Comfort Hotel Shin Yamaguchi
Phone: (81) 83 974 2511
Fax: (81) 83 974 2512
Hiroshima Jaken provides the city's famous dish with a unique twist - all recipes use local produce, meats, and fish certified as 100% organic. A medium-sized establishment, Jaken tends to the more upscale; its décor is a play of dark and light centered on wood and exposed ceilings, the veneer mildly industrial. The restaurant provides seating at the grill, private tables, and a function room, with a separate anteroom hosting a local shochu (Japanese liquor) and vinegar bar. The menu is inventive and seasonal, with their signature dish, Miyajima-yaki, boasting eel and squid in addition to the traditional pork and onion. Staff are friendly and informative, and will gladly answer any questions concerning the restaurant's history or the details of its recipes.
As the name suggests, One Love is a cafe-bar heavily inspired by reggae music, which it plays quietly in the background. Located in the area where the old Hiroshima University used to be, it is a little inconvenient to get to but worth having a look. Walk through the heavy curtains inside the front door, and you step into another world. With a carpet of leaves and petals underfoot, soft lighting and wooden barrels for tables, the ambience is relaxed and mellow. The menu offers a variety of beverages, and tasty light meals of Southeast Asian inspiration.
This is a wonderful restaurant to choose when you want to dress up nicely, spend a lot of money, and savor every morsel of food. The service, too, is impeccable. The portions are admittedly small, as is the norm for many French dishes served in Japan, but delicious. Seafood is the specialty. Lunch is less expensive. Bottles of wine run from several thousand yen to exorbitant prices.
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.
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
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!
Cafe Cheers is a cafe and bar decorated with a collection of both Western and Japanese porcelain pieces, as well as with more traditional Japanese pottery and artwork. These pieces are also for sale. The cafe is spacious and finished with varnished wood floors and tables with long outdoor-type benches, giving it a very warm and cozy "log-cabin" atmosphere. The menu includes Japanese dishes, such as sashimi, as well as American-inspired dishes--pizza, sausages and fries, or garlic chicken wings. A basic drink menu of mainly beer and inexpensive wine make it a great place for a small group gathering.
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!
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.
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.