Issaku(一昨)

I have been to a lot of Japanese restaurants around Japan. I switched over to a tourist visa after finishing a stint as an English teacher on the JET program and ate my way from Hokkaido to Kagoshima. I am pretty sure that I never tried any of the dishes that I had at Issaku….

Tenjin Boumarushin (天神房丸新)

Tenjin Boumarushin is a handmade soba restaurant located on the second floor of a cement building in Tenmonkan. If you’re a soba lover, like me, you’ll notice that soba places are becoming increasingly harder to find in the midst of the ramen boom. This shop is much more expensive than the chain restaurant Sobachaya Fukiagean and has far…

Ajimori (あぢもり)

I have been trying to go Ajimori (technically, it’s supposed to be “Adimori” in English, but that doesn’t make sense to me) for a while now and finally got in without a reservation last night. This restaurant is open from 11:30am-2:30pm for lunch and from 5:30pm-9:30pm for dinner which means that you can only actually…

Japanese Cuisine Rakusui (割烹 楽水)

If you’re looking for somewhere to take a special someone who adores Japanese food and an intimate dining experience, Rakusui is absolutely the place to go. Located in Shiroyama Hotel on the top of Mt. Shiroyama, this may have been one of the first places you visited when you first arrived in Kagoshima, and where you…

Juan (寿庵)

Juan is a very nice shabu shabu restaurant that I just discovered is a local chain restaurant (in this case there are only three locations, all in Kagoshima) that’s part of the J-F group that apparently dominates Kagoshima. If you click on the link to the J-F group, you’ll find an English option, but it’s…

Ichinisan (いちにいさん)

Ichinisan has multiple locations around Japan but this review is for the main location near Kotsukigawa in Kagoshima city. I highly recommend the steamed kurobuta (black pork) shabu shabu pictured below. You will get a wooden steamer box with a layer of vegetables (cabbage, broccoli, sliced carrots and onions), that the server will top with a…

Tempura Tenyu (天ぷら 天友)

Tempura Tenyu provides a small and intimate dining experience featuring everything you never even thought could be turned into tempura. This small shop can only hold 10 diners, six seats at the counter so you can watch the chef do his tempura magic, and four seats at a table where you still have a good…

Miracle Chicken Yarou (ミラクルチキン野郎)

Miracle Chicken Yarou is by far one of my favorite places for birthday dinners and to take visitors from out of town. If you make a reservation, the staff with gift you with a nice little sign that says your name and screams “we were anxiously anticipating your arrival.” The servers at this restaurant are all…

Sobachaya Fukiagean (そば茶屋吹上庵)

Do you know what a seven tier stack of soba looks like? Well, I’d say it looks like deliciousness in the form of every topping you didn’t know you could put on buckwheat noodles. Pictured below, starting from the front left is soba topped with dried seaweed (nori), moving to the right we have marinated shiitake…

Kurokatsutei (黒かつ亭)

If you are in Kagoshima and have not tried tonkatsu (pork cutlets) yet, now is the time to jump on the bandwagon (unless you are following a kosher, halal, or vegetarian diet whereby you can skip this post). You may have already noticed that the staple foods in Kagoshima tend to have “black” in the…

Cocoichirin (ココイチリン)

I found this restaurant while en route to the post office (higashiyubinkyoku) from the Kagoshima City Hall. I was hungry and I saw a sign that said LUNCH 750JPY and my stomach started acting up so I went in. I didn’t realize it until I looked around a bit but this little cafe seems to be more…

Gyu do!

BEEF! It’s what’s for dinner (or lunch). This restaurant specializes in all things beef, thus the name, “gyu” (Japanese for beef) and “do” which I suppose can be interpreted as you like. This restaurant serves both lunch and dinner but I’ve only been here for lunch thus far. What caught my eye was the picture…