[Kyushu 100] Kumamoto 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.
Kumamoto Prefecture is a treasure trove of gourmet cuisine. Be sure to not pass up any chance to try the local “staples basashi” or “karashi renkon” on your dining tour of the region. In addition, Kumamoto City is packed with famous shops which serve the rich and hearty Kumamoto Ramen, and the seaside locales of Amakusa are full-to-bursting with mouth-watering fresh local fish! Allow us to introduce a ranking of the finest restaurants in this gourmet wonderland, Kumamoto. Also scattered throughout the ranking are some of the regions most beloved sweets.
Glocal Bar Imo Vibes (Kumamoto City)
A bar specializing in Kyushu shochu and sake. Over 100 varieties of local liquors are available, all personally selected by the owner himself. The menu features gourmet items such as sushi made at a famous sushi shop or Higo beef steak, with spirits to match each dish’s flavor.
Katsuretsutei Shinshigai Honten (Kumamoto City)
Founded in 1975, this restaurant specializing in Tonkatsu (pork cutlet) has been offering the fine Tonkatsu using the carefully selected ingredients. The deep-fried crispy coating as well as the juicy pork flavor are perfectly harmonized.
The sauce is well matched with the deep fried pork chop. No wonder it is ranked no.1. Review from fycj
Iromomiji (Minami Oguni Town)
The eatery Iromomiji is attached to one of the smaller hot springs in Kurokawa Onsen. Its main dish is “Inaka Soba”, with noodles made with milled buckwheat, but visitors can also enjoy numerous local items, such as basashi, Higo red cattle beef, jidori chicken, yamome salmon, and more.
#4 Kumamotohorakumanju (Kumamoto City)
Since first opening in 1953, this shop’s namesake, “Horaku Manju” has been a beloved simple snack among the people of Kyushu. It comes in two varieties using white bean or red bean past, along with lots of honey.
#5 Yakko Zushi (Amakusa City)
A very popular store that requires a reservation. The menu is notable for its use of salt and seasonings instead of soy sauce, pairing marbled flounder with ume salt, squid or sea urchin with lemon and salt, octopus with sesame salt and kuro shichimi, and so on. All the seafood used is naturally and locally caught.
#6 Sumo Sushi Taihou Heya (Kumamoto City)
A sushi shop with fresh ingredients at reasonable prices. The seafood is bought each morning at local markets before being tantalizingly lined up on the shop’s single, U-shaped counter.
#7 Mutsugoro (Kumamoto City)
Made using high quality horse meat aged to perfection, this restaurant’s signature dish is basashi with a melt-in-your-mouth texture. Customers can also try rarer cuts of horse meat such as tenderloin and mane served raw or grilled.
#8 Janome Sushi (Amakusa City)
The superb sushi here uses only in-season, freshly-caught fish from Amakusa! We particularly recommend the “Jyozushi Set”, which includes tempura made with Amakusa-grown vegetables, and chawan-mushi egg custard. Guests can also enjoy lip-smacking Amakusa specialties including red sea urchin and kuruma shrimp.
#9 Daikoku Ramen (Kumamoto City)
Those who have visited the Kumamoto ramen specialty shop “Daikoku Ramen”, are not likely to forget it! The full-bodied and savory pork-bone broth is rich but not too rich so it is easy to drink, and the noodles and straight and thin. Slurp them up together and enjoy the gentle, wafting aroma of charred garlic.
#10 Shiromiyagura (Kumamoto City)
The skill of the chef here is on full display in the local cuisine served at this restaurant, featuring ikizukuri style yariika squid, basashi, and more. Due to the effects of the Kumamoto Earthquake, Shiromiyagura is open for business, but only with a reservation for one of the private rooms or banquet halls located on its second through sixth floors.
#11 Yamamizuki (Oguni Town)
“Yamamizuki”, located along the torrent I Kurokawa Onsen area, is a high-grade inn boasting of the Onsen bath. The restaurant “Hanahenpen” offers creative Kaiseki cuisine using plentiful local ingredients. The simple but beautiful cuisines reflecting the chef’s careful preparation is perfection.
#12 Izakaya Kan (Kumamoto City)
With both Japanese and Chinese cuisine, this izakaya’s appealing and diverse menu uses only the finest ingredients for only the finest flavor. The shop’s mabodofu is worthy of special attention, as the chef puts the training he received in China to practice to reproduce the taste of the genuine article. Choose libations from the over 300 varieties of shochu in stock.
#13 Baniku Kyodo Cuisine Kenzo (Kumamoto City)
There are very few places like this where you can enjoy that delicacy among delicacies “shimofuri basashi”. The meat is marbled with fat that spreads a savory sweetness as it melts in your mouth. Try the “uma-kushiyaki” (horse meat skewers), soaked in the signature miso-dare sauce, which are crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside!
#14 Tanaka Chikusan (Amakusa City)
The Japanese black cattle beef at this yakiniku shop is purchased directly from livestock breeders in Amakusa, meaning the customers can enjoy high quality meat at reasonable prices. These black cattle are raised free-range among sea breezes blowing over island pastures, and provide exquisite meat that will melt in your mouth.
#15 Katsuretsutei Minamikumamoto (Kumamoto City)
Following #2 “Katsuretsutei Shinshigai Honten”, “Minami Kumomato” branch was also placed in a list. “Special Thick Cutlet” featuring the thick sliced pork is a really filling one. You can chose your favorite meat such as loin cutlet, fillet cutlet or Roppaku Kurobuta.
#16 Uemura Unagiya (Hitoyoshi City)
This historic restaurant was built over 100 years ago. The eel is selected, opened, and grilled over charcoal after you place your order, to provide a fresh smelling and tasting final product. Enjoy the fat, meaty eel of South Kyushu with some Harima shochu.
#17 Patisserie Roku (Minami Oguni Town)
The “Shio Koji Cream Puff” is a popular snack to pick up while exploring Kurokawa Onsen. The cookie is baked using shio koji, and then covered with fried choux dough, and filled with custard cream fresh-to-order.
#18 Negibozu (Kumamoto City)
This retro-style izakaya is just a short walk away from Kumamoto City Hall Ekimae Station. Eat your fill of local Kumamoto cuisine, such as two types of “basashi”, each made from a different part of the horse, or the rolled green onion with vinegared miso dish known as “hitomoji guruguru”.
#19 Sweets studio Tanoya (Aso City)
This shop is known for popular local variant of the cream puff, “Tanoshu”! The reason why this sweet is so popular is its special custard cream, which is rich and sweet yet has a light and pleasant aftertaste. The secret ingredient is said to be the clear and tasty waters of the Aso region.
#20 Sri Lanka Kumamoto (Kumamoto City)
An ethnic curry restaurant with a chef native to the country that lends the shop its name. The popular dish “Sri Lankan Noodle Curry” features curry with stir-fried rice noodles and vegetables instead of rice.
Every spot of “Kyushu 100” chosen by travelers is full of fascination. Now, let’s go and experience 100 spots chosen by travelers!
Ranking method:”Kumamoto 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 Kumamoto.
*The information about the facilities that are closed as of August 2016, is also included. For details such as re-opening time, please contact each facility.