Wandered around Chinatown in the evening when it was beautifully lit up and chose a restaurant from one of the ones with plastic food models and clearly marked prices. We ate shredded pork on rice, roast pork noodle soup, gyoza and spring rolls; washed down with some excellent draft Sapporo beer for around 4500 yen. Friendly, pleasant service.
Favorite Dish: All the food was very tasty.
Looking for a good place to eat we stumbled upon this all-you-can-eat shabu shabu restaurant. For the price, selection, and view of the port it was an excellent choice.
Favorite Dish: The view was the best part. But, I also enjoyed the shabu shabu and goma (black sesame) ice cream.
Well, sometimes you just feel like eating some nice Italian food. Japan has plenty of that, but sometimes there harder to find and then just as we were walking about inside some building called Seiyokan we found Jolly Pasta. I figured, you can't go wrong if it's jolly.
These are awesome!!! If I lived in Nagasaki, I'm sure I'd be eating them all the time because they are simply that good.
You can find these kind of little shop/restaurants all over Nagasaki. Don't miss the chance to enjoy at least one. I'm sure your be wanting more later... I was. So, had some for breakfast the next day.
Shikairo Restaurant offers a taste of the Original Chanpon. Right outside the restaurant is a small museum which tells the history of Chanpon and how it was originally served up as a dish for Chinese students who tended to miss a taste of home. The chef, Shikair¨, hailed from a region of China
of which he wanted to serve up something that was as close to home as possible. Unable to have access to traditional Chinese ingredients he chose to use what was available in the Japanese markets.
Today, when going to Nagasaki many Japanese will recommend that you try Chanpon, so you might as well go for the closest to goodness authentic one so that you get a taste of what its really supposed to be rather than some knock off elsewhere that you can't really be sure about.
Favorite Dish: Truth be told, it was ok. I actually prefer Niigata's Chinese food. But, it was worth trying it.
However, it wasn't expensive.
Japanese fast food at it's finest. This place is great. I wish they had one in Sasebo. There's nothing special about the inside. They have one of these in San Diego, and probably some other cities, but I assure you it's not the same as the Yoshinoya in Japan.
Favorite Dish: If you get an opportunity to go here you should try the beef bowl. It's awesome!!! It's beef marinated in some kind of sauce, rice, and some vegetables. Good stuff!!!
Homemade Russian Black Bread is super delicious!! I've never been there but have heard the reputation of bread here, as well as borscht and many kinds of dessert.
Favorite Dish: This is a Traditional Russian restaurant having long history in Nanasaki. The seating capacity is not so much but you can enjoy cozy and relaxed moment. French style Nouvelle cuisine have been also served since the founder's son took over the restaurant.
Definately not the local MacDonalds!!! Story: after almost a week without seeing any Caucasian people suddenly on the streets of Nagasaki two guys call out of us in awfully recognisable American accent 'Wow, great!, finally some decent people ... maybe you can tell us where that nearby MacDonalds is!' We just passed it, so I explained. Later I wished I would have showed them the way to a complete deserted neighborhood. Please, people, if you don't want to mingle with different cultures and habits ... don't go to the country and stay home.
Restaurant on boardwalk at Kashi-sanbashi.
Following a great boat trip, why go farther than a very good restaurant on the pier? Our friends would not allow us to pay the check. At some point, we knew to just stop protesting the generosity because we did not wish to offend the people who wanted so much to treat us to everything.
Favorite Dish: After the boat ride, we enjoyed a delicious meal which included yellow, spicy rice, breaded pork, green salad and great beer.
The most exciting thing about being in Japan is that everything & I mean, EVERYTHING, is very different from being in western countries or even China for that matter. Etiquette surrounding food, greetings & even putting on & taking off shoes are very unique! It's like visiting another planet for the first time...
Firstly, seating arrangements & tableware are definitely different. You can clearly see this from the picture above. Do remove your shoes before entering the tatami-laid room known as Zashiki: a low wooden platform covered with tatami mats & low tables. Diners sit on cushions (zabuton) with feet tucked behind. Aha, we cheated ;-) Then, if you don't how to, you'll have to learn how to use the chopsticks (hashi). Otherwise, you'll end up hungry for the day! One thing to remember: NEVER NEVER pass food from your chopsticks to another or sticking them upright in a bowl of rice - they are associated with funerary customs & therefore taboo at dinner table!!!
Before starting eating, Japanese will usually say this phrase 'Itadakimasu' meaning 'I humbly receive'. Before the beginning of a meal, restaurants will normally offer an oshibori which is a small damp towel to be used to wipe your hands (not face & neck)!
As for toasting (know as kanpai), beer & whisky glasses should be clinked & sake cups are just raised in a salute.
Favorite Dish: My personal favorites are Sushi & Sashimi:
Here I'll introduce some Japanese terms for popular Sushi & Sashimi.
1) Nigiri-Zushi are thin slices of RAW fish laid over molded fingers of sushi rice with a thin layer of wasabi (green horseradish, very hot!) in between. Pick one up with a chopsticks & lightly dip it in soy sauce & consume in one mouthful.
2) Chirashi-Zushi are bowl of rice with slices of RAW fish, fish roe, omelet & other cooked food like shrimp, squid or steamed fish-paste roll on it.
3) Maki-Zushi are 'rolled' sushi like California roll. Rice are combined with fish, pickles & rolled up in a sheet of toasted seaweed (nori).
My favorite? Futo-maki: A rolled sushi with 3 or more ingredients, usually the shrimp, egg & gourd.
4) Temaki-Zushi: A hand roll with large cone shape.
SASHIMI: Slices of thin fillets of the freshest RAW FISH accompanied only with soy sauce & wasabi.
Some common Sashimi are:
* Maguro - Tuna.
* Toro - Belly Flesh of a Tuna.
* Ika - Squid.
* Hokkigai - Type of Clam. (Love this one!)
* Ebi - Shrimp.
* Uni - Ovaries of Sea Urchin.
* Ikura - Salmon Roe.
* Hotate - Scallop.
So, are you fascinated? :-D
Don't forget, what's a meal without GREEN TEA?
So, below are types of TEA:
3 grades are found:
1) Gyokuro: Highest grade that come out in May.
2) Secha: Popular medium grade with tender leaves picked in May or June.
3) Bancha: Roasted or mixed with other ingredients such as brown rice to form robust tea. Usually served at restaurants. Hojicha is roasted bancha.
Powdered Matcha: Usually used at tea ceremony. I love this one :-).
Yes, if Starbucks isn't open, it's not the end of the world, there is another coffee choice.
Go to Nagasaki Station and look for Seattle's other Best Coffee.
Well, it's good to know there's a Starbucks in Town.
It's in the Mall so you won't be able to get an early coffee there.