[Kyushu 100] Kagoshima Gourmet Spot Top 20
“Kyushu 100” is the project to introduce the fascinations of 100 spots representing Kyushu chosen by traveler’s review. In order to let you know more fascination of Kyushu beyond 100 spots, we introduce the spots for “Eat” ,”Play” and “Stay” of 7 prefectures in ranking order.
Surrounded by the East China Sea and the Pacific Ocean, Kagoshima, consisting of two peninsulas, offers abundant gourmet cuisines using the local seafood. Additionally, there are so many Unagi restaurants and Sushi restaurants as well. Also, when talking about Kagoshima, we cannot miss Satsuma Kurobuta-Berkshire pork. Including Shabu-Shabu and Tonkatsu, the taste of the cuisines using this pork is completely different from the ones in Honshu-main island of Japan. Here is a line-up of popular restaurants top 20 to be loved by local people in Kagoshima as well as travelers.
Shiroyama Gardens Suiren (Kagoshima City)
Located on the 1st floor of Shiroyama Kanko Hotel in Kagoshima City, this restaurant offers local Satsuma cuisines such as Keihan (dish of seasoned chicken with rice), and furthermore, Shabu-Shabu and Sukiyaki Pot using Kagoshima Black beef. Having lunch while admiring the waterfall or garden in the hotel is also recommended.
Review from Peter W
Hirataya (Kagoshima City)
Kagoshima local sweet “Janbo-mochi” can be served here. “Jan” comes from Chinese, which means 2 (two) and Jam (2) Bo (rod in Japanese) means 2 swords (a long one and a short one) carried by Samurai at the waist. The uniqueness is 2 thick skewers pierced in the round rice cake flavored with salty-sweet sauce. The old-fashioned simple taste is attracting many people.
Satsumaaji (Ibusuki City)
A local restaurant, within a distance of 6-minutes from Ibusuki station, is popular with the set menu featuring the local cuisines. Super stars of Kagoshima Cuisines such as Kibinago (silver-stripe round herring), Satsumaage (deep-fried cake of ground fish), Satsumajiru (meat chowder) gather together. “Ontamaranndon”, the marinated seafood on the vinegared rice is also popular and limited up to 10 persons at lunchtime.
#4 Myokenishiharaso (Kirishima City)
Myokenishiharaso, located in Miyoken Onsen, is the high-grade Ryokan representing Kagoshima. Every cuisine to be served in the semi-private room of “Restaurant Ishikura” is decorated on the beautiful plate in an elegant way. The seafood, freshwater fish and edible wild plants prepared carefully by chef are of superb taste.
#5 Tonkatsu Taketei Kanoya (Kanoya City)
You can enjoy the authentic great Tonkatsu (deep-fried pork cutlet) here. The crispy Tonkatsu cooked with specially blended oil makes your mouth so juicy with its gravy every time you take a bite. “Top-grade Tonkatsu set meal” features the special roast of selected Kagoshima Black pork.
#6 Amami Kyoraumi Kovo (Amami City)
The stylish restaurant facing the ocean with a distance of 10 minutes” drive from Amami airport. While admiring the white beach and blue ocean, please enjoy Italian cuisines such as Pizza or Pasta using the local ingredients. In the souvenir section, there are unique items using the local ingredients such as the confectionery made of pure black sugar and jelly made of mango or passion fruits.
Review from gbchan
#7 Hachimanjyu Chaen (Yakushima Town)
Located in the east side of Yakushima, the foot of Mt. Aiko marking temperature swings is appropriate place for tea plant. Hachimanju Chaen is selling the popular soft cream using the organic tea cultivated there. The rich flavor of green tea is so yummy and real green tea is also served with soft cream.
#8 Takian (Minami Kyushu City)
The restaurant renovated the whole traditional samurai house offers local cuisines of Chiran region such as Sake-sushi or Satsumaage assorted on a historical tray having been used from the administration of a clan. You can feel the reminiscent atmosphere of Edo Period from the townscape, the interior of the restaurant and the tray.
#9 Mekkemon, Dolphin Port (Kagoshima City)
Located on the 1st floor of Dolphin Port in Kagoshima City. Although even it is a Kaiten-sushi (Conveyor belt sushi) restaurant, you can enjoy the authentic sushi cooked by real sushi chef here. They always get in fresh local seafood from the fish market every morning and prepare the seafood ingredients for sushi inside of the restaurant.
