Located approximately an hour away from Tokyo, Shonan in Kanagawa is a hidden gem of a place that is filled with many little-known great spots. While this area is famous for sightseeing, it also appeals to visitors for its diverse selection of gourmet food. Here are five of the most recommended dining spots in Shonan.
- ALOHA TABLE Shonan: A place that is filled with the authentic flavors of Waikiki
- LONCAFE Shonan Enoshima Honten: A restaurant dedicated to French toast
- GARB Enoshima: Boasting of superb ocean view
- Jukusei Nikubaru NoBu’s: A place to savor aged beef
- Yu-gata: Serving authentic Japanese cuisine
ALOHA TABLE Shonan: A place that is filled with the authentic flavors of Waikiki
ALOHA TABLE Shonan is a dining spot serving Hawaiian dishes that lets guests savor the real goodness and taste of Waikiki food. Recommended here are, as expected, the Hawaiian staple Garlic Shrimp (1,380 JPY (excl. tax)) and the Loco Moco (1,180 JPY (excl. tax)), as well as original dishes like the Shonan Shirasu to Yuki Shoga Pho (Shonan young anchovy and organic garlic pho) (1,380 JPY (excl. tax)). When you take a seat at the terrace, you will get to enjoy your food in an expansive space that has a view of Enoshima and the coast. There is also a take-out menu available, so how about having lunch by the sea when the weather is fine?
LONCAFE Shonan Enoshima Honten: A restaurant dedicated to French toast
LONCAFE is well known as the first shop in Japan to specialize in French toast. It is situated inside the park that boasts of one of the best views in Enoshima, so you can expect the area around this restaurant to be very quiet. Here, you can relish delicious French toast while relaxing on one of the terrace seats overlooking Sagami Bay. There is a wide variety of sauces to choose from, including caramel cinnamon, fig and cream cheese, and apple pie filling. You will surely love the crunchy exterior and gooey interior of their French toast. English menu available.
Sample dishes: Caramel Cinnamon French Toast (1,050 JPY (excl. tax))
GARB Enoshima: Boasting of superb ocean view
GARB Enoshima is a shop that takes pride in its magnificent view of Chigasaki from Enoshima, even Mt. Fuji on a clear day. If you enjoy the seascape and food while feeling the salty sea breeze on your skin at the terrace, you will undoubtedly be filled with an elegant feeling. The wide array of dishes that they serve use generous amounts of local seafood and vegetables, with the pizza that is baked in a wood-fired kiln the most recommended here. Its menu also features many kinds of drinks, from coffee up to wines and other alcohols. English menu available.
Sample dishes: Kiln-baked pizza Margherita Yasai Soup & Salad Tsuki (Margherita pizza with vegetable soup and salad) (1,600 JPY (incl. tax))
Jukusei Nikubaru NoBu’s: A place to savor aged beef
The next famous spot on this list is a restaurant that serves aged premium meats. Here, the beef is dried and aged for 40 days under strict temperature and humidity control. Aging boosts the taste, aroma and tenderness of the beef, so you get to enjoy the inherent flavors of the meat. The meat is served rare, but what is wonderful at this place is that you can get your preferred doneness by using the baked iron block that accompanies the meat. NoBu’s specialty dishes are the Gyu Honetsuki Rib Eye Steak 100g (rib eye steak with bone) (1,380 JPY (excl. tax)) and the Gyu Rump Steak 100g (980 JPY (excl. tax)). Try to pair them with the Niku Senyo Kuro Wine CARNIVOR (4,580 JPY (excl. tax)).
Yu-gata: Serving authentic Japanese cuisine
Yu-gata, which is a 3-minute walk away from Enoshima Station, is a truly superior restaurant that has won a place in the Bib Gourmand list of the Michelin Guide. It is a place where you can taste orthodox Japanese cuisine in a relaxing atmosphere. Recommended here is the Lunch Gozen that will let you choose between fish and meat for the main course. You can avail of this lunch set for as low as 1,000 JPY (incl. tax). Another appeal of this spot is its wide selection of Japanese sake and other alcoholic beverages that go well with dishes. The drinks are served in elaborate containers, so your eyes and tongue will both have a great time.
All five spots featured on this list are charming places you can visit for teatime snacks, up to full-fledged meals. Be sure to drop in any one of them when you tour Shonan.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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