These Restaurants Prove That Nagoya’s Gastronomical Scene Is Continuously Evolving
It's where local Japanese dishes meet Western-style cooking.
If you haven’t heard of miso-katsu and hitsumabushi yet, it’s only a matter of time before you do. These classic Nagoya dishes are going through a renaissance thanks to a number of food establishments in the Aichi Prefecture that are putting a new spin on them. From a hatcho-miso restaurant to a coffee shop, here are a few of them that aren’t afraid to break tradition.
Okazaki Kakukyu Hatchomura
69 Oukan-dori, Aza, Hatcho-cho, Okazaki City, Aichi
Contact: +81-564-21-1355 (Kakukyu Hatcho Miso Hatcho Miso no Sato)
The restaurants’ opening time depends on the stores. However, the food court is closed at the end of the year and during New Year’s holidays. The Ganso Grilled Curry by Santa is closed on Mondays. If the Monday falls on a holiday, then it is closed on the following day.
Okazaki Kakukyu Hatchomura is a food court that Kakukyu, an old hatcho-miso store, has been running since the Edo period. Within it are three places that serve delicious Hatcho-miso, namely the Eating place Kyuuemon, Q to CAFÉ, and the Ganso Grilled Curry by Santa.
Ganso Grilled Curry by Santa’s Hatcho-miso Okazaki Ohan Egg Curry Casserole Dish has a rich, original taste.
The Hatcho-miso Okazaki Ouhan Egg Curry Casserole Dish (¥980) of Ganso Grilled Curry by Santa is a limited winter menu item that was launched last October. The dish’s rich flavors come from adding the Hatcho-miso sauce to the special curry made with domestically produced beef sinew.
Enjoy a salty and sweet flavor combination with Q to CAFÉ’s Miso Ice Cream Ogura Burger.
The Miso Ice Cream Ogura Burger (¥600) of Q to CAFÉ is a miso ice cream dish consisting of whipped cream on top of ogura bean paste with Hatcho-miso powder sprinkled over it. The similarity of the burger’s taste to salted caramel will have you ordering a second serving of the dish.
1-13-36 Nishiki, Naka-ku, Nagoya City, Aichi
Open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., and from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. The shop is closed on Sundays and on holidays.
Kissa Kobekan is a traditional coffee shop where you can get a taste of amazing home-roasted coffee. Apart from this, the shop serves their famous Grilled Ogura Toast (¥650) whose recipe took five months to perfect and create. Once you pour the shop’s homemade syrup fashioned from dark roasted coffee over the dish, the sweet ogura bean paste and the bitter coffee melt together to create a delicate mix of flavors that customers will surely love.
The Grilled Ogura Toast is served both hot and cold.
1-507 Makinosato, Meito-ku, Nagoya City, Aichi
Open from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The restaurant is closed on Monday evenings and on Tuesdays.
Oniyon is an Italian restaurant that was established 30 years ago and is known for serving delectable and filling pasta dishes. Fans of thick-sauced spaghetti will especially enjoy the restaurant’s Carbonara (¥1,150) whose rich cream sauce has a spicy kick.
The Carbonara’s (¥1,150) sweet-tasting sauce gradually turns spicy after the first bite.
Atsuta Horaiken Matsuzakaya Chikaten
Inside Gochisou Paradise B1 Main Building, Matsuzakaya Nagoya Store 3-16-1 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya City, Aichi
Open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The shop’s closed days follow that of Matsuzakaya Nagoya Store’s schedule.
Atsuta Horaiken Matsuzakaya Chikaten is a specialized takeout store run by a traditional restaurant that started in 1873. The shop’s menu includes the Unagimabushi Norimaki (¥1,900), which is made using the same ingredients as their famous Hitsumabushi (¥3,570). There, you can also enjoy a variety of dishes whipped up by professionals using different kinds of sauces and selected eels.
1-18-16 Noritake, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya City, Aichi
Open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (The shop’s opening hours is subject to change). The shop is closed on Sundays.
Asahiya is an udon shop that has been well-loved by the locals for the past 80 years for its reasonable pricing and hearty menu. Each year, the store rearranges its menu based on the customers’ recommendations.
One of the most popular items in their menu is the Baked Thick Kishimen (¥720), which is a 1.5-centimeter-thick soft kishimen coupled with homemade yakiniku sauce. Aside from this, sakura shrimp, pork, and egg are also served with the dish on a cast-iron pan.
The texture of the noodles of the Baked Thick Kishimen is different from those of the udon and regular pasta.
Fresh Pasta Expert Store Spakin
Kyouei Building B1 3-4-15 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya City, Aichi
Open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Last order is at 9:30 p.m.) The shop has no closed days.
The pasta used in the dishes of Fresh Pasta Expert Store Spakin is handmade every day using original blended flour and a vacuum noodle-making machine. At the store, you can enjoy more than 20 kinds of meat sauce flavors, select your toppings, and decide on how much pasta you want for your meal.
We highly recommend you try Nagoya’s Great White Meat Sauce (¥972), which won second place in the New Nagoya Food General Election 2017 and mix it with the shop’s secret white cream.
Nagoya’s Great White Meat Sauce
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Tokai Walker™ (28 November 2018)