Halal and Muslim Friendly Restaurants in Hiroshima

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Halal and Muslim-friendly restaurants are on the rise in Japan following the increasing number of Muslim visitors to the country. This trend is taking place in Hiroshima too, a city symbolising rebirth with unmissable attractions such as UNESCO World Heritage Site Atomic Bomb Dome, Peace Memorial Park, and another World Heritage Itsukushima Shrine.

This article lists some of the new and popular Muslim friendly eateries in Hiroshima, read on to find out more!


Okonomiyaki & Teppanyaki MeiMei お好み焼き・鉄板焼き銘々

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Okonomiyaki is Hiroshima’s well-known delicacy. For Muslim diners, you can now enjoy this speciality at MeiMei, a restaurant said to be the first Muslim-friendly okonomiyaki place in the world. From negiyaki (green onion pancake) to three kinds of cheese special to scrumptious seafood okonomiyaki, their menu is no less extensive, it has got a range of teppanyaki dishes too!

To ensure cleanliness, they use a separate hot iron plate, halal certified meat and seafood, halal seasonings, and olive oil instead of the usual animal fat to cook the items. While alcoholic drinks are sold on the premise, all the cups used are disposable.

*pork free / vegetarian options / takeout available / alcohol served on the premise

Hours: 10am – 3pm, 5pm – 11pm (closed Mondays)

Access: 3 minute walk from Hiroshima Station South Exit, on the 6th floor of Full Focus Building (フルフォーカスビル).


Zicon 而今

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This reservation only kaiseki restaurant offers Muslim friendly course meals using only halal certified meat and seasonings, besides having separate cookware including the cutting boards, knives, and bowls to prepare the orders of its Muslim customers.

The courses, start from 5,000 yen per person, feature Japanese and Hiroshima favourites such as fried oysters, okonomiyaki, beef steak, and sushi. They also have bento boxes (two options to choose from) which can be delivered to your accommodation. You can make your reservation (bento: 2 days ahead, course meal: 5 days ahead) by filling up and emailing the order form (available on the website) to the restaurant.

*pork free / alcohol served on the premise

Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 6pm – 11pm

Access: 5 minutes walk from Hatchobori 八丁堀 tram stop, on the 2nd floor of Honshu Kaikan (本州会館).

Website: https://onkallstars.jimdo.com/


Karsiyaka カルシャカ

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Get delicious Turkish food right in the centre of Hiroshima! Karsiyaka is a halal restaurant that serves authentic Turkish cuisine, from mezze platter to juicy kebab to sweet baklava, the portions are generous and the prices are reasonable. Vegetarian options are also available to those who don’t take meat. The restaurant is close to the Peace Park, they even have live belly dance shows on the weekends. No wonder some Turkish customers say the place reminds them of their home!

*prayer space available / takeout available / alcohol served on the premise

Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 11:30pm (closed Mondays)

Access: 3 minute walk from Fukuromachi 袋町 tram stop.


Kissa Saeki 喫茶さえき

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A little cafe that allows you to eat healthily even while on vacation! It serves Japanese home-style cooking using organic local ingredients, all with no MSG or any artificial additives. Its menu consists of non-vegetarian and vegetarian/ vegan items.

Inside the retro dining space, expect a range of creative dishes such as sprouted brown rice, lentil hamburger, chickpea croquette, and vegan raw chocolate tart. The fried chicken and curry are highly recommended too. If you want to pray, just inform the staff and they will have the space ready for you (even if you are a fairly large group, but do notice them beforehand).

*pork free / no alcohol in cooking/ takeout available / alcohol served on the premise

Hours: 8am – 8pm (closed Sundays)

Access: 2 minute walk from Kamiyacho Higashi 紙屋町東 tram stop.


Kanak カナック

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A famous Indian restaurant near the Peace Park, Kanak serves an extensive range of curries and Indian favourites such as chicken tikka, chicken tandoori, and mango lassi. The set meals here are reasonably-priced – you can get a lunch set that comes with naan, curry, and salad for less than 1,000 yen.

