there's also something called onomichi ramen that originated in the hiroshima area. it's a light chicken/fish based broth but with chunks of abura (fat) in it and is pretty good and quite different from the other styles out there... not sure which shop is the best for it though so try asking around!
Thanks again to those folks who gave recs. Here's a sampling of what I enjoyed in Hiroshima...
- Gulliver Curry - This extremely small (7-seat) curry shop was pretty delicious. Curry was a little on the sweet side in a good way. Recommend bacon & eggplant curry.
- Toranosuke - A nouveau izakaya with semi-private seating. Duck with green onion miso sauce, ama-ebi cream croquette, chinese dumplings with sesame sauce. Soy sauce-flavored ice cream for dessert! (This was a real Iron Chef move, and actually tasted great.)
- Okonomiyaki at the Okonomi-mura building. Third time here. For those who don't know, this is an entire building full of okonomiyaki restaurants. We went to the first one of the left on the second floor; it's been my wife favorite for years. Ate off the teppan grill. Amazing.
- Don't have the name, but it's a new touristy but delicious seafood place at the newly built "Marina" Outlet Mall. Silly gimmick is that you catch your own fish out of their little salt-water river. Reality is, fortunately, you get to eat some extremely fresh fish. Had red snapper (sashimi + the head & bones sauteed) and spanish mackerel (tataki-style).
Here are a few more places I have noted in my research.
I'm just learning that anago-meshi is a famous dish from the area around Miyajima. I'll have to try this out.
(description and photo: http://www.hiroshima.cn/tokushu/miyajima200411/fujitaya.php
Hiroshima style ramen. There is such a thing. It's a kind of tsukemen (where the noodles are separate from the soup), that looks spicy.
*Toshou Hiroshima Honten
This looks like a tranquil place to enjoy a simple yet sophisticated meal around tofu.
These are some good candidates for good washoku with an emphasis on seafood (including some sushi).
*Takafuku http://r.gnavi.co.jp/y025900/ http://www.ryutei.jp/index.html
This place looks like it has a vast menu of Japanese classics and neo-Japanese twists.
*Wine Izakaya Banzai
I found this place last year, right near Yokogawa station, but I only peered in during the day, when they weren’t open. Then I noticed all the accolades in some food books and articles.
This places serves specialties from Kyushu, like basashi (horse sashimi), so this might be the place for good imo shochu.
I came here last year with a group for a nijikai. I’m told the tongue stew here is pretty good. I remember the blue cheese mushroom gratin, which was a hit.
Located right underneath Yokogawa eki, this place gets fantastic reviews, and is known for serving some interesting cuts of beef tongue (from the back portion of the tongue, apparently). It sells out quickly.
This baseball themed yakitori joint serves a variety of items and do a very good job of it. I've been to the one in Midorii, but there's one in the center of town too.
This place gets a lot of great reviews, but I'm more interested in their second branch, which they call Nouvelle Tenkou.
This looks like a candidate for good quality tempura for a good value.
This looks like the place for Kansai style oden (usukuchi).
*Oden Dokoro Tanuki
And this looks like the place for Kanto (Tokyo) style oden
I helped plan a private party here last year and was impressed with the chef. While this place is modest in appearance and prices, the chef does seem content to showcase his skills for a smaller audience. I'd like to check out his regular menu.
(Website in English) http://www.gethiroshima.com/en/Places/Restaurants/French/details?placeid=50150
This was the runner up for the party last year, but it didn't work out logistically. I haven't had the food here, but everyone who has had it, found it very good.
This looks like the place for a good beef curry.
This is a chain, but it still gets good reviews. Will try it if I'm nearby.
Located out of the way, near the Hiroshima Wholesale market, this place was reviewed to serve an outstanding tongue stew.
This yoshoku-ya looks like it has good lunch sets, especially the omu-rice, which is a specialty of the house.
This place looks good for light meals, coffee, desserts, and just plain hanging out. Besides pastries, their yoshoku-inspired menu items are suppose to be pretty good too.
This is a cute place for light meals and pastries. I remember the pastry portions being very generous. What caught my eye was their light meals menu, of salads and pasta and other yoshoku-type items. It’s a good place to hang out and relax.
This place comes highly recommended for Japanese sweets.
I'm in Hiroshima most of the time I'm in Japan nowadays as many of my relatives are there. Here are links to some of my eating from last year. I'll have more recs when I organize them for my trip next week.
Tomenbou Ramen: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/267271
Sushi Tatsu: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/267237
Curry Boutique Key Ton: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/267236
Kodani (for oysters and suppon): http://www.chowhound.com/topics/267140
Here's an old post inquiring about Kanawa for oysters: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/263487
I had a fantastic oyster lunch at Oyster Conclave, a little cafe near the center of town but set along the Kyobashi River next to Inari-Ohashi bridge (090-8062-0378). It's mostly outdoor seating (with heaters and blankets in winter), but there are a few indoor tables as well.
Lucky you! If you have access to a car, then I'd hit SANZOKU ("Chicken Shack") which is pretty popular with both the Japanese & the Americans (who live nearby in USMC Iwakuni). The food is yummy (fairly large portions for the Japanese palate) and the location is off the beaten path amidst the mountains with a waterfall within earshot.