I’m gonna have a short proud moment, just this one time, and say that this rural area of Japan didn’t have much (if any) English info on food before I got here. I dedicate this post on my favorite food places in the north Okayama/Tottori area to my successor, “Robin from England” whom my students (can I still call them my students? waa) are so super excited to meet come August.
Robin, I speak for all of us (my followers and I) when I wish you the very best of time in Ohara. We hope you make the most of every day and cannot wait to see this place from your pespective in future pictures. So without further adieu…
For contemporary-style cafes try: Cafe Roca in Tsuyama
or Moco Lifestyle Store in Tottori
For the world’s fluffiest pancakes: Cocogarden in Tottori (Mochigase)
Arrive super early or be prepared for a long wait. Also sell udon, fresh bread and omelette crepes (go figure). Open daily from 10am. I recommend the milk soft serve and the organic eggs.
For Thick crust pizza: La Gita in Katsumada
For BIG and I mean, gigantic thin crust pizza, Pizza King in Wake Town
I recommend the spinach pizza.
For the best counter sushi in Japan: Yoshinoya in Mimasaka but only on a Saturday
Every day else, this place is an izakaya (Japanese bar).
For contemporary cafe-style food with the best view: Yukkuru Terrace in Yunogo
For a super cheap sushi train: Sushiro in Tsuyama
For a fancy sushi train: Hokkaido in Tottori (go figure)
For a very beautiful and very Japanese and slightly expensive place to take your parents when they visit: Mitaki-en in Chizu Town
For REAL bread (and takeaway pizzettes): Hugo et Leo in Nishiawakura
Aiyuuwaie in Yunogo
For incredible burgers (and good conversation): Shuvi Du Bar in Tottori
For good Indian with naan the size of your mattress: Sivam in Yunogo (or Sivan – still don’t know which)
For fancy Italian try: Terra in Tsuyama
I recommend the chef’s choice set menu.
For super fancy Italian: Ristorante Cielo in Tsuyama
For vegetarian: Cafe Bonheur in Tsuyama
Or Gemmaishokudourakudokan (yeah, it’s a tongue twister)
For fresh gelato: Hashimoto Farm in Tottori
Or Latte in Tsuyama
Ok desu. Think that’s probably enough for now. Happy scoffing, buddy!