Comfort Hotel Hiroshima Otemachi
3-7-9 Otemachi Naka-ku
Phone: (81) 82 545 7811
Fax: (81) 82 545 7812
An American-style sports bar, Kemby's has become a popular first (and last) stop for drinks and Western food among Hiroshima's expatriates. The bar also supports a large number of local customers. Laid-back and friendly, if sometimes hectic—it is a good place to eat, drink, meet friends or check out a local band. Kemby's features great bar food with a Mexican twist, including burritos and tacos, as well the standard pizza and burgers. Nachos and seasoned french fries are especially popular. Also on the menu are vegetarian choices. Beer selection is limited, but the mixed drinks list is impressive.
Bamboo poles and Japanese paper lanterns give this restaurant an air of traditional Japan, but dishes served here are inspired by anything from Chinese to Italian cuisine. The main attraction on the menu however, is not the food, but the list of sake wine from all over Japan, arranged by region. Seating is Japanese style at low tables, but the sunken floors beneath the tables to provide foot room make sitting comfortable.
Lunches for a set price, with a menu that changes daily, make this sort of Chinese restaurant a popular place during midday. But evenings are lively as well, with attractive decor that is not imposing adding to the ambience and pleasant dining experience. Add to this the great variety of side selections and set dinners on the menu, and you have a restaurant you will feel inclined to return to.
Located in the heart of the business district in downtown Hiroshima, this small restaurant has gained popularity with nearby office workers for its delicious lunch menu and fast, friendly service. The lunchtime menu, available Monday through Friday, centers on the two most popular "set" dishes, Beef Steak in Miso, and Beef Steak in Giant Radish Sauce, both priced at money-saving rates. Ohisamaya is also a great place to stop for a quick after-work bite to eat and a drink from their range of over 70 alcoholic beverages. Good prices and great food!
Okonomi-mura has two floors of diner-style eateries that serve up Hiroshima's most famous local dish, okonomiyaki, a cross between a pancake and an omelet. This is a good place to eat like (and with) local students and salarymen. You will sit on swivel stools at the counter--an unpretentious, workaday setting. Your okonomiyaki will contain cabbage, noodles, and a variety of fillings. For real local flavor, try the type made with oysters from the Seto Inland Sea.
A favorite destination among the local Asian population, Sawadee is indeed a real taste of Thailand, thanks to the delicious home-style cooking of the native Thai chef. Thai food is renowned for its spiciness, so for spice lovers this is the place to go! For those not so accustomed to Thai food however, the dishes can be made milder according to taste. Another fun dining idea is to order a range of dishes and sample a variety amongst a group of friends. The ornate decorations straight from Thailand, and Thai music make it a true Thai experience!
From the reproductions of Sistine Chapel frescoes prominently displayed behind the counter, to the thick steamed milk floating delicately on the surface of your cappuccino, this pulsating café takes great pains to evoke the frantic but cool atmosphere of Italy in the midst of Hiroshima's premier shopping grotto. Pastries and cakes are available during the day. The quality of the coffee lends support to Pronto as a homage to La Dolce Vita. At night the coffee counter converts to a bar and shoppers are replaced by chatting beer drinkers preparing for an evening at nightclubs nearby.
Always busy and with a wait, Tsukiakari is one of Hiroshima's best-loved “yakiniku” (BBQ) restaurants. Located at the west end of the Hondori shopping arcade, the restaurant is easy to miss, its façade consisting of little more than the bar and a narrow corridor. Once inside however, the ambience is compelling. Styled almost exclusively in wood with exposed beams and bamboo matting creating an unlikely intimacy, Tsukiakari's interior is truly unique. The restaurant has two dining floors and can easily accommodate small, large, and private parties. With sunken grills at many of the tables, the focus is of course on grilling, but gourmets will be pleased to know that the menu (in English and Japanese) provides for a lot more than can be cooked tableside. The restaurant is also known for its desserts and wine list, and lingering guests tend to be the rule rather than exception. – Brent Katte
Andersen provides a taste of northern Europe from Lego Vikings to Bodum coffeemakers. There is even a Danish Consulate on the third floor, between the travel agency and Lego play area. A Bakery and Sandwich Kitchen, as well as outlets for Teas and Coffees, Ice Cream and Dessert, Tortes and Chocolates and more fill the first floor. Cheeses, lunch meats, salads, olives are available at the deli counter. A cafeteria and pizzeria dominate the second floor, and serve up sandwich sets and pizzas while a European and a Chinese restaurant offer table service.
This excellent restaurant offers a good selection of curries, tandoori dishes, nan and samosa. Like most Indian restaurants, Nanak is an excellent choice for vegetarians and mixed parties, as the English speaking management can assure the visitor which dishes are meat and animal product free. Spiciness slides on a scale from zero to 50. Five is considered hot, and 10 very hot. The imagination fails to grasp what a 50-strength curry might taste like. Lunch sets include a choice of curry, nan, and even lassi, the sweetened yogurt drink that does an excellent job of neutralizing the spices.
Located just off Namiki-dori, Neko Matagi is a great place to go with a large group for parties, work functions or post-wedding celebrations. The restaurant continually creates new dishes to accompany the wide variety of alcoholic beverages available. Beer, wine and Japanese sake are the staple beverages, and some of the recommended items on the menu include the Cheese Omelet, Octopus Garlic Saute, and the special "all you can drink" course. The restaurant can seat groups of up to 50 people.
In the heart of the restaurant and nightlife district, this restaurant/cafe/bar combination is popular for lunch and dinner, serving excellent pasta and pizza. The first floor patio cafe looks onto Kurumachi Koen Park and is a popular coffee-and-cake hangout any time. Group seating makes this a favorite meet-and-eat destination before a night on the town, too. The weathered wood and pale blue color scheme create a comfortable, worn look and an intimate atmosphere. Especially popular are the large, square-sided pizzas served on wooden cutting boards. For a real treat, order several different types to share with companions.