.

But there is beauty in its chaos. The energy of Karachi and its people is just something else. This energy and passion is ever present in the city’s food culture.  

There are so many great places to eat in Karachi, both local and non-local cuisine.  Whether it’s your first time to Karachi or you’re a frequent visitor to the city make sure you check out these places offering local flavors as you will be wanting to go back for more.

Kolachi by the sea / Kolachi at Ocean Tower.

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Kolachi is a great place to come with friends and family. In groups of all sizes. Ever since it opened in 2012, the service and food have been getting rave reviews from local and visitors alike.

Recommended: Chicken Malai (cream) Boti, the Hunzai Kebab, Peshawari Karahi and Barbecued Prawns accompanied with some Cheese Naans.

Address: Ocean Towers,, Khayaban-e-Iqbal, Karachi, Pakistan

Phone:+9221111111001

Hours:  7PM–1AM

BBQ Tonight

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BBQ tonight is a cornerstone to Karachi’s restaurant scene for almost three decades. It has grown from being a roadside reataurant into a 4 story with a rooftop terrace restaurant and  expanded its brand across Asia. A true symbol and brand ambassador of Paksitani food, specially barbecue.

Recommend: Lamb ribs, Seekh Kebabs, Lamb chops, and Afghani Tikka. Get an assortment of breads.

Address: Com. 5/1, Boating Basin,Block-5، Clifton، Karachi, Pakistan

Phone:+9221111227111

Hours: 12PM–2AM

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Tandoor Hut has variety on it’s menu, but the only thing to get from here is its Butter Chicken that is cooked in a clay pot with saffron. Absolutely delicious, but extremely heavy and watch out for the calorie intake. It is open all the time.

Recommended: Chicken Makhni (Butter). This is cooked in it’s own handi (clay pot). Get some garlic naans to eat it with. 

Address: Shop # A-1,2 Boat View Apartment, Boat Basin, Cilfton., Karachi 75600, Pakistan

Phone: +922135862962

Hours: Open 24 hours

Roadside Cafe

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Roadside Cafe has a relaxed feel to it. Love that they celebrate national and global icons through their murals. They have a simple menu of sandwiches, rolls, bun kebabs, and refreshments.

Recommended:  Try the Dhaaga (string) Bun Kebab and Paratha (Pakistani version of flatbread) rolls.

Address: F15, Clifton block 5, behind boat basin
Karachi, Pakistan

Phone: +922135869778

Hours: 4PM–1AM

Hot ‘N Spicy

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Hot ‘N Spicy has a pretty extensive menu. However, their kebab rolls (wraps) are special. You can eat outside, inside or even order these to your car.

Recommended: Chicken Malai roll or the Reshmi Roll. Get some Garlic mayo on the side.

Address: Eid Gah Khadda, Karachi, Pakistan

Phone:+92 1112 23334

Hours: 12PM–12AM

Please note this is just first of many posts we will have for Karachi as there are so many amazing restaurants that we have left to cover. For now at least you have an initial list of places for your first or next trip to Karachi, Pakistan. Enjoy!

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Hello & Dubai

We would like to give a special thanks to our awesome local Go Tan for sharing a part of his Dubai with us!!!

We have noticed a lot of you are opting for a warmer climate for this New Year’s Eve celebrations. One such place on the list and very accessible, especially for those people coming from Europe and East Asia, is Dubai.

So we have put together a short list of places that you might want to check out during your stay at this major transport hub, right after 2015 kicks off.

Dubai is one of those cities that offers everything under the sun. You name it, Dubai’s got it! Restaurants, shops, brands, hotel chains, they are all there.

Although, you should have your NYE plans already figured out, if you’re sticking around for a while you might want to spend some time at these places.

Zuma Gate village 06, DIFChttp://www.zumarestaurant.com | +97144255660

Japanese restaurant and lounge.

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Le Petite Maison | Gate No, 8, DIFC, 312th Road | http://www.lpmdubai.ae | +97144390505

French & Mediterranean cuisine.

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Jetty Lounge One&Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh Road | http://royalmirage.oneandonlyresorts.com | +97143999999

A great place to come relax. It’s more of a beach side bar that offers some light snacks along with the loungy tunes to fit ambience.

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Bu Qtair 4 D Street

For the street food lover. This place cooks up some really good fresh deep fried fish and shrimps.

