The 10 unmissable restaurants in Western Honshu (Chugoku), July 2019

Publish-date: Jul 02 2019 Update-date: Jul 11 2019
Author: SAVOR JAPAN

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The 10 unmissable restaurants in Western Honshu (Chugoku), July 2019

Planning a trip to Western Honshu (Chugoku) and looking for something specific to eat? There are plenty of restaurants to suit every tastes. Discover the best places to eat here, from traditional meal and quintessentially comfort food to western-style dishes and varied ethnic cuisine.

1. Hiroshima ANDERSEN Kamiya-cho

1. Hiroshima ANDERSEN Kamiya-cho
The 10 unmissable restaurants in Western Honshu (Chugoku), July 2019
Hiroshima Andersen Kamiya-cho features a bakery on the first floor and a cafe on the second floor. This is the flagship store of the popular bakery, Andersen. In addition to foods that pair with bread, delicatessen items, wine, and cheeses, there is also a range of lifestyle goods like flowers to decorate your dining table, party goods, gifts, and even cultural glasses. The second-floor cafe serves soups and salads that are great for breakfast and lunch and french toast that is popular for afternoon tea. The dinner menu includes beef stew, which is made with each season's fresh ingredients. The cafe has a fresh atmosphere and is decorated with Northern European furniture. You'll surely feel the warmth of the wood surrounding you in its stylish space.

Hiroshima ANDERSEN Kamiya-cho

Open: First Floor Bakery: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm / Second Floor Cafe: Breakfast 7:30 am - 11:00 am, Lunch 11:00 am - 5:00 pm, Dinner 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Sunday/National Holidays 7:30 am - 7:00 pm)
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 4,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,300 JPY
Access: Around a 3-minute walk from Hiroshima Electric Railway [Kamiya-cho-nishi Station] or the Hondori stop on the Hiroden Bus route towards Hiroshima-Nishi Airport.
Address: 2-2-2, Kamiya-cho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima city, Hiroshima (Map)
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2. Chugoku Ryori Mataichi Bekkan

Chugoku Ryori Mataichi Bekkan cuisine
Chugoku Ryori Mataichi Bekkan floor
Mataichi offers a rich variety of authentic Cantonese cuisine, from menu staples to more extravagant dishes. Both the al la carte options and the well-structured set menus are excellent. The large restaurant space creates a calming atmosphere. Even single diners are welcome to pop by, whether for lunch or dinner. Please also consider this restaurant as a venue for your event or reception because they have private rooms with tables and tatami-mat seating. They have a range of multi-course set menus with an additional all-you-can-drink option. They also have karaoke facilities and offer a free shuttle bus service. They are flexible enough to meet the varying needs of the customers, including for outside catering and takeout.

Chugoku Ryori Mataichi Bekkan

Open: [Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - Sunday, National Holidays] Lunch 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. Daily lunch special only available on weekdays / Dinner 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm (L.O. 8:50) Open Wednesday falling on Holidays
Closed: Wednesday
Average price: [Dinner] 5,000 JPY / [Lunch] 870 JPY
Access: A two-minute drive from the Seto-Chuo Expressway’s Kojima Interchange (head toward central Kojima).
Address: 149 Kojimamotohama-cho, Kurashiki, Okayama (Map)
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3. Ajisai Shin

3. Ajisai Shin
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The popular [sesame tofu croquette] contains savory seasonal ingredients like shrimp and lily bulbs. The presentation and the dinnerware are both Western-style, and  smother it in the savory homemade sauce for a novel treat. Here at Ajisai Shin, they use fresh seasonal ingredients that they order from local farms to prepare a variety of dishes. Among them, they serve rare "yellow chives" - a local specialty of Okayama - in an egg stew along with icefish that pair perfectly with their flavor. The chef Nogami takes fresh seasonal fish and produce to paint each dish with the color of the season. Preserving the Japanese culinary tradition of making meals that impress one with the changing times of the year, Nogami offers these ancient delights in a casual, open atmosphere. The chef acquired 23 years of culinary experience in Japanese cuisine. He opened Ajisai Shin because he wanted his customers to have a restaurant where they could feel free to just drop in for some Japanese food without the formality or expense they might find elsewhere. Savor his heartfelt offerings at reasonable prices.

Ajisai Shin

Open: [Weekdays, Saturday, national holidays, days before national holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm (last order 1:30 pm) / Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (last order 10:30 pm)
Closed: Mondays
Average price: [Dinner] 4,500 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPY
Access: We are located south of Okayama station. Go directly east of the street between Vivre Buildings A and B and we will be on your left after about 10 metres.
Address: Saiwai-cho Bldg. 1F, 2-21 Saiwai-cho , Kita-ku, Okayama, Okayama (Map)
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4. Sky Restaurant and Lounge L&R

Sky Restaurant and Lounge L&R cuisine
Sky Restaurant and Lounge L&R floor
[Sky Restaurant and Lounge L&R], with a sophisticated atmosphere, is directly connected to Hiroshima Station. The motto is to offer friendly services in a classy and stylish space. Enjoy the classic French cuisine bringing out the original tastes of seasonal ingredients for lunch and dinner. Please visit this restaurant with an exquisite view of Hiroshima spreading out  right and left, for various occasions such as lunch, café, dinner, and bar. 

