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…

Cafe 369

I have walked by Cafe 369 on so many occasions and finally gave into the signboards that advertising an all-too-enticing homemade soft serve ice cream. I will admit that I was pretty disappointed by the portion of ice cream I got for 350 JPY + tax, but I guess it ended up being just the…

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…

Goya Soup Curry(スープカレー専門店、薩摩剛家)

If you’re in the mood for a slightly different take on your typical thick Japanese curry, aside from going to a Nepalese or Sri Lankan curry restaurant (can’t say I’ve encountered any Indian curry places), Goya curry is an excellent alternative. Of the four shops located around Kagoshima, I have visited the one in Tenmonkan and…

Bondoru (梵道留)

Ever heard of the Sukiyaki song? Ever tried actually sukiyaki? For my omnivorous friends, you’re truly missing out. I highly recommend Bondoru, another hole in the wall restaurant located in Tenmonkan. If you’re in the mood for some local beef and vegetables served up in savory sweet sukiyaki sauce by a very friendly server, this…

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…

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…