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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
When I got to Tweet Rocka, which is only a short walk from the historical center of Kurashiki, I asked my wife:
-Are you sure this is a coffee shop?
-Yes, look at the sign, it says Coffee.
Toushinden Yakiniku is located on route 30 not too far from route 2, if you are familiar with Okayama, this is the road that goes to Tamano. It most definitely not centrally located, but it is worth the bike ride, the bus ride, the walk or anything that will get you there. It was so good, I would probably go on a pogo stick if I had to.