#10 Horaku Manjyu Kagoshima Main shop (Kagoshima City)
Thick round small pancake filled with sweet bean jam blended with honey, which is referred to as Imagawayaki in Kanto region. A familiar taste for the local people from childhood time. The shaved ice with homemade syrup with honey is also popular, but limited only in summer time.
#11 Kagoshima Kurobuta Roppakutei (Kagoshima City)
Kagoshima Kurobuta (Black Pork) restaurant with a distance of 2 minutes on foot from Kagoshima Chuo Station. All pork used here is directly delivered from the contracted farm in Kagoshima prefecture. Raised with carefully selected feed, the pork has light fat and tender meat, which is free from affectation. You can enjoy the pork as “Kurobuta Shabu Shabu” or “Kurobuta Seiromushi- Steamed pork using a bamboo steamer”.
＃12 Shimatofuya (Tatsugo Town)
The restaurant specializing in Tofu cuisines. “Shimatofu” means the coarse-grained tofu using bittern from Amami and natural sea salt. This restaurant offers a variety of menus using Tofu and Soya milk such as Tofu Hamburger Steak, Amami Yudoufu, Soya Milk Warabi mochi, Yuba Tempura.
#13 Minatoya (Amami City)
The restaurant specializing in original Keihan (Dish of seasoned chicken with rice) founded in 1946. The current Keihan Style to pour the chicken soup has been invented by this restaurant. The restaurant has a pride to use only the fresh soup made on the day using the local chicken whole.
#14 Tonkatsuno Taketei Tagami-branch (Kagoshima City)
Following Kanoya branch chosen as #5, Tagami-branch was also placed in a list. In spite of the long distance of 30 minutes walk from Kagoshima Chuo Station, Tagami-branch is always flourished with local repeat customers. Like the flagship restaurant, you can get free refills on cabbage and rice.
＃15 Kitahachi (Amami City)
The restaurant offering various local island dishes and brown-sugar shochu of Amami Oshima. As they don’t have any fixed menu, you should follow the restaurant’s recommendation. Every cuisine, including vinegared island cucumber, salted pork, Abura (oil) Udon, is good for your health and easy to eat. The heart-warming small restaurant with the cheerful proprietress and hospitality-minded staff.
#16 Lafonte (Tatsugo Twon)
Gelato shop in the lovely white building standing on the right hand side of route 82 heading for the airport. Directly operated by Izumi Nouen Farm, the shop always offers 10 sorts of gelato made of seasonal vegetables and fruits. Without any synthetic perfumes or artificial coloring, they are preparing the products made only with natural ingredients.
#17 Chojuan (Ibusuki City)
Nagashi somen (flowing noodles) is one of the summer features representing Ibusuki. “Chojuan” is located by the river stream in Tosenkyo Park. The somen flowing with cold natural water of Tosenkyo gorge is a special delicacy. Other than somen noodle, they have a set meal with seiro (Japanese buckwheat noodle) or Nabeyaki-udon (udon noodle with vegetables, fish and meat cooked in a hot pot.)
#18 Unagi no Sueyoshi (Kagoshima City)
Traditional Unagi restaurant located on Tenmonkan Street in Kagoshima City. The Kabayaki, Okuma Unagi (eel) from Kagoshima grilled over a charcoal fire and dipped in the confidential sauce, is perfection itself.
#19 Ajimori (Kagoshima City)
Founded in 1978, this restaurant is the birthplace of Kurobuta (black pork) Shabu-Shabu as a pioneer challenged to revive the Kurobuta which had been in an extremely precarious position. The Shabu-Shabu served in this restaurant is cooked in the broth made from bonito and eaten with the broth and beaten egg without using the ponzu (soy sauce with citrus juice) or Sesame sauce that are generally in eating the Shabu-Shabu. You can enjoy the natural flavor of meat in this restaurant.
#20 Satsuma Jokiya Kagashi Yokocho (Kagoshima City)
Located on Tenmonkan street in Kagoshima City, the shop is operating the confectionery on the 1st floor and café on the 2nd floor. As the name “Yokocho” (lane) suggests, the length of the shop is almost 50 meters. The popular “Kasutadon” and “Tenmonkan-yaki-Doughnut” are appropriate confectioneries for walk and eat.
There are various fruits and cakes too. Try them all! “Review from ota001
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Ranking method:” Kagoshima Gourmet Spot Top 20″ was aggregated by the unique algorithm based on the review evaluations in Japanese posted during July 2015 – June 2016 in terms of
Gourmet Spots in Kagoshima.