Thursday, August 30, 2018

Yufuin's Best Grilled Eel at Yufumabushi Shin Ekimae

Home of Yufuin's best Hitsumabushi - Nagoya's famous grilled eel, CS made sure we arrive early for dinner because (1) its one of the best restaurants in Yufuin, and (2) lines tend to get long and we didn't want to wait out in the freezing cold. We visited the Yufuin, a quaint town in Oita, Japan, last February where temperature can go as low as -1 degree at night time.

Yufumabushi Shin Ekimae has 2 locations in Yufuin - one near the train station (the branch that we visited) and the other by the lake. A staff greeted the minute we entered the full house restaurant where we were ushered to a vacant table sharing with another couple. The menu offered is in multiple languages with corresponding photos for easy reference.

On the table

The staff patiently explained which sauce to use per dish as no English translation was indicated.

Everything is locally grown and produced so you're guaranteed of its freshness and quality. Cooking also takes awhile but you'll definitely enjoy the side dishes unique to the restaurant.

Bungo Beef Mabushi - JPY2,361 (Php1,130)

There are 3 ways (or 3 steps for some people) to enjoy your Yufu-mabushi:
  1. Eat your mabushi as served; just add more condiments to your liking.
  2. Mix the side dishes (pictured below) for more flavors and spice.
  3. Pour the soup stock then blend everything up!

Hitsumabushi / Eel Mabushi - JPY2,361 (Php1,130)

Both dishes were excellent and provided a fun and unique dining experience for us. The beef was really soft - literally melts in your mouth, and the eel? You'd never go wrong with perfectly seasoned and grilled unagi, which I enjoyed down to the last grain of Japanese rice.

Tip: Always bring cash when traveling to Yufuin as majority of shops only accept cash payments. It's also advisable to have extra US Dollars as back up money for better exchange rates.


Yufumabushi Shin Ekimae
5-3 Yufuincho Kawakita
Yufu, Oita, Japan
Tel.: (819) 7784-5825

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Fukuoka Eats: Ikinari Steak

Our main goal was to eat as much sushi and sashimi in Fukuoka. Well, most locals and tourists that night thought of the same thing as majority of the restaurants we went to were not accepting customers anymore - waiting list was crazy long! Walking past several sushi places brought us to Ikinari Steak, a Japanese chain famous for its fast service and standing-only concept.

There are several tables with chairs but majority of the customers prefer to eat while standing.

Menu cards are conveniently placed on each table. Once you're decided on your orders, just proceed to the back counter to order and pay, remember to specify your cooking preference or you'll get the standard medium done steak. I like mine medium rare with all its bloody goodness!

Different seasonings and sauces to add more flavors to your steak just within your reach.

What we ordered

Complimentary plates of salad are provided to each customer while we all wait and savor the smell of steaks grilling at the kitchen - a scent I wouldn't mind sticking to my clothes and hair!

CS and I decided to get two medium rare sirloin - mine's the smaller 10oz piece while he devoured his 14oz steak both served in very hot cast iron plates with loads of onions and garlic. The steaks are priced by its weight at JPY7 per gram exclusive of taxes and service charge.

With its quick service, value for money menu and excellent food quality, its no surprise Ikinari Steak is gaining worldwide popularity and following!


Ikinari Steak
810-0001 Tenjin Chuo-ku
Fukuoka Prefecture
Fukuoka, Japan
Tel.: (819) 2707-3229

Thursday, August 2, 2018

No Changes in NAIA Airport Terminals on August 31

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) reiterated last July 29 that the planned changes in terminal assignments for airlines at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) will not push through on August 31. 

“Contrary to what is now circulating in social media, the August 31, 2018 terminal transfer of airlines WILL NOT PROCEED as originally envisioned. While talks with some airline operators have started and with some signifying their intent to transfer, options that have been discussed are EXPLORATORY in nature,” MIAA said in a statement. “Discussions gave rise to unforeseen operational constraints that require longer time to resolve,” it added. 

The agency also clarified that the transfer beginning July of some Philippine Airlines (PAL) international flights to the NAIA Terminal 1 “is necessary to prepare NAIA Terminal 2 for its rehabilitation which is expected to commence before year-end.” The adjusted PAL flights are to and from destinations in the United States, Canada, and the Middle East. -Source

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