We hit this restaurant by chance. It was almost full house when we arrived. We tried their famous hot pot set dinner, crab & potato coquettes, scallops on hot plate . 2 hot pot options were sold out when we ordered. They also have an English menu. We were on a 2nd floor, sitting on the floor and eat on the low table. Nice Japanese design with dark oak interior.
Favorite Dish: Wonderful hot pot dish. Love the soup and the tender meat.
This restaurant is recommended by one of the locals in Matsumoto. The waiter speaks no English but they have English menu. They had horse meat set menu which we dared not try. 2nd floor is the restaurant. The ground floor sells souvenirs and their food stuff.
Favorite Dish: We tried the soba set menu. The soba has to soak into a cup of cold soup and eat the soba. After you had finished the soba, you poured hot water from the kettle into the cup of cold soup and drank it. Quite tasty and good experience. But I still prefer hot noodles.
The Mangetsu-ya restaurant in the suburb of Asama is well situated for backpackers staying at the Asasma HI hostel. It is just a short walk away (go right out of the hostel, left at the first intersection, walk to the next intersection and you will see two restaurants to your right).
Inside there is a diner like feel with a Japanese twist. There is an extensive menu to choose from, though it's all in Japanese! Pick from the pictures or take a chance on something! Service here is friendly and warm.
This is another trendy eating and drinking establishment in the back streets on Matsumoto. Quite hard to find unless you are with someone who knows how to get there! Nonetheless it is one of my favourite places to chill out in Matsumoto and worth a mention.
Favorite Dish: The Vegetable Platter! YUMMY!
This cool little place is located near Matsumoto Castle and the river. It is a very trendy and popular hang out for both foreigners and Japanese alike. The staff are great and they have an English menu too.
Favorite Dish: Kushikatsu
Yone Yoshi! Here we ate an excellent meal.
The food was excellent!!!! I will warn you to stay away from the bee larve was nasty.
Favorite Dish: We had some yummy sashimi-like horse meat, Sakura nabe (horsemeat sukiyaki), beef set meal, and haichinoko (bee larve). All topped off with some cherry Belgium beer.