[Nagoya] 10 Best Restaurants to Savor Local Specialties like Hitsumabushi and Chicken Wings

Publish-date: Apr 28 2020 Update-date: May 01 2020
Author: SAVOR JAPAN
[Nagoya] 10 Best Restaurants to Savor Local Specialties like Hitsumabushi and Chicken Wings

The city of Nagoya, in Aichi Prefecture, boasts a truly unique food culture! Even the Japanese themselves head here with the sole purpose to savor its many delicious local dishes like miso cutlet, chicken wings and hitsumabushi (grilled eel with rice). Here is a list of 10 recommended restaurants you shouldn't miss during your stay in Nagoya.

1. [Hitsumabushi] Hitsumabushi Nagoya Bincho Dai Nagoya Building Branch (Nagoya / Japanese cuisine)

1. [Hitsumabushi] Hitsumabushi Nagoya Bincho Dai Nagoya Building Branch (Nagoya / Japanese cuisine)
[Nagoya] 10 Recommended Restaurants to Savor Local Specialties like Hitsumabushi and Chicken Wings
Hitsumabushi Nagoya Bincho Dai Nagoya Building Branch serves unagi (eel) grilled on binchotan charcoal. This grilling technique maximizes the flavor and aroma of the eel, and makes the outside crispy and the inside fluffy. Grilled by a skillful chef, this restaurant's [Hitsumabushi] (3,400 JPY plus tax) comes highly recommended. The special sauce it's combined with makes this plate a true delight! Plus, there is a rich menu of sake, shochu and wines that go well with the food served here. Do pair your specialty dishes with an alcoholic drink!

Hitsumabushi Nagoya Bincho Dai Nagoya Building Branch

Open: Lunch 11:00 am - 3:30 pm (L.O. 3:00 pm), Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)
Closed: Closed on the first and last days of the year, and follows the facility schedule.
Average price: [Lunch] 3,000 JPY / [Dinner] 5,000 JPY
Access: 1- 5 minutes walk from Nagoya Station on any line
Address: 3F, 3-28-12, Nakmura-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi  Map
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2. [Hitsumabushi] Shibafuku-ya (Kokusai Center / Japanese cuisine)

2. [Hitsumabushi] Shibafuku-ya (Kokusai Center / Japanese cuisine)
[Nagoya] 10 Recommended Restaurants to Savor Local Specialties like Hitsumabushi and Chicken Wings
Hitsumabushi is a Nagoya staple consisting of grilled eel dressed with a sweet sauce, cut in small pieces and placed over white rice. For the [Hitsumabushi] (4,500 JPY plus tax) you can savor at Shibafuku-ya, they carefully select the finest and biggest eel of a high-grade species called "blue eel"! Here's how you're supposed to eat it: have the first bowl as is, the second one with herbs and spices, the third one as ochazuke (soaked in tea) and the last one in whichever version you appreciated the most!

Unagi-ka Shibafuku-ya

Open: [Monday, Wednesday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm) / Dinner 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm (L.O. 8:00 pm)
Closed: Tuesday
Average price: [Dinner] 5,000 JPY / [Lunch] 3,500 JPY
Access: 6-minute walk from exit No.2 of Kokusai Center Station on Nagoya Municipal Subway Sakuradori Line
Address: 1-23-10 Nagono, Nishi-ku, Nagoya city, Aichi Map
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3. [Oyakodon] Tori Shimizu (Nagoya / Oyakodon)

3. [Oyakodon] Tori Shimizu (Nagoya / Oyakodon)
[Nagoya] 10 Recommended Restaurants to Savor Local Specialties like Hitsumabushi and Chicken Wings
Oyakodon is a rice bowl topped with sweet flavored chicken meat chunks bound together with eggwash. The popular Tori Shimizu has been constantly drawing a huge number of customers ever since the opening day. You should definitely try their [Nagoya Kochin Oyakodon] (1,430 JPY), made with sweet and savory Nagoya Kochin chicken and a special spicy miso sauce. You'll also find a large variety of sake and ciders that match divinely with oyakodon. Enjoy your meal in the tranquil atmosphere of this wooden-themed Japanese-style restaurant!

