Reimen (cold noodles) is one of the signature dishes of the city of Morioka, Iwate. If you are ever in Iwate, you will definitely want to try Morioka Reimen at least once, as it is different from the reimen you can get in other places. The slippery and springy noodles create perfect chemistry with the clear soup, and you can adjust the spiciness to your liking. Morioka reimen is so good that you will be hooked after just one bite, which is why the dish has fans all over Japan. With that, here are three restaurants in Iwate where you can try this dish.
1. Genghis Khan Tonoya
In addition to delicious reimen, you can enjoy Genghis Khan(Japanese mutton and vegetable dish) with a special homemade sauce at this restaurant, which has a warm, wooden interior. There is also an affordable all-you-can-eat course that will let you eat plenty of food. It is recommended to enjoy some beer or shochu (a type of Japanese alcohol) along with the freshly cooked meat. This restaurant is quite spacious, so you can relax and indulge in the casual dining experience.
The [Premium Lamb Loin] has a mild flavor and tender texture.
The homemade special sauce is slightly spicy and pairs perfectly with lamb!
Genghis Khan Tonoya
: [Weekdays] Hours 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:30 pm)
[Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays] Hours 12:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:30 pm)Closed
: MondaysAverage price
: [Dinner] 2,500 JPY / [Lunch] 980 JPYAccess
: A ten minute walk from Morioka Station. Make a turn at Tohoku Bank on Odori toward MOSS building, and it will be on your right hand side.Address
: 3-1-30 Odori , Morioka, Iwate
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2. Gyugyu Main Branch
You can enjoy carefully-selected wagyu (a type of high-quality beef) in a relaxing atmosphere at Gyugyu Main Branch. This place is recommended for a wide variety of occasions, from enjoying a quiet meal to yourself to celebrating with your family or even hosting business dinners. They pay special care to bring out the flavor in each and every ingredient on the menu and even apply special cutting techniques to the meat to best bring out its natural umami (Japanese savory taste).
The [Thick-cut Beef Tongue (Salt)] has the perfect texture and umami.
Rank-up your meal with the perfect combination of high-quality meat and wine.
Gyugyu Main Branch
: [Monday, Wednesday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm)
[Sunday, National Holidays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm)
[Monday, Wednesday - Saturday, Day before National Holidays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:30 pm)Closed
: TuesdayAverage price
: [Dinner] 3,500 JPY / [Lunch] 900 JPY
: 15-minute walk from Kamaishi Station. Enter Prefectural Road 4 from Kamaishi Expressway and keep heading east. It is to the right of Kamaishi Bay Hotel.Address
: 1-1-4, Tadakoe-cho, Kamaishi-shi, Iwate (Map
This izakaya (Japanese pub) is so devoted to its Morioka Reimen, and the recipe takes over 6 hours to make! Other than reimen, you can also enjoy high-quality domestic beef in its casual atmosphere. There is a wide variety of exquisite dishes to choose from, including yakiniku (Japanese BBQ) choices such as rare cuts like the [Special Wagyu Skirt] and the [Special Beef Tongue], which is of a high-quality even when compared to other domestic beef. The [Morioka Reimen] is made with a beef-bone broth that is simmered for over 6 hours and has a simple and refreshing taste that still lets you enjoy the depth of flavor of the beef. You will become hooked on this unique dish after ordering it once.
You can enjoy fresh domestic beef to your heart's content!
The [Daily 3-kind Assortment] changes every day, so you can enjoy a new experience every time you visit!
: [Weekdays, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 3:00 am (Food L.O. 2:00 am, Drinks L.O. 2:30 am)
[National Holidays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm) *Open on Sunday if Monday is a national holidayClosed
: SundayAverage price
: [Dinner] 3,900 JPYAccess
: 15-minute walk from Morioka Station, across the street from the LiRiO parking lot.Address
: 1F, Iwate Kairen Bldg., 2-1-7, Chuo-dori, Morioka-shi, Iwate (Map
Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.