When people think of Japanese restaurants, they think of sushi restaurants. The fact is, there are thousands of Japanese restaurant types - all specializing in a different type of Japanese cuisine. Today we will 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, different types and flavors of ramen, the most common of which are Chinese-style wheat noodles served in a broth or fish. There is usually a soy sauce or miso flavoring in the soup. Ramen is often topped with chashu (grated pork), Negi and nori. Virtually every region in Japan has its own unique variety of ramen.
2. Yakitori Restaurants (やきとり / 焼き鳥)
It literally translates to “grilled chicken”. They are grilled chicken skewer 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 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. Soba restaurants (そば)
It is a type of Japanese noodles made from buckwheat flour, served hot or cold with a variety of toppings. Hot soba dishes are served with pasta in a hot soup, usually made from fish stock, soy sauce, sugar and mirin. There are thousands of dishes derived from soba, as well as thousands of specialty restaurants.
4. Izakaya (居酒屋)
Izakaya are Japanese bars. They are popular and casual places for after-work meetings. 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 and Japanese pickles. It is served with Tonkatsu sauce (a thick sweet sauce similar to Worcestershire sauce).
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.
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. In Japan, there is a wide variety of restaurants that shut Tempura. From street vendors to 5-star restaurants.
8. Restaurants Shabu-shabu (しゃぶしゃぶ)
They are hot pot restaurants. Where the customer cooks a variety of fresh ingredients in a hot pan in his. O shabu-shabu is a dish consisting of meat (beef, pork, chicken, shrimp), vegetables (watercress, shinkiku, chard, leek, chives, moyashi, etc.), mushrooms (shiitake and shimeji) and others (udon, konnyaku, kamaboku, etc.). If you have knowledge in English, you will get more out of the video below:
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 dumpling that looks more like a seasoned pancake made with a very soft, almost liquid dough and fried in a special plate for Takoyaki. Usually it is stuffed with cut pieces or a small whole octopus, zest of tempura (tenkasu), chopped ginger and chives. This is present in festivals, street vendors and even in specialized restaurants.
10. Kare restaurants (カレー)
Kare or Curry, is one of the most popular dishes in Japanese cuisine. karē raisu (curry with rice), karē udon (with noodles) and karē-pan (bread). It is generally thicker, sweeter and smoother than its Indian equivalent. Curry is a spice originally from India, but Japanese curry has its huge differences.
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 various types of udon. Most of them take negi (chives) chopped.
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 add to your pancake. Common ingredients include cheese, mochi, vegetables, pasta, pork and seafood. Often customers make their own okonomiyaki. Watch a video of our friend Santana.
14. Gyuudon restaurants (牛丼)
Thinly sliced fried meat over a bowl of rice. Gyuudon restaurants are generally fast and cheap.
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 chopstick. Kushikatsu can be made with chicken, pork, seafood and seasonal vegetables. They are stuck 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.