Nagoya Kochin Oyakodon Tori Shimizu

Open: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm(L.O.10:00 pm)
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 1,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPY
Access: 1- 5 minutes walk from Nagoya Station on any line
Address: B1, 3-28-12 Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya, Aichi Map
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4. [Chicken Wings] Torishin HANARE Meieki branch (Nagoya / Izakaya)

4. [Chicken Wings] Torishin HANARE Meieki branch (Nagoya / Izakaya)
[Nagoya] 10 Recommended Restaurants to Savor Local Specialties like Hitsumabushi and Chicken Wings
Chicken wings, deep-fried in the so-called karaage style, dressed with a special sauce and seasoned with white sesame or salt and pepper are another local specialty from Nagoya. The signature dish of Torishin HANARE Meieki branch, called [Chicken Wings Karaage] (580 JPY plus tax), brilliantly combines the fragrant skin of the meat with a unique salty and sweet sauce. They also serve other chicken-based dishes like [Yakitori] (from 149 JPY plus tax), and [Miso Nabe] (1,480 JPY plus tax), so if you like chicken this is the place for you!

Locally Produced Chicken and Sake x Complete Private Rooms Torishin HANARE Meieki branch

Open: [Monday - Thursday, Sunday, National Holidays] 4:00 pm - 0:00 am
[Friday, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] 4:00 pm - 1:00 am
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY
Access: A 1-minute walk from [Nagoya Station] of JR Lines. Turn right after Exit No.3 and walk for 100m. It is on the 2nd floor of "Meieki Gourmet Plaza"
Address: 2F, Gourmet Plaza, 3-15-8 Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi Map
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5. [Oden] Bucchi (Shinsakae-machi / Oden)

5. [Oden] Bucchi (Shinsakae-machi / Oden)
[Nagoya] 10 Recommended Restaurants to Savor Local Specialties like Hitsumabushi and Chicken Wings
Oden is a type of stew consisting of ingredients like daikon, egg and hanpen (fish cake), cooked in a kombu and katsuobushi (dried tuna flakes) flavored broth. The one you can savor at Bucchi, called [Miso Oden], is cooked in a sweet sauce made with Nagoya's special Haccho miso. The strong flavor of miso soaks through the ingredients to the innermost part! The most recommended menu item is the [Miso Oden Half-boiled Egg] (240 JPY plus tax), of which it is possible to order only 1 per person. The egg yolk tastes amazing with miso!

Kushikatsu Miso Oden Bucchi

Open: [Weekdays] 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. for Food 10:00 pm, Drink 10:30 pm)
[Saturday] 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. for Food 9:00 pm, Drink 9:30 pm)
Closed: Sunday and National Holidays
Average price: [Dinner] 3,500 JPY
Access: 5 minutes walk from Shinsakae-machi Station on Nagoya Municipal Subway Higashiyama Line
Address: B1F, 1-4-32, Shinsakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi Map
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6. [Ankake Spaghetti] Spaghetti House Chef Meieki Nishi Branch (Nagoya / Pizza - Pasta)

6. [Ankake Spaghetti] Spaghetti House Chef Meieki Nishi Branch (Nagoya / Pizza - Pasta)
[Nagoya] 10 Recommended Restaurants to Savor Local Specialties like Hitsumabushi and Chicken Wings
Ankake Spaghetti is a Nagoya specialty wherein boiled spaghetti are dressed with a sauteed tomato-based sauce. Spaghetti House Chef Meieki Nishi Branch uses a special sweet and salty sauce cooked over 4 days. Don't miss their [Indian Vienna Sausage] (850 JPY) dressed with a slow-cooked curry sauce, and the [Deluxe Chef] (950 JPY) topped with ketchup, fried prawns and hotdogs!

Spaghetti House Chef Meiekinishi

Open: 11:00 am - 9:30 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
Closed: None
Average price: -
Access: A 5-minute walk from the Taiko-dori exit of the JR Nagoya station. 300m west of Bic Camera.
Address: 2-15-9 Noritake-cho , Nakamura-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi Map
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7. [Seafood] Kanda SAKUMA (Nagoya / Japanese cuisine)

7. [Seafood] Kanda SAKUMA (Nagoya / Japanese cuisine)
[Nagoya] 10 Recommended Restaurants to Savor Local Specialties like Hitsumabushi and Chicken Wings
Kaisendon is a typical Japanese dish that allows you to savor fresh raw fish and seashells. At Kanda SAKUMA, order the [Omakase Sashimi 3-kind Assortment] (1,480 JPY plus tax) or the [Deluxe Kaisendon Set], and you'll get to stuff your cheeks with natural seafood directly delivered from the fishing ports of Aichi and various other parts of Japan! Plus, on the menu there are 80 different types of sake that go great with seafood! It's a famed restaurant where you can eat your food while admiring the nightscape of Nagoya.

