Where To Eat- Nakagawa

There are a couple of really amazing restaurants to visit in Takinoue, and I’d like to tell you about Baru Nakagawa!

Nakagawa was originally called Silver Hat, and was in Nigorikawa for many years. This past summer, though, they built a new grocery store and restaurant, and moved into the center of Takinoue. The entire building is entirely new, and definitely feels that way!

The part of the building facing the main street is the grocery store; from the middle and back is the restaurant itself.

Nakagawa’s full name, Kaisen ・Yakiniku Baru Nakagawa (海鮮・焼肉バルNakagawa) tells you what their specialty is- sushi and yakiniku, or Japanese-style barbecue. However, their menu is really large, and offers a lot of choices, just like they did when they were Silver Hat. You can get pretty much anything you might have a craving for, including ramen, sukiyaki, karage, fish, and many other things. They also have a rotating menu with foods that are in season.

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I love this- the open-cooked Okhotsk mackerel set

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A personal favorite of mine; tuna, avocado, and wasabi

Their drink menu is also enormous- they have a large selection of Japanese sakes, shochu, beer, and many pages of mixed drinks.

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The バイオレットフィズ (violet fizz)

The grocery store itself has a great selection, and even a seating area facing the street. I especially recommend their sushi, it’s really good!

 

Baru Nakagawa is open for lunch (11:00- 14:00) and dinner (17:00-23:00), and the grocery store is open from 9:00- 19:30. If you want more info, please check out their website or twitter!

 

 

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Where to Eat- Le Bella at Suehiro Inn

There are a couple of really amazing restaurants to visit in Takinoue, and I’d like to tell you about Le Bella!

Le Bella is the restaurant attached to the Suehiro Inn, very close to the Shibazakura Hill. The inside is really cute and warm, and there’s even a deck that sits overlooking the Shokotsu River. The deck even has standing heaters, to stay warm in the chilly evenings.

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The dining room

 

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The outside deck

They have a party room, which you can reserve for dinner. I have been to Le Bella many times for parties with friends and coworkers!

Le Bella’s food is amazing! While a lot of traditional Japanese food is available, the owner of Le Bella incorporates western cooking into her meals, so you can taste some amazing Japanese-fusion food! The menu changes seasonally, so there’s always what is best at that time of year available. You can even eat deer here!

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Clockwise from the top: Seasonal foods (deer-meat ajillo, avocado and prosciutto salad, bread, asparagus); deer meat katsu- curry; cold soba

Le Bella is typically open for lunch, but is available for dinner upon reservation. Come visit!