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La Rochelle Fukuoka – Japan

 

Dinner by Hiroyuki Sakai Iron Chef French

I have probably watched every episode of Iron Chef even now when I see an old episode on TV I still watch it. I like how it is made to seem so dramatic and the voice over just tops it all off. I found my self looking on the internet for places to eat in Fukuoka and to my surprise saw that Hiroyuki Sakai Iron Chef French has a restaurant close by so I had to try it out.

The menu at La Rochelle Fukuoka is in Japanese and French neither of which I can read however my French knowledge extends to the word degustation. Seeing this on the menu made it an easy choice the degustation it is.  At 12000 yen or about $120 AUD for the five courses considering the food it is reasonably priced defiantly  less than I was expecting.  

Not knowing what was going to come out made it more exciting! When a dish came out first tasting it and then trying and guess what it is and whats in it. The food was all excellent French style strong flavors , rich sauces lots of butter and cream. Exactly was you would expect from Iron Chef French.

 

La Rochelle Fukuoka -  Upforafeed (1 of 9)

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Dessert Cart

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Another unexpected thing was that dessert was not a fixed course but a whole cart was wheeled out and you could pick and choose what you wanted. The waiter was not just cutting up and serving it up rather taking great care and plating it up just like if it had come out of the kitchen.

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La Rochelle Fukuoka -  Upforafeed (9 of 9)

 

La Rochelle Fukuoka

http://www.la-rochelle.co.jp/english/

Airline, Travel

Singapore Airlines First Class Singapore to Tokyo

 

Singapore Airlines First Class Singapore to Tokyo (Haneda) SQ634

The check for suites & first class area is in its own little section of Changi terminal 3 similar to a hotel there is an area outside for cars to drop off then porters come and take your bags. The check in procedure is very quick, right behind the check in area is a small  immigration desk just for the people checking in at the first class area. The time it took from the taxi pulling put at the airport to getting though passport control was probably 5 minutes!

After making my way through security I headed to the SilverKris lounge. Passengers departing in First or Suites are given an invitation to ” The Private Room ”  which is a lounge only for passengers ticketed in first class or suites. I was escorted through the main first class lounge and down a corridor to the private room.  The dining area of the lounge is set up like a restaurant with table service there also is a small buffet.    At this time I was the only person in the lounge so I took some pics. The rest of the lounge is set up with chairs and couches with a small work area with some computers and a kids room.

Walking down the air bride to board the plane I was greeted by name by the crew and shown to my seat and offered a glass of Dom Pérignon. I was wondering how they knew my name with out seeing my boarding pass but after the doors were closed and I looked around I noticed I was the only caucasian in First and 30+ years younger than any other passenger so was not to hard to guess my name from the passenger list.  This flight SQ634 is opperated by a Boeing 777 witch has 8 seats in the first cabin. 

 

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Check in area

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The Private Room – Dining area

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Singapore Airlines First Class Upforafeed (1 of 1)

Room for talking on the phone

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Singapore Airlines First Class  Upforafeed (1 of 1)

 Menu

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Dim Sum 

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singapore airlines private room

Satay sticks

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Fruit plate 

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The Seat  is very wide feels like you have so much room! In font of the seat is a storage area and a foot rest with the table sliding out from under the screen

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Singapore Airlines First Class Menu

Menu

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 Wine list

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Cocktail menu

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Coffee selection 

Singapore Airlines First Class  Upforafeed (1 of 1)

Titan of Alaskan crab with avocado , quail egg , salmon roe & basil oil

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Chicken consume with ricotta cheese & chive ravioli and Enoki mushroom

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Salad of frisee , red oaks and coral lettuces garnished with shaved lotus root and ox heart tomato 

Singapore Airlines First Class  Upforafeed (3 of 3)

Singapore laksa – I was expecting the laksa to be great and and it did not disappoint just as good as any one I had in Singapore

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White tiramisu cake with mango sorbet & raspberry

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Seat converted in to bed

 

Overall it was a very good flight the service and food was excellent. The first class seat & bed is just as comfortable as suites but with out the privacy of having the doors.

 

 

 

 

www.singaporeair.com

Singapore Airlines First Class Singapore to Tokyo & The Private Room

 

 

Japanese, Travel

Ippudo – Hakata Japan

 

How does Ippudo in its place of origin Hakata compare with what we get in Sydney?

Its just as popular with ques forming out side the stores at peak times, its also more on the expensive side compared to other ramen places. This particular store is more like a ramen bar there is table service but no individual tables only long counter benches. As for the ramen whilst its very hard to compare two dishes that are not side by side but I think its very similar to what we get in Sydney. One thing that was different is there is raw garlic and a crusher on every table but all in all its quite the same.

 

Japan Upforafeed (1 of 1)

The Menu

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Extra garlic

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 Bib , chopsticks & napkins

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Ippudo – Hakata

http://www.ippudo.com/