Living near Kobe gives us access to an amazing range of restaurants from all the world’s major cuisines. French and Indian home-cooking style places are just as common as German and Thai. Not surprisingly, delicious restaurant hunting Kobe is a great little hobby. My wife is constantly searching for new ones to try.
One of the marvelous aspects of the restaurant culture in Kobe is the general trend away from the giant comfort food outlets. The majority of good restaurants are owner-operators, often not unlike our own Franchise English Schools. Usually they are the result of a mixed-race marriage in which the immigrant has brought his or her country’s food culture to Japan.
Getting Into Delicious Restaurant Hunting Kobe
Some people love to search online, but I have found that the most fun way to discover new eateries is simply by walking around. Reservations are not always needed. Central Kobe is incredibly compact for a big city, and any place can be reached on foot. In fact, all the major neighborhoods can be walked in one day. They include Kobe Motomachi and Kitano which is the main region of the Kobe Ijinkan buildings. There are also Tor West, Mosaic and The Old Foreign Settlement. Curiously, it is completely reasonable to visit all five areas in one day. We sometimes have Pakistani lunch in Kitano and French afternoon coffee in Motomachi. American non-vegan dinner on the Mosaic waterfront nicely rounds out the day, and all are reachable on foot.
Go out and enjoy!
Martin Werner Zander
Smith’s School of English Kotoen
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