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Mikkeller Bar, San Francisco

The Mikkeller Bar here in San Francisco is always one of the first places I hit when I visit. And look, they got a spiffy new sign…

While their beer selection is tremendous, it really is their sausage I come for, all made in-house by Chef Mike O’Brien. Bar none the best sausage I’ve had outside of NYC. Today, I was thrilled to find chicken and fennel back on the menu…

Made with chicken thighs, the sausage has a wonderful texture and consistency and stays incredibly juicy…

I was also pleased to learn that Mike will soon be launching Mikkeller Sausage Co. to supply restaurants and home cooks around the Bay Area with his incredible encased meats!

And of course, I couldn’t go to Mikkeller and not have a beer…

A Hottenroth Berliner Weisse from The Bruery, in this case!

The perfect pick-me-up after my long flight!

MIKKELLER BAR

34 Mason St.

San Francisco, CA 94102

415-984-0279

http://www.mikkellerbar.com/

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Ganchan, Tokyo

Sometimes the best meals are the unexpected ones. And our impromptu visit to Ganchan in Roppongi was an outstanding one!

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As soon as I book plane tickets to Japan, I also book restaurants, making reservations at all the places I want to eat at. However, I always leave a few afternoons and evenings open to spontaneity; to talk to people and find out where they’re eating and what new places they’re enjoying. Worked out pretty damn well on my "Ask A Stranger" Ramen Tour a few years back!

And that’s how we ended up at Ganchan.

Our flight landed late, we got to the hotel around 8pm, checked in, unpacked, showered and found out stomachs grumbling. So we went down to the concierge to ask what was close and open. After recommending a few high-end Roppongi Hills eateries, we told her we wanted down and dirty, more simple Japanese food. That’s when she brought up Ganchan… a name I had heard before. I remembered my friend Shibata-san, owner of Yopparai and Azasu in NYC, once recommended the place. He used to eat and drink there! Sold. So she called, and they had a few counter seats opening up, and we went.

As Ganchan was only a few blocks away from our hotel, we got their before the diners occupying our seats had paid their bill. But the friendly staff gave us a couple free beers while we waited…

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Ganchan is a small place, a comfortable hole-in-the-wall, if you will, specializing in “yakitori”, or grilled chicken. This is where they cook your meal…

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We only got a few sips of beer down before we were told they were ready for us…

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Fresh vegetables with salt & miso for dipping came out right away…

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Followed by an amuse bouche of “saba no miso”, a type of fish braised in miso…

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The first thing we ordered that hit the table was mozuku seaweed…

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Maybe the longest mozuku I’ve ever seen…

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Then the chicken started hitting the table! Here we go…

Chicken heart…

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Seseri, or chicken neck…

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My new favorite part of the chicken, bonbonji, which is my beloved bonjiri (chicken butt) with the cartilage still attached!

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The most amazing grilled chicken wings…

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A little refreshment…

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Before moving into the chef’s sake recommendations…

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They don’t mess around with the pours here either!

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I needed a second overflow cup to catch the spill from my initial overflow cup…

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Ginnan, or ginkgo nuts…

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Tsukune, or chicken meatball…

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Nankotsu, or chicken cartilage…

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Chicken gizzard…

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One of the things Ganchan does that I have not seen at other yakitori places is use not just direct heat, but also indirect heat…

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They let the grilled chicken rest and smoke on a second level they built on their grill, imparting added moisture and flavor…

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Then, as we ordered more sake to help us get over jetlag….

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…we noticed there was a list of special, limited chicken parts on the back of the menu! We quickly ordered whatever they had left…

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Like seigimo, a special part of the liver…

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Uchimomo, a smaller cut from the thigh…

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Chicken tendon…

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And saezuri, another part of the neck with some of the throat attached…

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Then some final favorites, more seseri and bonbonji…

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And another order of uchimomo…

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Some house made tofu to make up for the lack of vegetables…

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We ended our meal with a final pour of sake from the chef “to help you sleep”…

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These are three people you MUST go and see when you’re in Tokyo!

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Ganchan offers an English menu and is open until 2am!

We could not have asked for a better start to our trip! This was a truly wonderful meal, some of the best yakitori I have ever had anywhere in Japan, served by a fun-loving staff who take pride in their food and sake, and are happy to share the evening with you!

GANCHAN

6-8-23 Roppongi

Minato, Tokyo 106-0032

Japan

+81-3-3478-0092

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The Halal Guys, NYC

Headed out for a late lunch today and noticed there were only four people in line at The Halal Guys on 6th Ave. So I of course got on it…

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For those unfamiliar with The Halal Guys, they’re one of NYC’s most iconic and delicious food carts. Everyone from Bourdain to Zimmern to Zagat raves about them. Google them. They’re lines are notoriously long. I just got lucky with my timing, I guess…

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The cart on 53rd and 6th is their flagship and most popular, so you know.

There are lots of impostors though, so you need to look for the yellow bags…

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Their menu is very limited, mainly chicken and/or gyro over rice, served with pita smothered in as much white sauce and hot sauce as you like. But as Wolverine would say, they’re the best they are at what they do!

