Machista Coffee Shop was very recently recommend to me by the owner of Tsuji Coffee in Kasaoka, so I decided to pay a small visit to this very well located café.
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.
After a day, I still have a lingering taste of garlic in my mouth and the feeling that I might have put a serious dent into my recent good eating behavior and this all thanks to a guy name Brian.
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.
Let’s start with the spoiler: I ate complete meal in the center of Okayama City for only 480 yen! I found Mitsuoka by spotting a line up in front of it and it piqued my curiosity.
Ramen Pub Tanc had been on my ramen radar for a while, but when I had a flat tire on my bicycle almost right in front of it, I decided that I would give it a try before getting my hands dirty.
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.
I don’t often go out during the week, but since I took two days off to enjoy a long Golden Week , I decided to go try Tenjin Ramen in Okayama city which is only open during the week for lunch.
If you can find Fa Niente restaurant and you have a reservation, I can promise you a hell of an Italian meal right in the heart of Okayama City.
CoMA coffee was suggested to me by a fellow Okayama resident and it was a nice discovery. The sign in front of CoMa says The Cafe of Modern Apartment and it does strangely feel like you are drinking your coffee in a fancy living room.