Yamato is a cosy little place we stumbled upon when looking for a place to eat. I am glad I found it. It is in a little alleyway (as with many restaurants around this city) near a looming szechuan chinese place. If you brave the prickly-but-eventually-numbing spiciness of the air surrounding the szechuan place, you are granted access to Yamato.


Inside Yamato/Check out paper lantern lights/A world of its own

The first thing you’ll probably notice in the photo is the feature wall. But in real life, the first thing you will notice is how incredibly small the place is. (The largest table was for 4. Maybe 6, if small people squeeze in the sectioned off room and figure out a way to not elbow others in the ribs.) It’s a cosy kind of small. I like the paper screen windows, and paper lanterns. I also like the raised platform with a table behind the feature wall. It doesn’t smell of numbing spicy food inside. It doesn’t remind you it was raining outside either.

Beers for you and I / With teriyaki chicken / Drink the night away

The beer flags and pictures are a nice touch too. They say ‘Beer’ and ‘Peace’. Bottom left says ‘vacation’, and the fourth is self-explanatory.

Only the dregs left/ Take photo before eating / Otherwise all gone

We ordered Ishikari-nabe (regional specialty of Hokkaido, so you can expect food with substance in it), and tsubu-an daifuku (glutinous rice cake with smashed red bean paste— it has smooth red bean paste with bits in it). Above is a picture of the dregs of the nabe/hot pot.

It had fatty salmon, thinly sliced pork belly, tofu, carrot flowers, daikon flowers, spring onions, shiitake mushrooms, enoki mushrooms, homemade fish balls, homemade surimi (white fish made into a paste) tubes coated with egg, chinese cabbage, onions, and vermicelli noodles on the bottom. Served in a pail. On a portable stove. There was plenty to be had. (I could do with a bit of sweet miso, but the soup is fairly rich already from the fish and pork.) (Damage is $16.80/pp, minimum 2 people. It is a pail, afterall.) The dregs would be better if they gave us a raw egg to stir through. Still good though. I just like to eat a lot of food, even when I am full. Is this what they call gluttony?

After that, there was mochi to be divided and devoured. It’s still warm from the portable hot stove. It’s also very good. One second it was in my hand, the next it was gone, and left me wanting more. The red bean paste (an) wasn’t too sweet, and there were enough whole beans for my liking. The mochi itself (Mochi is the rice part, and daifuku is ‘stuffed mochi’.) had a good texture, and a high water content so it dissolves quickly. (Damage for daifuku was $3.80 eaach, size of a digestive biscuit.)

Got to come back for more nabe, and daifuku. There are also other things on the menu, but it is Winter now.


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