Sky Restaurant and Lounge L&R

Open: Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm / Tea Time 11:30 m - 5:00 pm * tea time is only available on Weekends, and on National Holidays / Dinner 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm / Bar Time 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 4,000 JPY / [Lunch] 2,500 JPY
Access: 2 minutes walk from the Shinkansen Exit of JR Hiroshima Station. On 21F of the HOTEL GRANVIA HIROSHIMA
Address: 21F, HOTEL GRANVIA HIROSHIMA, 1-5, Matsubara-cho, Minami-ku, Hiroshima city, Hiroshima (Map)
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5. Japanese Cuisine Setouchi

Japanese Cuisine Setouchi cuisine
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Enjoy the best ingredients of the season at this Japanese restaurant [Setouchi]. They serve dishes in a relaxing space imaging the Inland Sea of Japan. Please visit this restaurant for various occasions such as an auspicious event, memorial service, school union, and for entertaining clients, as various types of private rooms and reserved spaces are available. Also, this location is ideal for business occasions as they are directly connected to the Shinkansen Exit of Hiroshima Station. For details, please do not hesitate to inquire with the restaurant. 

Japanese Cuisine Setouchi

Open: Breakfast: 7:00 am - 10:00 am / Lunch 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm) / Dinner 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm)
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 5,000 JPY
Access: 1 minute walk from the north exit (Shinkansen Exit) of Hiroshima Station. On 2F of the HOTEL GRANVIA HIROSHIMA
Address: 2F, HOTEL GRANVIA HIROSHIMA, 1-5, Matsubara-cho, Minami-ku, Hiroshima city, Hiroshima (Map)
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6. Cafe and Buffet Dish Parade

Cafe and Buffet Dish Parade cuisine
Cafe and Buffet Dish Parade floor
[Directly connected to Hiroshima Station] This restaurant is on the second floor of the HOTEL GRANVIA HIROSHIMA. Three generations of family can enjoy this buffet restaurant, consisting of the [buffet area] where the chef cooks dishes in front of the guests, and the bright [guest seating area] with a motif of nature to create a relaxing and open atmosphere. Not only the taste, but enjoying the smell, sound, sight, etc. of the cooking which will stimulate your five senses. This restaurant offers various kinds of menu to please a wide range of guests from children to seniors and has been loved by many guests.

Cafe and Buffet Dish Parade

Open: Lunch: [Weekdays] 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (L.O. 2:15 pm) [Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (two-part system; 11:30 am-1:00 pm and 1:15 pm-3:00 pm. L.O is 15 minutes before each closing time) Dinner: 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm (L.O. 8:45 pm) /* Average Price [Weekday] Lunch 2,000 JPY / Dinner 3,200 JPY [Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] Lunch 2,300 JPY / Dinner 3,800 JPY
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 3,200 JPY / [Lunch] 2,000 JPY
Access: Directly connected to JR Hiroshima Station. 2 minutes walk from the north exit (Shinkansen Exit) 
Address: 2F, HOTEL GRANVIA HIROSHIMA, 1-5, Matsubara-cho, Minami-ku, Hiroshima city, Hiroshima (Map)
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7. Sawatdee Lemongrass Grill

Sawatdee Lemongrass Grill cuisine
Sawatdee Lemongrass Grill floor
Their signature Pu Nim Pad Pong Curry uses crab that has recently shed its shell. In order to enrich the flavor and temper the spiciness, they add in eggs to create a mild, easy-to-eat dish. The soft-shell crab in this popular Thai dish features lots of umami (pleasant savory taste) to enjoy. They source the Thai seasonings and vegetables from an import company, and reproduce authentic Thai flavors by balancing spicy, sweet, and sour flavors, and adding fragrant herbs. They also feature a selection of Thai beer and other alcohol to pair with the food. Their “Thai Select” designation is an official restaurant certification from Thailand, so their dishes are based on genuine Thai cooking. However, don't hesitate to ask to adjust the spiciness of any dish. Their entire staff is considerate and attentive when it comes to hospitality, and they work hard to create a pleasant atmosphere. With furniture and dishware all imported from Thailand, and genuine Thai food made by real Thai chefs, the restaurant will make you feel as though you have opened a door and walked into the fascinating country of Thailand.

