Yesterday Satoshi had the day off so for lunch we went to check out Awajishima Burger, which my blog friend, Rona highly recommended.
Apparently, this place is very popular, in fact, when we arrived at 11 (their opening time), they were already busy putting together several telephone orders.
The shop is very small, with seats for 6--max.
The counter was a bit too high for me to eat from but I made do.
I ordered the regular with bacon and cheese 500 yen + 100 yen + 100 yen (about US$7) and a side order of onion rings 150 yen (about US$1.50). This burger also came with grilled onions, lettuce and tomato and a teriyaki-type sauce.
The burger was huge, juicy. The bacon, thick and more like ham but with a little glaze on it.
At first, I was a bit overwhelmed by the size of it and didn't know how to go about eating it.
Definitely not someplace to eat at on your "first date" (be prepared to get sauce on your face).
Satoshi also ordered a regular (he was tempted to order the large but I talked him out of it) with an over easy egg and onion ring 500 yen + 100 yen + 100 yen (about US$7) and a side order of fries 150 yen (about US$1.50). This burger was massive! Satoshi also had a hard time eating it. The fries were a bit soft, would've enjoyed them more if they were crisp.
We both had bottled cokes 150 yen each (about US$1.50), it had been some time since we'd had soda, but it was fun drinking from the bottle.
The owner prides his burgers on Awajishima's (Awaji Island) beef as well as their onions and tomatoes. The buns are made daily and reminded me of sweet bread or brioche. I think the onion rings were also made from the Awaji Island onions (yum!).
The onions from Awaji Island are the best, sweet like Vidalia!
FYI: Awajishima (Awaji Island) is an island off of mainland Japan (Honshu) and is part of Hyogo prefecture.
These burgers were good, really messy but good! (Thanks for another great tip, Rona!)
When we left, the other 4 seats were filled and there were several people waiting outside.
We then checked out 808 Kitchen (around the corner), a grocer specializing in fruits and veggies.
I purchased a bag of red bell peppers grown in Kochi (a prefecture in Shikoku) for 150 yen (about US$1.50) (In my opinion, Kochi has the best red bell peppers, though they are usually small).
We were quite full but wanted to have a cup of coffee, so we walked back towards the Hankyu Nishinomiya-Kitaguchi station.
On the way we saw this SUV with Hamann written on it and a Mini with grey British flags on the side mirrors.
We stopped at Nishinomiya Gardens located next to the station and had lukewarm lattes with cute art at Cafe Bon...650 yen (about US$6.50) each.
Despite the lattes, it was a great day, lots of walking and lots of good food. Have a nice weekend.
Awajishima Burger (near the Nishinomiya Higashi-chiho Oroshishijo)
Closed Wednesdays, Open from 11:00-20:00
Nishinomiya Gardens 4F