If you're travelling around central Japan, you'll definitely come across Nagoya in transit. However, not only is it a transportation hub, it's a popular spot for business trips as well. Since you're here already, it'd be a waste not to enjoy the local cuisine. Read on to find the perfect place for business dinners, sightseeing trips, and even a taste of the local delights.
1. Chinese Taiwan Restaurant Misen
You won't find a local who doesn't know this place. This restaurant is pretty much known for being the birthplace of Taiwanese ramen, and should really be registered as a tourist destination. This restaurant delivers deliciously spicy flavor of Taiwanese ramen, lively atmosphere, a wide ranging menu, and that sense of security when you know you can order anything, and it'll taste amazing. This restaurant has an incredible presence in Nagoya.
The menu features over 100 different items. The [Stir Fry of Chinese Greens] with a strong flavor of garlic is perfect as an appetizer.
With seating for 280 people, the restaurant is always bustling!
Chinese Taiwan Restaurant Misen
: 5:30 pm - 2:00 am (L.O. 1:30 am)Closed
: None *Closed on December 31st and January 1stAverage price
: [Dinner] 2,000 JPYAccess
: Very near Imaike Station Exit 9 (sign located just outside the exit of the station building)Address
: 1-12-10, Imaike, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi (Map
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2. Spaghetti House Chef Meiekinishi Branch
If you're looking for Nagoya's local cuisine, ankake (starchy sauce) pasta, look no further than this highly recommended restaurant that specializes in this very dish. From the Shinkansen Gate of Nagoya Station, it's a 5-minute walk to the restaurant where you can marvel at the skills of the chefs who have dedicated their careers to mastering the ankake sauce. The menu features dishes with fun toppings, all of which are pretty filling, so it's recommended that you come with a large appetite!
Enjoy the nostalgic taste of the wide noodles coated in a rich and thick sauce
Everything from the sauce to the dressing is handmade
Spaghetti House Chef Meiekinishi Branch
: 11:00 am - 9:30 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)Closed
: A 5-minute walk from the Taiko-dori Side of Nagoya station. 300m west of Bic CameraAddress
: 2-15-9, Noritake-cho, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi. (Map
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3. Maruya Honten Meieki Branch
Directly connected to Nagoya Station, this restaurant is famous for its hitsumabushi (Nagoya style grilled eel). It is open from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm, and is definitely worth a visit in between work appointments. Its convenient location has made it an excellent option for those traveling for business. As popular as the food court of a department store, this restaurant has gained a strong following, and you'll even see locals queuing for it. If you have some time in Nagoya Station among your busy schedule, make sure to visit Maruya Honten Meieki Branch!
The eel is aromatically grilled to a superb finish with a secret sauce that has been continuously added to over the last 160 years
Their takeout menu features numerous items. Make your trip luxurious
Maruya Honten Meieki Branch
: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)Closed
: None, except when the department store is closed *Reservations accepted for weekdays onlyAverage price
: 2,500 JPYAccess
: From Nagoya Station, go to the 9th floor of Meitetsu Department StoreAddress
: 9F, Meitetsu Department Store, 1-2-1, Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi (Map
4. Tonkatsu Ozeki Main Branch
[Miso Katsu] (fried pork cutlet with thick miso sauce) is a must-eat at this well-loved local restaurant. If you're hoping to try miso katsu, which has been said to be the face of the red miso culture, then there's no better place than this well-established Western-influenced Japanese cuisine restaurant. The [Tonkatsu] (fried pork cutlet) that you'll find on their signature menu is made from locally-bred and fine-grained Mugi pork, which happens to complement the miso sauce marvelously. You'll surely enjoy the unique taste of this local dish!
Reduced portion set meals are also available
It's said that the classic, unchanged flavor has led to multi-generational patronage from the locals.
Tonkatsu Ozeki Main Branch
: [Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - Sunday] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm, Dinner 4:30 pm - 9:00 pmClosed
: Wednesday *Open on national holidaysAverage price
: [Dinner] 1,600 JPY / [Lunch] 1,600 JPYAccess
: An 8-minute walk from Entrance 1 of Nakamura Kuyakusho Station. Head west along Taiko Street, and turn right at the Softbank Daimon Branch. From there it's approximately 50mAddress
: 1-6, Meiraku-cho, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi (Map
Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.