I visited Takumi Ramen right after my Japanese teacher recommended it to me: I just love it when people share their coup-de-coeur. Apparently, this place is very famous, but I will let you judge by yourself. For the Okayama folks, Takumi Ramen can also easily be found since it’s right on the second floor of Okayama Station.
When I first saw a picture of the Tokyo Tea Room in a book about old Okayama coffee shops, I knew I would eventually find my way there. This very unique shop is located on Akura Dori not too far from the amazing Fa Niente restaurant and I am pretty sure I walked in front of it many times and never stopped because of the UCC coffee sign. Ueshima Coffee company produces some good coffee, but it’s never my first choice. Something else took me here, just keep up reading…
Katsudon Nomura is just a short walk away from Okayama Station and I have to thank my friend Brian for bringing me to this porky delicious restaurant. Katsudon or deep fried pork cutlet is quite common in Japan, so it’s always a pleasure to find a place that makes this seemingly simple dish very well.
When I decided to find Orizuru coffee with the help of my friend Brian, I was not too sure where to start. The owner of Blue Mountain Coffee Shop in Kasaoka had highly recommended me Orizuru, but he had simply told me it was near the big department store in front of Okayama station. Luckily, we spotted the shop right after lunch and it’s not the easiest place to find.
I often have the impression that I am walking blind in Japan since I can swear that I have walked in front of 1518 Coffee Shop in Okayama City a couple of times without ever noticing it. Well… my wife apparently does not share my blindness and easily spotted 1518.
Hishio ramen was recommended to me by a fellow English teacher and it took me a while to finally get to visit this stylish little shop a few steps away from the Takashimaya department store right in the center of Okayama City.
I got a special place in my heart for food market, so I woke up at 5 AM on a grey Sunday morning and drove to Okayama City to try the monthly market held by the riverside right behind the Okayama Prefectural Office. Kyobashi Asa Ichi is held on the first Sunday of the month while the Kurashiki morning market is held on the third.
I went Ramen Dake expecting a great tonkotsu ramen (pork based soup) after somebody suggested that it was better than Ippudo. Ramen Dake is just a short walk from Okayama station, if you got the station behind you, it’s on the Bic Camera side.