What to eat in Kobe: 7 classic Kobe restaurants to recommend!

Kobe Gourmet | Moriya Store

  • Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Price: $

Moriya Shoten is one of the top three restaurants in Kobe that you can't miss. Moriya Shoten is a butcher's shop, but the small window next to the shop is used to make fried cole sliders, which are cheap and tasty, making it a famous store for its cole sliders. Looking at the menu, the most popular item is the domestic beef korokke, which is 90 yen, which is quite a bargain. The top two items are all beef, and the third is kurobuta pork. There is a line out the door even though it's a slow time.

We bought the first three flavors to try. The beef flavor is simply beef stranded meat with potatoes for deep frying, while the other flavor has onions added to it. The last one was the Kurobuta flavor, which was also very good. After trying them all, I think we liked the second best beef flavor the most.

Kobe Cuisine | Sannomiya Ichikanro

  • Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Price: $

Sannomiya Ichikanro Buns at the end of Motomachi shopping street is also a famous snack. I'm not a big fan of Japanese Chinese food, but I came here to try some. The freshly steamed meat buns were not bad.

Kobe Gourmet | Nishimura Cafe

  • Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Price: $$

If you are tired of eating, don't forget to enjoy the unique western flavor of Kobe. Nishimura Café in Motomachi has a quiet atmosphere with mostly locals. Nishimura Café is famous for its coffee cups, which have been used since the café's inception.

Kobe Cuisine | Kobe Beef Teppanyaki - Ishida

  • Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Price: $$$$$

When you come to Kobe, you can't forget Kobe Steak. Before coming here, I made a reservation online at a famous teppanyaki restaurant.ishida.

We arrived at ishida Kitanozaka in the evening. This time, we made a reservation at the opening time, and as soon as we entered the restaurant, the set menu seats were already prepared and waiting for us to be seated. The meals are all pre-ordered, and you have to be prepared for the fact that Kobe steak is expensive no matter how you order it, so since it was a rare occasion, we ordered a filet mignon and a sirloin set meal. The oil of the Kobe beef is really beautiful, and it really melts in your mouth, which is a far cry from the beef you usually eat. The fried rice at the end of the meal was also superb, and I was completely satisfied.

The cooking process was recorded on video, and the chef explained it to us in English.

Kobe Gourmet | Kikuso Akashi Yaki

  • Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Price: $$

Kikushio Akashi Yaki is one of the most memorable dishes in Kansai. Kobe takoyaki is quite famous, but not as famous as Osaka takoyaki. Kikushio in Kitanozaka is a famous restaurant for takoyaki, but the store is very small, so I had to wait outside for a while. During the waiting time, I saw a lot of locals coming to buy takeout, which shows the popularity of the restaurant.

The appearance of Akashi yaki is soft, but if you order Kikushio yaki, there are different flavors such as octopus and shrimp. You can eat it by picking it up and soaking it in the broth, which makes it very tasty, like a steamed egg with shrimp and octopus wrapped in it.

I hadn't had Akashi-yaki before, but I liked it so much that I'll have to go back next time I have a chance to go to Kobe.

Kobe Gourmet | Togai Yakiniku (grilled pork)

  • Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Price: $$

I didn't plan too much for my visit to Bird's Nest. I had a sudden craving for Japanese skewers at night, and I happened to be at the Sannomiya store, so I came to Bird's Nest for yakiniku. Although I love yakitori, I don't expect much from chain restaurants that claim to be affordable. I found it to be a great deal, and all the skewers were priced at 280 yen, so we ordered almost all of the chicken skewers. The salt-flavored chicken drumsticks were very good, so I ordered two more.

Kobe Gourmet | Kobe Beef Ramen Hachisato

  • Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Price: $$

Don't want to eat expensive Kobe steak? Try Kobe Beef Ramen instead. Hachisato specializes in Kobe Beef Ramen, and it's a very special experience. I ordered the salt flavor and the seasonal herbal flavor. The beef itself was good, but the soup was rather ordinary.

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