Wednesday, June 03, 2009

11/12/08: Day 13 in Japan Part III - Yokohama

I can't remember the last time I was in Yokohama, the city by the bay. Fortunately, my friend Yuka is from Yokohama, and she has agree to take me to the newly developed area as well as introducing me to a delicious dinner.

This is the area by the harbor, with decomissioned "Nihonmaru" Memorial Park backed by "Cosmo Clock 21" ferris wheel.

What I thought was a random picture of a building turned out to be Yokohama Landmark Tower, which is the tallest building in Japan at 295.8 meters (approximately 970'). It is the 44th tallest building in the world.

After walking around the bay area, we were ready for dinner. Yuka introduced me to Banri, the restaurant said to be the first to introduce Gyoza dumplings to Japan.

Entry way.

The famed fried dumplings.

The skin was thin but chewy, with juicy fillings. Just what we needed!

Of course, when you go to Chinese restaurant, you have to try Chinese saké. They are aged, with heavily oxidized flavor that I find less than pleasing.

But, Yuka introduced a great way to have Chinese saké, which is to warm it up first then serve it on the rocks. This method really rounds out the flavor to make it more drinkable.

As they serve over 100 different dishes, so we sampled a few dishes: