Where to Try Your First Grilled Eel in Japan, According to the Locals
You can't go wrong with these choices.
There are several things you just have to try when you’re in Japan: the ramen, the sushi, and of course, the unagi or eel. There are three ways you can enjoy the
In Japan, one of the best places to try grilled eel is in Nagoya. Here, we share six of the best restaurants that serve
Hitsumabushi Uya Meieki Store
Located on the west side of Midland Square, Hitsumabushi Uya Meieki Store carefully chooses eels that are juicy and thick. Depending on your mood and budget, you can order the regular-sized Uya Hitsumabushi (¥3,080), the smaller Hime Hitsumabushi (¥2,050) or the family-style Uya Oke, which comes in three sizes: Matsu (5 people for ¥16,200), Take (4 people for ¥12,960), and Ume (3 people for ¥9,720)—all of which come with a clear soup with eel liver.
Hitsumabushi Uya Meieki Store is located at 4-4-16, Meieki, Nakamura Ward, Nagoya City, Aichi. They’re open from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on weekends.
A long-established eel restaurant that has been in operation since 1960, Unatoyo highlights the original flavor of the eel by balancing the rich yet mellow taste of the eel
Hitsumabushi Nagoya Bincho
At Hitsumabushi Nagoya Bincho, you can enjoy your eel as the locals do. The sauce, which is created using local soy cause and sweet sake, permeates the eel deeply, giving it a thick flavor. The plump rice that comes with the dish is also cooked with full care. You can find this restaurant inside the historic Dai Nagoya Building and close to Nagoya Station
If you’re feeling indulgent, try the charcoal-grilled blue eel at Unafuji. Crisp on the outside and plump and juicy on the inside, it comes with a sauce that’s simple and thick, which only serves to enhance the taste of the eel. The restaurant is located near Tsurumai Park, a park known for its beautiful cherry blossom trees.
Unafuji is located at 1-1-4, Shirokane, Showa Ward, Nagoya City, Aichi. They’re open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily except Wednesdays and the first and third Tuesdays of the month.
Not far from Sakae City is an up and coming eel restaurant that dedicates their eel to the god of Ise Shrine. Try their Jou-