A 12-minute walk from Ishinomaki Station, Yahataya first opened for business in 1913. The restaurant was destroyed in the Great East Japan Earthquake and resulting tsunami, but thanks to the efforts of many people was able to re-open at its original site on July 11th 2012. A short walk over the stepping-stones to the entrance takes you to a warmly lit restaurant interior. The walk-in area can be used without reservations and since the 2011 disaster this area has been consolidated into a single unit for convenience and comfort. The first floor contains generously spacious seating at tables for 12, a Japanese tatami matted room for 8, and a counter for 4. The second floor is also traditional Japanese style with a capacity of up to 60. This room can be partitioned into two depending on party numbers. The restaurant boasts a wide variety of delicious items served in elegant tableware, and the exquisite aroma of its signature grilled eel sometimes wafts out from the kitchen area. Yahataya considers its cuisine to be the equivalent of tailored clothes made to order, the polar opposite of mass-produced fare. It does its utmost to provide the welcoming atmosphere, caring service and carefully prepared food that most suits each individual customer. Prepare to be enthralled by the intricate and innovative cooking that reflects the changing seasons in both its food and the dishes in which it is served. The owner sincerely hopes that all visitors can glean not only the satisfaction of a delicious meal, but also an appreciation of the beauty of Japanese culture in this setting.
In my town where reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake is progressing, the ferry station landing for Tashirojima, which is famous as Cat island, newly completed.
Knowing that many people are coming to the Cat island not only from Japan but also from abroad now, I felt my heart was bright after a long absence.
In this chance, I hope to express thanks to the support we got from all over the world at the disaster. I hope everyone enjoy the taste of our town, which is called treasure box of great seafood and crops.
The Cat burger at your hand was born from such thoughts.
Looking at the blue sea and surrounded by many real cats, you are eating the cat burger.
Just imagining such a figure, our hearts become warm, seem to be healed.
I hope you can eat delicious!
But, you may not be able to eat it for cute cats face......
Yahataya Owner Kiyoko Abe
We have 3 types of Cat burgers.
1. Beef／100% Sendai beef patty
A putty of ground Sendai beef with nothing mixture, fresh lettuce and tomato are sandwiched in Buns. We want you to enjoy the taste of real meat, so seasoning is simple. Buns made from brown rice flour are also good enough to eat.
2. Fish／Kinka silver salmon marinade
The Sea off the coast of Kinkasan(It is an island in Ishinomaki)is said as one of the world's three largest fishing grounds. We call fish that meet certain standards in the area the "Kinka Brand". Among them, "silver salmon" is a popular and we marinated it with Japanese sushi vinegers and onions. In the refreshing acidity, the rich umami of the Kinka brand's silver salmon spreads. Especially recommended in summer. Buns made from brown rice flour are also good enough to eat.
3. For Vegans／Miyagi Shirome (soybean) putty
A hamburger that does not use animal ingredients and can be enjoyed not only by vegetarians but also by vegans. We made a soybean-based putty called Miyagi Shirome, a traditional vegetable from Miyagi prefecture that became one of the offerings of the Great Festival. Using the secret sauce of vegetable nature, finished to Teriyaki taste popular with foreigners. For the buns, we use strong flour (power of Ginza from Miyagi Prefecture), soft flour, water, salt, sugar, olive oil, and dry yeast.
Every hamburger comes with a set of potatoes and sweets. I'm glad if you like it .
Potato: With delicious salt from Ishinomaki
Sweets: Cookies made with Kinako(soybeans powder)from Ishinomaki
expertly prepared eel steeped in a savory sauce that has come from the same source for over 100 years, ingredients continually added as required. This sauce miraculously survived the 2011 tsunami and is still used to this day. After being grilled to an aromatic and crispy perfection, the eel is carefully laid on a bed of high quality white rice. Be prepared for a new definition of the word delicious with this dish.
barbecued eel and green soba noodles rolled in nori seaweed.
◆Shigehiro beef bowl…2,970yen
a bowl of rice topped with slices of the highest quality grilled Shigehiro beef, which originated from the Monou area of Ishinomaki.
◆Ishinomaki seasonal twin bowl set…2,200yen
two mini bowls of rice with seasonal seafood toppings, served with soup and pickles.
◆Kaiseki bentō lunchbox
set meal of various dishes, including grilled beef slices and vegetable assortment.
set meal of 6 dishes made with seasonal ingredients, served with rice.
◆Miso unagi (for a present)
this recipe makes the perfect gift. The highest quality Japanese freshwater eel is steamed and grilled, after which it is steeped in locally produced miso from the renowned Takasago Chōju Miso company, together with seven other seasonings and spices. After being left to mature for 2 or 3 days, gourmets rave over the exquisite flavor.
The 2011 disaster has brought more overseas guests to the Ishinomaki area, for visits, study and research. At Yahataya we will do our best to accommodate all our customers’ needs, so please feel free to let us know.
Knives, forks & spoons available in addition to chopsticks. All seating is table & chair style. Also, we can provide vegetarian and halal meals.
No English-speaking staff are available, so we recommend being accompanied by someone who can interpret.
Menus available in the following languages: English,Chinese (2 versions), Korean, French, Russian, Thai.
12 min walk from Ishinomaki Station
eel & traditional Japanese／classic Japanese course
8-23, chuō, Ishinomaki-shi, Miyagi, 986-0822
Lunch 12:00〜14:00（last order 14:00）Sunday & Holiday 15:00（last order 15:00）Dinner 17:30〜20:00（last order 20:00）
up to 60 persons
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