Sawatdee Lemongrass Grill

Open: Lunch 11:00 am - 2:30 pm (last order 2:00 pm) / [Monday -Thursday, Sunday] Dinner 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm (last order 10:00 pm) [Friday/Saturday] Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (last order 10:30 pm)
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPY
Access: 1-minute walk from Hatchobori Station on the Hiroden Hakushima Line. Walk in the direction of Heiwa Odori on Chuo-dori, and it will be on your right past the first stoplight.
Address: 4F Mozart House, 5-2 Horikawa-cho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima, Hiroshima (Map)
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8. Self Udon Tanukiya

Self Udon Tanukiya cuisine
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Their most precious dashi soup stock here at Tanukiya. You can savor it most simply and directly with the kake udon (thick wheat noodles).  They make the dashi stock from kombu kelp harvested near Hokkaido's Rebun Island, and when their guests hear that, some are shocked that they would use such high quality kombu as soup stock. But while they offer reasonable prices, they are dedicated to not making compromises where they shouldn't. Just because they call themselves a "self" udon (thick wheat noodle) restaurant, it doesn't mean that they don't pay attention to the guests, and they endeavor to get the freshly made food out on time. They also remember the faces and preferences of the regulars and work hard to ensure that you enjoy yourself. In the vegetable tempura they do their best to use locally harvested produce, like lotus root from Tsurajima in Kurashiki and sweet potatoes from Naruto. They get the seasonal vegetables from a green-grocer and prepare the delicious fried tempura from scratch.

Self Udon Tanukiya

Open: [Monday-Wednesday / Friday-Sunday / Public holiday / Pre-holiday] Normal hours: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Closed: Sundays
Average price: [Dinner] 500 JPY / [Lunch] 500 JPY
Access: 5 minutes' walk south from the Okayama City Waterworks Department. 2 minutes' walk from the Seishin Iryo Center-mae stop on the Okaden Bus line.
Address: 2-2-1 Higashi Furumatsu, Kita-ku, Okayama-shi, Okayama (Map)
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9. Washoku Dining Kuriya-sen ANA CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL OKAYAMA

 Washoku Dining  Kuriya-sen     ANA CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL OKAYAMA cuisine
 Washoku Dining  Kuriya-sen     ANA CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL OKAYAMA floor
In Japanese cuisine, they are very particular about soup stock and raw ingredients. The restaurant also takes great care with taste and appearance. Another goal of Japanese cuisine is to visually entertain you while they are cooking. They don't just follow tradition, but also sometimes serve Western dishes. They feature Japanese courses including meat dishes. They procure the highest quality Japanese beef, regardless of its location in Japan. They use meat with elegant fat that enhances the original taste of lean meat. Many people do not go to Japanese restaurants in hotels, thinking they are only for special occasions. They want to show you how good it is, making sure to greet the young customers in order to make them feel at ease. They have two private rooms with a table and a sunken kotatsu (traditional under-table heating) respectively in the wide restaurant, which can be used for a meeting or reception. In particular, the main dining room "Kyoyama" has a big window, which has a beautiful night view of Okayama City.

Washoku Dining Kuriya-sen ANA CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL OKAYAMA

Open: Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm (Saturday / Sunday / Public Holiday 11:30 am - 3:00 pm) / Dinner 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm (last order 9:30 pm) / Morning 6:45 am - 10:00 am
Closed: None
Average price: -
Access: Directly connected through a connecting bridge from JR Okayama Station.
Address: 20F ANA crown plaza hotel Okayama, 15-1 Ekimotomachi, Kitaku, Okayama, Okayama (Map)
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10. Reichan

Reichan cuisine
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“Ika kyodai” (squid brothers) contains raw squid and squid tempura (fried). You do not have to be a connoisseur to fall for this delicious dish, in which the smell and taste of raw squid and the texture and flavor of the fried squid can be savored. Take cabbage or scallions for example, which change in quality depending on the season. Here, they source them based on the best areas depending on the time of year. The pork, eggs, noodles and sauces were sought out to best fit with okonomiyaki (Japanese savory pancake). They strive for excellent in-store service, so they take your order while you stand in line and begin preparing it before you are seated. The goal is to feed you quickly while still preparing each dish with the utmost care. The gold badge is only awarded to members of the grilling staff who passed the grilling test. It is a symbolic badge of Reichan. With in-company testing, they strive to keep the skills and motivation of the staff up, to always serve delicious okonomiyaki.

Reichan

Open: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm (last order 9:30 pm)
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 999 JPY
Access: It is on the second floor of the Hiroshima station building "Asse."
Address: 2F Hiroshima Station Building ASSE, 2-37 Matsubara-cho, Minami-ku, Hiroshima, Hiroshima (Map)
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Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.
Publish-date: Jul 02 2019 Update-date: Jul 11 2019
Author: SAVOR JAPAN

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