Once upon a spring time, in the magical island of Honshu in Japan, there were four ‘foodies’: a musician, an artist, a writer and a model. Let us collectively call them as the ‘Hiroshimates’, as their beautiful friendship actually unfolded in Hiroshima-shi. It was all their first time to explore the city (as well as some other parts of the island) together.
They settled in at the capital, Hiroshima, a ravishing city situated in the westernmost region of Honshu. This quiet city is surrounded by three bodies of water: Ota River Delta, Hiroshima Bay, and Seto Inland Sea. Their aim was simple: to eat a lot, to eat something new (or maybe something weird), to see the Sakura and to just have crazy fun. Hiroshima is famous for its Okonomiyaki, Oysters, Momijimanju and Tsukemen.
Two of the ‘Hiroshimates’, the artist and the writer, do not speak Japanese, but fortunately, the other two, the musician and the model, just hailed from the cosmopolitan Tokyo City. The latter were so kind to play as hosts and translator for the group, even though it was also their first trip in the Hiroshima Prefecture.
Among the many stunning places they went to see, the lovely dinner on their first night was by far the most memorable to the writer foodie. It was in the restaurant called Kakiden.
They came on a rainy evening and the place was rather dark and a bit hushed (aside from the conversations coming from the patrons). It could easily accommodate big groups by seating them on tables with large central counters and intimate table setting in partitions for smaller groups. A kotatsu dining type is available if customers wish to be seated on such.
To complete the authenticity and cultural mood of the place, the waitresses were in kimono, wore the same shade of blue eyeliner and were all running around in Japanese sandals or the geta. They could very well communicate in basic, conversational English and were very kind to recommend all their specialties; but, apparently for a small group (3-5pax), a good seven to eight kinds of dishes can be already filling.
When the total bill for their dinner came, it was only around 3,000JPY for each of them and they thought it was a very good value for the services and the amount of food ordered, not to mention everything tasted great!
At Kakiden’s website, they shared that their menu is really friendly for both the local and foreign customer’s budget and it has a wide combination of dishes and they continue to develop it according to the customers’ needs and requests.
Chef Takekawa Masashi, the brain behind Kakiden, said: “I started my love for cooking when I was in boarding school in Tokyo. I would invite my group of friends and cook for them. I really find it fun to make a new dish and then eat together with them.”
“Hiroshima is blessed with fresh seafood and vegetables; and there’s a variety of ingredients that are easily available all year round, too. Now that I am home, I really wanted to share the knowledge I gained in Tokyo. It gives me joy to see the happy faces of our customers in Kakiden as they try our local cuisines here in Hiroshima.”
In Japanese, as the actor foodie shared, ‘Kaki’ means Oyster, while ‘Den’ could mean like a way of telling a story. So perhaps these deliciously prepared dishes below were Kakiden’s way of telling their beautiful story to the Hiroshimates; and it was indeed an irresistible story told right at their dinner table.
PHOTOS: (Top to Bottom) Potato & Ham Salad, Kakiage dish with Shrimps, Kaki Yaki (or baked oysters) with Garlic and Carrot Paste, Fried Cheese, Kaki butter (stir-fried Oyster with Butter), Kinoko butter (stir-fried Kinoko Mushrooms), Tempura (fried Vegetable and Shrimp), Kaisen Salad (seafood salad)
Address: 2-8-24, Hikarimachi, Higashi-ku, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima, 732-0052
Getting there: 7-10 mins walk from JR Hiroshima Station; See MAP
Reservation Hotline: +81 5020181384