Akanoren's Barayaki – Popular local dish of Misawa

by Takahiro Takiguchi and photos by Takahiro Takiguchi and Futoshi Shinozuka
Stripes Japan

Just a five-minute walk from the main gate of Misawa AB, Akanoren is very popular eatery serving a well-known local delicacy called “barayaki” or grilled beef rib.

The bright reddish electronic sign invited my colleagues and me into a casual and cozy interior. The unique tables and chairs that had widely been used in eateries during the 60s and 70s, along with an old clock and furniture, reminded me of my childhood.

Following a recommendation, we ordered the Barayaki Set for 900 yen ($8).

I was overwhelmed by the amount of beef and onion on the plate, and when we put it onto the iron pan at table, the sizzling sound and smell of grilled beef and onion just made me hungrier.

The flavored beef was very tender and tasty. Although the meat and onions were well-seasoned, they suggested to dip them into a soy sauce-based broth before eating. The tender meat with full-bodied Japanese flavor really went well with steamy rice and miso soup.

Akanoren

Hours: Wed. – Mon., 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Location: 2-1-23 Chuocho, Misawa City, Aomori Prefecture
Tel: 0176-53-3333 (Japanese)

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