These Restaurants in Japan Were Featured in the Michelin Guide 2019 Special Edition
They serve great food at reasonable prices!
The area around Shinsakaemachi Station, which is three stations away from Nagoya Station and one station away from Sakae Station, is actually home to plenty of hidden restaurants. In this article, we introduce three exquisite but affordable restaurants that were selected as Bib Gourmand and Michelin Plate in the Michelin Guide Aichi/Gifu/Mie 2019 Special Edition.
Sushiya Tonbo is a well-known restaurant that serves outstanding dishes made with premium ingredients. The rice used for Shari (sushi rice) consists of Sasanishiki from Miyagi Prefecture, while the vinegar that they use is mixed with red vinegar from Iio Brewery in Kyoto.
Clockwise from the front right: Aji (horse mackerel, ¥129), Kurumaebi (tiger prawn, ¥345), Torotaku (fatty tuna roll with pickled daikon radish, ¥561), Tamago (Japanese-style omelet, ¥129), Honmaguro Akami (Bluefin tuna red meat, ¥345), Anago (conger eel, ¥345)
You can enjoy authentic Edomae sushi at the restaurant for a price starting from ¥129 a piece. The sushi is handmade by a sushi chef who had his training at the long-established sushi restaurant, Yoshino Sushi Honten in Tokyo.
Aside from that, the Nigiri Lunches are also quite affordable. Price starts from ¥1,080. Not only are these lunches inexpensive, but looking at them is enough to make you drool. Once you start eating, you’ll appreciate the unity between the ingredients and shari, as well as the dishes’ excellent texture.
The Nigiri Lunch tastes luxurious!
Sushiya Tonbo is located at Higashisakura Gold Bldg., 2-18-30 Higashisakura, Chuo District, Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture and is open from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. (It closes as soon as the products are sold out) daily except Saturdays and Japanese holidays. You may contact them at +81-52-932-7160.
Gyozaya Tatsumi opened in 2014 after the restaurant owner inherited the name of the Chinese restaurant run by his parents. Even when there is a restriction in ordering dumplings there (limited to two servings per person), the dumplings are still often sold out before closing time.
The Beer Set (starts from ¥1,050) is made up of snacks, grilled dumplings, and beer.
The restaurant owner, who had his training at a Chinese restaurant for about 30 years, was the one who developed the original dumpling. Simmered chicken soup is kneaded into the insides of the dumplings, and wrapped in chewy skin, then grilled. Upon taking a bite, you’ll feel the soup overflowing. Since it contains many vegetables and doesn’t use any garlic, the dumplings produce a refreshing taste.
Other menu items, like the Tamago Chahan (Egg Fried Rice, ¥550), are also popular.
Gyozaya Tatsumi is located at Chateau Akizuki, 2-8-13 Shinsakae, Chuo District, Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture and is open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. (It closes as soon as the products are sold out) daily except Tuesdays. You may contact them at +81-52-261-3011.
Okan to vin Meshi Kuize
Okan to vin Meshi Kuize is a restaurant that opened in 2017. The restaurant owner is both a liquor and food lover. Since the owner wants his customers to mainly experience the taste of Kanzake, the only sake offered at the restaurant is Japanese sake (from ¥756/bottle) and Kanzake. They serve about 100 types of sake mostly from Itakura Brewery in Shimane Prefecture and Yamane Brewery in Tottori Prefecture.
Front to back: Kamorosu Shoyuni (Stewed Roast Duck with Soy Sauce, ¥756) and Suigyu (Buffalo) Mozzarella Cheese and Fruit Tomato (medium, ¥2,160)
All the dishes in the restaurant, including Kamorosu Shoyuni, go well with sake. We highly recommend trying the Suigyu Mozzarella Cheese and Fruit Tomato with the Mukyutenonamakumo Kimoto Junmai Ginjo Kairyo Omachi (kind of sake, ¥864/cup).
You can actually drink one cup of sake every day for one month if you avail of the restaurant’s pass worth ¥2,000.
Okan to vin Meshi Kuize is located at Avantage Aoi, 2-11-22 Aoi, Higashi District, Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture and is open from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays and from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturdays. Closed on Sundays and Japanese holidays. You may contact them at +81-52-932-2322.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Tokai Walker™ (23 September 2019)