Gourmet / Alcohol Spots in Kumamoto Area

  • Katsuretsu Tei (Shinshigai Main Restaurant)
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    4.5
    438 Reviews
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    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshichuouku Shinshigai 8-18 Hayashi Building 1F
    This Japanese restaurant specializing in pork cutlets is in Chuo Ward, Kumamoto City. They use high-quality Roppaku Kurobuta brand pork raised on Kagoshima's Kirishima Highlands. Their signature tonkatsu fried cutlets are served piping hot and have a savoriness you're going to love. Extra helpings of rice, cabbage salad, and akadashi miso soup are included with the price of your meal.

    It is no wonder that this restaurant of Tonkatsu gets a high grade. It was indeed one of the best Tonkatsu that I recently ate. It is tender and juicy, and moreover it doesn’t smell like a pork. The...

  • KOKUTEI Kumamoto Ramen (Main Restaurant)
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    4.0
    151 Reviews
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    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshinishiku Nihongi 2-1-23
    This ramen shop in Nishi Ward, Kumamoto City serves Kumamoto ramen made with garlic oil, noodles, and chashu pork they produce themselves. Their noodles are medium-thick and nicely textured. They go great with the shop's fragrant charred garlic oil which is slightly bitter and pork bone broth, which isn't too fatty and has a smooth aftertaste. Their carefully selected fresh eggs with beautiful yolks make the perfect addition.

    I was told the ramen in Kumamoto is known for their garlic tasting ramen.... that being said made me very leary as garlic doesnt agree with my tummy these days. When re received the bowl, the...

  • Suganoya Kamitori Branch
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    4.5
    155 Reviews
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    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshichuouku Joutoumachi 2-12 Lion parking building 2F
    A restaurant founded in 1789 which specializes in basashi (horse meat sashimi), a local delicacy and specialty from Kumamoto Prefecture. Suganoya has been serving customers delicious “senbasashi” for over 220 years. The restaurant is fastidious about freshness and is thus also able to offer rare and choice cuts of horse meat. Customers coming without a reservation may find themselves turned away due to Suganoya’s popularity; accordingly, making an advance reservation is recommended. A two-minute walk from Kumamoto City Tram Torichosuji Station.

    We didn’t book seats but fortunately it was not full, recommended to book. Horse meat was excellent. It’s good to select raw meat and grilled meat; you can feel different ways. Service is well done...

  • Keika Ramen (Main Restaurant)
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    4.0
    134 Reviews
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    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshichuouku Hanabatachou 11-9K-1 Building 1F
    This ramen shop in Chuo Ward, Kumamoto City is the main store of a national chain specializing in Kumamoto ramen noodles. The ramen features heaps of raw cabbage and Taarou, cubed pork belly simmered in soy-sauce based sauce. Taking full advantage of natural ingredients, they serve remarkably savory, aromatic and fresh ramen noodles. In addition to their hallmark Keika Ramen, their hearty bowls of noodles include their Taarou-men and Chashu-men.

    Nice ramen for the value. Broth was delicious and the tonkatsu was very enjoyable. Easy, inexpensive, tasty lunch spot!

  • Takamori Dengaku no Sato
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    4.5
    51 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Asoguntakamorimachi Takamori 2685-2
    This is a regional restaurant located in a quiet wooded area located a five-minute walk from Takamori Station. Traditional Dengaku cuisine can be enjoyed in an old thatched-roof house built 200 years ago. A special characteristic of dengaku grilled in front of you robata-yaki style is that you can taste it with various types of miso including yuzu (citrus) miso, Japanese pepper miso, and chicken miso, etc. To finish the meal, fragrant Dengaku-miso grilled rice balls are recommended.

    This is one of the highlights so far on our second trip to Japan. The restaurant is set in a traditional house with charcoals at each table and fresh meat and fish to eat. The service is great...

