If you haven't already done so, please read Part One of this post, "Where to go/ What to do in Aichi" here:
What's a trip without truly enjoying the local favourites & specialty dishes, right? :D
In this post, I'll be sharing some of the best food we've had in Aichi, some interesting dishes you should check out on your trip there, plus where we stayed at/ the hotels we visited to give you some suggestions of accommodation! :)
1. UNAGI DON - SANSUITEI, NISHIO CITY
Our first lunch stop in Aichi and oh my goodness this left the deepest impression ever!
Have you ever had Unagi (Grilled Eel) Don with TWO LAYERS of Unagi in it?
It's so extravagant, and the portion so incredibly generous, we were all at a loss of words!
I don't think we'll ever find this type of servings anywhere else!
Not to mention cultured eels are Nishio City's specialty produce, and so you can expect only the best of the best!
Fresh, sweet, chewy, thick strips of Unagi, with a touch of smoky aroma from the grill!
On the table, you will also find a pot of sauce for you to add onto your rice should you require more.
We were also recommended by Yoshie-san (our guide) to add mountain pepper to the rice to give it a more unique spicy flavour. This did not taste anything like our ordinary pepper. I love it! :D
We also enjoyed the meal with a rare eel liver soup (tasted yummy!), and a rich Matcha Soft Serve for dessert! :P
Sansuitei seriusly set the bar for Unagi dons really high up for me, I don't think I'm ever going to be easily satisfied with any other unadons ever again.
For those who LOVEEEE Unagi dons, this is actually worth traveling to Aichi for!
Plus, the outdoors area features quite a picturesque field!
2. CLAMs themed MEAL (LOCAL CUISINE) - Gamagori Orange Park
We also had some of their local cuisine with a wide range of dishes cooked with fresh clams.
Clam steamed rice - adding a natural sweetness to the rice, clam soup, an assortment of appetisers made with clams... and interestingly, they all tasted very different in their own ways, such that you don't ever get sick of it!
I'm actually missing the clam soup we had now.. so refreshing, light and tasty!
At the Gamagori Orange Park, you can also enjoy fruit picking all year round!
Had fun picking mikans despite the slight drizzle! Food that comes with some effort usually taste a whole lot better :D
3. MISO-KATSU - YABATON RESTAURANT, NAGOYA
When in Nagoya, you definitely can't miss out on Nagoya's specialty miso-katsu!
The tangy miso sauce with the katsu is quite the matchmade in heaven combination.
Crispy katsu, salty-sweet miso with a bowl of piping hot, fragrant Japanese rice? Yes please!
The Japanese love miso so much, one of the ways a guy could propose to a girl would be "Would you like to cook Miso soup for me everyday?"
So cute one!!!
4. SINPUKUJI TEMPLE - OKAZAKI CITY
At one of the temples we visited in Aichi, we were served an extremely unique lunch set made of all bamboo dishes cooked differently!
The entire meal was super refreshing, and relatively subtle tasting compared to the other meals we've had in Japan, but it was quite a nice change of course!
Also found this empty & zen-looking dining area at the temple and quickly posed for a photo! :P
5. KAISEKI - Hotel takeshima, gamagori city
Kaiseki, a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner, is a must have when you're visiting the country!
The price range may be slightly more pricey, but for the experience of it, I'd say please try it at least once in your life.
For our Kaiseki dinner, we were recommended to wear a Yukata, and were served very efficiently by the very sweet and helpful staff at Hotel Takeshima our dinner courses!
Due to the number of dishes, we all ended up completely stuffed, but most of us managed to eat all of the food served because they all tasted so good!
What I enjoyed most out of this Kaiseki dinner was the Salmon grilled with Hatcho Miso on a Magnolia leaf, and the Yuzu roll cake (served with aloe vera jelly) we had at the end of the meal.
They're probably on my list of "best tasting food in the world" right now!
We asked the staff if the Yuzu cake was on sale but they said it wasn't, regrettably~~
Hotel wise, if you're looking for a place with traditional feels and tatami mat for accommodation, complete with Onsen experience, Hotel Takeshima is the place you'd need to stay at!
The view we had the next morning of the island was fantastic as well!
6. LE PARADIS - MEITETSU INUYAMA HOTEL, INUYAMA CITY
Stopped over at this super fancy French restaurant Le Paradis at Meitetsu Inuyama Hotel for dinner and it was there that we all sat down, chit-chatted, laughed, and just chilled cause we had the whole restaurant to ourselves since we arrived early it wasn't the dinner rush hour yet!
We got to know each other more while indulging in a super high grade of Hida beef, Smoked Salmon & more!
It's true that food really bonds people together!
7. Irago View hotel, tahara city
Our home for the first night in Aichi, Irago View hotel is one of the more traditionally decorated hotels with a splendid buffet selection for Dinner & Breakfast to offer!
Think clam soup, odango, beef slices, and fresh sashimi for breakfast!
Coincidentally, I also won the lucky draw during our Exchange Party during the trip for a stay at Irago View Hotel!
Which means I'll probably be back in Aichi again next year at Irago View hahah!
I loved the view of the beach side in the morning~
This hotel is just minutes' drive away from Irago Cape & Lover's Beach.
8. Hilton nagoya hotel, nagoya city
One word - WOW.
Nothing less than what you'd expect from Hilton hotel standards.
Service wise, cleanliness, decor, safety, everything was so on point. Zero complaints!
I actually have a fear of sleeping alone, but I slept SOOOOOOO soundly at Hilton Nagoya, I was exclaiming to my mum over whatsapp "Hilton Hotel is the best!!!"
They even prepared some thoughtful snacks, gifts, ice cold beer, and a hand written card upon our arrival.
I feel the love, thank you so much!!! T~T
We also had our Exchange Party/ Networking Session on the last day of our trip at Hilton Nagoya, and were entertained by Samurai performances, taught how to properly eat Aichi's signature fried chicken wings, exchanged contacts with many suppliers, and also the much-anticipated lucky draw at the end hahah!
As mentioned above, I won a stay at Irago View Hotel!
Thank you so much!!
Also, the breakfast spread at Hilton Nagoya left such a deep impression!
I've never had such delicious noodles at hotel's breakfast buffets before.
The Kishimen they served was so chewy and the noodle broth so tasty, I think I had 3 servings of it the next morning, LOL!
If you're the type who prefers a modern hotel for your trip, and cleanliness is one of your main concerns staying at hotels, you can't go wrong with Hilton!
9. Gamagori classic hotel, gamagori city
We didn't get to check in at Gamagori Classic Hotel, but we did do a tour around the place and had our Tourism Information Session there.
The place looked kind of like a traditional castle, so pretty!
Surrounded by a spectacular view all around, the hotel also boasts of a fully functional old school lift in the lobby, a classy restaurant and what not!
Lots of tourists who go to Japan usually go to Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido and the likes.
But not many tourists know about Aichi, geographically located in the heart of Japan yet!
Baking in its rich culture, and with a proud level of technology to balance off, Aichi should definitely be part of your considerations for your next trip to Japan!
So glad I got to learn more about this beautiful place on this trip, and I hope that my post can provide some suggestions on food/ accommodation/ things to do in Aichi for you guys too! :)
Part One of this post, "Where to go/ What to do in Aichi":
A huge thank you to NTA Travel Singapore & Aichi Prefecture Tourism Bureau once again for arranging this!
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