Zundouya Ramen Kurashiki

When Zundouya ramen opened recently in Kurashiki, I could not help but noticing the long line at the door and the packed parking.  It left me wondering if this new ramen shop was any good and my curiosity was rewarded by a great bowl of ramen. I am warning you there seem to be a line in front of that shop the minute they open at 11 AM.

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Risuke in Nara

Risuke is located about 20 km outside of Nara city and it turned out to be one of my biggest culinary surprise in a long time.  The unasuming restaurant is vedge between a few major family restaurants and a supermarket on one of the strip mall street you can find anywhere in Japan. But… Risuke is not an ordinary restaurant!

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Yanagi Soba and French Food

Niimi City is a place full of surprises, yes, you read this right:  Niimi City!   If you don’t know Niimi, it is located about 1h30 North of Kurashiki and it has been one of my favorite stop for great food since I arrived in Japan. Ramen Tomare and Chiya Beef yakiniku are both worth the trip alone, but Yanagi Soba is off the chart .  First, you will have to find this place!

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