If you are lucky enough to arrive at Kumamoto City on Wednesday, be sure to flock to our local Haagen Daazs, for you can order a Happy Cup that comprises SEVEN scoops of ice-cream for 500 yen. An excellent way to chill out and enjoy a cosy chat with friends!
Not kidding you. You can even customise your cup by choosing from a wide array of flavours, including the one and only green tea, a unique-tasting pumpkin pudding and a tantalisingly titled 'Shop Original'. Upon asking the server, it seemed like the shop original had something to do with butter. Regrettably, my Japanese wasn't good enough to understand everything she said.
In fact, one of my current goals is to order a Happy Cup whose 7 flavours blend in perfectly with one another. Working very hard towards this goal!
Here's a map showing the location of Haagen Dazs:
Kumabar is set up to introduce Kumamoto's home-grown beer to the world, which is why you'll find Kumamon, the prefectural mascot prominently seated at the bar itself. But what intrigued my friend and I was the horse tendons--horse meat is a specialty of Kumamoto. Although all kinds of meats seem to taste like chicken when it comes down to it, eating horse meat would still make for an interesting conversation stimulus in the future.
The verdict? Very tender and juicy! As you can see from the picture, the serving seemed a tad small for 500 yen but well, no complaints since the experience was unique. Also, the bar was spacious and quiet, which made it an ideal place to chill out and while away the time.
Probably the oldest and the best sushi restaurant in Kumamoto: the rice for the sushi is made according to the traditional recipe of the owner's family. Besides from sushi you can find a lot of great Japanese foods and beverages. The place is new clean, and comfortable; staff is nice, friendly and fast. A must in Kumamoto!
Favorite Dish: All the sushi is great! Try the horse meat sushi...
Horsemeat sashimi is a native dish originating from Kumamoto. Accompanied by ginger and onion, `basashi' has become known as a delicacy that melts in the mouth.
Favorite Dish: Various restaurants and izakayas in Kumamoto serve this traditional dish.
I chose this restaurant because it had plastic meal displays in the window which gives you a good idea of what you get. This is the only time when I actually bought my meal with a meal ticket. I must admit that I did get some help in doing so.
There is a meal ticket machine which shows you the price and a small picture of the meal. The meal came with complimentary tea.
I don't remember the exact price I paid but back in 2005 it wasn't more than 10 USD.
Tanuki, a local yakitori-ya.
Favorite Dish: Yakitori, yakiniku. Little barbecued meat on a stick with sauce. Very good anywhere you can get it.
Basashi is a famous food in Kumamoto, and it is raw meat of horse. Do you want to try?
'Raw Horse Meat'