You definitely want to try it if you go to Nagoya! Hitsumabushi is one of Nagoya’s representative dishes. It is a dish with finely chopped and grilled unagi (eel) and grilled on top of rice.
Unagi is a high-class food, but you should definitely try it if you ever visit in Nagoya.
Located near Nagoya station, Uya is a noted hitsumabushi store and has been loved for many years. The unagi is thick and soft, but also has a great texture. Because the store always uses unagi taken care of in the best environments from all over Japan, you can always eat fresh unagi. The secret sauce that goes on top of the unagi can’t be replicated! There are regular table seats as well as banquet seats, so the store can accommodate a variety of customer types.
【Hitsumabushi Uya Nagoya store】
Address: 4-4-16 Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi Prefecture 1F Kaniya Bldg.
Access: 3 minutes walk from Nagoya Station
Shirakawa’s hitsumabushi gets your mouth watering just by looking at it. The unagi has good fat and a crispy surface, while the inside is soft, resulting in a texture that fascinates many. This store provides the perfect service, from the customer treatment all the way to the atmosphere of the store itself.
【Shirakawa Joshin store】
4-20-12 Josai, Nishi-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi Prefecture
“Tokyo Chikuyotei – Nagoya store” is located near Nagoya Station. There are two types of hitsumabushi – the Nagoya style and Edomae style, so perhaps if you go as a pair then you can try one each. The Edomae hitsumabushi is first steamed and then grilled so the inside is fluffy, while the Nagoya style goes straight to grilling without steaming so that it becomes fragrant, and both types are just as appetizing. You can enjoy the Japanese atmosphere while eating, and you will definitely want to go there again.
【Tokyo Chikuyotei Nagoya store】
Address: 1-1-4 Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi Prefecture
12F JR Central Towers
The hitsumabushi from Maruya’s main store fascinates Nagoya locals and tourists, and there is always a long line. The sauce that has been perfected with over 160 years of time is different from that of other stores and is delicious. People young and old come to eat here. Not only are they particular about the unagi’s quality, they also are picky about the water they use, and this attention to details is another reason why they attract so many fans.
【Maruya main store, Nagoya 】
1-2-1 Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi Prefecture
9F Meitetsu Dept. Store Main Bldg.