Seafood in Kurashiki

This traditional eatery, in a 200-year-old warehouse with chunky beams and long wooden tables, is famed for mamakari, the sardine-like local speciality. The tasty fish is supposed to induce bouts of uncontrollable feasting, so that people are obliged to kari (borrow) more mama (rice) from their neighbours to carry on their binge.

There are sets at lunch (from ¥1500) and kaiseki-style course options (¥4000 to ¥5000; reservations recommended) available at dinner, as well as an à la carte menu.