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.
It was my third day surviving on 7/11 coffee when I walked into Hakuba Baisen. I recently spent some quality time in the mountains of Nagano Prefecture and enjoying the cool air of Hakuba and Omachi, but my coffee addiction needed some quality fuel. By chance, I found Hakuba Baisen in a hiking magazine.
Tamashima city is not high on the list of places I would recommend people to visit if they have a very short time to spend around the Kurashiki area, well, that was until I was invited to Bingoya by my sister-in-law, a resident of Tamashima.
When I left home today, I had no idea I would come back with a restaurant size coffee grinder, I guess life is full of surprises.
I found this unique Kalita coffee grinder at café Un Deux in Kurashiki. When I walked in it was love at first sight.
If you happen to be anywhere near the Sasaoki area of Kurashiki, Yashi is the perfect place to eat a decent tonkatsu (deep fried pork cutlet). If you are a bit familiar with Kurashiki, Sasaoki is the area near the big Edion electronic store.
I once read that a wise foodie in Japan should always try to eat products prepared as close as possible to the source, well, when it comes to tuna, you can’t go wrong with Katsuragi which is right next to the commercial tuna harbour of Katsuura in Wakayama Prefecture.
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!
The Kurashiki branch of Ajisen Taiwan ramen has a been one of my favorite restaurant for several years and it was a given that I would eventually visit the Okayama city branch one of these day.
When it comes to okonomiyaki, I undoubtly go toward the Hiroshima style, so imagine when I found out that a tiny shop was featured in the new Michelin guide, I had to try Hiroki okonomiyaki.
I love breakfast.
Breakfast in Japan is nothing like the breakfast I enjoyed back home in Montreal, but I believe that Deschl might be a strong contender to bridge the breakfast gap.
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!
Finding great Chinese food in Kurashiki or Okayama has always been a great challenge which I am proud to undertake whenever I have a bit of time. I came upon Nyan Nyan a few years ago and decided to write about it since it’s a great place for lunch and the food stands out more then the drab grey building.