Kochi is not only known for its delicious katsuo no tataki. There is this sweet treat Boshi Pan (Hat Bread) that has also gained fame over the years. Upon seeing the bread it should be obvious where it gets its name; it's shaped like a bowler hat!
Rinberu actually means "Ring Bell", but the sign says Rin Bell with a bell where the 'g' should be. This is where Boshi Pan originated. You can find Boshi Pan all over the city, including the bread shop in Kochi Station however, once you've had Rinberu's, that other bread won't satisfy you. The taste of it here, especially when you get it fresh, just can't be beat.
The Boshi Pan costs 115 yen. They also have "Deka-Boshi Pan" which is a massive version of the same bread which costs 1050 yen. If you want to try Deka-Boshi Pan you'll need to place an order ahead of time so that they can make it for you. They also have other breads and pastries.
Rinberu is open from 6:30am to 6pm.
Ipponzuri is a good place to eat for those who want to try various local specialties, including those from other cities within Kochi Prefecture. Of course, they have Katsuo no Tataki, Kochi's claim to food fame but they have other katsuo dishes as well. It's one of the few places you can try Katsuo Gyoza. The taste is very light compared to standard gyoza, but it's delicious. It's served with lemon and spicy mustard, which for me definitely enhanced the flavor. The Katsuo Gyoza is only 500 yen.
Aside from the katsuo dishes, they have a wide variety of whale dishes. The famous whale dishes are actually from other cities in the prefecture where the whales are actually caught however, the demand in the capital has brought the dishes here to restaurants like this. Whale is "Kujira" in Japanese. Some of the whale dishes are Kujira Tataki, Kujira Menchikatsu, and Kujira Bacon. I regret not trying the whale dishes here, but I've had whale bacon before and it is definitely tasty.
Ryomaya is a very friendly local bar named after Sakamoto Ryoma. The specialty dish is just two pieces of Katsuo no Tataki (bonito fish) torched right in front of you as they serve it with salt. It only costs 400 yen. They also have an actual Katsuo no Tataki dish, if you want to try it here. The prices here are affordable, so it's a good place to try it if you're on a budget. The staff is very friendly. The owner enjoys chatting with customers. If you want to learn some Tosa-ben (the local dialect of Japanese), it is said that the owner enjoys teaching it to those who are interested if he's not too busy.
The bar opens at 6pm and closes when they've sold out.
The Hirome Market (Hirome Shiba) is a market filled with restaurants as well as souvenir shops and fresh fish market shops. Many of the restaurants serve local specialties or foods made with local ingrediants. The prices here are also affordable. Even if you're not interested in the local dishes there are many options, like and Indian restaurant, Korean, and of course typical Japanese food that you can find anywhere.
It's a very popular place for people to come to relax, chat, eat, and drink. The atmosphere is always quite lively!
You just have to try katzuo sashimi. Katzuo is bonito. Kochi is famous for this fish. You'll get it quite cheap here as well.
Favorite Dish: The sashimi is thinly sliced fresh raw fish. The special thing about the sashimi in Kochi is, that it is smoked from the outside. It tasts awesome. You'll have to try it.
You can get cheap sashimi on the market. So no need to go in an expensive restaurant.