I rarely eat out here at a restaurant in Okayama. If ordering isn’t simple and easy, I get way too nervous most of the time to go on my own with my limited Japanese ability! Unfortunately, that leaves me with fast food places and restaurants that I’ve went to with others. If I feel confident that I know how to order from them, I’ll return. I figured out how to order from the 100 yen sushi place really quickly, for example.
So call me crazy, but when someone invites me out to eat with them here at a restaurant in Okayama I get really excited! Sit down restaurants are so nerve-wracking, and traditional Japanese restaurants in Okayama have certain procedures that I’m not entirely sure I wouldn’t mess up. I usually YOLO at things like these, but it’s hard to do when you are all alone. I’m definitely braver with another person! Language barriers are so intimidating!
When the EFL teacher from my school invited me to come visit her apartment and have dinner, I was psyched! She told me about a little restaurant in Okayama near her apartment that sold affordable Japanese food. She said it was kind of like a TGIF in the United States, so I shouldn’t expect anything super authentic. Still, I was excited because she could actually speak Japanese! The restaurant ended up being really nice. When we entered, we stored our shoes in a locker and were seated in a booth that had a closing door. It was like being in our own cubicle!
There were a few hiccups here and there, but we had a great time and the food was delicious. My favorite thing was definitely the shrimp salad! It had a mayonnaise based dressing of course… Japan loves it’s mayo. The green tea ice cream with mochi and red bean was also a favorite. We had asked the waiter if the egg dish had pork in it and he said no… but it actually ended up having bacon in it. Too bad, because it looked delicious. Good thing the other teacher caught it!
Hopefully I’ll be able to visit another restaurant in Okayama soon.