Restaurants

Top Choice Izakaya in Kumamoto

Yokobachi

Yokobachi's leafy courtyard and open kitchen are distinctive. Although some menu translations are head-scratchers, stand-out small plates include spicy tebasaki (chicken wings), Caesar salad with fried gobo (burdock…
Top Choice Izakaya in Kumamoto

Kome no Kura

This black-walled, quietly chic izakaya (Japanese pub-eatery), with cosy private booths and hori-kotatsu (well in the floor for your feet) seating, has a whole menu of Kumamoto specialities along with standard fare.…
Japanese in Kumamoto

Katsuretsutei Shinshigai Honten

Come hungry to this busy local favorite for tonkatsu (breaded pork cutlet) in filling Zen set meals (with shredded cabbage, rice, miso soup, pickles and more). The signature dish is atsuage kurobuta pork (thickly sl…
Chinese in Kumamoto

Kōran-tei

On a lovely courtyard behind a Swiss pastry shop on Kamitōri Arcade, this glossy restaurant has a varied menu of Chinese dumplings and noodles, but pretty much everyone orders taipien (mild, bean-thread-noodle soup;…
Ramen in Kumamoto

Ramen Komurasaki

This ramen joint is next to Yoshinoya at the northern end of the Kamitōri Arcade. The signature 'king ramen' (¥700) is garlicky, cloudy Kumamoto-style tonkotsu (pork) broth with bamboo shoots, julienned mushrooms, a…
French in Kumamoto

Chocolat Café Bistrot

A couple of blocks southeast of the Shimotōri Arcade, amid side streets reminiscent of Tokyo's trendy Omote-Sando, this charming shop has mottled red walls like a Parisian boudoir and specialises in sweet and savour…