Tsumoro (Updated with a WARNING)

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.

The revisit was prompted by my mother-in-law eating there and bringing home some amazing roast beef and  beef tongue bits.   Since Tsumoro was so close, I had no excuses not to go back.

The restaurant is a short walking distance from Joto station.  Tsumoro is quite easy to miss, so look out for this sign.

Once you bow down to clear the oddly low door.  You are in an old fashion Japanese restaurant which seem to be frozen in time.

I noticed on the left a big bag of Okayama rice.  Nothing like eating local. The restaurant is famous for the hamburger steak, but the roast beef is out of this world.

All the menus are 1000 yen, they also have curry and beef or pork with ginger.  I ordered the hamburger, but I will be back to try the rest of the menu.

For 1000 yen, you get this huge hamburger, salad and rice.

The hamburger is tender, juicy and covered in croutons.  I’ve had a lot of hamburgers in Japan, but this is easily one of my favorite.  It’s worth a try and don’t forget to ask about the beef tongue which you can buy as a take out.

Restaurant Tsumoro

345 Jotokitagata, Higashi Ward, Okayama, Okayama Prefecture