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A local dish of Nagoya Aichi: Enjoy a grilled eel, HIitsumabushi at SEIGETSU.

When you come to Aichi, you may want to try “Hitsumabushi”, a grilled eel on rice with soup poured over it, one of the most popular local dishes of Aichi.

There are many “Hitsumabushi” restaurants in the downtown area of ​​Nagoya. Hitsumabushi restaurant near Nagoya Station and Atsuta-Jingu Shrine are especially popular for tourists and always lined up. A lot of “Hitsumabushi” restaurants are listed in the guidebook, such as Atsuta-Hōraiken, Shirakawa, Binchō, Maruya and so on. I have had a “Hitsumabushi” from all of the above restaurants, and I can say each restaurant has a delicious Hitsumabushi, so you would be satisfied wherever you eat. Knowing all of that, I would like to introduce this restaurant.

It’s SEIGETSU.

The restaurant, SEIGETSU is located nearby the famous Japanese garden, Tokugawa-en, so if you are planning to visit Tokugawa-en and feeling for eating something local, I recommend this restaurant. It’s only 10 minutes on foot from the garden. The closest train station is JR Ōzone station and MEITETSU Morishita station.

An owner-chef of SEIGETSU used to work as a chef at one of the most well-known grilled eel restaurants, UNAFUJI in the Tsurumai area. It means SEIGETSU is a restaurant where you can eat one of the best Hitsumabushi of Nagoya, also at a relatively reasonable price. On weekends, there are always people lined up in front of the restaurant, so I recommend to go at night on weekdays, or book a seat in advance. (You need to book at least 1 day prior.) You can have their meal to-go but I think dining-in the restaurant is much better when you eat a Hitsumabushi.

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store curtain (a Japanese word of eel on it)
menu

For the main dish, there is a choice of Hitsumabshi and Unadon. Unadon is simply a grilled eel on rice in a bowl. As explained, Hitsumabushi comes with seasonings and soup for pouring over rice and a grilled eel. The only difference between their regular Hitsumabushi and the special Hitsumabushi is the amount of grilled eel. If another grilled eel is sandwiched between rice, it’s a special one. Also, they have a very-Japan like appetizer menu which goes with Japanese sake, beer, and tea.

This time I ordered a Hitsumabushi (3,650 Yen ) and a Tokujyō-Unadon (3,900 Yen). (Tokujyō means special or premium.) from the menu.

They grill the eel very well, crispy outside but soft and tender inside. Even if an eel itself is a good one, the way how it is grilled is very important.

Tokujyō-Unadon

Hitsumabushi
Aichi local dish
Hitsumabushi
Tokujyō-unadon

Tokujyō-unadon
SEIGETSU

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Hello, I am Hanakanmuri. I love chanoyu, arts and traveling. On this site, I would love to share what's about chanoyu and useful tips if you are thinking of traveling to Japan! I will share the info from a local's point of view, what your guide book doesn't know!