Showing posts with label restaurant. Show all posts
Showing posts with label restaurant. Show all posts

Friday, February 12, 2010

St. Michael's Church - Nasu, Tochigi. Class Act or Kitch Wonderland?

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We've driven past St. Michael's many times. Its a rather kitch looking castle that fits into its Nasu Tokyo visitors paradise environment. We've never been tempted to go in. After 2 very positive visits it seems we have to admit we were mistaken.

Coffee Shop
We stopped in hoping to have our lunch there. We know their sister restaurant in Nasu Garden Outlet to have rather good Italian food. We were too late for lunch but had very good desserts and ok coffee there for not much more than 1000 yen a head. The service was great.

So we decided to have a meal there. Warning: Its not as cheap as the places we normally write about. When we went they had set menus for 6000 and 9000 a head and an a la carte menu. We all ordered the 6000 yen set menu. It was excellent quality with interesting dishes and diverse tastes, well worth the money. The restaurant was beautiful and the service very attentive. We felt very out of place in our Nasu hiking gear. We're going to need to go back for good photos. Next time we have a plan to stay up in Nasu and go there. The food would definitely pair well with a good wine.

Event Venue
I still think the chapel is a bit kitch. The main building is pretty nice and the dinning hall is great!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Fish by the River, Otawara, Tochigi

You see these places by the river all over Japan. Little hole in the wall open restaurants.

There is one in Otawara: Map Location

The first time we went here was in mid summer. Here's how it works. You go up to a window and there is a Japanese menu on the wall. For us with our basic Kanji reading and good Kana it was the most impenetrable menu ever. But we finally managed to place an order. You have to know what area you are sitting in and tell the lady your table number when ordering. (hint, local river fish are called Aiyu. You want to eat them!)

There are some guys with a charcoal pit cooking fish on sticks and thats what we ordered. It was very good. We understood from them that we should come back in September when they will be catching fish in the river and cooking them right there.

This we did, and on that trip they had set up a giant fish trap on the river. The fish was fantastic. It cost 2000-3000 yen a head for a hole in the wall restaurant. But its worth it.

Its also possible to get your own charcoal pit with seating area around it. For a group that would be fantastic.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Gonpachi Restaurant - Tokyo

Remember the Japanese restaurant in the movie Kill Bill? The one where Uma Thurman killed the Crazy 88? It was a bloodbath! The restaurant was a set, but it was modeled after a real restaurant in Tokyo. If you know the movie, I think its recognizable.

Its a party place. I recommend going with a group. We were there on a Friday night and the place was a blast. It was very crowded but we had a reservation. The food was good barfood. The atmosphere was great. Even if you don't like Kill Bill its a pretty cool looking restaurant. If you're a fan of the movie you really should go here.

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Sunday, December 23, 2007

Sekisho Onsen - Daigo, Ibaraki

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This is a really nice day onsen near Daigo. If you are going to Fukuroda Falls this is a great place to go for lunch or dinner.

There is a big outside bath with a nice view. This photo is from the mens' side, the womens' side is also great, with an excellent view.

The restaurant is a cut above most day onsens.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

An Yu Le Restaurant - Nasu, Tochigi

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This is a good Yum Cha (Dim Sum) restaurant in Nasu. It seems to be a sister restaurant of the Cowherd Restaurant which we have not been to yet.

We went for Saturday lunch and it was not at all busy. The interior is very nice. We chose to sit by some big windows, there are areas behind cloth screens and it looked like some private rooms too.

They have a picture menu and you can order various set meals or all you can eat from the menu (3000 yen). They have most of the common Yum Cha items. When they deliver your food, they bring it on a cart and you can choose other items from the cart then too. The quality is very good. We recommend this restaurant.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Heigatuon Restaurant - Otawara, Tochigi

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This is a simple local restaurant with good food. Its inexpensive.
We had set meals of Barbequed Fish and Tempura with Soba. Both were great and the total price was less than 3000 yen.

