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.
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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…
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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.
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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.
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After eating at Appetito on Kencho Dori, I wanted to try their smaller pizzeria , but it took me while since I am always in town on Thursday and it’s their day off. On a sunny Sunday, I finally had the pleasure of eating there and it was worth the wait.
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Koba Coffee is a brand new coffee roaster located in the heart of the old Bikan area in Kurashiki. It’s a bit on the edge of the old historic area on one of the smaller streets near Ivy Square, but it’s worth the trip. Kurashiki is such a nice place, so it’s always fun to play tourist in my own town.
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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.
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Canal Café was recommended to be by the owner of Café Rico Roastery and it turned out to be a nice little café located just outside the center of Okayama City.
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If you have ever driven in close proximity of the Kasaoka Horseshoe Crab Museum, you probably noticed Miyama Ramen. Just stop, this place is GOOD!
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Onsaya café recently opened a new shop in Toiyacho and it’s very different from the original shop located near Okayama station.
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Yoroi Tempura is located in a residential area of Okayama between two busy streets and it’s one of these places where you feel like you are lucky to be eating such great food in such a secretive spot. Somehow, Japan is not a place where location is key, if the food is that good, people will just get there. By the way, yoroi means armor in English.
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I’ve been buying bread at boulangerie Mugi pretty much since they opened, but I had never ventured on the second floor of this beautifully renovated building in the heart of the Bikan area in Kurashiki City.
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