Wanderlust Edinburgh, Scotland- Tang’s Japanese Restaurant in the Old Town

You can reach Tang’s Japanese Restaurant in the old town of Edinburgh by walking up or down this little street, Granny’s Green Steps, that has a view of the Edinburgh Castle. I skipped and hopped down the steps after visiting Tang’s. Interestingly Tang is a Chinese surname – so a Chinese person must have opened a Japanese restaurant. The staff was multi-cultural with new Japanese immigrants and natives. It was a chilly August day (in the mid 50s) and I went in for some hot noodles to keep warm.
The steps. Isn’t this beautiful? The scenery made me feel alive and happy. The sun was shining and my heart was singing. The wonders of traveling to a distance land.A pot of delicious and hot Hoji tea. Mmm. Mmm. Aaaaah.Salmon roe, tuna, mackerel, and octopus. Can’t beat this other than adding more wasabi to the plate.Hell Ramen: Very spicy and rich, soy sauce-based pork stock and noodles topped with 2 slices of melt-in-the-mouth pork belly, spinach, nori seaweed, bean sprouts and spring onions.

I was in Edinburgh, Scotland and didn’t expect to be eating Japanese food. It was the best thing that I did for myself. There was something about eating spicy ramen on a cold day, looking out the window watching the tourists passing by, and listening to an incredible story of eating freshly-caught mackerel from Ireland. There was something about walking under the sun in a summer dress, feeling the warmth of the sun hitting my face and feeling the world is all mine.

Loved Tang’s Japanese Restaurant. Loved the fresh sashimi. Loved the ramen. Loved the Hoji tea. Brought back memories of another time…

This experience took place at

Tang’s Japanese Restaurant

44 Candlemaker Row
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 2QE
Tel: +44 0131 220 5000 (Tang’s)
E-mail : tangsrestaurant@yahoo.co.uk

Wanderlust Edinburgh, Scotland- Patisserie Valerie and My Ménage à Trois of Desserts

I love desserts, especially anything chocolaty. Since I was in Europe where some of my favorite desserts come from, I went and investigated the dessert scenes in Edinburgh. Patisserie Valerie is a chain bakery and I visited one on Rose Street (next to the famous pub Rose & Crown) in the Edinburgh town center. I was a bit hesitant when I saw only this display case of cakes. Was not terribly impressed.These are my selections. From left to right: tiramisu, chocolate mousse, and double chocolate cake. This is my ménage à trois of desserts where both chocolate cakes triumphed. The chocolates were dark and not repulsively sweet like the Godiva. The mousse had the perfect texture- beaten just soft and fluffy enough to caress with a lingering sweet aftertaste. The double chocolate cake was perfect in taste- the spongy dark Belgium chocolate cake portion coupled with smooth/soft cream puff on top played well off each other.As life would have it, the fire alarm went off at 1:43am in the morning in the hotel while I was enjoying my cakes. I got myself out of the room after my call to the front desk went unanswered. The customer service at the Apex Waterloo Palace Hotel was not excellent. Furthermore, both their paid search and organic research results are currently linking to a runtime error page. Obviously their digital marketing efforts also sucked.

Definitely check out Patisserie Valerie when visiting Edinburgh but not the Apex Waterloo Place Hotel.  Patisserie Valerie is well worth a stop and a cup of tea.

This experience took place at

Patisserie Valerie
158-162 Rose Street
Edinburgh, Scotland EH2 3JD
+411 0131 2201336

Wanderlust Edinburgh, Scotland- Fishers in the City. Best Oysters, How I’ve Waited for You All My Life.

Fishers were recommended by the cabbie. He said a lot to me in the taxi from the airport to the hotel but I understood little- I have trouble with accents even though I have a slight one myself. One thing I understood is that Fishers has great seafood if I want a non-pub experience. In addition, my friend, Ruth, who lived in UK has highly recommended the oysters in Scotland. There I was, counting myself as a lover of oysters and walking into the best oysters of my life. #OysterLove The kitchenPacific Rock Oysters Loch Creran, Dunbeg, Scotland Natural Shallot vinegar. Elyssa/Lisa- Best oysters ever! Half dozen £11.50 Nine £17.00 Dozen £22.00. It’s the water’ it’s the ecology in the water. Of course, oysters must be fresh otherwise eating them raw would get you sick. But these oysters take freshness to the next level. They taste clean, juicy, slightly salty and briny. This is really not something that I can describe accurately. This is something that must be experienced.  #LochCreranOysters

The shallot vinegar was something else completely; I was drinking it by the spoon-full. The carnage. Home smoked Venison, Arbroath smokie mayonnaise, haggis bon bons £8.50 Honestly, the oysters were so good that I don’t remember how this dish was. I vaguely recall the fried haggis bon bons were awesome with the mayo.
Chilled Scottish Seafood Platter: Lime & ginger hot smoked salmon, sliced gravadlax, damson & gin cured salmon carpaccio of Monkfish, crayfish salsa, pickled sweet onion, brown shrimp & rocket salad, ciabatta bread £10.00 /£19.50 . Are you kidding me?  I don’t know why I ordered salmon and monkfish after the best oysters ever. They paled in comparison to the oysters.

Just for the oysters and the haggis (read my haggis post here), I will fly the seven hours to Edinbrugh again. These Loch Creran oysters are the best I have ever had in my life. #Oysters  The world really is my oyster.

Read my prior oysters experiences below so that you know I am not a newbie to oysters. And the number next to each of the posts indicates their ranking of the oyster excellence. It’s obvious that the closer the restaurant to where the oysters are bred, the better the eating.

  1. Oysters! Elm Street Oyster House in Greenwich, CT
  2. Wanderlust – Goombays Grille & Raw Bar in Kill Devil Hills, NC.  Solved My Small Appetite Problem.
  3. La Boite Huitres, The Oyster Box, at the Marché Jean-Talon in Montreal
  4. Psari Seafood Restaurant in Long Island City, NY- Extremely Fresh Seafood, Pleasing Oysters and Clams
  5. Purdy’s Farmer & the Fish in North Salem, NY – Celebrating a New Beginning and Old Friendships. Oysters and Scallops!
  6. Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant in NYC – A Slice of Heaven
  7. Ten Twenty Post in Darien CT – Oysters! Oysters! Oysters!

This experience took place at

Fishers

58 Thistle Street
Edinburgh EH2 1EN,UK
Tel: +44 0131 225 5109