Sendai is one of the biggest cities in Japan and home to unique and delicious dishes that will satisfy your craving. You can even say that hidden gems abound within the “city of trees” waiting for people to discover them. Even if you just casually stroll in its busy streets, you’re bound to find something that will catch your tummy’s interests.
While you’re here, it would be best if you try different dishes. That way you will be able to fully enjoy your food adventures. If you don’t know where to start, you can first check these 10 food finds in Sendai for food aficionados.
1. Gyutan (beef tongue) at Gyutan Rikyu
Gyutan or beef tongue in English is the main delicacy of Gyutan Rikyu. For most people, they would shy away from this dish because they are not familiar with it. However, if you are a bit adventurous and open-minded you’ll discover that it has a rich taste and would probably become one of your favorites. The juicy charcoal-grilled tongue is really tasty and before you know it, everything in your plate is gone.
Address: 3F Sendai Station, 1-1-1 Chuo-ku, Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi
Website: https://www.rikyu-gyutan.co.jp (Japanese Only)
2. Sendai Hiyashi-Chuka (Ryanbanmen) at Ryutei
Sendai Hiyashi-Chuka (Ryanbanmen) at Ryutei is a cold noodle dish that is perfect for summer. This cold dish is enjoyed everywhere in Japan, but it is said that Ryutei was the restaurant who created the dish. Take a seat and enjoy your cold noodle plate that have an assortment of toppings, which include ham, cucumber, fried eggs, etc. You can also choose your sauce between soy sauce or sesame sauce. This delightful combination will give you a refreshing feeling and will help alleviate the heat of the summer season.
Address: 1-2-10 Nishiki-cho, Aoba Ward, Sendai City, Miyagi
Website: http://ryu-tei.jp (Japanese Only)
3. Sendai Beef Yakiniku at Balibali
Sendai Beef is the highly recommended beef in Miyagi Prefecture and the reason why it’s almost impossible not to find them in yakiniku restaurants in the city. This kind of meat is juicy and tasty and is perfect for grilling and the likes. Bring your friends and enjoy their course menu that is guaranteed to satisfy your craving for yakiniku!
Address: 4-5-9 Ichibancho Aoba-ku, Sendai City, Miyagi
Website: http://balibali.world.coocan.jp/ichiban/top.htm (Japanese Only)
4. Sasa Kamaboko at Abe Kamaboko-ten
Sasa Kamaboko is pureed white fish meat that is very popular Sendai. Its shape is similar to a bamboo leaf and was first called Sasa Kamaboko by the Abe Kamaboko-ten. It can be roasted or smoked and you can choose depending on your preference. The packaging is pretty good and can be considered as a kind of souvenir that is unique in Sendai. Whether you like fish or not, it would be a shame not to try it at least once.
Address: 2-3-18 Chuou, Aoba-ku, Sendai City, Miyagi
Website: https://www.abekama.co.jp/ (Japanese Only)
5. Serinabe hotpot at Izakaya Wabisuke
Serinabe hotpot is a must have when you are dining in Wabisuke on a cold day. Seri is dropwort and this slightly bitter and aromatic vegetable is very popular in Sendai area. The duck hot-pot is oozing with flavors and will warm you up during a cold winter night. You can also order sake and some of their other dishes to compliment your Serinabe hotpot. Best enjoyed in the company of friends and acquaintances.
Address: 6-16 Tatemachi, Aoba-Ku, Sendai City, Miyagi
Website: http://wabisuke.style.coocan.jp (Japanese Only)
6. Zunda Mochi at Murakamiya Mochiten
Zunda Mochi is a simple yet highly favorite dessert in Sendai. Just a 10-minute walk from Sendai Station and you’ll arrive in Murakamiya Mochiten. This small shop is one of those places where you can enjoy this delicious treat and relish in its traditional taste with an added twist. The mochi with different colors are very popular with the locals and tourists alike. It’s very normal to see a queue in front of the store because the shop is quite small.
Address: 2-38 Kitamemachi, Aoba-ku, Sendai City, Miyagi
Website: http://sentabi.jp/tekutekuaoba/sendai/954 (Japanese Only)
7. Zunda Shake at Zunda Saryo
Zunda Shake is made from edamame (young green soy beans) that can only be harvested in the early summer. This seasonal flavor is highly enjoyed during this time of year. Zunda Saryo’s shakes are very tasty. It has the right sweetness and quite refreshing as well. If that zunda flavor is still not enough, you can also order a zunda mochi to accompany your zunda shake and have a complete zunda experience!
Address: JR Sendai Station 1F, 1-1-1 Chuo, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi
Website: http://zundasaryo.com (Japanese Only)
8. Dora Crape Zunda at Agurie no Mori mitte
Dora Crape Zunda is one of the goodies that you can find in Agurie no Morie mitte. This is a rest-stop where you can enjoy various sweets and teas. Dora crape is their original dessert which puts whipped cream and other delicious stuff between dorayaki dough. Their Dora Crape Zunda is just the thing that you need after a day of travel in Sendai. The right sweetness that is enough to make you smile is always a welcome treat.
Address: S-PAL Sendai East Building 2F, 1 Chome-1-1 Chuo, Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi
9. Kikufuku mochi from Kikusuian
Kikufuku mochi is a delicious snack made up of mochi that is filled with cream and sweet bean paste. It has many of flavors which include the plain green tea and seasonal flavors like strawberry, and blueberry cheese. You can also buy them as souvenirs and gift them to your friends back home, but be careful that you have to eat it within 48 hours once you defrost it.
Address: 3 Chome-8-11 Ichibancho, Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi
Website: https://kikusuian.jp/shops/ (Japanese Only)
10. MonaKoppe at MonaMona
MonaKoppe at MonaMona will make any sweet-tooth crave for a second helping. Who would have thought that this dessert sandwich will be popular with the locals of Sendai? The combination of cake, cream and bread has offered a new flavor to your ever increasing list of snacks. It comes in many different flavors so feel free to taste each and every one of them.
Address: Sendai Loft Building 1F, 1-10-10 Chuo, Aoba-ku, Sendai City, Miyagi
Website: http://www.monamona.jp/locations.php (Japanese Only)
Data as of January 2019
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