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Castello | Behind Jumeirah Plaza, Jumeirah Beach Road | http://www.castellodubai.com | +971043422280

A laid back place where you can find all the basic comforts and hang out. Come here for the shisha and local food.

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360° | Jumeirah Beach Hotelhttps://www.jumeirah.com/360 | +97143665866

A lounge dining experience that offer unparalleled and uninterrupted views of the sea all around. Serves up some late brunches on Thursday’s and Friday’s.  360 turns into a late night party place as well.

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Okku 1st Floor, The H Hotel, One Sheikh Zayed Roadhttp://www.okku.com | +97145018777

A multi-award winning Japanese restaurant and lounge.

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Blue Marlin Ibiza, UAE | Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotels and Resort http://www.bluemarlinibiza-uae.com | +971561133400

Enjoy lazy brunches and lunches during the day or come here for a dinner that turns into an awesome party by the bay at night. The menu here is a fusion Meditarrentean cuisine with a hint of the East. Located 20 mins from Dubai, at the border of Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

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Gaucho | Podium Level, Gate Village 05, DIFChttp://www.gauchorestaurants.co.uk/dubai | +97144227898

Argentinian steaks.

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Al Mallah 2nd of December Street | +97143984723

Another spot to come for local street food. Come here for the shawarmas and falafel.

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Hungry in Hong Kong

We would like to give a special thanks to our awesome local Suchita for sharing her Hong Kong with us.

 

Nobu

Nobu located at the InterContinental in Hong Kong serves up all its wonderful signature dishes, along with creations such as the Hirame XO Salsa and Oven Baked Black Cod cooked in a lotus leaf topped with dried miso and yuzu, made from locally sourced ingredients.

You get a lovely view of the harbor from the dining room. The restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner. It is pricey, but just check out the food erotica below.

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Address: 18 Salisbury Road

 

Kyoto Joe

You get some of the freshest sushi, sashimi and rolls at  this Japanese joint.  A blend of traditional Japanese with a modern twist.

Recommend you to try the Kyoto Salad, Chopped Salmon on Rice Cracker, Kobe Gyu Sushi Roll and Spicy Ramen.

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Address: 2/F, 1 Lan Kwai Fong, Central

 

Cafe Iguana 

In the midst of all the Asian cuisine around town, this Mexican place can be the treat you need. Nothing like getting a cold beer  or margarita and eating some nachos, quesadillas and fajitas. Guilty pleasures.

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Address: Elements, Austin Rd W, Tsim Sha Tsui

 

Beirut Bar & Restaurant

This place serves up authentic Lebanese cuisine in Hong Kong with a cosy atmosphere. There is downstairs seating by the open doors and upstairs seating in the dining/lounge area with comfy sofas. Don’t forget to try the hummus.

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Address: Hong Kong
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1968

This is an Indonesian restaurant.  Although they have changed locations to a more central area, they still maintain the same true authenticity to their cuisine. If you like satays and currys, this place is a must.

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Address: 5/F L Place, 139 Queen’s Road, Central

 

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Singapore your heart out.

We would like to give a special thanks to our awesome local Alia S. Dada for sharing her Singapore with us.

 

Our awesome local  has suggested some great spots to eat in Singapore. Whether you are looking for a breakfast/brunch option to start your day or you are have cravings for the sweet and savory, we’ve got it right here.

Long Beach

Once you are this spot. There is one thing that is a must try and you better not miss out on it. The local chilli crabs. In addition, this place has a long list of speciality seafood options ranging from Razor Clams, and the Tiger Sea Mantis to the Robin Triton Clam and more.

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Address: Click to see 2 locations

Mozza at Marina Bay Sands

Here you will get two options. The Osteria Mozza or Pizzeria Mozza.

You really can’t go wrong. It does depend on your mood though. Either you get some pizza or you’re ready for some serious sit down Italian.  After all, this has been famous Chef Mario Batali’s first dive into the Singapore food scene as he teams up  with Chef Nancy Silverton and Chef Joe Bastianich.

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Address: 2 Bayfront Avenue, #B1-42/46 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018972

 

Lucha Loco

With a wonderful vibe, this Mexican taqueria and garden bar could be hitting the right spot. It’s got the food and the cocktails to make sure you have the best possible time.  Remember you cannot make reservations unless you’re a really big group (8 or more).

