Michelin Possible | Yamazato

I really hit the restaurant jackpot with my friends this year.

Pet wanted to try some Japanese food and I was at a loss. The closest thing I’d had to Japanese over here was a one-time trip to Wagamama, a British chain restaurant that served Japanese-inspired cuisine (I’m hard-pressed to call it even that as it would be like saying french fries are from France) and Shabu-Shabu, an eat-all-you-can place that may have seen better days. I was extremely spoiled when it came to Japanese food because my experiences at Sushi Taro in Washington, DC were so good they’ve ruined me for anything else. Even now many years after I’d left, it’s still rated one of the best restaurants in the States. And considering how inexpensive it was relative to the quality and price over here, it makes me sad just thinking about it.

A quick Tripadvisor check led me to a place I’d never even heard of and never ever came close to. It was in the De Pijp district, a place far from my usual haunts. What got me excited was the fact that it was regarded well enough to earn a star from the Bibendum man himself. So for lunch we went to sample the best sushi, sashimi, and tempura in the city!

Luxury aside, five-course meals can be taxing especially if the food isn’t that memorable. Luckily, that was far from the case here as each bite of the sushi and sashimi brought me back to my DC days. The only things missing were self-aggrandizing political pseudo-pundits, and wallet-friendlier prices. Love it when things fall into play as coincidentally or not, this lunch happened only an hour after I found out that I was hired for my new job. Because there really are few ways to celebrate a long-awaited event than to splurge like this, it’s even better when someone else pays for it! Thanks for being my lucky charm, Pet. I promise to return the favor.
P.S. This is my 400th post. Hooray for me!

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