Maruya Honten

Saturday, October 24, 2015 Sharon Halim 0 Comments

After all the fun I had at Fuji Q, the very next day I'm travelling to Osaka by train but we decided to stop by Nagoya to check out Nagoya Castle and we are having a hard time choosing our lunch since we only had one chance. 

Nagoya is famous for Hitsumabushi - grilled fresh water eel's (unagi), slathered in a rich, dark sauce and served over rice in a traditional wooden bowl. Maruya Honten is one of the best restaurant serving Hitsumabushi.

We arrived around 1.30pm at Nagoya station branch. In front of the restaurants, there were people lining up, the currently wait time is one hour. We decided to wait, their service are impeccable. While waiting, they provide chairs, served us cold tea and take all the big luggage inside.

Inside, they have traditional Japanese seatings as well as the regular seatings, there are also some semi private chamber for four people. 

They don't have an English menu but they have pictures and some of the waiters speak enough English for you to ask some questions. Basically, Hitsumabushi comes in a variety of size (small, medium, large, extra large) with the price range ranging from 2000yen-5000yen, they also sell unagi rice bowl, unagi by it self and some other side dishes. The most popular menu of course it's the Hitsumabushi.

The outside was pleasantly grilled with charcoal, the smell was pleasantly appetising. Inside was tender, no fishy smell and very tasty. It melt's in your mouth and I can't stop eating. The sauce was doing an excellent job in bringing out the beautiful taste of the eel.

There are four ways to eat hitsumabushi: 
1. Scoop the eel into the rice bowl and take your first bite plain, to be able to taste the natural flavour of the eel.
2. Eat it with the condiments provided.
3. Add condiments as before and then add broth to create a type of chazuke 
4. Pick favourite from above or eat it anyway you like.

My favourite was eating it just by it self, only with a view of the spring onion because the combinations of eel's, sauce and rice already has a lot earthy, rich, tasty flavours. The lunch end with a hot green tea.

Overall, I love it! The small size is not enough for me cause I'm still craving for more of the delicious eel's. Definitely did not regret the only meal we had at Nagoya and would come back!


Monday-Sunday: 11am-11pm
Credit Cards accepted (Visa, Master, JCB, Amex, Diners)
Seats: 56 seats

Maruya Honten (Japanese Only)
Meitetsu 9F, 1-2-1 Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya
JR & Meitetsu Nagoya Station