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Must-Visit Yoshoku Restaurants in Yokohama

Yoshoku – Western-influenced Dishes Adapted for Japanese Taste

Yokohama is one of Japan’s leading port cities. Since its opening in 1859, Yokohama has grown into a vibrant international city with a long history of economic and cultural exchange. As a gateway to the rest of the world and the birthplace of Western culture in Japan, Yokohama is home to many Western-style restaurants arranged in a way that is familiar to Japanese people. In the early Meiji period (1868-1912), the government actively encouraged the westernization of the Japanese diet among elite classes. By the middle of the Meiji era, Western cuisine had begun to permeate the daily life of ordinary people through the efforts of a new breed of chefs. Pork cutlets, curry rice, croquettes, fried oysters, fried shrimp, and omelets, standard Western dishes, were modified for the Japanese market.                 

Best Yoshoku Restaurants in Yokohama | Greater Tokyo

1: Yoshoku Kimura(洋食キムラ)

Yoshoku Kimura (洋食キムラ) was established in Yokohama in 1938 by chefs trained at a Western-style restaurant in Ginza. The interior of the restaurant has a relaxed, old-fashioned design and atmosphere. The signature menu includes Hambagu (Japanese-style hamburger steak), crab cream croquettes, beef stew, pork sauté, and other standard Western dishes. The Hambagu is served on a seashell-shaped griddle. The defining characteristic of the restaurant’s Hambagu is its unique softness, which is achieved by adding fresh breadcrumbs and raw onions to the base. The Hambagu is pre-baked and left overnight to allow the spices to soak in. It is  baked again just before serving. The secret sweet demi-glace sauce with umeshu (plum wine) added has an enthralling richness. The result is a unique taste that has been passed down from generation to generation. 

  • Name: Yoshoku Kimura Noge Branch (洋食キムラ 野毛店)
  • Address: 1-3 Nogecho, Yokohama, Naka-ku, Kanagawa
  • Phone: +81-45-231-8706
  • Hours: Monday – Friday 11:30 – 14:00 & 17:00 – 19:30 / Saturday, Sunday and National Holidays 11:30 – 19:30
  • Closed On: Mondays
  • Number of Seats: 80
  • Budget: Lunch: – JPY2,000 / Dinner: – JPY2,000
  • Payment Options: Credit Cards Accepted
  • Official Website (Japanese Only):

2: Center Grill(センターグリル)

Central Grill (センターグリル) was established in 1946 at the end of World War II when there was a widespread shortage of food in Japan. The intention of the founder was to provide nutritious food to as many people as possible. To that end, a variety of hearty dishes were created. The restaurant’s most ordered dish is their popular and influential version of Spaghetti Napolitan. Ketchup is added to the extra-thick (2.2 mm) noodles then stir-fried thoroughly to bring out the characteristic sweet flavor of the spaghetti. 

Another popular dish is their fluffy Omurice (rice-filled egg omelet). It is made with a generous dose of the restaurants rich and flavorful demi-glace sauce. 

The old-fashioned, stainless-steel plates used to serve the dishes have been in service since the establishment of the restaurant.

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