Comfort Hotel Kariya
1-8-1 Aioi cho
Phone: (81) 566 62 6511
Fax: (81) 566 62 6912
One of the more popular lunch-time venues downtown, this restaurant is easy to spot by the line leading to its door. Popular at any time, lunch offers a great variety of food at reasonable prices. A variety of pastas and risottos are the bases upon which you can build your own entree, choosing between fish or meat sauces. Once finished, the only concern is whether you will be able to finish the dessert that comes with the meal!
A white-and-tan decor gives Mammaya a light,cheery atmosphere that is popular with young women for its 'cuteness'. Items on the menu are mostly orthodox selections prepared using the chef's original blend of spices. Specials include hand-made hamburgers, using 100 percent Japanese beef, that are created while you wait by the skilled chef. Sauces, also one of the house specialties, are used in various dishes for that one-of-a-kind taste.
The ubiquitous, traditional noodles and broth dish of Japan is actually cooked quite differently depending where you are in the country. It is especially different when you are talking about a different country altogether! You'll appreciate this if you like to eat some of extra-spicy ramen which is the specialty of Taiwan Ramen Motoyama. Dress down and eat sloppily; the place is your typical noodle shop with unremarkable decor and a super-casual atmosphere.
On the top floor, above an antique shop, this quaint cafe gives you a slice of the country in the middle of the city. The spacious open-air cafe is a fantastic place to enjoy coffee and cake and watch the tulips blooming in spring. Hand-made desserts are the order of the day with seasonal specialties like strawberry or raspberry cheesecake. To celebrate spring, strawberries are the fruit of choice, with items like strawberry tarts and Bavarian strawberry cream.
Before Seattle Express coffee was able to prevail in Nagoya, an enterprising American established that there was a market here for gourmet coffees at reasonable prices. Succeeding with a flavorful, high-quality product, the “Espress” brand is now franchised in several locations around the city. The main shop is conveniently located within a bookstore that also serves as an Internet cafe. In addition to offering a wide variety of coffees and soft drinks with accompanying pastries, customers can surf the Internet at leisure. Live music can also be enjoyed on some evenings.
Jazz thrives in Japan, and this place is one of the best in Nagoya to hear some really good live acts, as well as partake of some good eats and drinks. A little off the beaten track, but still easy to get to, this place also offers a slightly more spacious venue and a more rational layout than many such “live houses” in town. Live bands include local artists as well as national and international guests.
Unique nightclub dedicated to chanson and other romantic styles of music. A must for fans. It features live acts every night by local artists and guests from other parts of Japan and overseas. Small and cozy, seating approximately 50, with a utilitarian interior given some atmosphere by strategically placed drapery and lighting. Fare is plain (music is what is important here) with house wines and carafe, along with soft drinks and a small selection of whiskey. Door charge includes one drink and a small dish of appetizers.
With a Welsh owner, Kilkenny and Guinness on tap, and a menu including shepherd's pie and bangers and mash, Bumphy's is the closest thing to an Irish pub in Nagoya. Bumphy's has live music every weekend of the traditional harp & accordion variety, and advertises no cover. The atmosphere is cozy, with a small stage in the corner, memorabilia on the walls, and a pleasant back room decorated with a set of armor and some medieval weapons to give it a castle-drinking atmosphere. But you definitely pay for your Irish experience. Food is reasonably priced, but pints of Kilkenny and Guinness are a whopping JPY900 each.
Sawasdee Sumiyoshi, although the name is a mixture of Thai and Japanese, everything else about this restaurant is genuine Thai, from the chefs to the decor and, most importantly, the food. But be warned, there is no pandering to those whose palates prefer their curries to be bland. The tom yum kung will have you reaching for your chilled Singha, and the paa panen, a Thai chili stir-fry with chicken, beef, pork or shrimps' will have you wiping your brow with each mouthful. But it is worth it. There is a full complement of drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.
With its unique ambience, Eikokuya was one of the first establishments in the Kakuozan/Nittaiji area to take advantage of existing residences and storefronts to set up shop. Offering curries, tandoori and other Indian cuisine, as well as a wide assortment of imported teas, it is one of Nagoya's most seasoned (pun intended) ethnic restaurants. A variety of curries are available with either nan or rice. Recommended set includes a mixed grill with two grilled items, curry, nan, salad and rice.
This Italian restaurant is located a couple of blocks off one of the busiest thoroughfares in town within a surprisingly quiet, park-like oasis of privately-owned gardens. Although a popular spot for a romantic dinner (courses start at JPY6,000), check out the lunches (pasta & dessert set: JPY2,500). The natural lighting and the greenery outside provide a very relaxing atmosphere. There is also a comprehensive a-la-carte menu, and a wide selection of Italian wines starting at JPY5,000 per bottle. Reservations may be taken for parties.
Jerry's Uno, a laid-back cafe bar is one of the best places in town to spend an evening if you are into rock music, Tex-Mex a la Californian border cuisine and beer. It offers eight kinds of soft tacos and three kinds of hard tacos and it has an incredible array of beers, over 100 different brews. Go with a group of friends and enjoy the conversation or go alone and watch the rock videos while you enjoy the food and drink.