Comfort Hotel Toyokawa
Phone: (81) 533 80 5111
Fax: (81) 533 80 5115
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.
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!
The spacious interior of Shirayuki Brewery Village Grand Place has attempted to recreate an evening scene in the Grand Place of Brussels, giving it a romantic, if slightly surreal, atmosphere. A large variety of fare, mostly a blend of Japanese and French cuisine, is available, one being the Belgian favorite, mussels and fries. These are prepared in one of the establishment's two kitchens, which is actually a franchise of the Belgian restaurant Chez Léon. The other feature here is the gold, brown, and white varieties of the jibiiru beer, which is brewed on the premises.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Don't be put off by the name. This really is the place to go to for a weekend night party. Open till late and featuring music bands, Misfits is a nice place to chill out in. Sway to the strums of the guitar and the sounds of a saxophone, and see if you can follow the lyrics after a few drinks! Grab some pizza, calzone or pasta when hunger pangs strike you. Stand-up comics visit the joint often. Tuesday is Women's Night out here, when the fairer sex gets certain privileges and special treatment. Several events are held during each month. Check the website for details. Though it seats 27 people, it can get crowded on weekends, so book in advance.