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Dotonburi Sushi
I’ll be posting a lot of backlog from my last Osaka trip so this is just a heads up. I get a lot of messages from family and friends asking me what my favorite Osaka food finds are so I thought it’d be convenient to just post them all here for everyone to see.

Dotonburi Sushi
I have no idea what this restaurant is called but we found it when as we were walking around Dotonburi for brunch. It was a brightly lit take-out sushi and sashimi joint where all the fish is freshly packed and refrigerated, just like in the grocery aisles. What sets this place apart from a grocery is that there are stools and high tables on one side where diners who buy their fish can dine. The tables have soy sauce, tissue and chopsticks and the place sells drinks as well.

Dotonburi Sushi
It’s a pay at the counter kind of place. I can’t say it’s a restaurant cause it’s a lot more like a deli with rows and rows of pre-packed sushi and sashimi.

Dotonburi Sushi
There was even a booth where they were selling fresh and grilled oysters for ¥400 a piece.

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We had grilled oysters topped with soy sauce, butter and lemon.

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Then we looked through the different rows of fish and picked out the stuff we wanted to try. There was a wide array of sorts, from the affordable to premium.

Dotonburi Sushi

Dotonburi Sushi
I was happy to see fresh slabs of otoro in the mix. It’s the fattiest best part of any tuna and comes straight from the belly. It’s usually pricey but in this fine establishment, Otoro Sashimi was ¥1500 which at Php 550 is affordable.

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Of course, I ordered it. After paying, you can have it sliced by any of the chefs on-hand. If they’re not prepping stuff for customers, you’ll find them slicing and packing more fish and putting them in more take-out containers.

Dotonburi Sushi
Sake Nigiri and Rolls for ¥500 / Unagi Nigiri for ¥200 / Tamago for ¥100

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Look at the stripes on the salmon slabs, absolutely gorgeous. Tasted great and fresh as ever.

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The Otoro was served with hot, seafood miso soup with baby clams. It was the best sashmi I ever tasted. It melts in your mouth just like butter and it’s rich, creamy and just such a dream to eat. I savored every second I had it in my mouth. It’s best eaten with your eyes closed.

Dotonburi Sushi
We also saw that they were filleting a huge tuna by the time we were done eating. It’s some sort of tourist attraction there. There are guys gutting and cutting this huge fish and showing the different parts of meat inside.

Maybe you’ll all laugh at me when I say this was one of the best sushi/sashimi meals I had in my life. Never cared much for ambience and I find that the most unassuming places end up surprising you. What makes this place so special to me is how fresh everything is and the quality of the products and the prices all just don’t add up! It’s too good to be this cheap but I’m glad. Thank you Japan for going above and beyond my expectations every single meal.

St. Anselm was one of the places I wanted to try in New York. I read an article about it in the New York Times when I was in Manila and “affordable, good quality steak” kind of just stuck. It was the last meal I had in New York and I got to spend it with Roxy, Bobbie and her college friend, Patrick.

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Bobbie told me the place was pretty popular so we signed up for a two hour wait and sat at the bar next door to pass the time. The same guy who owns the bar and St. Anselm, owns Fette Sau as well, a backyard BBQ spot on Metropolitan Ave (which I’ll probably write about as well).

St Anselm

Since we were four, the plan was to get the Masami Ranch Axe Handle Rib Eye ($1.90 per ounce) and split some sides. The steak we got weighed about 55 oz so it was about $104.50 total. Really not bad at all.

St Anselm
Patrick and Bob, also a reference for how big the steak actually was. Do compare.

St Anselm

Apologies for the flash photography, I was going for a campy look. We wanted the meat medium rare and ordered it ahead cause they said it’d take pretty long to grill. It came out hot and with a generous dollop of herb garlic butter. Meat was tender and seasoned well and it really was quite good.

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So good in fact, that we wiped it out completely.

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Here’s a happy shot of Roxy, who told me she really wasn’t much of a steak person but she actually enjoyed this meal.

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We got two sides, first up was thePan-Fried Mashed Potatoes with Truffle Oil ($7) which actually was awesome despite the fact it didn’t taste like it was made with truffle oil at all. I could’ve sworn these were garlic mashed potatoes. Either way, I was happy.

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The waiter said Ramps ($5) were in season so we got that as our second side dish. Kind of reminded me of spring onions, they say these are wild onions or something. Found it a tad too salty so I wouldn’t order it again.

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Me, happy in New York (May 2013). I freaking miss sweater weather and just hanging out. 😦

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To cap the meal off, we had the Salted Caramel Pot de Creme. Pot de creme is actually french for custard which must’ve been really fattening so we all just shared. This was heaven in my mouth though, loved how the whipped cream, sea salt crystals and rich caramel custard all came together.

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A closer look at the perfect bite.

If I could teleport to Brooklyn, I’d definitely head back to St. Anselm. I’m actually curious about the el-cheapo option, the Butcher’s Steak with garlic butter ($16). That would’ve been something I’d order if I were there alone. The Salted Caramel pot de creme is worth a visit in itself. Man, I miss New York.

St. Anselm
355 Metropolitan Ave.,
Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY 11211
nr. Havemeyer St.
Subway Stop: Bedford Ave.