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Wani and Ayu, The Japanese Restaurant Taking over the Local Taste

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Muratake Souhonke

Address: 6 Chome-1-8 Tokaichihigashi, Miyoshi, Hiroshima 728-0013
Call: 0824-63-0666

 

For a meal with a special person, or a gathering of family for a special occasion, Muratake Souhonke is the place to be chosen by locals. The proprietress’ hearty reception and the chef’s elaborate dishes are the reasons they are loved. About 100 kinds of their dishes are made with local ingredients and traditional tastes passed down in Miyoshi.

“In Miyoshi, people eat wani.” A lot of Japanese people will be surprised if they hear it, because in Japanese ‘wani’ is generally referred to as crocodiles. But in Miyoshi, when people say “wani” it usually refers to sharks. Miyoshi is surrounded by mountains, so when transportation by land was not developed yet, wani meat was an important marine product that lasted long, and so wani meat is still eaten as a welcome dish in Miyoshi. As one of the places that still serves the rare local food, Muratake Souhonke has been featured on the nationwide media several times. They are a Japanese restaurant founded in 1976. Based on traditional Japanese course dinner, they serve various dishes bringing out the good taste of each ingredient.

“We’d like people to know more about the local dishes in Miyoshi. It’s easy to lose but hard to keep. We’d like to treasure what has been handed down for years.” Says the proprietress, Muratake Miho. Muratake Souhonke are putting a great deal of effort in, especially the wani meat. In Miyoshi the most popular way of eating the food is sashimi. Wani sashimi has a unique, interesting texture. The light pink meat is very soft like the fattiest portion of tuna, yet it’s crispy, too. The light taste goes very well with soy sauce. Muratake Souhonke also stokes a wani whole, so they serve dishes that can be enjoyed only there such as roasted wani on a broach which is based on the same dish that used to be sold on a street in the area. During the season of cormorant fishing which is from June to September 10th, they serve great sweetfish dishes and every year a lot of fans look forward to it.

“To see customers’ smile”
Go to markets every week

Varied local dishes are not the only attraction of Muratake Souhonke. Another highlight is fresh seasonal fish. Muratake and the chef, Ohata go to Sakaiminato in Tottori prefecture and Hamada in Shimane prefecture to get stock at a market. Ohaata says, “When Muratake asked me to go to the markets I was very happy, because as a chef I always wanted to choose ingredients myself.” Muratake smiled saying, “Purchasing a lot directly from a store is pretty difficult for a restaurant, so at first I used to wait for people involved in the market to show up to ask them to sell many times.” 10 years later, now they go to Hamada on Tuesdays and Sakaiminato on Fridays which is a routine they have never missed since they started. “We go there even on a very snowy day. Driving is scary, but if I imagine customers enjoying our dishes, it makes me feel like, ‘All right, let’s go!’” Delicious fish and the warm smile of the proprietress. Muratake Souhonke is a restaurant that makes you want to visit even from far away.

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店舗名 Muratake Souhonke
所在地 6 Chome-1-8 Tokaichihigashi, Miyoshi, Hiroshima 728-0013
営業時間 11:00 am - 2:30 pm (LO: 14:00 pm), 5 pm - 10 pm (LO: 9 pm)
お休み Mondays
電話番号 0824-63-0666