15 Types of Japanese Restaurants and Dishes

When people think of Japanese restaurants, they think of sushi restaurants. The fact is, there are thousands of types of Japanese restaurants – all specializing in a different type of Japanese cuisine. Today we are going to see 15 of them.

Each of these Specialties mentioned below, has its broad history, culture and variety that deserves to have its own article citing all the details. Who knows in the future ...

We are making it clear that there are restaurants specializing in each type, as well as there are restaurants that have several on their menu. The focus of this article is to show that Japan is full of choices, with rich cuisine, and countless types of restaurants and choices on their menus.

1. Ramen Restaurants [ラーメン]

There are thousands of restaurants, types and different ramen flavors, the most common are Chinese-style wheat noodles served in a meat or fish broth. There is usually a soy sauce or miso flavorings in the soup. Ramen is often topped with chashu (grated pork), Negi and nori. Virtually all regions of japan has its own unique variety of ramen.

15 types of Japanese restaurants and specialties

2. Yakitori Restaurants [やきとり/焼き鳥]

These are grilled chicken skewers restaurants – a very popular food, mainly accompanied by drinks. This is a very common food, also found at festivals, and there are many derivations and recipes based on the Yakitori.

A simple recipe that anyone can make. But don't be fooled, there are professionals. See the recipe in the video below, and understand that it can be easy and difficult at the same time.

3. Restaurants in Soba [そば]

It's a kind of japanese noodles made from buckwheat flour, served hot or cold with a variety of toppings. 

The soba hot dishes are served with the noodles inside a hot soup, usually made with fish stock, soy sauce, sugar and mirin. There are thousands of dishes derived from soba, just as there are thousands of specialty restaurants.

15 types of Japanese restaurants and specialties

4. Izakaya [居酒屋]

Izakaya are japanese bars. They are popular and casual places to meet after work hours. They serve a variety of popular foods such as fried chicken, Edamame, yakitori and sashimi. Watch a video showing in detail how an Izakaya works.

5. Tonkatsu Restaurants [とんかつ]

Breaded fried pork served with chopped cabbage, rice, miso soup & Japanese pickles. It is served with sauce tonkatsu (a sweet sauce of similar thickness to Worcestershire sauce).

15 types of Japanese restaurants and specialties

6. Sushi Restaurants [すし]

For those who think that there is only sushi in Japan, know that sushi is more popular in Western countries, such as the USA and Canada than in Japan. Japanese sushi is very different from Western varieties, it has its fame, and its various flavors and varieties.

15 types of Japanese restaurants and specialties

7. Tempura Restaurants [天ぷら]

Tempura is a classic dish of Japanese cuisine. It consists of fried pieces of vegetables or seafood wrapped in a thin batter. As if it were a breaded only better.

In Japan, there are a wide variety of restaurants that sell tempura. From street vendors to 5-star restaurants. Tempura is also used to accompany other dishes.

15 types of Japanese restaurants and specialties

8. Shabu-shabu Restaurants [しゃぶしゃぶ]

These are restaurants that serve a hot pot where the customer cooks a variety of fresh ingredients and meats to be eaten together with friends accompanied by sauce and other varieties.

The shabu-shabu is a dish consisting of a meat stew (beef, pork, chicken, shrimp), vegetables (watercress, shinkiku, chard, leek, chives, moyashi etc.), mushrooms (shiitake and shimeji) and others (udon, konnyaku, kamaboku etc.).

9. Takoyaki Restaurants [たこ焼き]

Takoyaki [たこ焼き or 蛸焼] (literally fried or grilled octopus) is a popular Japanese round muffin that looks more like a seasoned pancake made with a very soft, almost liquid dough and fried on a special Takoyaki plate.

It is usually stuffed with chopped pieces or a small whole octopus, tempura zest (tenkasu), chopped ginger and chives. This is present in festivals, street sales and even in specialized restaurants.

15 types of Japanese restaurants and specialties

10. Kare Restaurants [カレー]

Kare, or Curry, is one of the most popular foreign ingredients in Japanese cuisine. This spice of life to dishes karē raisu (curry with rice), karē udon (with noodles) and karē-pan (bread).

This type of sauce in Japan is generally thicker, sweeter and milder than its Indian equivalent. Curry is a seasoning originally from India, however the japanese curry has its huge differences.

15 types of Japanese restaurants and specialties

11. Udon Restaurants [うどん]

A thick noodle made from Japanese wheat flour. Udon is usually served as soup, in hot broth based on dashi, shoyu and mirin.

Over the udon basic, one or more ingredients are added, and these ingredients give rise to several types of udon. Most of them take negi (chives) chopped.

15 types of Japanese restaurants and specialties

12. Okonomiyaki Restaurants [お好み焼き]

Okonomiyaki evolved from the practice of cooking leftovers in a Japanese pancake batter. In many okonomiyaki restaurants you can choose the ingredients to put in your pancake.

Common ingredients include cheese, mochi, vegetables, noodles, pork and seafood. Customers often make their own okonomiyaki. See a video of our friend Santana.

14. Gyuudon Restaurants [牛丼]

Gyudon It consists of thinly sliced fried meat with onions and a special sauce over a bowl of rice, sometimes accompanied by miso soup and other special and delicious ingredients.

Despite appearing to be a simple dish, it is very popular and tasty with different variations. In these restaurants you will also find similar dishes with pork or unagi. Gyudon restaurants are generally fast and cheap style. Fast food restaurants.

15 types of Japanese restaurants and specialties

15. Kushiage restaurants or Kushikatsu

It is a Japanese dish of spiced and grilled meat. In japanese, kushi [串] refers to the skewer used while katsu means the meat chuleta. 

The kushikatsu can be made with chicken, pork, seafood and seasonal vegetables. They are skewered in a kushi bamboo, dipped in eggs, flour and panko and fried in vegetable oil.1 They can be served pure or with tonkatsu sauce.

15 types of Japanese restaurants and specialties

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