My family celebrated the okuizome ceremony for my son at the Ginza restaurant in Yorishima, Okayama. Okuizome is the first symbolic meal served when a baby is 100 days old.
For some reason, I never covered the ryokan scene on this blog, but some of the best food I ate in Japan was served in ryokan (japanese traditional inns). Hakkei which located in the onsen town of Yubara in Okayama Prefecture is both a good place to enjoy a warm onsen and eat great food.
Ramen Dojo is a busy ramen shop in Akaiwa City. There are plenty of fine places to eat in Akaiwa, but the amazing pork brings me back to this shop again and again.
I recently went back to Tsumoro and was shocked by the bad service my family received. We were 4 adults, 2 children and a small baby. We ordered 5 dishes and they refused to serve us if we didn’t order another dish for my tiny little niece who was not hungry. The dishes are gigantic.
My family has been eating there for many years and it’s our last visit. Now you know, no OMOTENASHI at Tsumoro.
I visited Tsumoro about 7 years ago and never connected the geographical dots until last week: this restaurant is only a couple minutes from my work place. I remembered the great hamburger steak or what the Japanese call hambagu (ハンバーグ), the revisit was so worth it.
珈琲と人 or Coffee to Hito (coffee and people) is a beautiful coffee shop located in Soja not too far from Kokubunji temple. I have ridden my bike, ran and drove my car in front of it for the past 8 years without never noticing it.
When I saw the pictures of the Thali offered at Milenga appearing in my Facebook feed I became really curious about this new restaurant located in the Okayama Building.
Oddly enough, you won’t find any stairs at L’escalier, but you might end up eating a great meal. I stumbled upon this place a few years ago while cycling but just recently paid a visit to this modern French restaurant.
Ishiharu udon is a small shop located between Kojima and Tamano city. It’s technically on the Kojima side on a very narrow side road so small that you will miss it if you blink, but rest assured, it’s worth the u-turn.
French music, French magazines, French menu, French food, oh que oui!!! The new Breizh Café Crêperie located on the first floor of the new Aeon Mall is just like a little piece of France transplanted right in the heart of Okayama City.
When the Okayama AEON opened in early December 2014, I was a bit surprised to find La Mère Poulard restaurant on the seventh floor of this gigantic urban mall. La Mère Poulard is originally from Mont St-Michel in France and they also have a restaurant in Tokyo. I kept wondering about the choice of Okayama for second restaurant in Japan, but hell, it’s all the better for us.