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…

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…

Manshouen (満正苑 )

I recently discovered that Manshouen in Yojiro is the original restaurant of a chain of Chinese restaurants located around Kagoshima city. You might have seen the sign or even dined at the Kagoshima Chuo station location, but I can only speak for the restaurant located around the corner from Nishimuta and Yonemori Hospital in Yojiro. If you don’t have…

Tomatonomi (トマトの実)

Fresh handmade pasta is a level above your typical dried noodle and once you’ve tried it you might never want to eat that dried stuff again. This little restaurant near Aratahachiman station (street trolley stop) in the area of the city called kishaba serves a number, albeit limited, of appetizing pasta dishes. I have to emphasize here that the restaurant…

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…