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B-grade Gourmet Spots in Nara Area

  • Restaurant & Cafe Pao Naramachi Shop
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    4.5
    8 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Wakidochou 12-1
    This restaurant is popular for its black rice black curry, a minor local delicacy in Nara. Its fried pork loin cutlets, made with locally-raised Yamato pork and flavored with their homemade shio koji (a Japanese seasoning made by fermenting koji mold with salt and rice), are also popular. Their curry made with black rice and Yamato pork, two of Nara's specialties, is so popular that it often sells out. Other offerings include fried oysters, a winter exclusive, as well as their healthy black rice lunches, which come with four sides, soup, and a salad.

    We had been strolling around Naramachi and saw the food menu for this restaurant. We liked what we saw and went in. I had a port cutlet and salad set menu. Black rice was on the side. Surprisingly...

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With a reputation almost as stellar as that of Kyoto, Nara is a must-visit for those searching for the remains of “traditional Japan.” The largely green Nara city holds the majority of the prefecture’s treasures, such as the iconic Todai-ji Temple, in which a 15-meter tall Great Buddha sits, and Nara Park, where deer flock to befriend passersby. While mountains are by no means hard to come by in this area, for hiking with a reward, head to the Kii Mountains’ Yoshino district in spring, when the hillsides put on an impressive display of white and pink cherry blossoms.

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