Spaghetti with Gravy – Spaghetti Como

Hello and YES! Finally my last post on my Nagoya food hunt. This is the first item that we had upon reaching Nagoya. There’s a lot of restaurants selling this and after scanning through some reviews, we decided to settle on Spaghetti Como.

Spaghetti Como is located at Sakae Skyle, a very good location just beside Sakae station. The restaurant was quite empty when we entered, however about 10 minutes later, it’s filled with working adults and elderly having their late lunch.

The whole list of menu available. So many unique names yet every dish looks the same to me. (O_O) I think the most popular ones would be the 2nd item from the list – ミラネーゼ.

The interior of the restaurant. A lot of elderly frequents this restaurant. 

This is my order – Marengo (マレンゴ). Sauce (gravy), sausages and vegetables. The spaghetti used was quite thick and soft. So if you’re looking for the al dente spaghetti, you might be disappointed with this dish. Anyways, the gravy was quite sour. I guessed it’s the specialty of this dish? I couldn’t finish this whole plate because the serving was huge. Overall, I think it’s quite a normal dish and given another chance, I would have queue up for Unagi instead. *sighs*

And one negative point about this restaurant is that they allowed smokers to smoke at their tables. This obviously spoilt our appetites while having our lunch.

Nagoya Morning

Hello everyone! I’m back to write about the must-eat post when you’re in Nagoya. 😀

You might ask me what is Nagoya Morning? It’s a term used to describe Breakfast. However, it’s somehow a little different from the normal breakfast.

So normally, you’ll walk into a coffee store or cafe and order a set of breakfast together with a cup of coffee (or tea or something you’d like to drink) right? In Nagoya, most coffee store or cafe will have ‘morning service’ (モーニングサービス).

This ‘Morning Service’ means that you get to have a slice (in this case, it’s half a slice) of bread spread with margarine and a boiled egg for FREE when you order a cup of coffee (or drink irregardless of the cost).

In addition to it, I topped up 100yen for a serving of azuki (red beans) to make an Ogura Toast (小倉トースト). 😀

To be honest, I think it tasted normal. I guess it’s the FREE breakfast that’s attractive. The coffee store that I’ve went to is Komeda’s Coffee (コメダ珈琲), however if you visit other coffee stores or cafes, you might get something like this.

As I know that half a slice of bread and boiled egg is not enough for me, I ordered a dessert to finish off my breakfast. 😀

The Shiro Noir (シロノワール). I ordered a mini one though. 🙂

Hot danish bread topped with vanilla soft serve and syrup. *SLURPPPS*

Y-chan and I left the coffee store with a happy stomach. 😀

Komeda’s Coffee: http://www.komeda.co.jp/

A list of cafes that serve Nagoya Morning: http://nagoya.xtone.jp/gourmet/morning_nagoya_list.html

Miso Udon Stew – 山本屋総本家

Yes! I’m back to introduce one of the must-eat when you’re in Nagoya. 😀

Miso Nikomi Udon (味噌煮込みうどん – Miso Udon stew).

There’s quite a number of restaurants serving this stew but I insisted on going to this particular restaurant (and main branch) because of personal reason. 😉 The restaurant name is 山本屋総本家. There’s another restaurant with similar name – 山本屋本店, but I believe they also serve great miso udon stew. 😀

So many years back, while I was watching w-inds.‘ DVD concert, my favourite member went to this particular restaurant to have this miso udon stew. It looked so good that I told myself that I must eat this when I am in Nagoya.

The entrance of the restaurant. It’s a stand-alone building by itself and has about 3 or 4th floors. It was so hot outside that we hesitated about having this udon stew to something ‘cooler’.

We entered the restaurant and got a seat on the 2nd floor. The menu focused mainly on the miso udon stew with some side dishes such as miso oden and miso skewered beef tendon. We ordered the miso udon stew only so that our stomachs will have space for other stuff. 😉

The miso udon stew is served in this claypot and it was pipping hot.

The aroma of the miso was soooooo good after removing the lid. I ordered the most normal item (without the egg). There’s green onions, kamaboko (fish paste) and fried tofu skin.

One thing to note about this miso udon stew is the ‘texture’ of the udon. It’s meant to be a little harder and chewy than the udon we normally eat. However, you may request to the staff to cook the udon a little longer.

I thought I might not finish the stew because it looks so thick and strong in taste but I actually finished it completely. It’s light and refreshing as compared to what I had imagine. So good that I want to eat it again during winter. 😀 (oops, sorry for re-using the photo)

While waiting for our orders to arrive, I spotted w-inds. signature!!!! 😀

By the way, there’s 2 restaurants in Tokyo too. Maybe I shall make a visit again before the year ends!

Official website: http://yamamotoya.co.jp/day/index.html

Main branch:

A Visit to Ise Jingu (Outer shrine)

Hello Everyone! Finally I’m writing about my trip to Ise Jingu (伊勢神宮)! I’ve always been a fan of visiting shrines because the area is so peaceful. To visit Ise Jingu has always been on my list for years and finally this year I get to visit it. ♥♥

Ise Jingu is located in the city of Ise in Mie Prefecture.

File:Map of Japan with highlight on 24 Mie prefecture.svg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s very very famous in Japan and October this year, there is a ceremony which happens once every 20 years. It’s the moving of the ‘God or kami’ to a new ‘home’ – 神宮式年遷宮. We managed to visit it before the event because it’ll be so crowded after the big move.