They have a number of specials made with all local ingredients that are very good. Presentation is good. Service is very slow.

Recommended, but next time I'm bringing a newspaper.

Gioia Mia Restaurant - Shiobara, Tochigi

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So far our experiences with Italian Restaurants in Japan have been nearly universally good. They are cheap and very good. Gioia Mia is no exception.
We had great antipasto, spaghetti, prawns and dessert on the set menu at lunchtime for a price of 4500 yen for two. The service was friendly and quick.
On the weekend its busy. I'd suggest you go early or late unless you like waiting. Also don't forget to bring your katakana cheat sheet. There is English or Italian text on the menu.

Its on highway 400 on the way to Shiobara. It opens at 11:00 AM and closes at 10:00PM. Its part of a chain of restaurants, normally thats a negative for me, but in this case, I'm happy there is more than one of them :-)

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Kadeya Restaurant - Nishinasuno, Tochigi

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This is a great soba and udon restaurant with real character. Its very near Nishinasuno Station.

First of all its small and its popular, so don't be surprised if you have to wait. The room is very small and cramped. Everything is old. There are only 5 menu choice, which are printed on small sticks on the wall. There is only one person taking orders (and one cooking). Smoking is permitted. It only open for lunch.

The food is very good. The prices are low.

What can I say? Great food, great atmosphere. The only downside is if you don't like people smoking near you, you might get unlucky and have to endure that (1 in 4 times for us so far).

You should try this place.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Nasu Steakhouse, Nasu, Tochigi

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This is our favourite steakhouse in the area. Until we work out the real name it will have to remain Nasu steakhouse.

Its a good place to have a special lunch on a trip to Nasu.

As far as we can tell the only choice is steak here. The cheapest one is 3000 yen. The most expensive is up in the 20,000 yen range I think (its Otawara beef). We have had the 3000 yen one and more recently the 5000 yen one. I remember thinking the 3000 yen one wasn't a "real steak". The 5000 yen one felt like a "steak" but maybe we have just been in Japan for too long now.

Anyway, the food is great. You get a set meal which includes a tiny plate of roast pork, a bowl of consome soup, a salad, the steak, rice cooked in the steak skillet, ice cream and a coffee. Its all very good. In the 6 months between visits the menu hadn't changed that we noticed. We were asked not to take photos of the food so won't show food shots here. Photos of us eating are OK though, this is Roast Pork.

The dining area is quite small (though they told us there was a second room). So you order in a small waiting room, move to the dining room as the first course is about to arrive and are moved to another room to drink your coffee. But the atmosphere is very nice and they don't hurry you at all.

The service is very friendly

We like this restaurant.

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Gatten Sushi - Otawara, Tochigi

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This is a pretty good conveyor belt Sushi restaurant. Its one of our favorite local restaurants.

The food is good and not expensive, but the number one feature of this restaurant is the extreme enthusiasm of the staff. Of course sushi chefs are always exuberant, but these guys take it to a new high.

The sushi is good. We always end up ordering most of our food directly from the chefs rather than taking it from the train.

note to self or a knowledgeable reader, should the restaurant name be Gaten? Try 1: Gatsuten, Try 2: Gaten, now its Try 3: Gatten

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Dhanyawad Restaurant - Otawara

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This is the only Indian restaurant in the area. The next nearest one that we know of is in Utsonomiya.

Its just off highway 400 and is quite easy to get to. It would be a bit over 3 km from Nishinasuno station if you were to walk it.

In Japan it can be quite hard for vegetarians. The concept is not very common here. I am quite sure many people in Japanese restaurants have found that in fact there was meat in that dish. So this is a good place if you don't eat meat or want to entertain somebody who doesn't.

The food is North Indian in style. All the traditional food is there. You can get get Nan bread, Lassys, Tandoori, Dahl, Mahkani etc. I didn't see any paneer on the menu. You can get sets for groups if you want to share. And the food is good too. And the prices are low. You should get out of there for less than 2-3000 yen per head I think. I recommend this restaurant.