  • Komurasaki Kamitori Chuo Branch
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    4.0
    67 Reviews
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    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshichuouku Kamitorichou 8-16
    Founded in 1954, this is a popular Kumamoto ramen shop located in the Kamitori arcade shopping area. Although pork bones are used as stock, the ramen is light and healthy with not so much fat content and mixes well with the thin noodles. The taste has been handed down from the first generation. The balance of fine bean sprouts, chashu (a thin roasted pork fillet), and charred garlic as soup toppings is exquisite. It is a seven-minute walk from the “Torichosuji” tram stop.

    We were recommended by a staff from Hotel Wing International to try Tonkatsu ramen in this shop. Overall ramen is nice except the soup was a too salty for me. The pork was nice, melting and tender...

  • Daikoku Ramen
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    4.0
    58 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshikitaku Takahira 1-1-14
    This ramen shop is located in Kita Ward, Kumamoto City. Their authentic Kumamoto ramen has won them lots of fans even beyond the prefecture. It features a super aromatic 100% pork bone stock perfectly paired with charred garlic. The deep flavors of half-cooked egg and sliced chashu pork go great with the broth. Their slowly simmered pork offal side dish is popular too.

    I was at the ramen shop after strolling around the Kumamoto Castle area. I ordered a ramen, the noodles was al dente and the soup was delicious.

  • Soba Kaido (Buckwheat Road) Waremokou
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    3.5
    49 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Asogunminamiogunimachi Akababa 3220
    A soba restaurant located along “Soba Kaido (Buckwheat Road)” in Minamiogunimachi, Asogun, Kumamoto Prefecture situated amidst the vast natural beauty in the mountains of Aso. The shop offers fresh, handmade soba noodles carefully prepared with fragrant buckwheat flour slowly ground with a stone mortar. The shop’s noodles are springy and soak up broth well, and users can enjoy the natural deliciousness of buckwheat filling their mouth with every bite. The Suzuran-zen set is particularly popular and comes with three varieties of soba noodles as well as sobagayu (buckwheat porridge). The shop’s vaunted kudzu desserts are also renowned.

    Had three types of curry taster menu including horse curry (currently not available in my local Balti house in UK) for Y1200. All three much better than most Japanese curries. Rare instance of...

  • Suganoya Ginza-dori Shop
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    4.0
    67 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshichuouku Shimotori 1-9-10 TM 21 building BF
    Suganoya is a restaurant specializing in horsemeat, located along Ginza-dori Avenue in Shimotori 1 Chome, Chuo Ward, in the city of Kumamoto. Diners can enjoy horse meat in several forms: raw, grilled, in a stew, or in “sushi.” They can also try raw horse liver or rare organ meats. Full-course meals are available in the evening, and at lunchtime, diners can choose steaks or raw horsemeat set meals.

    If you want to experience horse meat, the delicacy of Kumamoto, you want to do it here, as they prepare it sashimi, sushi or even barbecue style. A little steep, but if this is a once in a lifetime...

  • Amakusa Kaisen-Kura / Dolphin Watching Center
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    4.0
    24 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Amakusashi Itsuwamachionike 4733-1
    The Amakusa Dolphin Watching Center has a seafood restaurant attached with meal plans available that are popular with tourists. They hold seafood bakes featuring the fresh and seasonal bounty of the sea from around Amakusa. Their hearty awabi-odoriyaki (grilled live abalone) and raw sea urchin on rice is popular. The restaurant's right on the beach, so you can dine with a view of the sea.

    we join a trip for Dolphin visiting. the price is acceptable & quite interesting tour. regarding the seafood lunch, it also delicious