I was doing research on ways to travel to Ise city from Nagoya and found 2 options. 

  1. Take express/ local train (approx. 2 hours including walking and waiting for the train per route) and walk under the hot and humid weather to reach the shrine. The travel expense would take 5640yen (taking the cheapest route) for 2 adults round-trip; 
  2. Book a bus tour with HIS. Which guarantee you a seat in the bus, brings you around in comfort. The tour includes a visit to the Ise Jingu, Meoto Iwa (the wedded rocks), Futami Okitama Jinja and lunch. The cost would be 4980yen per pax.

Of course we opted for option 2 because it’s more comfortable and we don’t have to worry about the transportation. However, the cons of choosing option 2 would be the time limit and choice of food.

We started off at 8am from Nagoya station and reached Ise Jingu outer shrine (外宮) just minutes before 11am. It’s recommended to start with the outer shrine first before entering the inner shrine. The outer shrine also known as Toyouke Daijingu, was to house Toyouke Omikami (豊受大御神) who is the kami for food, clothing and shelter. 

This is the Daiichi-torii-guchi Sando (第一鳥居口参道).

An explanation board in Japanese.

Temizusha (手水舎) – To purify your inner self before entering the area. The correct way to do it is to hold the scoop with your right hand, scoop enough water, rinse your left hand, then exchange the scoop to your left hand and rinse your right hand. Exchange again to your right hand and this time, pour a mouthful of the water on your left hand and rinse your month with it. Spit out the water (don’t drink it), and rinse your left hand again with the remaining water in the scoop and return it to the stand.

Hello, it’s us trying to capture the first gate but failed though. 😦 I didn’t managed to check the temperature but I think it was about 38~39°C.

And THIS, is the first gate of the shrine.

Do you know?

You have to bow before walking though the gates? (I managed to capture this uncle in white who bowed at the left side of the gate) It’s a meaning of telling the kami that I’m entering the area. Also, you have to do the same thing when leaving. It’s advisable to walk through the gates nearer to the legs of the gates instead of the center because that’s where the kami will pass through.

The path towards the main area. It’s so cooling to walk under the shades!

That’s my back and some random guy. (I look so short here!)

The second gate.

Was amused by the number of people standing around these stones, then to find out that it’s actually a ‘Power spot’. Somehow the weather was so nasty that I didn’t cared about trying to feel its ‘power’.

The main sanctuary. That’s the nearest I could take photo with because it’s rude to point your camera at the kami. The structure of the buildings were so magnificent. Even the trees!! They were in these shades of green that has a calming effect.

The wooden building at the background would be the new ‘house’ for the kami in October.

Then we walked around the area. This is the Kazenomiya (風宮).

This is Tsuchinomiya (土宮).

Like I mentioned earlier, as we’re on a bus tour, time is limited. We made our way to get ourselves an omamori (お守り) a.k.a. amulet from the shop and returned back to the bus.

After we ended the outer shrine visit, we had lunch at one of the restaurant pre-booked by the HIS bus tour. It includes Ise Udon (伊勢うどん) and Tekone Zushi (てこね寿司). The 2 local food in Ise city. I like the sauce for the udon. It’s a little sweet as compare to normal udon sauce.

We rushed through our lunch, so that we have extra time to visit the inner shrine as we need to be back in the bus by a certain time. I’ll write about the inner shrine in the next post because it’s getting too long.

And I’ll also write about Meoto Iwa and Futami Okitama Jinja on a separate post. FYI, these 2 spots are famous for ‘good relationship’ between couples. 😀 [I can’t wait to upload the new banner!]

Miso Katsu Don – 味処 叶

Greetings!! How was your week? Must be hectic as usual I guess? Well, before August ends, I decided to write 1 post about the must-eat food post when you’re in Nagoya.

Miso Katsu Don – Pork loin cutlet dipped in Haccho-miso sauce (topped off with half-boiled egg)

Besides Nagoya Cochin, Haccho-miso (八丁味噌) is also one of the local produce in Nagoya. It’s categorised under the red miso group and has a deeper taste as compared to the normally used yellow miso. (You may read about the different miso groups here.)

I chanced upon this restaurant while searching through a food report website – 食べログ (similar to our hungrygowhere). We wanted to visit this restaurant on our first night in Nagoya but to find out that they were closed on every Monday. So we re-visited them the following night (after our Ise Jingu bus trip) and managed to get the last 2 seats before full house. 😀

The inside of the restaurant looks like this. It’s quite compact and we doesn’t have much leg space while seated. I think this restaurant is quite popular because I spotted some famous people on the wall. 😀

板東英二さん (The guy on the far left was former baseball player and now an entertainer)

Y-chan playing games while waiting for the food to be served.

It took around 20 minutes before it’s served on our table.

Look at the glaze of the miso sauce on the pork cutlet. The sauce may looks thick and heavy after a few bites but it’s not! It has a light after taste and together with the half-boiled egg, you get another new taste.

The clam miso soup which came with the set was so good that I wanted to order another bowl to satisfy my stomach. 😀

When we were halfway through our meal, the customers (on the 2nd floor) were descending from the stairs and they were from Hong Kong. How come I know? Because of their English and Cantonese accent. It seems like this restaurant is not only popular with locals, they’re also popular with tourists! 😛

味処 叶 (Aji-dokoro Kanou)

〒460-0008 愛知県名古屋市中区栄3丁目4-110

Tel: 052-241-3471