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What to Eat in Kochi

Kochi is a culinary mecca filled with gems worth exploring. No matter whether you’re hunting the classic seafood fare, a sweet snack, or the perfect drinking accompaniment, there’s something to find here. So loosen those belts and dive straight in.

What to Eat in Kochi

Index

  • Boshi Pan

  • Kokera sushi

  • Ko-Uchi Café

  • Sea House

  • Katsuo no tataki

  • Pera-yaki

  • Gyoza from Yatai Yasube

  • Boshi Pan

    Boshi Pan

    Boshi Pan

    Translating directly as ‘hat bread’, the boshi pan is a uniquely shaped sweet bread and a Kochi favorite. It’s said that this particular snack was created unintentionally, after a forgetful baker made a mistake while cooking the more commonly loved melon pan and the result was this: a delicious, fun to eat hat shaped bun. If you want to try it for yourself, head over to Rimberu near Horizume a popular café and bakery and boshi pan specialist located just down the road from Horizume Station. Visit between 7am and 6pm to get your hands on a bun or two.

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    Address
    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Eikokujichou 1-43
    Phone
    0888220678
  • Kokera sushi

    Kokera sushi

    Kokera sushi

    While there is no shortage of seafood in Kochi, the local specialty kokera sushi adds a new style to a classic. This vibrant and colorful type of multi-layered oshizushi (pressed sushi) features rice and is mixed with flaked grilled fish and yuzu citrus vinegar, and topped with shiitake mushrooms and carrots. Locals eat kokera sushi during celebrations and festivals because they say that the layers are like “piles of happiness” stacked on top of one another. For kokera sushi served with a smile, head to No-ne Kitchen on a Saturday morning between 7.30am and midday. This covered market stall is run by a friendly group of housewives that cook up the sushi from scratch using tools that have been used for kokera sushi making since its invention.

    None Kitchen‧Morning Market
    Address
    Kochi Aki-gun Toyo Cho Nonehei 1654-3
    Phone
    09075424435
    Remarks
    【URL】https://sea.ap.teacup.com/8013/
  • Ko-Uchi Café

    Ko-Uchi Café

    Ko-Uchi Café

    Start off your day with a warm cup of coffee and a fluffy treat at Ko-Uchi Café along the Kyomachi Shotengai. Ko-Uchi Café is one of only two locations offering Portland Roasting Coffee and here you can drink their Nomo blend. Their coffee and morning treats will surely get you in the right mood to explore the city center and beyond.

    Address
    高知県高知市はりまや町1-1-18
    Phone
    Remarks
    【URL】https://www.nomo-radiant.jp/coffee/
  • Sea House

    Sea House

    Sea House

    Sea House is a stylish two-storey cafe restaurant located along the coast
    The store is covered with glass and it feels as if it were floating in the sea..
    Here, you ought to enjoy the extensive menu of seafood dishes among other mouthwatering options while taking in the calming 180-degree views of the down below.

    Sea House
    Address
    Kochi Aki-gun Geiseimura Nishibun Otsu 54-1
    Phone
    0887322880
    Remarks
    【URL】http://tawaraya.org/seahouse.html
  • Katsuo no tataki

    Katsuo no tataki

    Katsuo no tataki

    Arguably Kochi’s most famous dish is katsuo no tataki, a fresh, very softly broiled, sliced bonito tuna dish served on a bed of spring onions, ginger, garlic and topped with seasoning salt or soy sauce and vinegar or citrus. Traditionally, katsuo no tataki is meant to be broiled over a straw fire until the outer layer is ever so gently grilled. However, these days ambitious local chefs have reinvented the dish and Myojinmaru is one place where you can try a brand new interpretation of an old favorite. Focusing on bonito as their menu staple, this intimate and laid back local restaurant chain serves a special dish known as the katsuo tataki burger, a recreation of an old classic.

    明神丸 本店
    Address
    高知県高知市本町1-1-2
    Phone
    088-820-6505
    Remarks
    【URL】https://myojinhomachi.owst.jp/
  • Pera-yaki

    Pera-yaki

    Pera-yaki

    If you love the Japanese classic okonomiyaki, then you have to try pera-yaki here in Kochi. Born in Nishimura in 1956, it’s a hearty and comforting mix of green onions, katsuobushi (dried bonito), minced tempura and eggs folded up in a thin baked okonomiyaki like dough and topped with sauce and mayonnaise. It looks almost like a burrito-omelet hybrid. Available year round, this snack is sold in a number of places throughout Nishimura City, so if you stumble across a hot pan frying up a little pera-yaki, be sure to grab one for the road.

  • Gyoza from Yatai Yasube

    Gyoza from Yatai Yasube

    Gyoza from Yatai Yasube

    For fans of gyoza (Japanese dumplings) don’t miss the chance to visit Yatai Yasube on Kochi Yatai Road. Home to the area’s best gyoza, this little outdoor-indoor strip is populated by vendors slinging the easy to eat fried dumplings long into the evening. Feeling more like an outdoor event than a typical dining experience, it’s a great place to unwind, fill up, and sip sake as you meet the locals and watch Kochi life pass by.

    Gyoza from Yatai Yasube

    Gyoza from Yatai Yasube

    Gyoza from Yatai Yasube

    Gyoza from Yatai Yasube

    屋台安兵衛
    Address
    高知県高知市廿代町4-19
    Phone
    088-873-2773
    Remarks
    【URL】https://mfc-group.jp/yasube/
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