Japanese Food Restaurant and Bar, Kanda SAKUMA

Open: Lunch 11:00 am - 2:30 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm) / Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. for Food 10:00 pm, L.O. for Drink 10:30 pm)
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 6,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,300 JPY
Access: 1- 5 minutes walk from Nagoya Station on any line
Address: 3F, 3-28-12 Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya, Aichi Map
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8. [Ramen] Dai Nagoya Ichibanken (Nagoya / Ramen)

8. [Ramen] Dai Nagoya Ichibanken (Nagoya / Ramen)
[Nagoya] 10 Recommended Restaurants to Savor Local Specialties like Hitsumabushi and Chicken Wings
Ramen is originally from China, but in Japan it's prepared in a unique way that made it one of the most representative national noodles dishes. The originator of Nagoya Tonkotsu (pork-bones soup), Dai Nagoya Ichibanken, serves a [Deluxe White Tonkotsu Ramen] (880 JPY) as its flagship dish. Do flavor it with their Haccho miso-based [Black Spicy Miso]! By adding 300 JPY, you can also have [Genkotsu (thighbone) Karaage], dressed with their secret sauce, or some juicy and meaty [Gyoza].

Aged Tonkotsu Ramen Specialty Store Dai Nagoya Ichibanken

Open: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:55 pm)
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 1,000 JPY / [Lunch] 900 JPY
Access: 1- 5 minutes walk from Nagoya Station on any line
Address: B1, 3-28-12 Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya, Aichi Map
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9. [Sushi] Magurodo (Osu Kannon / Sushi)

9. [Sushi] Magurodo (Osu Kannon / Sushi)
[Nagoya] 10 Recommended Restaurants to Savor Local Specialties like Hitsumabushi and Chicken Wings
Combining fresh seafood with vinegared rice, sushi is undoubtedly the most representative delicacy of Japanese cuisine. Nigiri sushi is particularly popular all over the world. Kaisen Sushi Bar Magurodo offers reasonably priced authentic nigiri sushi, such as [Raw Maguro] (90 JPY plus tax), made with fresh bluefin tuna caught by their own fishing boat, and [Raw Hon-maguro Otoro] (360 JPY plus tax), that is premium fatty tuna carefully selected by the chef himself! It's one of those famous counter-only restaurants where you eat standing up!

Kaisen Sushi Bal Magurodo

Open: 5:00 pm - 00:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)
Closed: Wednesday
Average price: [Dinner] 2,500 JPY
Access: 3 minutes on foot from Osu Kannon Station on the Nagoya Municipal Subway Tsurumai Line. Located right around the corner from the Nishi Osu intersection entering from the east.
Address: Inside OSU MARCHE, 2-27-34 Osu, Naka-ku, Nagoya, Aichi Map
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10. [Kushikatsu Miso Oden] Yamatora (Nagoya / Japanese cuisine)

10. [Kushikatsu Miso Oden] Yamatora (Nagoya / Japanese cuisine)
[Nagoya] 10 Recommended Restaurants to Savor Local Specialties like Hitsumabushi and Chicken Wings
Head to Yamatora if you want to savor Nayoga's special miso oden with kushikatsu (fried skewers). Featuring a wagyu sinewy meat-flavored broth, their [Omakase 4-kind Assortment] (800 JPY plus tax), including daikon and egg, allows you to savor a total of 6 ingredients, so it's highly recommended! Made with just the tender parts of pork meat, their kushikatsu taste delicious with the red miso and tonkatsu sauce. Skewers start from 180 JPY (plus tax) each. You won't resist the umami (Japanese savory taste) of the meat combined with the light texture of the breadcrumbs!

Yamatora

Open: [Weekends and Holidays]11:00 am - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm) Last order for lunch is 2:50 pm.
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPY
Access: 1- 5 minutes walk from Nagoya Station on any line
Address: 3F, 3-28-12 Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya, Aichi Map
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This was our list of 10 recommended restaurants to savor all the delicious things Nagoya has to offer: hitsumabushi, chicken wings, Japanese ramen and seafood! Pick your favorites for your meals during your sightseeing in Nagoya!
Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.

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Publish-date: Apr 20 2020 Update-date: May 01 2020
Author: SAVOR JAPAN

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