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Address: 15 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089598

Red House Seafood Restaurant

Straight up local Singaporean food. This is where you come for the authentic cuisine. Another place to try the chilli crab yet again. While you’re at it get some crispy chicken and fried squid.

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Address: 60 Robertson Quay, #01-14 THE QUAYSIDE, Singapore 238252

Toby’s Estate

This is a great place to chill and grab a bite with your coffee. This cafe has some outside seating and real friendly service. The ambience is easy-going. Come here for breakfast or brunch, sit back, relax and enjoy.

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Address: 8 Rodyk Street, Singapore 238216

Swirls Bake Shop

Now if you have a sweet tooth and love cupcakes, look no further. Swirls Bakes Shop to the rescue.  With 101 flavors on hand and a few different sizes to choose from you’re bound to find how much and what you want to indulge. Check out their daily offerings before you go so that you never stop experimenting.

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Address: 8 Rodyk Street, Unit 01-08, (Off Robertson Quay), Singapore 238216

 

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Straight from the Colombo-ite.

We would like to give special thanks to our awesome local Janisha Biyanwila.

 

Dutch Hospital of Colombo 

The Old Colombo Dutch hospital built in the 17th century dates back to the Dutch colonial era of Sri Lanka. Recently renovated, this heritage building is home to shopping stores, bars, cafes and restaurants, including one of Colombo’s best restaurants ‘Ministry of Crabs’.  With its cobblestone courtyards this outdoor entertainment area has a distinct European flair.  The laid back atmosphere and live bands attract locals and foreigners alike to relax in the evening breeze in the courtyard whilst enjoying tapas and a good cocktail from the multiple restaurant options.  Need a break from people watching, just browse into any of the numerous stores carrying clothes, authentic handicrafts to world renowned Sri Lankan gems.  Also, one can stop by Spa Ceylon for a truly relaxing evening.

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Address: Hospital street, colombo

 

Nuga Gama

Nuga gama, or nuga village is a restaurant designed to provide its customers with a unique rural Sri Lankan village experience.  The tables set over sand under a centuries old banyan tree gives the ambiance of a quaint rural village.  It is one of the few places to enjoy authentic Sri Lankan cuisine in Colombo.  From clay curry pots to coconut shell serving spoons, this buffet dining is a truly unique experience that shouldn’t be missed.  Reservations needed.

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Address: Cinnamon Grand Hotel

Seafood Cove

Designed with romance in mind, this outdoor seafood restaurant has just the right ambiance for a magical getaway.  With tables set right in the beach underneath a cadjan-thatched gazebo, illuminated by hurricane lamps, this would be a night not to be forgotten. You can select from an array of fresh seafood and have your choice of sauces cooked exactly to your preference.  The cool breeze under a starry night with sounds of the Indian Ocean lapping at your feet will have your hearts melting as you dive into the rich local seafood cuisine.

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Address: Mount Lavinia Hotel

Flow by O, Silk, Sugar 41

41, 1/2 Maitland Crescent has evolved into a one stop shop for a night out in Colombo.  The pool complex of the Colombo Gymkhana Club has opened it’s doors to house a bar, rooftop lounge and a night club.  ‘Flow by O’ is the bar on the first floor, with a swimming pool.  It offers beers and cocktails at one of Colombo’s best prices making it a top choice for happy hour and pre-drinking. You have a choice of being seated indoors or outdoors by the pool. Appetizers and food is also provided to line those stomaches before a fun night out in town/the building.  Sugar 41 is the rooftop lounge on the 3rd floor. With sophisticated decor, beautiful plumeria trees and sweeping views of the gymkhana cricket grounds, this wine and tapas lounge provides the perfect setting for a relaxed night of drinking. It also has an indoor area that on occasion has live bands performing. ‘Silk’ is the nightclub on the 2nd floor that one can go to dance the night away. It has a good crowd with an option for table service.

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Address: 41, 1/2 Maitland Crescent

 

Sky Lounge

Sky lounge is by far the best location to view the Colombo sunset. From views of the Colombo skyline to the galle face green and the Indian Ocean beyond, this venue is a feast for the eyes. Enjoy a cocktail at happy hour; which perfectly coincides with sunset, while snacking on some delicious deviled chicken and fries (a Sri Lankan appetizer staple). The prices are a bit steep for Colombo, but who can complain with that view staring back at you.

