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…

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…

Backerei Danken (バッカラいダンケん)

Backerei Danken is a bakery located five minutes from Kagoshima Chuo station on foot, on the first floor of the same building as L’oro di Napoli (and down the street from Kurokatsutei). It’s a great bakery to drop by for an on-the-go breakfast before riding the train from Chuo station, or to drop in to have a light lunch of…

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…

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…

Mekkemon (めっけもん)

My favorite sushi restaurant of all time. Everyone should go here at least once if they visit Kagoshima (and are not completely against the idea of fresh, raw fish). The actual cuts of fish that you get served here are significantly larger than those you would get at any other conveyer belt sushi restaurant, and…

Noodle Laboratory Kintoun (ヌードル ラボラトリー金斗雲)

The best ramen shop I’ve been to in Kagoshima thus far. I’ve been here at least four times at this point and, without fail, the ramen has been excellent every single time. The menu consists of four basic options starting at 700 JPY: Assari (which can be translated into simple, meaning their most basic ramen,…

L’oro di Napoli (ロロ ディ ナポリ)

Craving a delicious brick oven pizza? This Italian restaurant smells like pizza heaven and could become your pizza safe haven. This restarant serves both lunch and dinner and is packed in the evenings. I’ve heard that you absolutely have to make a reservation for dinner but I slyly slipped in on a Tuesday evening an…

Tomato Ramen (麺屋とまと 天文館店)

I was skeptical of this place at first as I typically try to find balanced meal options rather than ramen  that I avoid due to the excessive salt content. Nonetheless, ramen is a guilty pleasure that I allow myself to indulge in every now and then. The best way to describe the food here is…

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…