  • Doradora
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    4.0
    61 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Aso-gun Minamiogunimachi Manganji Kurokawa 6612-2
    This dorayaki pancake sandwich shop is situated along the narrow Igozaka hill road in Kurokawa Onsen. The shop sells a variety of charming Japanese-style confections with a focus on the Doradora Burger, a dorayaki pancake sandwich consisting of two handmade pancake buns stuffed with sweet red bean paste and a cream-filled daifuku rice cake. In total, the Doradora Burger is sold with five varieties of fillings - Aso Oguni Jersey cow milk cream, matcha green tea cream, custard cream, cafe au lait cream, and dekopon citrus fruit cream. The moist, tender pancake buns produce an exquisite harmony with the homemade fillings, blossoming in the mouth with a sweetness which is just right. A particularly popular product in Kurokawa Onsen, the pancake sandwiches are carefully cooked and wrapped one at a time, and oftentimes when you come late in the day the shop has already sold out. In addition to being a tasty treat to enjoy after a hot spring bath, they also make delightful souvenirs.

    We stopped by here to try some of their sweets but mostly sold out by the end of the day. The pancakes were on the sweet side but it’s worth trying the Kurakawa specialities, around 200 yen per item.

  • Kuginoan
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    4.0
    18 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Aso-gun Minamiasomura Kain 266-2
    This soba noodle restaurant is situated in the center of Mt. Aso's outer crater rim. The restaurant grows its own buckwheat utilizing a native Kugino variety passed down since ancient times in Kugino district, Minamiaso Village. This buckwheat is then ground to a find powder to make flour using a large millstone, resulting in noodles which customers rave have a chewy texture and superb aroma. The restaurant also has plump, chewy sobagaki buckwheat dumplings which come in two sizes - regular, and half size. Eat them with the provided dashi-based dipping sauce and condiments such as grated daikon radish and white spring onions to enjoy an even better flavor. The restaurant also takes pride in its commanding view of the front side of the five peaks of Mt. Aso.

    Very very delicious hand made soba that only opens for lunch . Very long queue during holiday ! Must book beforehand or you have to wait for over at least an hour .

  • Farmhouse restaurant Tangoyama
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    5.0
    16 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Asoshi Mikubo 285
    This restaurant in Aso City serves local cuisine. Their yakiniku Japanese barbecue and country cooking are made with Aso meat and produce they raise themselves. The Aka beef for their yakiniku is light and little extra fat. The rice is home-grown, and the seasonal pickled vegetables are all homemade too. It's a great spot for a relaxing meal while gazing at the mountains of Aso.

    The restaurant is along route 149 and easily accessible by car. There are enough parking spaces outside the restaurant. Nice family run restaurant that serve only beef BBQ. We ordered 6 beef sets...

  • Suganoya Nishihara Shop
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    4.0
    55 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Kamimashikigunmashikimachi Oyatsu Takakyu 1600-5
    Suganoya’s Nishihara shop specializes in horsemeat and is located along Prefectural Route 206 near the Aso-Kumamoto Airport. It offers horsemeat in several forms: grilled, hamburger, steak, or raw. In addition to these main courses, it also serves a buffet featuring salads, horsemeat curry, desserts, and soft drinks. There is a bread bakery on the premises, as well as a retail shop that sells horsemeat.

    Kumamoto is well known for its horse meat, especially basashi (sashimi or raw horse meat). Suganoya sells both sashimi and other meals containing horse meat. Most of them are semi-western hamburger...

  • Takamori Dengaku Hozonkai
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    4.5
    43 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Asoguntakamorimachi Kamishikimi 2639
    This restaurant in Takamori-machi, Aso County serves regional cuisine. It's a great place to try authentic Takamori dengaku, skewers made with salt grilled yamame salmon, tofu, konnyaku gelatin, taro, and seasonal wild vegetables smothered in a special miso sauce and cooked over a charcoal fire. You'll love eating this local favorite while chatting around the restaurant's traditional hearth. Their Takamori dengaku multi-course meal comes with fried bean curd, wild vegetable and dango dumpling soup, and tokibi rice.

    Thank goodness for TA or we would not have had one of the best eating experiences on our trip to Japan. Yu, the 3rd generation owner, his mother & father & all of his staff were so welcoming...

