Gourmet / Alcohol Spots in Kumamoto Area

  • Imakin Restaurant
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    4.0
    190 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    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.

    This bowl of Gyu Don had literally converted non-beef JJ to a cow fan. Imakin Shokudo appeared in the guide leaflet of Aso, and that made us skeptical of the genuineness of the recommendation. But...

  • Katsuretsu Tei (Shinshigai Main Restaurant)
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    4.5
    433 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    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.

    Deep fried pork cutlet in breadcrumbs. They offer tsukemono pickles that stimulate your appetite so well you almost want a second serving of white rice. For just over ¥1,000, its definitely worth...

  • Patisserie Roku
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    4.5
    218 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Asogunminamiogunimachi Manganji 6610
    This Kurokawa Onsen pâtissier is famous for its roll cakes made with copious quantities of soyo no tsuki eggs raised at the foot of Mt. Aso. Housed inside an old private home facing Kawabata-dori Avenue in Kurokawa Onsen, the shop’s chou à la crème, topped with a shiokoji (salt-marinated rice malt) cookie, are filled with custard only after a customer orders them. The shop’s plain and matcha roll cakes, made with local Kumamoto and Aso ingredients, are also popular.

    Amazing cream puff!! The bread is toasted to perfection and the cream inside your mouth melts with a delicious taste!

  • KOKUTEI Kumamoto Ramen (Main Restaurant)
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    4.0
    147 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    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 went during a rainy day and there was a queue in the rain! That shows how popular this place is. Its a unique taste with 2 raw yolks, do give it a try!

  • 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...

  • Soba Kaido (Buckwheat Road) Waremokou
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    4.0
    47 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...

  • Keika Ramen (Main Restaurant)
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    4.0
    133 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    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!

  • Suganoya Ginza-dori Shop
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    4.0
    68 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...

  • La Table de Merucoro
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    4.5
    21 Reviews
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    Kumamoto Pref. Asogunminamiasomura Kawayou Sakanoue 3765
    Merucoro is a famous store, which sells bread made with homemade yeast, around 30 types of jam and baked confectionaries. There is also a café inside the store, where customers can taste the bread and baked confectionaries they have bought with drinks. There is also a lunch set and a cake set. It is approximately 16 minutes’ walk from the Minamiaso Railway Takamori Line’s Choyo Station, along the National Route 325.

    国道325号を高森方面に向かうと右手にあります。 熊本訪問時は必ず訪問するパン屋です。 ジェラートもあり、イートインコーナもあります。 我が家ではクランベリーチーズが人気です。このほかイチジクパンや 山ブドウパンなどバラエティも豊富です。

  • Komurasaki Kamitori Chuo Branch
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    4.0
    65 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    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.

  • Umazakura (Shimotori Shop)
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    4.5
    51 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshichuouku Shimotori 1-12-1 Mitsuen Building 2F
    This restaurant located in Chuo Ward, Kumamoto City serves local cuisine. They specialize in fresh and delicious fare featuring horse meat, a Kumamoto local favorite. You can try it raw sashimi style, steamed on a bamboo tray, or in a hot pot. They also have creative dishes you won't find at other shops like horse offal stew and Tataki (seared horse). They're famous for their horse steaks, which are particularly juicy when rare.

    Ive travelled quite a bit in Japan, and the country, people and cuisine have rarely failed to impress. However, as a person not accustomed to the use of horse meat as a foodstuff, and a bit of a...

  • 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
    42 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
    45 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    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.

    Staff are very friendly Food quality is good Good variety of choices from cooked and raw dishes Went back for 3 consecutive evenings

  • Jersey Ranch Farmer’s Restaurant Couple
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    4.5
    10 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Asogunogunimachi Nishizato Aso fishing 2053 - 204
    This is a farm-managed restaurant located on Route 387 on the Kusu Interchange heading towards Okuni. Special mention goes to the soft-serve ice cream full of fresh Jersey cow milk, with the milk giving it a rich and full-bodied flavor with a refined sweetness and pleasant aftertaste. The manager’s special Kaiji Curry is also popular.

    熊本で温泉巡りの後湯布院に向かう際によりました。駐車場いっぱいでした。メニューはいろいろとあって、牛乳製品がおいしく、ホットミルク、ソフトクリームなど濃厚でおいしいです。テラス席はわんこと一緒い過ごせるのもいいですね。

  • 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。

  • Gorohachi
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    4.0
    33 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Kumamoto-shi Chuo-ku Hanabatacho 12-8 Icho Hall BF 1F
    This local cuisine restaurant is located a two-minute walk from Hanabatacho Station on the Kumamoto City Tram. The restaurant serves an abundant variety of Kumamoto's famous horsemeat cuisine, including basashi horsemeat sashimi, horsemeat nigiri sushi, and shabushabu. The restaurant's black decor engenders a luxurious atmosphere befitting the high class ingredients it uses. The restaurant is also replete with quiet, private dining areas and can be used to celebrate a trip to Kumamoto as well as for celebrations, business entertainment, and all manner of dining engagements. The restaurant's vaunted fatty horsemeat nigiri sushi is an exquisite, first-rate dish which melts on the tongue. The restaurant's nigiri sushi and sashimi made with superbly fresh seafood shipped straight from the fishing port is also acclaimed.

    I was here for horse meat, but my host wanted a broader range of items. The sashimi is fine, yes, and I have absolutley no time and appreciation for any type of fishy chawanmushi and onigiri soups...

  • Janome zushi
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    4.5
    28 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.

    お任せ12貫のセットを頼みましたが、どれも新鮮で美味しく、特に季節の特産の紫うには絶品でした。 食べ方は数貫以外は全て味がついており、そのままで食べるのがオススメです。 また、豆鯵の南蛮漬けがとても美味しかったです。 店員さんもとても親切で対応もよく、天草でお寿司ならここで間違いなしです。

  • Ringonoki
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    4.0
    30 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Asogunminamiogunimachi Akababa 137
    "A cafe located close to the Minamioguni Town government hall. The cafe's signature apple pies are made with apples stewed in sanonto sugar and wrapped in a handmade crust. The establishment has attracted attention for its abundant use of apples in many of its dishes, such as its ""Apple Cheese"" cake topped with apple slices, and Japanese-style curry made with apples instead of potatoes. The taste of the cafe's lovingly crafted dishes has won it many fans. The establishment also sells natural yeast breads, making it a great destination for bread-lovers. The laid-back interior gives off a secret hideaway vibe and customers can enjoy lunch through dinner here."

    We were on our way from Kumamoto train station to Takefue ryokan near Mount Aso, when our taxi driver told us we were having a tea time break! When we approached a very unassuming doorway, the...

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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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