For Muslim diners, they will use halal meat and seasonings to prepare your food, just inform the staff when ordering. The restaurant also has prayer space with mats, Qibla compass, and prayer clothes for the ladies.

*pork free / vegetarian options / takeout available / alcohol served on the premise

Hours: 11am – 3pm, 5pm – 10:30pm

Access: 5 minute walk from Hondori 本通り tram stop.

Website: http://www.kanak-hiroshima.com/en.html


Warung Matahari ワルンマタハリ

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Craving something spicy after eating Japanese food for days? Drop by Warung Matahari for some Indonesian fare! Specifically, it is a Balinese restaurant so you can expect classic Balinese fares such as gado gado, satay, nasi goreng and fried tempeh with sambal. While many of the dishes have been made less spicy in order to cater to Japanese palates, you can always ask the chef to turn up the heat for you!

When ordering, let them know your diet restrictions and they will serve halal meat for you. Many of the dishes can also be made vegetarian/ vegan on request.

*pork free / takeout available / alcohol served on the premise

Hours: 5:30pm – 11pm (closed Mondays)

Access: 3 minute walk from Takanobashi 鷹野橋 tram stop.

Website: https://www.warungmatahari.com/ (in Japanese)


Namaste ナマステ

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Located in a building adjoining Hiroshima Station, Namaste is a restaurant specialising in Indian and Nepali cuisine. One interesting thing about this place is that you can choose the heat level for your curries – slightly sweet, mild, medium, hot or super-hot!

Aside from curries and naan, Namaste also serves chicken biryani and vegetable pilaf, South Asian steamed dumplings (momo), as well as Nepali set meals. Its all-you-can-eat course is priced at 2,500 yen for 90 minutes. Vegetarian and Muslim friendly options (using halal meat) are available upon request.

*pork free / no alcohol in cooking/ takeout available / alcohol served on the premise

Hours: 11 am – 10 pm

Access: 1 minute walk from Hiroshima Station South Exit, the restaurant is on the 6th floor of ASSE building.

Website: http://www.namaste-in.com/index.html


Saishoku Kenbi 菜食健美

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Located about 20 minutes from the city centre, Saishoku Kenbi is a vegetarian restaurant based on the concept of “food healthy for the body and mind”. Serving a range of Japanese-, Western- and Chinese-style dishes such as ramen, sandwiches, rice bowls, and desserts, the restaurant uses organic vegetables from Hokkaido, and even the “meat” on the menu is actually plant-based protein. If you feel like doing your body some favour, why not give this cafe a try?

*pork free / no alcohol in cooking/ takeout available / no alcohol served on the premise

Hours: 11am – 4pm (closed Tuesdays)

Access: 10 minutes by taxi from Nishi-Hiroshima Station 西広島駅.

Website: http://daisho-kikaku.com/hiroshima/ (in Japanese)


Yamaichi Bekkan 山一別館

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Not exactly in the city, but this ryokan on Miyajima has a restaurant where you can stop by after walking around the island and enjoy a meal made with fresh local ingredients such as anago (conger eel) and oysters. It is very close to the ferry port so you can easily find it.

Offering lunch and dinner, the food here is essentially Japanese with multi-course meals, set meals, and a la carte items to choose from. For Muslim customers, they have a menu using halal meat and seasonings, separate cookware, and you can request to change the tableware into disposable tableware too. Prayer space is also available.

*pork free/vegetarian options/alcohol served on the premise

Hours: 11am – 2pm, 5pm – 9pm (Sundays & Holidays: 11am – 3 pm, 5pm – 8:30pm)

Access: 1 minute walk from JR Miyajima Ferry Terminal.

Website: http://yamaichibekkan.com/restaurant.html

 

Kyla HS
Kyla HS
A student, part-time translator and writer. I like anime, Jpop and Jrock in general but ultimately, I love to travel and often spend most of my expenses on food.

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