You can’t beat a lunch (or dinner) like this for six bucks…

I was recently on a plane watching an old ep of “How I Met Your Mother” where the gang was listing things you had to have done to be considered a real New Yorker. “Eat at Halal Guys” should definitely have been on it!!

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Relæ, Copenhagen

In a city filled with amazing eats, one of the best meals we had in Copenhagen was at Relæ

image The kitchen here, run by Chef Christian Puglisi, created dishes that impressed the eye with their beauty and tickled the tongue with their taste. Here’s a look…

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Fresh baked bread and olive oil to start…

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The simplest yet most delicious dish of the day came out first, raw white asparagus coated in crushed pistachios…

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Baked onions in sol and birch syrup…

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Razor clam with cucumber and spinach…

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Sliced mushrooms with grain in a ramp soup…

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Sodam chicken with celeriac…

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This was just outstanding…

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Possibly the most perfectly cooked chicken I have never had, with the hearts and innards included as a bonus…

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And this, my God…

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Purple carrots were mandolined, then restacked into a carrot “lasagna”, served with oxalis and a hollandaise…

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Five year old Parmesan cheese with apple jam…

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And to finish the meal, almond ice cream with rhubarb “leaves”…

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As you can see, every dish here at Relæ was edible art.

Relæ

Jægersborggade 41

Copenhagen 2200 

Denmark

+45-3696-66-09

http://www.restaurant-relae.dk

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Al Mallah, Dubai

My friend Sana raves about the shawarma in Dubai, so I knew I had to try it while I was there. The place everyone seemed to talk about, including the cabbies, was called All Mallah, so that’s where I had one take me…

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All Mallah is split in two; their sit down restaurant and the take-out window, which also has limited outdoor seating. I opted to get mine to go and eat outside…

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So tender you can cut it with a spoon…

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They also make wonderful homemade breads…

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As I couldn’t decide, I went with a mixed chicken and lamb shawarma…

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Simply and superbly done with a little sauce and some spices…

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But their cheese bread, which the cook told me was not to be missed, was a revelation…

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Just perfect with the zaatar they added…

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Bite after beautiful bite…

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I was also recommended to give their fresh juices a go, and this was a mug of banana, strawberry and mango, the house specialty…

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A fantastic meal for five bucks, and I’d fly back to Dubai in a second just for another bite of that cheese bread!

AL MALLAH

2nd of December St.

Dubai, UAE

+971-4-398-4723

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Ravi Restaurant, Dubai

I was told by several people that if I wanted one of the best meals in Dubai, all I had to do was get in any cab in the city and tell the driver, “Ravi”. They’d know where to go.

So that’s what me and a few friends did one night. And sure enough, 15 minutes later we ended up here…

Which is where we had one of the two best meals of the entire trip! And the best Pakistani food I’d ever tasted!!

As all the outside tables reserved for sidewalk seating were unfortunately full, we sat inside the small but comfortable establishment…

The menu was a bit of a mystery to us, with only two or three words we recognized on it, so we put ourselves in our server’s hands and told him to bring us a selection of the house specialties. He was happy to oblige, but had one question… “Spicy OK?” We told him “yes” but to keep levels in more of a medium range, which we were glad we did once we started eating. Here’s a look at the delectable dishes he brought us…

We started with chicken tikka…

Not boned and cut, but grilled whole then butchered!

Haleem, which is a lentil stew…

Chicken achar handi, which was tongue-numbingly but tasty…

My favorite dish of the evening, the mutton jalfraizi, another spicy Pakistani curry…

Served with all-you-can-eat nan again…

And a cold yogurt sauce to help with the burn…

All this for just 16 dollars!

So next time you’re in Dubai, remember that the magic word for the most memorable of meals is “Ravi”!

RAVI RESTAURANT

Al Dhiyafa Rd.

Dubai, UAE

+971-4-331-5353

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Calicut Paragon, Dubai

Calicut Paragon was recommended to me right here on Tumblr in my comments section, although I can’t figure out by who anymore. Thanks and apologies to whoever it was who gave me the tip!

Specializing in South Indian seafood, the joint had long lines but they moved rather quickly. We only had to wait about 20 minutes even though we arrived at 9:30pm, prime time for dinner in Dubai. Here’s a look…

The house specialty, grilled garlic and chilli Tawa fish…

Sesame cauliflower, which was incredible…

Shrimp in coconut curry with tarragon, if I remember correctly…

Mutton curry…

Masala fried chicken, bone-in, with pickled onion…

And all the fresh baked nan you could eat…

This whole meal, with two large bottles of water, was only $27!

CALICUT PARAGON

20 B St.

Dubai, UAE

+971-4335-8700

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Woke up early for some pre-con sightseeing and the only place we could find open for breakfast was McDonald’s. They weren’t making their new Brazilian burger yet, so I went with something else I’d never seen on a McDonald’s morning menu back home… a Fried Chicken McMuffin. (Do we have these in the States?) Popped on a little local chili sauce, which was thicker and hotter than I expected, and it was probably the best McDonald’s AM item I can remembering tasting. Nicely done, McDonald’s Arabia!

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