Eating eggs in Japan can leave the most adventurous eater shocked and scared. I arrived in Japan in 2008 and I can still remember looking in disbelief at somebody cracking a fresh egg into a bowl and dipping sukiyaki into it. I was open minded, but eating raw egg was pushing it. Takata Sairan specializes in serving raw egg over rice which is commonly know as tamago kake gohan. Oh yes, I overcame my initial reaction… it’s delicious.
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Vietnamese food has been a staple of my diet until I moved to Japan. I waited 9 long years for Ao Baba to open its door, it is safe to say that my craving for pho has finally been satisfied.
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Nap Village and the & Things cafe are located in Kibichuo on the narrow road 484. I recently ended up in Kibichuo to pick up some blueberries and buy some cheese at the famous Yoshida farm. When it came to eat lunch, I remembered that & Things was no far from Yoshida farm.
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Negi ramen or ネギラーメン is a busy ramen shop located near Higashi-Okayama station. I visited the shop twice in the last 2 weeks and it’s a busy place. Like the name implies, they serve ramen with a lot of negi ( Japanese leek) and green onion.
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Nan House is a tiny Nepali/Indian restaurant located in the Nakaicho area under the shinkansen tracks between the Tsuyama line and the Sanyo line. I’ve been there twice for dinner and I was surprised by the taste of their curry.
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By Luc Gougeon
Sushi Katsu is located right next to Kurashiki Chuo Hospital. The two are closely related in my mind since a sushi Katsu bento was the first thing I ate after my wife gave birth. It took a year, but I finally visited the restaurant that made that unforgettable bento box.
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Pizzeria Cerchio was originally a food truck before they opened their brick and mortar restaurant in Soja city. I once tried their pizza at an event and quite enjoyed it.
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Kakouken 華光軒 is an old Chinese restaurant very well hidden in a tiny alley behind Bic Camera. If you come from Okayama Station, the electronic store is located across the street on your left.
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Wakadaisho ramen 若大将 is a small ramen shop located in Akaiwa city which offers some really good fried chicken (karaage).
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Momosennin 中華あんかけ専門店 桃仙人 was recently featured on a local foodie TV show. It’s located a short distance from Niwase station.
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I noticed Osteria e Bar Otto a little while ago when I stopped at the Usagiya stationery store (It’s located right next door). This modern restaurant is a short distance from the Kurashiki Aeon Mall.
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My wife found Hayashi Cafe (林のカフェ） on a blog. Located in Hayashi, there are almost no chances you run into this coffee shop well hidden behind trees. Hayashi Cafe is so nice, I wonder if I should even recommend it. I have a feeling this place will be very popular, maybe too popular.
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