Must-try gourmet burgers of Nagoya
When you hear "hamburger", a beef patty between two slices of bread probably comes to mind. However, there is another dimension to burgers: the "gourmet burger". A gourmet burger uses select ingredients with an emphasis on its creation, offering a savoriness nearly unmatched in the culinary world.
This column offers our recommendations on distinctive gourmet burger joints in Nagoya—only a few of the many. While flavor obviously plays an important role in deciding the eateries featured here, other aspects, such as the bistros' logos and interiors as well as the provision of craft beers and other touches to complement the burgers, were deciding factors.
Read on to find the perfect place with the perfect burger for you to sink your teeth into.
• Check the official websites and social media of the establishments featured here beforehand for information such as days off and business hours.
The juicy, 100% beef patties are made every day using the full flavors of Hida beef. Specially ordered, original buns offer a soupçon of sweetness with a crunchy mouthfeel, and the fresh ingredients come together in a brilliant flavorful harmony only achievable fresh from the grill.
- In 1610, Tokugawa Ieyasu began the construction of Nagoya Castle, as a residence for his son Yoshinao. The castle burned down in the war, but in 1959, the five-story main tower keep (approx. 48 meters), with its golden shachi ornaments, and the sub tower keep (approx. 24 meters) were reconstructed.
The Nagoya Omotenashi Bushotai greet visitors every day at the main gate, and were the reason behind the bushotai boom across the nation. They also put on an omotenashi performance on weekends and national holidays.
In addition, Hommaru Palace was fully opened to the public on June 8, 2018, after the completion of reconstruction work that had taken over 10 years.
Historic Townscapes of Shikemichi
- Shikemichi is a town of merchants located on the west bank of Horikawa River that goes through the castle town of Nagoya. This town was built in 1610, when the whole town of Kiyosu moved to the site with the construction of Nagoya Castle. "Shikemichi" means an about 7 meter-wide street, and the name is derived from the fact that the street's width was expanded for fire protection and for the commercial activities after an inferno occurred in 1700. Storehouses are built on the stone walls and traditional townhouses stand in a row. The landscape as we know it today was completed in the Genbun era (around 1740). It was designated as a townscape preservation area of Nagoya in 1986.
The American diner-style is complemented by not only hamburgers but an ample menu with 25 items like curry and nachos as well as 40 beers from around the world. Relish the tastes of the diner available in the day and at night.
The first floor features seats to eat inside the restaurant as well as take-out orders and the second floor offers an antique cafe feel. The owner spent time in Australia and some of the staff are proficient in English.
An American-style interior and at-home aura make MEIHOKU Burger the perfect hideaway to grab a bite to eat. And the weekday lunch set (hamburger, French fries, and a drink) is available for a reasonable price with takeout and delivery possible.
BBQ in JAPAN, Osu Location
These Brazilian burgers show that gourmet burgers know no national boundaries. If you like what you eat here, don't be afraid to shout out "Gostoso!", or "Delicious" in Portuguese.
Osu Kannon Temple
- The Osu shopping district is huge and popular shopping area containing over 1,200 shops and restaurants. All kinds of shops, including electrical appliance shops, secondhand clothing stores, restaurants and cafes are open. The mall is always crowded with people and filled with energy. Many events are held throughout the year, including the Osu Summer Festival in August, the Osu Daido-chonin Festival in October and the Osu Setsubun Takarabune Gyoretsu (treasure ship parade).
Osu Kannon Temple located was moved from Osu Village, Mino Province to the current location by the Shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa in 1612. The antique market is held here on the 18th and 28th of each month.
Patties created from 100% pure Tajima beef, virgin cow beef of Tajima lineage, and high-quality fattened Tamura Wagyu come together with delectable buns specially ordered from long-standing Tempaku Ward baker VAGOT.
This place is nothing if not authentic with even its sweets being made by hand. Finish your burger with a true milkshake made without any ice at all.
- Nittaiji Temple was established in 1904 to enshrine Buddha's ashes and glit bronze received from the king of Thailand in 1900. This is the only non-sectarian Buddhist temple that every sect of Buddhism manages in order. In the temple site, there are a Gandhara style tower, a Hoanto, where the skeletal remains are maintained, a garden called Hassoen, and a tea ceremony room, Soketsuan. The five-story pagoda was built in April 1997. A street fair is held on the 21st day of the month.
Midtown BBQ Nagoya
Just a quick walk from Nagoya Station, near the Nayabashi Bridge, it's a cinch to find. Enjoy the popular and expansive terrace seating along the Hori River as you get drinks from two stylish bars inside and nod your head to rock music.
Many of the staff are bilingual, so you can enjoy an international atmosphere without any worries regarding language barriers.
Customers range from young to old, a variety of nationalities, and those coming for both casual and business situations. Note that cashless payment, delivery, and phone reservations are unavailable.