Mie is the prefecture to the southwest of Nagoya. It's an area where you can enjoy fresh seafood, especially in the region of Ise-Shima, a place famous for Ise Jingu. Here are 5 recommended seafood restaurants in the area to consider.
This is a popular restaurant where you can enjoy eating fresh seafood grilled in front of you including some of Ise-Shima's most famous products, like spiny lobster and abalone. They use the highest quality Binchotan charcoal from Kyushu, so you can eat fresh spiny lobster and fish in the best way. Because the luxurious ingredients are grilled simply right in front of your eyes, you can enjoy their aroma and the natural deliciousness. They also have a variety of dishes available, such as the Tekonezushi (1,600 JPY (excl. tax)), a regional dish created by fishermen that include skipjack tuna and Pacific bluefin tuna pickled in sauce then sliced into sashimi and served with sushi rice, or Ise-ebi Croquette (900 JPY (excl. tax)), a croquette stuffed with spiny lobster.
2. Ryoshimeshi Minato Shokudo
This restaurant only uses fresh seafood that they caught that day and only the best parts of it, so you can enjoy meals that fisherman eat themselves. They have set meals where you can enjoy the flavor of the seafood itself. The Taisho Omakase! Kaisendon Set (1,500 JPY) made with plenty of seasonal seafood piled high on rice is recommended for seafood lovers. The Ise-Ebi Curry (1,800 JPY) comes with one spiny lobster per person for a luxurious meal. Please enjoy these delicious dishes prepared by fishermen who know the best way to eat local seafood.
3. Okage Yokocho Ebimaru
Okage Yokocho is an alley in the center of Oharai-machi, the path leading to the entrance of the inner shrine of Ise Jingu. Ebimaru is a restaurant offering fisherman cuisine inside Okage Yokocho. This place is recommended if you want to enjoy seafood during your visit to the Ise Jingu. Some of the popular dishes are sashimi made with seasonal fish; Ryoshijiru (1,300 JPY (incl. tax)), miso soup with seafood in a set which includes rice and pickles; and Tekonezushi, a regional dish. They will also cook a fish of your choice to your preference. You can enjoy a meal in a room with tatami flooring as though you are in a fisherman's house.
4. All-You-Can-Eat Grilled Oysters in the Floating Restaurant
This is a grilled oyster all-you-can-eat restaurant in a floating restaurant, as the name says. You can enjoy the aroma of the sea as you gaze out on Ise Bay while eating as many freshly caught oysters as you want - what a luxury! The sight of the structure built so that countless oysters can grow on it completes the atmosphere. The all-you-can-eat includes a fried oyster rice bowl set and oyster miso soup, and costs 2,600 JPY per adult. Reservations are required, and there's a time limit of 80 minutes. Even if you're late for your reservation, they will not extend your time, so please go with plenty of time. You can eat raw oysters for 110 JPY each.
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5. Hamajima-mae Sushi Fumi
If you come all this way to Hamajima, you should definitely try the sashimi and sushi that you can only get here, so check out this sushi restaurant that only uses wild fish local to Ise-Shima. The Omakase Nigiri set (1,500 JPY (incl. tax)) is a reasonable set made of local fish chosen by the chef. If you want a lunch that really feels like a bargain, try the Tempura and Tekonezushi (a local specialty) set for 1,000 JPY (incl. tax) (weekdays only). The at-home atmosphere that you can only get at a local sushi place is also lovely.
Ise-Shima has been blessed with abundant seafood since ancient times, and is still known for having been one of the producers for ingredients for the imperial family. Please enjoy the wide variety of seafood available in Ise-Shima.
*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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