It’s always a risk finding a nice new independent restaurant; either it will be terrible and you’ll waste your night and appetite, or you’ll fall in love, and have a constant stone of anxiety lodged in your gut weighing you down, as you fret about whether or not it will weather the competitive gourmet market in Japan and stay open! Thankfully Ca’del Muro falls into the latter category…and hopefully it’s not going anywhere!
Another little gem from the road side service station, the Beef Tongue Cider claims to be a great source of collagen…which is what everyone wants from their soft drinks I imagine!
The Kimura Drinks company are famous for their eccentric beverages, and I have such a soft spot for this scrappy little family business that one of the best bits about road-trips is dropping by service stations and trying their wares. I’m already a big fan of their Shizuoka Cola, a green concoction that is laced with green tea, and whilst their Wasabi and Curry Lamune (like lemonade I guess), weren’t the best drinks in the world, I was pleasantly surprised with their Eel Cola.
It seems there has been a burger explosion in Aichi since I first landed here 9 years ago, back then I used to holiday in Tokyo just to enjoy the exotic and elusive Burger King, but now we have two of those in Nagoya, plus a plethora of independent chains, from gourmet to classic diners, Hawaiian to biker bars, so whilst I had to travel miles to get a whooper, now I can barely cross the street without being pelted in the face with a greasy patty (I literally use hyperbole better than anyone else in the world!).
Kakuozan Larder is a tiny little nook in the ever-so-fashionable Kakuozan neighbourhood of Nagoya City. They serve a selection of treats, including some of the meatiest burgers in town!
Having lived in Japan for so long, I have become acclimatized to some foods that might have had me cringing a decade ago back in the safely familiar surroundings of Essex. I remember my first work party here, a few weeks off the boat and invited to a night of drunken debauchery where even the most somber of teachers had not only drowned their worries in booze, but given them a burial at an alcoholic sea.
My wife took me to Asian Noodle when we first starting dating nearly a decade ago, and I haven’t found a place that comes even close to serving a Tantan-Men that is anywhere near as delicious. It might be nostalgia clouding my judgment, but for me, it is one of the best places in Nagoya to get these spicy noodles.