Ganesh: An Indian restaurant located downtown Iwkauni on the “Yellow Brick Road” (a covered shopping area paved with yellow cobblestone, across the street from Fuji Grand about midway between Fuji Grand and the traffic circle). This restaurant is very popular with the military community here, as you can order your curry at many different spice levels (or none at all if you prefer), the food is great, and the prices are hard to beat (we typically spend around 3200 yen for the two of us to eat dinner).
There is an easy-access parking lot if you are coming from 4-corners at the Main Gate; having turned right at 4-Corners to come downtown toward Fuji Grand, make a left at the corner of the YMCA building and the parking lot is on your left. Press the red button on the machine and take your ticket (don’t lose it!) and park. Walk back out of the parking lot the same way you entered, cross the little narrow road, walk around the corner of the set of buildings in front of you, proceed up the road and you will walk right into the Yellow Brick Road. Hang a left immediately upon entering the Yellow Brick Road, and Ganesh is there on your left.
They are open for lunch and dinner, have English menus and speak English, and will happily tailor meals to your liking (for example, if you would like to have your nan bread with both cheese and garlic, or if you would like an extra piece of chicken with your meal set, it’s no problem; you’ll pay extra for it, but it’s so nice to have options). You can watch them cook right from the street through the window; it’s fascinating to watch them cook!
Saizeriya: Located on Hondori Avenue in Hiroshima, Saizeriya is a friendly place to enjoy very inexpensive Italian food. It is open from 11am to late in the night, and they have an excellent red table wine. Menu includes English.
Shinatora (Hiroshima): If you want to try authentic Japanese Ramen Noodle Soup, I highly recommend Shinatora in Hiroshima’s Pacela Mall. To get there, take the Streetcar to M9 (Kamiya-cho-higashi). When you exit the Streetcar, go underground and follow the signs to the Art Museum exit. When you emerge from underground, you will be directly in front of the lower Pacela Mall entrance, and Shinatora is located just inside the doors on your right. This is a chain restaurant; there is also one in Yanai.
Shinatora (Yanai): If you want to try authentic Japanese Ramen Noodle Soup, I highly recommend Shinatora. If you take the local train to Yanai, exit the front of the train station and take the underground passageway all the way to the end, you’ll come out on a pretty little cobblestone street lined with trees down the center. Walk to the end of this street, and turn left (if you kept walking, you’d walk through a little park and up a bridge). Walk to the end of this street, and turn left (if you keep walking here, you’ll end up at Deo Deo, You Me Town, and there’s also a McDonald’s over there). There is a nice little knick-knack store called How Messe and the restaurant is next to it. This is a chain restaurant; there is also one in Hiroshima.
Maple City: This is a small Italian restaurant with delicious food and great service. It is on Route 2 in Otake City, on the right side of the road if you are heading North towards Hiroshima. It is easy to miss, so the best way to find it would be to ask someone who has been there to show you. It is popular with Americans who know about it, so you will often see someone you know from base eating there.
Napoli: An Italian restaurant in Otake, located at the entrance of You Me Town. This prime location makes it an ideal place for the weary foreign shopper to grab a bite of slightly more familiar food than what is served at the Japanese restaurants inside You Me Town.
They serve the standard Japanese-Italian fare, including a variety of pizzas, pastas, and desserts. Prices are similar to other Italian restaurants we’ve been to, I believe it cost us around 3000 yen to have a large pizza, two salads, garlic bread, and drinks, but I don’t have my usual photo set of the menu, because they took it from us after we ordered and the service was so fast I didn’t get a chance. However, the second time I went, it was a bit busier, and the service was incredibly slow, so I guess you take your chances.
G-Labo: Located downtown Iwakuni at the end of the Hondori covered walkway. They have an assortment of pasta and various delicious dishes.
Information Retrieved from Iwakuni MCAS.
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