  • Kaisenya-Fukushin
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    4.0
    48 Reviews
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    Kumamoto Pref. Kamiamakusashi Matsushimamachiaitsu 6003-1
    This seafood restaurant is located in Kami-Amakusa City, Kumamoto Prefecture, in a wonderful spot looking out onto the Amakusa sea and the nearby islands. The restaurant uses fresh seafood from the nearby sea to serve various dishes, such as sashimi, rice bowls and Gozen meals. The beautifully transparent meat of the fresh squid sashimi, taken directly from the tank, is one of the restaurant’s best dishes. The seafood rice bowl with a luxurious amount of seafood piled on is the most popular item on the rice bowl menu. Customers can enjoy their meals while looking out at a spectacular view of nature from their slightly raised seats by the large windows.

    The place is very spacious. Very nice view. fresh food taken directly in the pond. There is kaiseki too !

  • Imakin Restaurant
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    Kumamoto Pref. Asoshi Uchinomaki 290
    This popular eatery boasting over one hundred years of history is frequently featured in magazines and television shows. In the famous Aka beef bowl, chewy, rare-cooked lean fresh meat is packed onto a voluminous bowl of rice, a wonderful dish where umami flavor flows over the palette after just one mouthful. On holidays and in sightseeing seasons, visitors form a long line even before opening.
  • Okada Coffee Kamitori Restaurant
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    4.0
    40 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Kumamoto-shi Chuo-ku Kamitoricho 1-201F
    This cafe is located close to the Torichosuji tram station. This is the flagship location of a chain of cafes which have been serving authentic coffee at reasonable prices since its establishment in 1945. The Okada Blend, created from a base of Santos and Jamaican beans plus five other varieties, is the cafe's standard. Exquisitely balancing body, bitterness, aroma, and sweetness, this blended coffee is the flavor of a true specialty establishment which has been preserved unchanged since the chain's founding. In the sister establishment on the second floor, you can enjoy the cafe's vaunted coffee along with lunch or dessert.

    Perfect place to get a good cup of coffee and piece of cake between shopping. Decor is 70s and choose to sit at the bar, you can watch the baristas and waitress prepare your coffee & food. Simple...

  • Tanaka Chikusan
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    4.5
    35 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Amakusashi Itsuwamachijougawara 2-101-1
    This famous yakiniku barbecue house offers carefully selected, reasonably priced Japanese black beef from their own ranch. Their popular all-you-can-eat menu lets you dine on the tender marbled beef to your heart's content. People even come from far away to eat there, to the point that they sometimes have a line waiting for them to open.

    肉もおいしいですが(特選ランチを頂きました。)食べ放題の牛丼とカレーがおいしいことおいしいこと。何回でも行きたいです。

  • Janome zushi
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    4.5
    30 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Amakusa-shi Ohamamachi 6-3
    In this sushi restaurant, located a 10-minute drive from Amakusa Airport, you can dine on fresh Amakusa seafood, including omakase chef's choice nigiri sushi and course meals made with seafood from the naturally abundant Amakusa Sea. The restaurant is replete with counter and private room seating and can accommodate formal marriage interviews, meetings, Buddhist memorial services, and a variety of other events. Particularly recommended is the restaurant's pink sea urchin from Reihoku in Amakusa, said to be the most delicious in the world. Fresh and rich in flavor, adding just a touch of salt is guaranteed to further increase its delicious taste to a surprising degree.

    Excellent! This is one of the best Sushi I have eaten in my life. Usually a reservation is a must, but luckily I could get a seat without reservation. Lunch sets are not cheap, but absolutely worth...

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Kumamoto lies in the center of Kyushu, a calm prefecture perfect for easy strolls around the historic center and lazy evenings in the natural hot springs at Kurokawa Onsen. For a slightly more strenuous activity, head to Mount Aso, whose surrounding hills offer hiking opportunities aplenty with views over the active volcano.

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