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Address: Kingsbury Hotel Rooftop

Hotel de Pilawoos 

While Pilawoos is anything but a hotel, this iconic roadside restaurant is the best place to get authentic Sri Lankan Kottu Roti (A scrumptious dish indigenous to Sri Lanka, made out of roti, egg, vegetables and/or meat and spices all chopped finely together served with a side of spicy curry sauce).  From cheese kottu to chocolate roti, the options are endless and equally delicious.  Our personal favorite, the pilawoos special (not on the menu) includes kottu roti with roast chicken drizzled with curry sauce.   Pilawoos is the late night street attraction where all of Colombo night owls converge to grab a bite. Disclosure: order from and to the car.  The restaurant is no gourmet experience to say the least. Regardless, this is a venue that has stood the test of time and holds a special place in every Colombo-ites heart.

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Address: No 161, Galle Road, Colombo 4

 

 

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To Amman we go!

We would like to give special thanks to our awesome locals Aya and Hammad  for sharing their Amman with us.

 

 

O Six Gastro Lounge

A bar on the roof of the Canyon Boutique Hotel. It has an outdoor open area and a favorite for the locals. Reminder: must be at least 21 to get in which is a good thing. The views are awesome, with good food and good drinks. It’s definitely one the coolest place to hangout in Jordan.

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AddressAdeeb Wahbeh Street, P.O.Box: 144590, Amman 11814, Jordan

 

Vinaigrette

Located in the Amman Shmeisani Al Qasr Metropole Hotel Jordan. It has some good sushi and is another rooftop place. Also offer other things on the menu apart from sushi, which are good.

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Address: Al Qasr Metropole Hotel, P O Box 926192, Amman 11110, Jordan

 

Cantaloupe

This is a gastro pub. A third rooftop place on the list. This place is très fun! 

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Address: P.O.Box 141048, Amman, Jordan 

 

Fakhr ElDin

This a classic lebanese restaurant. A favourite among the elite for friday lunch with the entire family. Great meshawi (bbq) and serves shisha as well.

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AddressJabal Amman, 2nd Circle

Al-Huwara

A lesser known, yet excellent arabic restaurant. It also serves sheesha also. 

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Address: King Abdullah II St. – Medical City Street

 

Milano 

Located in Amman Shmeisani Jordan has some great italian food. It’s an old favourite of the locals. If you want some pizza for take away this the place pick it up from.

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Address: Ilya Abu Madhi St., Ilya Abu Madhi and Abdulhameed Shoman – Near Babiche Bulding # 8

Reem Shawarma

This is now a chain. It started as a hole in the wall shawarma stand, yet it is considered to be famous for being the best around.  A must visit.

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Address: 2nd Circle, Near Delice Ice Cream – Jabal Amman

Centro Brasserie

Here you can find a variety of foods, but can be a bit hit or miss. You get some good burgers here. Ideal for a family lunch time meal.

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Address: Saed Jumaa St., Near Jordan Hospital, Jabal Amman- 4th Circle

 

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Street Food in the Land of Bollywood- Mumbai

A big shoutout to our local @ChanakyaShah.
Many thanks for sharing a part of your Mumbai with us.


Mumbai, arguably the center of the world for movies, offers so much to so many. From festivals, to musical, cultural and theatrical events, in Mumbai there is always something going on in this alpha city. It offers great food from all parts of the world, but today is all about the streets.

You really have not experienced Mumbai if you have not gone ‘street’.

Here are a few places locals go to on the trot. Check ‘em out when you’re in the neighborhood.

 

Ayub’s

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Known for: Bbq
Info: Both Meat and Vegetarian choices
Address: 43, Dr VB Gandhi Marg, Fort

 

 

Dattguru Vada Pav

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Known for: Vada Pav
Info: Vegetarian only
Address: Bhivpuri, Karjat-Matheran Highway, Matheran

 

 

Achija’s Pav Bhaji

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Known for: Pav Baji
Info: Vegetarian only
Address: 13, Vasant Nivas, Tilak Road Naka, Ghatkopar East

 

 

Bademiya’s

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Known for: Chicken tikka
Info: North Indian Cuisine, Meat and Vegetarian choices
Address: Tulloch Road, Apollo Bunder, Colaba

 

 

Anand Stall

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Known for: Dosas and Vada Pav
Info: Multiple stalls and many varieties of dosas
Address: Mithibai College, Vile Parle

 

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